Lorenza Fontana


I am a Professor in Politics at the Inter-university Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning at the University/Polytechnic of Turin, in Italy.

Since 2023, I am a Carlo Alberto Chair in Politics and Society at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin and a Visiting Professor in the Politics Department at the University of Glasgow.

I held previous academic positions as an Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in International Relations at the University of Glasgow, as Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in International Politics at Newcastle University (UK), as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Global Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (USA), and as a Post-doctoral Associate at the University of Sheffield (UK).

Before becoming a full-time academic, I served as a political analyst and researcher at the United Nations Development Programme in Bolivia and I did consultancy work for international organisations and NGOs, including Idea International and UNDP Europe and Central Asia.

I have held visiting positions at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France, at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, at the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and at the EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia.

I grew up in a mid-size town surrounded by rice fields in the Northern Italian plains. My passion for travelling forced me to learn three languages: English, French and Spanish (which means I understand Portuguese if you speak slowly!). I completed my education in Italy, spent three years living and working in Bolivia, and relocated to the UK to pursue my academic career. I lived in Scotland for over a decade before returning to North-West Italy, close to my favourite mountains, with my partner and two Scottish-American-Italian kids.