MENASP Network Database

Social Policy Database

Database of Middle East North Africa Social Policy Expertise

Dr. Sara de Simone
Doctorate, University of ples L'Orientale - University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Current or most recent Employer

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Trento

Organisation Type: University

Regional Expertise


Disciplinary or professional background

Development Studies, Political science, Social/Public Policy

Contact Info


Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Trento. Via verdi 26, 38122, Trento
Public Profiles

Current Areas of Policy Interest

Governance (Local Governance and Decentralization) ( 4 years )


Academic publications
“L‟utilizzo dello Stato: discorsi e pratiche sull‟erogazione di servizi in Sud Sudan” (Using the State: discourses and practices on local service delivery in South Sudan), Afriche e Orienti, special issue 2/3, 2016. “Building a Fragmented State: Land governce and conflict in South Sudan”. Jourl of Peacebuilding and Development, Vol. 10, No. 3, 2015. pp. 60-73 “Post Conflict decentralization: Dymics of land and power in Unity State – South Sudan”. UNISCI Discussion Papers No. 33, Special Issue on Sudan and South Sudan, October 2013. pp. 35-55 “La crisi in Sud Sudan: croca di u morte annunciata?” (South Sudan crisis: chronicle of a foretold death?) Afriche e Orienti, 3-4/2013. pp. 139-145 “Venti di guerra nelle tre aree” (War in the three areas). Afriche e Orienti, 3-4/2011.

Academic conferences
IV Conferenza Associazione per gli Studi Africani in Italia (ASAI): “Africa in fermento.Conflitti, modernità, religioni” at the University of Catania. Title of the presentation:“Disempowering resilience: coping with delivery failures through exit and survival strategies in South Sudan”. 6th European Conference on African Studies (ECAS): “Collective Mobilisations in Africa. Contestation, Resistance, Revolt”. University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, 8-10 July 2015. Convenor and chair of the panel “Local State-making in Africa: Between Intertiol Programs and Everyday Administration”. Doctoral semir of the Department of Asia Africa and Mediterranean, University of ples L‟Orientale, 8-10 June 2015. Title of the presentation: “Lo Stato Sud Sudanese tra costruzione, formazione, frammentazione” (The South Sudanese state: between statebuilding, formation and fragmentation)

Professional or Trade Press



Social Media

Policy Reports
“South Sudan. A dark and thick forest of foreign investment: Central Equatoria Teak Company Case Study”, In The Great Rush. European Union responsibility in tural resources grabbing, by Anlisa Stagni et al., produced by Mani Tese, Bankwatch, CeVI, Comitato Italiano Contratto Mondiale sull‟acqua, Les Amis de la Terre, Re:Common. 2012, pp. 59-64.

Consultancy Reports
"Participation in Service Delivery: Assessment for Yei, Torit, Yambio, Wau, Aweil and Kuajok." (co-authored with Andreas Hirblinger), Geselleschaft fur Intertiol Zusammerrbeit, June 2016, unpublished

"La carestia in Sud Sudan: la storia si ripete?", ISPI, 6 March 2017: "Sud Sudan: le radici di u crisi a intermittenza", ISPI, 20 July 2016. "What is tribalism and how does it matter for South Sudan?" (co-authored with Andreas Hirblinger). African Arguments, 24 December 2013.

Handbook: "Kickstarting participation in the delivery of municipal services. A practitioner's guide for South Sudan". (Co-authored with Andreas Hirblinger) Gesellschaft fur Intertiol Zusammerbeit, 2016. Unpublished.