Research Team

Enrico Fardella

Director

Dr. Enrico FARDELLA, the Director of the ChinaMed Project, is Associate Professor at the Department of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Naples “L’Orientale” and visiting scholar at John Cabot University in Rome. Until July 2022, Enrico was tenured Associate Professor at the History Department of Peking University (PKU) and Director of PKU’s Center for Mediterranean Area Studies (CMAS, 北京大学地中海区域研究中心). He was appointed Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C. and Fellow of the Science & Technology China Program of the European Commission. Enrico sits on the editorial board of OrizzonteCina, a monthly review focused on China’s relations with Europe and the wider Mediterranean region. His fields of interest are: Chinese foreign policy; Sino-European relations; China’s role in the Mediterranean; the Belt and Road Initiative; history of international relations; and history of contemporary China.

Andrea Ghiselli

Head of Research

Dr. Andrea GHISELLI is Assistant Professor at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs of Fudan University. He is a non-resident Research Fellow at the TOChina Hub and the Head of Research of the ChinaMed Project. He is affiliated with the Torino World Affairs Institute. His research focuses on Chinese foreign and security policy making and China’s policy toward the Middle East and North Africa

Simone Dossi

Non-resident Senior Fellow

Dr. Simone DOSSI is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Milan and a non-resident Research Fellow at the Torino World Affairs Institute (T.wai). He is also the Editor of Orizzonte Cina. His research interests include China’s foreign policy and the Belt and Road Initiative, the military doctrine and force modernization of the People’s Liberation Army, and Chinese views of the cyber domain.

At the ChinaMed Project, Dr. Dossi focuses on Italy's security strategy and its relations with China.

Flora Sapio

Non-resident Senior Fellow

Dr. Flora Sapio is currently a RtdB at the Department of Human and Social Sciences of the University of Naples “L’Orientale,” where she teaches courses in the History and Institutions of Contemporary China (BA) and Politics and Institutions of Contemporary China (MA). A graduate from the University of Naples “L’Orientale” and the holder of a Doctorate from Sapienza University of Rome, since 2000 she has been conducting research on the history of political, social and legal institutions of the People’s Republic of China.

Federico Brusadelli

Non-resident Senior Fellow

Dr. Federico BRUSADELLI is a Lecturer in Chinese History and International History of East Asia at the University of Naples "L'Orientale", and Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 2022.His research focusses on the circulation and transformation of political concepts in the late imperial and republican period, including contemporary debates on "sovereignty", "self-determination" and "political order", and their impact on the global role of the PRC.

He is currently working on the history of federal ideas and practices in 20th-century China. For the ChinaMed project, he will look at the relations between China and former Yugoslavia.

Giorgio Prodi

Non-resident Senior Fellow

Dr. Giorgio PRODI is Associate Professor in Applied Economics at the Department of Economics and Management of the University of Ferrara where he he teaches Industrial Organization and Business Market and Competition. After graduating in Economics at the University of Bologna, he specialized at the London School of Economics and Politics Science (Msc in Economics). He also obtained a Ph.D. in Economics and Institutions at the University of Bologna. His research interests span from the study of the Chinese economy to structural changes in industry. On these themes he has written books and articles published both in national and international journals. He is a research fellow at T.wai and member of the Mandarin 2 Fund Advisory Board.

At the ChinaMed Project, Dr. Prodi focuses on Italian and European trade relations with China.

