Stephanie Arnold is a PhD candidate at the University of Bologna and a PhD fellow at the United Nations University CRIS in Bruges. Her research concentrates on the international politics of digital development in developing countries with a special focus on how international development programs and financeshape the digital transition in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Before embarking on her PhD journey, Stephanie pursued a five-year master’s degree in law at the University of Bologna. As a law student, she spent an exchange semester at Leiden University as well as the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. Besides several legal traineeships in Italy, Romania, and Estonia, she also interned at the Embassy of Italy in Tanzania and at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels where she gained practical insight into international affairs and the policy-making process.
Finally, Stephanie is passionate about foreign languages. She is fluent in English, German, Italian, and Swahili, and speaks some French, Dutch, and Mandarin.