Dr Irene Morlino

Dr Irene Morlino

IRD Fellow

Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
EU humanitarian aid, EU-UN relations, International Organisations (IOs)

About me

Irene Morlino is an International Relations Department (IRD) Fellow.

Her research focuses on one aspect of EU foreign policy, that is, EU humanitarian aid. Specifically, the research empirically assesses the effectiveness of EU humanitarian aid projects in Myanmar, Lebanon and Mozambique between 2015 and 2017. The key empirical findings single out the factors responsible for the variation of the effectiveness vis-à-vis the pre-established project’s objectives, such as the relationship between the EU and UN agencies implementing the projects and the attitude of the recipient governments towards the aid. 

Besides EU humanitarian aid and its effectiveness, Dr Morlino’s interests are EU foreign policy, International Organisations, EU-UN relations, human rights. She has also focused on the impact that COVID-19 had on Italy’s political and legal dynamics during the first wave of the pandemic. 

Prior to joining LSE, Dr Morlino has worked as a trainee for the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD-United Nations) in Rome and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York City, with particular attention to the ECOSOC. In the human rights sector, she was project manager for Les Glorieuses, an association based in Paris, contributing to the set-up of a political project and platform aimed at analysing attitudes towards gender equality among the 2017 French presidential election candidates.

She holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a Master's Degree in European Affairs from SciencesPo (Paris) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Sciences from LUISS Guido Carli (Rome). 

Teaching experience

  • IR100 Introduction to International Relations: Concepts, Theories and Debates (LSE)
  • IR410 International Politics  (current)
  • IR434 European Security and Defence policy  (current)

Not available to supervise PhD students


Academic supervisor

Professor Karen E Smith


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Expertise Details

EU humanitarian aid; International Organisations (IOs); EU; UN; EU-UN relations; human rights

My research