Federico Roberto Antonelli

Non-resident Senior Fellow

Dr. Federico Roberto ANTONELLI is Adjunct Professor in Comparative Law at University of Roma TRE, where he holds the tenure of Comparative Legal Systems, Chinese Legal System and History of East and South-East-Asia. He also holds the tenure of Chinese Legal System at the Department of Law of University of Macerata. He obtained a Ph.D. in Comparative Law and EU Private Law at University of Macerata and a post-doctoral from Peking University. He published numerous academic essays about Chinese Law and Chinese Contemporary History. For more than 10 years he cooperated as Of Counsel with international law firms. From 2011 to 2019 he served as Legal Attaché at the Embassy of Italy in Beijing. He knows Mandarin Chinese and has lived more than fifteen years in Mainland China.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Master in Global Management for China organized by the Universities of Roma TRE, L’Orientale Napoli, Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Macerata and Bergamo and he is a member of Strategic and Scientific Committee of the Italian AlmaLaurea Consortium. He is Director of the Roma TRE University Center for Studies and Documentation on China and East Asia. He has been appointed as next Director of Italian Cultural Institute in Beijing.

Ahmet Faruk Isik

Research Fellow

Ahmet Faruk ISIK is Research Fellow at the ChinaMed Project. He earned his B.A. in International Politics from Shanghai International Studies University (SISU), has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Taiwan National Chengchi University, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at SISU with a project on regional studies. His research interests include Türkiye’s relations with Greater China and the economic and political dimensions of Chinese foreign policy toward Türkiye.

Ádám Koi

Research Fellow

Ádám KOI is Research Fellow at the ChinaMed Project. He is a PhD candidate in Sinology at ELTE Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. He holds a master's degree in International Relations from the National University of Public Service of Hungary, and bachelor's degrees in China Studies and Public Administration. He made two year-long visits to China, during which his host institutions were the East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai and Minzu University of China in Beijing. His primary areas of research are China's governance and administrative system, and China’s foreign policy and economic strategy.

Amanda Chen

Research Fellow

Amanda CHEN (陈心怡) is Research Fellow at the ChinaMed Project. She is also a graduate student of the Sciences Po-Peking University Dual Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS University of London. Her research interests include Chinese diplomacy in the Middle East and broader China-Middle East relations.

Léa Gebuhrer

Research Fellow

Léa GEBUHRER is Research Fellow at the ChinaMed Project. She is a graduate of the Sciences Po-Peking University Dual Master’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy and holds a B.A. from Sciences Po Paris in Political Humanities with a focus on Asia. Her research interests include the media coverage of China in Francophone countries and global water resource issues.

Anja Duvnjak

Research Fellow

Anja DUVNJAK is Research Fellow at the ChinaMed Project. She is also a graduate student of the University of Turin-Zhejiang University Dual Degree in International Relations and China Studies, and holds a B.A. in Asian Languages, Cultures and Markets from the University of Bologna. Her research focuses on the relations between China and the Balkans.

Mariateresa Natuzzi

Research Fellow

Mariateresa NATUZZI is Research Fellow at the ChinaMed Project. She is also a graduate student in Transmediterranean Studies at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Naples "L’Orientale". Her research focuses on the media coverage of China in North Africa, as well as issues related to food production and the environment in the region.

Leonardo Bruni

Research Fellow

Leonardo BRUNI is Research Fellow at the ChinaMed Project. He is also a Research Fellow at the University of Milan, a graduate of the Sciences Po-Peking University Dual Master’s Degree in International Relations and International Development and holds a B.A. in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs from the University of Bologna. His research interests include China-EU relations, international political economy and international development cooperation.

Dario Mazzocchi

Research Fellow

Dario MAZZOCCHI is Resarch Fellow at the ChinaMed Project. He is also a graduate student in Languages and Culture of Asia and Mediterranean Africa at Ca' Foscari University of Venice. His research focuses on the relations between China and Iran.

Francesco Scala

Research Fellow

Francesco SCALA is Research Fellow at the ChinaMed Project. He holds a bachelor's degree in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation from the University of Naples 'L'Orientale'. His research focuses on the media coverage of China in the Gulf countries, including Iraq.

Samy Sayed

Research Fellow

Samy SAYED holds a Master's degree in Languages and Cultures of Asia and Mediterrean Africa from Ca' Foscari University of Venice. He specialized in Arabic language and culture. His research focuses on the relations between China and the countries in North Africa and Central Africa.

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