Staff profile

Dr Francesco Belcastro


Lecturer & Subject Leader in International Relations

Subject

Social Sciences

College

College of Business, Law and Social Sciences

Department

Criminology and Social Sciences

Campus

One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

Email

f.belcastro@derby.ac.uk

About

I am a Lecturer and the programme leader of International Relations at the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences here at the University of Derby. I am currently the admissions tutor for International Relations and Diplomacy.

I am also a Fellow of the Centre for Syrian Studies, University of St Andrews.

Teaching responsibilities

Professional interests

I am interested in politics and international relations of the Middle East- broadly defined. My non-academic work focuses in particular on Western foreign policy in the region, regional security, the Levant and the Arab-Israeli conflict. I regularly contribute to several online publications in the fields of International Relations and Geopolitcs. My articles are often included in the "reading lists" for Italian MPs working on foreign policy. 

I have been a Guest Speaker at several institutions, including the Royal Danish Defence College, Copenhagen where I lectured on  “The regional consequences of the Syrian crisis”. 

Research interests

My research interests lie, broadly speaking, in the fields of International Relations and Middle East Studies. My PhD dissertation developed a theoretical framework of alliances formation and analysed the foreign policy of Syria during the 1970-1989 years. I am particularly interested in the application of traditional international relations theories and concepts to the regional level. My current research focuses on regional involvement in civil wars both at theoretical level and in reference to the Syrian case.    

Membership of professional bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Qualifications

Prior to joining the University of Derby I was a Teaching Fellow at the University of St Andrews, where I also obtained my PhD. 

I hold an MA in Geopolitics, Territory and Security from King's College London and a BA in International Relations from the University of Bologna.

Recent conferences

In the media

I am available for comments in the press on a range of topics including the current civil war in Syria, the Arab-Israeli Conflict and external powers' involvement in the Middle East.

Recent publications