Debora V. Malito is a Lecturer in International Relations at XJTLU. She completed her PhD in Political Studies from the University of Milan and held research positions at the European University Institute and University of Cape Town.

Her work intersects critical approaches in the study of sovereignty and international intervention. Current research projects concern: the unmaking of political orders through interventionist projects and the political economy of measuring governance.

Her publications have appeared in journals such as International Peacekeeping, Politikon and Third World Quarterly; she is the author of Destabilising Interventions in Somalia (Routledge 2019) and co-editor of the Palgrave Handbook of Indicators in Global Governance (2018) with G. Umbach and N. Bhuta.
Debora Malito
  • Qualifications

    • Fellow, UK Higher Education Academy, 2020
    • PhD, University of Milan - 2013
    • MA in International Relations, University of Milan - 2008
    • BA in Economics, Social Science and Development, University of Calabria - 2005
  • Experience

    • A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Humanities, University of Cape Town, 2015-2016
    • Research Associate, European University Institute, 2013-2016
  • Research interests

    • State-building
    • Sovereignty and Intervention
    • International Relations Theory
    • International Intervention, Humanitarism, Responsibility to Protect
    • New Modes of Governance
    • Critical security studies
    • Critical theory
    • China-Africa relations
  • Articles

    • MALITO, D. V. (2019). Measuring and Delimiting Corruption, Cartografie Sociali 4(8), 115-138
    • MALITO, D. V. (2019). Morality as Catalyst for Violence: R2P and Regime Change in Libya Politikon, 46(1), 104–121
    • MALITO, D.V (2017). The Responsibility to Protect what in Libya? Peace Review, 29: 289-298
    • MALITO, D. V. (2017). Neutral in Favour of Whom? The UN Intervention in Somalia and the Somaliland Peace Process, International Peacekeeping, 24(2): 280-303
    • MALITO, D. V. (2016). The Global War on Terror in Somalia: the Politics of Destabilization, The Annual Review of Islam in Africa, 12/13, 49-55
    • MALITO, D. V. (2015). Building Terror while Fighting Enemies: How the Global War on Terror Deepened the Crisis in Somalia, Third World Quarterly, 35, (10): 1866-86
  • Proceedings

    • Book Review of Measuring International Authority: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Governance, Volume III, Liesbet Hooghe, ed. Gary Marks, Tobias Lenz, Jeanine Bezuijen, Besir Ceka, and Svet Derderyan (2017): OUP, Journal of Common Market Studies 10.1111/jcms.12717
    • MALITO, D. V. (2015). The Difficulty of Measuring Governance and Stateness, EUI Working Paper RSCAS 38/2015
    • BHUTA, N., MALITO, D. V., UMBACH, G. (2014). Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Producing, Using and Debating Corruption Indicators. EUI Working Paper RSCAS 37/2014
    • BHUTA, N., MALITO, D. V., UMBACH, G. (2014) Representing, Reducing or Removing Complexity: Indicators of Sustainability, EUI Working Paper RSCAS 78/2014
    • MALITO, D. V. (2014). Measuring Sustainability: Benefits and pitfalls of Fiscal Sustainability Indicators, EUI Working Paper RSCAS 77/2014
    • MALITO, D. V. (2014). Measuring Corruption Indicators and Indices, EUI Working Paper RSCAS 13/2014
    • MALITO, D. V. (2011). Somalia and State-Building: State Capacity or State Autonomy? A Critical Review of How to Decolonize African Studies, Somaliland Journal of Peace and Development, 1(1), 56-74
  • Books, monographs, compilations and manuals

    • MALITO, D. V. (2019). Destabilising Interventions in Somalia. Routledge
    • MALITO, D. V., UMBACH, G. & BHUTA, N. (2018). The Palgrave Handbook of Indicators in Global Governance. Palgrave MacMillan: Cham
  • Chapters, cases, readings and supplements

    • MALITO, D. V. (2020). “The Effects and Aftermaths of Italy’s Defeat in the Second World War” in Political and legal aspects of Italian Colonialism in Somalia. Carpanelli E & Scovazzi T (eds.) Giappichelli editore
    • BHUTA, N., MALITO, D. V., & UMBACH, G. (2018). “Of Numbers and Narratives-Indicators in Global Governance and the Rise of a Reflexive Indicator Culture” in Malito D. V., Umbach G, & Bhuta N. (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Indicators in Global Governance, 1-29. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham
    • MALITO, D. V. (2018). “The Creative Disorder of Measuring Governance”, in Malito D. V., Umbach G, & Bhuta N. (eds.), The Palgrave Handbook of Indicators in Global Governance, 97-137. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham
    • MALITO, D. V., BHUTA, N. & UMBACH, G.(2018). “Knowing and Governing”, in Malito D. V., Umbach G, & Bhuta N. (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Indicators in Global Governance, 503-512. Palgrave Macmillan: Cham
    • MALITO, D., & YLONEN, A. (2013). “Bypassing the Regional? International Protagonism in the IGAD Peace Process in Sudan and Somalia” Ulrike Lorenz-Carl and Martin Rempe (eds.), Mapping agency: comparing regionalism in Africa, 35-57. Farnham: Ashgate.
  • Conference presentations

    • Presentations at conferences including: South African Association of Political Studies Conference, Cape Town (2016); European University Institute (2013, 2014, 2015); Somali Studies Conference at Harvard University (2019), Annual Jiangnan Conference, University of Nottingham Ningbo (2019); Conference of the Italian Society for Middle Eastern Studies (2019); GIGA (2015), University of Pretoria (2016); University of Surrey (2015); ECPR Joint Workshop (2015); Annual Conference of the International Association for Peace and Conflict Studies, (2014), University of Thessaloniki (2014); Annual Conference of the Italian Society of Political Science (SISP), University of Florence (2013); Italian African Studies Conference, (2012); Freie Universität (2011)
  • Grants

    • A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Humanities, University of Cape Town, 2015-2016
    • Research Development Fund, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, 2019-2021
  • Teaching activities

    • INR201 Managing the World: the role of International Institutions
    • INR107 International Politics of Development in Africa
  • Courses taught

    • Economic Theories of Globalisation
  • Professional memberships

    • African Studies Association (ASA)
    • Italian Association of Middle East Studies (SESAMO)
    • South Africa Association of Political Science (SAAPS);
  • Telephone

    +86 (0)512 8816 4644
  • Email
  • Address

    Room HS405
    111 Ren'ai Rd
    Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation District
    Suzhou Industrial Park