Carlotta Mingardi is a PhD student in Political and Social Sciences at the University of Bologna, and currently Visiting PhD student at the Brussels School of International Studies-BSIS, University of Kent. Her research focuses on EU’s foreign policy towards the Western Balkans, considering the impact of international actors such as Russia, Turkey and China.
After graduating from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, she took her master’s degree in Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies-SOAS University of London. In 2017, she became a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission, where she worked on the Justice reform in the Western Balkans, setting the first bricks of her PhD research project. Before starting her PhD, she worked as Junior Research Fellow at the European Institute of the Mediterranean in Barcelona.
Besides being an activist with Amnesty International since 2016, Carlotta writes for different newspapers and magazines, such as BresciaOggi, InPrimis-Today and Pandora Rivista, an Italian magazine of political theory.