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Professor Leila Simona Talani

Professor Leila Simona Talani

Simona TalaniProfessor of International Political Economy

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Address Department of European & International Studies
King's College London
Room 4.11 Virginia Woolf Building
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Leila Simona Talani was appointed as Jean Monnet Chair of European Political Economy in the department of European and International Studies at King’s College London in 2012.

She was previously at the European Institute of the London School of Economics and in the department of European studies of the University of Bath since the year 2001. From November 2000 until September 2001 she held the position of Associate Expert for the United Nations Regional Office for Drug control and Crime Prevention based in Cairo working on illegal migration from the Middle East and Northern Africa to EU countries. In the academic year 1999-2000 she taught "The political Economy of European Integration" at the European Institute of the London School of Economics where she had previously held a research and teaching fellowship for the academic year 1998-1999.

Leila Simona Talani got her PhD with distinction at the European University Institute of Florence in 1998.

She is the author of: The Arab Spring in the Global Political Economy (Palgrave, Forthcoming), Dirty Cities: towards a political economy of shadow dynamics in global cities (Palgrave, 2013), European Political Economy (Ashgate: 2013), Globalization, Migration and the future of Europe (Routledge 2011), From Egypt to Europe (I.B.Tauris, 2010) amongst other publications..

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • International Political Economy and the Middle East
  • European Political Economy
  • The crisis of the Euro-Zone
  • The City of London and the British Financial Sector
  • Italy and the EMU

Her research interests currently focus on the global political economy and hr Arab Spring and on the consequences of the global financial crisis on the capitalist structures of European countries.

Leila welcomes applications for PhD topics related to any of her research interests. 

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Selected publications
  • Talani, L.S., (2014), The Arab Spring in the Global Political Economy, Palgrave
  • Talani, L.S., (2014) European Political Economy: Theories and Issues, London: Ashgate (238pp)
  • Talani, L.S., (2012), Globalization, Hegemony and the future of the City of London, Palgrave (243pp) ISBN-13: 978-0230280205
  • Talani, L.S., (2010), From Egypt to Europe, I.B.Tauris, 330 pp., ISBN: 1845116690
  • Talani, L.S., and Casey, B., (2008), Between Growth and Stability: The demise and reform of the Stability and Growth Pact. Edward Elgar, 224 pp., (ISBN 9781847202062)

For a complete list of publications, please see Leila's full research profile.

Expertise and public engagement


Membership of editorial boards:

International Relations and Diplomacy

International Political Economy Yearbook

Reviewer for:

Palgrave International Political Economy series

International Spectator

European Journal of International Relation

Journal of Modern Italian Studies, Francis and Taylor

British Journal of Politics and International relations

Routledge International Political Economy series

Francis and Taylor Journals


Cambridge University Press

Evaluator for:

INTAS projects

MIUR projects (Italian Ministry For University and Research)

Membership of professional bodies and networks

International Studies Association


British International Studies Association,

Political Studies Association,

European Union Studies Association,

Council for European Studies,

British Council network on migration: Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the dialogue between cultures

European Migration network

European University Institute, member of the executive committee of the Alumni

London School of Economics, European Institute,


BBC, Rai, Al jezeera, La Stampa, CNN

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