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Visiting Fellows 2017–2018

Andrea Prontera, University of Macerata, Italy
“Forms of State and the Great Reconfiguration in East–West Energy Relations: Italy, Russia and the New Politics of Consumer–Producer Cooperation in the EU and Beyond”
(10 May – 10 July 2018)


Biography:
Andrea Prontera is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science, Communication and International Relations of the University of Macerata (Italy), where he teaches courses on International Relations and European Union Institutions and Policies. He holds a degree in Social Science and Economics from the Bocconi University (Milan) and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Florence. He has held visiting positions at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy (CEPMLP), University of Dundee, and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (OIES), University of Oxford. His main research interests lie in the areas of international political economy, comparative public policy, energy security and energy policy. His articles have appeared in such journal as Comparative European Politics, Mediterranean Politics, Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, European Security and Journal of International Relations and Development. His latest book published in 2017 is The New Politics of Energy Security in the European Union and Beyond. States, Markets, Institutions (Routledge).

Short description of ongoing research:
Dr. Prontera’s research plan at the Aleksanteri Institute is entitled ‘Forms of State and the Great Reconfiguration in East–West Energy Relations: Italy, Russia and the New Politics of Consumer–Producer Cooperation in the EU and Beyond’. As the title suggests, Dr. Prontera will study the transformations that have occurred in Italian–Russian energy relations, with a special focus on the natural gas sector and the dynamics of the last two decades. This piece of research is a part of a larger research project Dr. Prontera is working on, which seeks to examine the structural transformations in the energy relations between EU member states and their major gas suppliers. This research project stems from his previous work on the politics of energy security in the EU, which is conflated in his latest book: The New Politics of Energy Security in the European Union and Beyond. States, Markets, Institutions (2017, Routledge). In this book, Dr. Prontera has developed a conceptual framework based on an International Political Economy approach and the notion of ‘forms of state’, which he has applied to map the transformations in the states–market nexus in EU internal and external energy governance. Building on these findings, Dr. Prontera will extend his theoretical and conceptual framework in order to analyse the current patterns of Italian–Russian energy relations as the result of the parallel evolution in the forms of state in both countries.

Email: andrea.prontera[AT]unimc.it
Academic hosts at the Aleksanteri Institute: Daria Gritsenko, Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen