School of Social and Political Science

Pietro Stefanini

Job Title

PhD Student

Research interests

Research interests

Political violence, Settler Colonialism, Humanitarianism, History, Refugee studies, Middle East politics, Palestine/Israel.


I am a PhD candidate in the department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. My research explores the historical and contemporary intersection of humanitarianism with the Israeli settler colonial project. 


Dr. Nicola Perugini; Dr. Nida Alahmad.


PhD Politics and International Relations, University of Edinburgh (2020-)

MSc Politics of Conflicts, Rights and Justice, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, (2014-2015)

BA with Honours Politics and International Relations, Kingston University London, (2010-2013)

International Baccalaureate (IB), Anglican International School Jerusalem (AISJ), (2008-2010)


2020-2023 Politics and International Relations PhD Scholarship, University of Edinburgh

Teaching Experience

Tutor - International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond (2021-2022)


2022 'Refugee crisis: How one girl's death personifies Europe's guilt in Mediterranean tragedy', Middle East Eye

2021 'Incendiary Kites and Balloons: Anti-colonial Resistance in Palestine's Great March of Return', Partecipazione e Conflitto - The Open Journal of Sociopolitical Studies, 14(2), pp. 663-660.

2021 'Normalizing the Siege' in Sorkin, Michael and Sharp, Deen eds., Open Gaza: Architectures of Hope, Cairo: American University in Cairo Press.

2021 ‘Come normalizzare l’assedio: il Meccanismo per la Ricostruzione di Gaza’, Historia Magistra. Rivista di storia critica, n. 34, 2020, pp. 21-39. [Italian]

2020 UNRWA at 70: Palestinian Refugees in ContextLondon: AJCS and PRC. [Arabic translation:…

2018 'Normalizing the Siege: The ‘Gaza Reconstruction Mechanism’ and the Contradictions of Humanitarianism and Reconstruction', The Politics of Post-Conflict Reconstruction, POMEPS Studies, 30.

2018 'Voices of Return: Documenting Israel's Repression of the Great March of Return', London: Palestinian Return Centre.

2018 (with Maya Hammad) 'Syria’s Palestinian Refugees: An Account of Violence, Precarious Existence and Uncertain Futures', London: Palestinian Return Centre.

Invited lectures and presentations

2022 Critical Palestinian Studies Lecture Series, Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna

2021 Revolutions and Counter-Revolutions in the MENA Region, Monthly Seminar on Social Movements and Political Action, University Institute of Lisbon.

2021 Postcolonial dimensions in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict seminar, Postcolonialism and International Relations course, Scuola Normale Superiore Florence.

2021 Webinar organised by the Office of Market Auken MEP, What is life like for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon? 


I'm on the editorial committee of the journal Maydan