Alessio Iocchi

Senior Research Fellow

Alessio Iocchi is Senior Research Fellow in NUPI's Research group on peace, conflict and development. He holds a PhD in Contemporary African History from University of Naples L'Orientale and works predominantly on non-state armed groups, insurgencies, social mobilization and the informal economy in the Sahel and Sahara.

Iocchi is also Associate Fellow at the Centro Studi Africa Contemporanea (CeSAC) and the Centro Mobilità e Migrazioni (MoMi) at University L'Orientale, he has worked as consultant for NGOs and collaborates with the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI). He has conducted in-depth fieldwork in Nigeria, Chad, Niger and Cameroon.


2019 PhD (summa cum laude), Department of Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean, University of Naples L'Orientale

2015 Master of Arts (summa cum laude), Department of Social and Human Science, University of Naples L'Orientale

Work Experience

2020- Senior Research Fellow, NUPI

2018- Visiting Doctoral Fellow, Department of Religious Studies, University of Cape Town

2015-2019 PhD Fellow, Department of Asia, Africa and the Mediterranean, University of Naples L'Orientale

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  • The Sahel - fragile states and violent entrepreneurs
    Thu 3 Feb 2022
    Time: 01:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: YouTube

    The Sahel has recently gotten attention from the international community because of the many challenges this realm faces. This webinar marks the end of a three-year long project that has taken a closer look at the Sahel.

  • WEBINAR: Launch of special issue of International Spectator
    Wed 2 Dec 2020
    Time: 15:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Microsoft Teams

    We are happy to promote the launch of a special issue of the "International Spectator" journal on Governance, Fragility and Insurgency in the Sahel: A Hybrid Political Order in the Making, guest edited by Morten Bøås and Francesco Strazzari.

  • WEBINAR: Jihad in the Sahel: Actors, developments and context
    Tue 21 Apr 2020
    Time: 12:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Webinar

    Who are the jihadi insurgents, why are they gaining ground, and what are the likely future developments in the Sahel?