Giovanni Carbone

Giovanni Carbone (PhD, London School of Economics) is ISPI Senior Associate Researcher, Head for Africa Programme, as well as Full Professor of Political Science at the Università degli Studi di Milano. He was previously a Research Fellow at the Crisis States Research Centre of the LSE (2002-2010).

His research focuses on the comparative study of political institutions, conflicts and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. He has direct research experience in Uganda, Ghana, Cameroon, Rwanda, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa.

Giovanni was the Principal Investigator of a research project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) on “The economic, social and political consequences of democratic reforms” (2010-2015), and the National Coordinator of two Research Projects of National Interest (PRIN 2006 and PRIN 2008), funded by the Italian Ministry for Universities and Research.

In 2013, he edited and co-authored an ISPI study for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Italy’s policy in Africa, with a focus on business opportunities in emerging sub-Saharan economies (La politica dell’Italia in Africa. Contesto, interessi e scenari della presenza politica e economica italiana nell’Africa subsahariana, ISPI/MAE). This was followed by two additional ISPI Africa Reports (Africa: still rising?2015, and South Africa: the need for change, 2016).

Giovanni is currently completing a book on Political leadership in Africa. A comparative study of sub-Saharan leaders (co-authored with Alessandro Pellegata, Cambridge University Press, expected publication date: 2018).

His previous publications include Leoni d’AfricaCome l’Italia può intercettare la crescita subsahariana (Università Bocconi Editore, 2015), L'Africa. Gli stati, la politica, i conflitti (Il Mulino, 2012, II ed.), and No-party democracy? Ugandan politics in comparative perspective (Lynne Rienner, 2008), as well as articles published in international refereed journals (Governance, Journal of Democracy, Democratization, Party Politics, Political Studies Review, European Political Science, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Modern African Studies, Africa Spectrum, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Politique Africaine, World Political Science Review).