Department of Political Science


Dr Giulia Grillo

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Associate Lecturer in International Relations (Teaching) and Deputy Undergraduate Tutor 
Room: 3.07, 29/30 Tavistock Square
Email: giulia.grillo@ucl.ac.uk


I joined UCL’s Department of Political Science (PolSci) in 2022 as Senior Post Graduate Teaching Assistant (Senior PGTA). I now work at PolSci as Associate Lecturer in International Relations. I had previously worked at UCL, in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies as PGTA. I also worked as GTA and Assistant Lecturer at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Kent, respectively.

In September 2023, I attained my PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent, discussing a thesis titled, ‘Psychological Perspectives on Radicalisation Processes. Stories from the Italian Far Left’. Before my PhD, I attained my Master degree in International Security and the Politics of Terror from the University of Kent with a dissertation on ‘Legal approach to counterterrorism: Lessons Learnt from the Italian experience’, and my Bachelor with Honours in History and Politics still from the University of Kent.


I am interested in researching topics on peace and conflict, radicalisation processes, and political violence. I am particularly interested in better understanding the origins of violence and violent behaviour to find better ways to tackle it. I also like having an interdisciplinary approach to the study of these topics. In fact, my PhD thesis is titled ‘Psychological Perspectives on Radicalisation Processes. Stories from the Italian Far Left’, where I combine IR and conflict studies, together with psychology. 


For UCL’s Department of Political Science, this year, I will be teaching the following modules:
•    POLS0001 International Conflict and Cooperation
•    POLS0019 International Securit