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Professor Leila Talani

Leila Simona Talani

Job title

Professor of International Political Economy

Jean Monnet Chair of European Political Economy


European & International Studies

Date started at King’s


Challenges and achievements

When and what was responsible for you becoming interested in your academic discipline?

As an undergraduate student I did my BA dissertation on the position of the UK in the Economic and Monetary Union.

What are your research interests, and what drew you to this area? 

My first research interest is the European Political Economy, in particular the process of Economic and monetary integration. My other research interest is the political economy of the Middle East and Northern Africa, especially Egypt. The latter interest I developed as a United Nation Officer in Cairo.

Tell us about a couple of your achievements that have been particularly rewarding. 

My Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Economy was highly rewarding as it was a recognition of my stand on the subject from the European Commission.

Do you have professional role models? Who are they and what do you find inspiring about them and their accomplishments?

My most important role model is my mother as she is an outstanding woman being.

What do you feel is the most enjoyable/rewarding aspect of your job at King’s? 

King’s is a top university and the level of research is really top.

How do you balance the various demands of a career in academia: research, teaching/learning, administration?

With a lot of patience and organization.

How do you balance an academic career with life outside the workplace?

With a lot of patience and organization.

What have you learnt from your experiences that you would like to share with others?

Women can have it all, family and work precisely as men...only it takes much more effort, patience and organization.


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