School of Social and Political Science

Pietro Stefanini

Job Title

PhD Student

Research interests

Research interests

Political violence, Humanitarianism, History, War, Militarism, Refugee studies, International Relations, Middle East politics, Palestine/Israel.


I am a PhD student in the department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. My research explores the history and ongoing use of humanitarianism in the Israeli state 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)


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. 

2020 UNRWA at 70: Palestinian Refugees in ContextLondon: AJCS and PRC.

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

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? 

2018 Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Inalco) Paris, France.

2017 London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Palestine Society.

2017 University of Essex, Palestinian Solidarity Society. 

2017 Palestine Museum in Bristol, UK.

2016 Palestinian Youth in Europe, Berlin, Germany,

2015 European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. EU Delegation for relations with Palestine.


I'm on the editorial committee of the journal Maydan