Gian Luca GARDINI is full professor and Chair of History of International Relations (with focus on Latin America) at the University of Udine, Italy. From 2014 to 2021, he was Chair of International Business and Society Relations with focus on Latin America at the School of Business, Economics and Social Sciences at Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen Nuremberg, Germany. At the same institution, he was also Carlos Saavedra Lamas Visiting Professor of International Relations between 2021 and 2023. He has previously taught at the University of Cambridge and at the University of Bath in the United Kingdom.

He holds a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. He also obtained a Graduate Diploma in European Studies from the Italian Centre for International Economic Cooperation.

His main research interests cover the international relations of Latin America, foreign policy analysis, comparative regional integration, international organisation, and issues of international power, order and institutions. Among his recent books are The Redefinition of the EU Presence in Latin America and the Caribbean (Peter Lang, 2023), External Powers in Latin America (Routledge, 2021), The World Before and After COVID-19 (EIIS, 2020). He is also the author of the documentary The legacy of Carlos Saavedra Lamas, first Latin American Nobel Prize laureate. 

He also acted as a practitioner of International and EU affairs. He was project manager for several EU consulting firms, Representative to the EU of the Italian Confederation of Industry, and International Trade Advisor to EUROCHAMBRES, the European Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. In 2012, he was seconded officer to the Chilean Foreign Ministry working in the team that organised the EU-Latin American and Caribbean Summit.

Prof GARDINI was also Visiting Professor at Shandong University in the People's Republic of China, the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, the University of Venice and Bologna in Italy.

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