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Francesca is a senior lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire. She holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh (2015) as well as a BA and MA in International Relations from the University of Cagliari (Italy). Her research is mainly in the field of European Union (EU) studies and International Relations with a specific attention to EU external relations, EU governance, EU institutions and actorness, energy policy and climate change. 

Francesca’s research on EU’s external engagement in energy policy has been published in the Journal of Common Market Studies (2021) and the Journal of European Integration (2022). She also published a monograph (Routledge, 2018) on EU external energy relations where she tests and contributes to the literature on the Principal-Agent Model of Delegation. Her work has also appeared on several academic blogs and on The Conversation. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) as well as a member of the academic association for contemporary European Studies (UACES).

The Dynamics of EU External Energy Relations: Fighting for Energy (Hardback) book coverThe European Union’s Evolving External Engagement: Towards New Sectoral Diplomacies? (Hardback) book cover

Research interests


  • European Union (EU)
  • EU external relations
  • Energy and climate
  • International Relations

Teaching specialisms

I am the module leader for the following modules: Global Energy Politics and Governance (5hum1181), The European Union in International Relations (6hum2008), Debates and Dilemmas: studying International Relations (7hum1122) and Energy and Environmental Politics (7hum1124).

Education/Academic qualification

Politics, PhD, Faithful agent or independent actor? The European Commission in the external dimension of EU Energy Policy, The University of Edinburgh


Award Date: 25 Nov 2015


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