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Professor Leila Simona Talani

Professor Leila Simona Talani

Simona TalaniProfessor of International Political Economy

Telephone +44 (0)20 7848 7382
Address Department of European & International Studies
King's College London
Room 4.11, Virginia Woolf Building
22 Kingsway 
London WC2B 6LE


Leila Simona Talani is Professor of International Political Economy in the department of European and International Studies since 2014. In 2017 she was awarded a visiting Professorship at the Kennedy School of Government of the University of Harvard. She was also appointed as Jean Monnet Chair of European Political Economy by the European Commission 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 irregular 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, among other titles, of: The political Economy of Italy in the Euro (Palgrave 2017), The Handbook of the International Political Economy of Migration (Edward Elgar, 2014-2017); The Arab Spring in the Global Political Economy(Palgrave, 2014), 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).

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

Her research interests currently focus on the global political economy and the migration crisis 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., (Under review), International Migration in the age of Globalisation, Cambridge: Polity Press

Talani, L.S., (2017), The Political Economy of Italy in the Euro: Between credibility and competitiveness? Palgrave (278pp), ISBN 978-1-137-57755-9

Talani, L.S., (2014), The Arab Spring in the Global Political Economy, London: Palgrave (243pp), ISBN: 9781137272188

Talani, L.S., (2014) European Political Economy: Theories and Issues, London:Routledge(238pp) 

Talani, L.S., (2012), Globalization, Hegemony and the future of the City of London, London:Palgrave (243pp) ISBN-13:978-0230280205

Talani, L.S., (2010), From Egypt to Europe, London: 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. London: Edward Elgar, 224 pp., (ISBN 9781847202062)

Talani, L.S., (2004) European Political Economy: Political Science Perspectives, London:Ashgate(238pp) ISBN/ISSN 0754636518

Talani, L.S., (2000), Betting for and against EMU. Who wins and who loses in Italy and in the UK from the process of European monetary integration, London:  Ashgate (320pp) ISBN/ISSN 0754610543

Edited Books:

Talani, L.S., Boghardt, A. and Torres, F., (ed) (2019, forthcoming), The politics and Economics of Brexit, London: Edward Elgar

Talani, L.S., and Rosina, M., (ed) (2019, Forthcoming), Tidal Waves? The political economy of migration and populism, Bern:Peter Lang

Talani, L.S., and Roccu., R., (ed), (2019), The Dark side of Globalization, London: Palgrave

Talani, L.S. and Giusti, S., (ed), (2018), Women in the Mediterranean, London: Routledge

Talani, L.S., and McMahon, S., (2015), (2017 paperback) (ed), The political Economy of International Migration,London:  Edward Elgar

Talani, (L.S.) (ed), (2016), Europe in crisis: A structural analysis, Palgrave 

Talani, L.S., Cafruny, A., and Pozo-Martin, G., (2016) (ed), Theories and Issues in Critical International Political Economy, Palgrave 

Talani, L.S., Clarkson, A. and Pacheco-Pardo, R., (2013), (ed), Dirty Cities: towards a political economy of the underground in Global Cities, Palgrave 

Talani, L.S., (ed) (2012,), Globalisation, Citizenship and the future of the EUInsiders and outsiders Routledge (260pp) ISBN-13: 978-0415669047

Talani, L.S., and Della Posta, P., (2010-2014pb), (ed) Europe in crisis,Palgrave (282pp) ISBN-13: 978-0230285545

Talani, L.S. (2010), (ed), The Global Crash: Towards an International Regulatory Regime?,Palgrave, Print ISBNs: 9780230243415 HB 208 pp 

Talani, L.S., (ed)(2009), The future of EMUPalgrave, 224 pp., ISBN: 0230218415

Talani, L.S., (ed), (2008), Europe and the Balkans: policies of integration and disintegrationCSP,ISBN: 9781847187222 

Talani, L.S., Baroncelli, S.and Spagnolo, C., (ed), (2008), After Maastricht,CSP, 450 pp., ISBN:1847185215

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,


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