Valeria research interests lie at the intersection of international relations and international political economy, with a particular focus on development financing and the rise of China in the global context. Her dissertation “Uncovering Chinese financed, Chinese built infrastructure in Ethiopia: a political economy analysis” centres on the linkages between China’s engagement in Africa and local processes of development. Valeria holds an MSc in Social Policy and Development from the London School of Economics and an MA in International Relations from the University of Roma Tre. Previously, she has held visiting positions at the Tsinghua University and the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. She has also worked for various international organizations and research institutes across Europe, the US, Asia and Africa.