Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr Debora Valentina Malito

Debora Malito is A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Humanities at the Department of Political Studies, University of Cape Town. Since 2013 she is Research Associate at the Global Governance Programme (Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies) European University Institute.

She holds a BA in Economics and Social Science (University of Calabria), a MA. in International Relations and PhD in Political Studies (University of Milan).

Her current project at UCT, ‘Reconfiguring Imperialism in Africa: R2P, Sovereignty and International Intervention’, focuses on two aspects of the contemporary intervention in Africa:
•    The narrative of justification as strategic instrument of Regime Change;
•    The rise of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the decline of state autonomy.

Research interests

The politics of international intervention and (de)stabilising sovereignty in Africa; Critical approaches to liberal peacebuilding; State theory, state-making and state-building; The political economy of measuring governance;
The politics and authority of governance and stateness indicators.


MALITO, D. V. (2015). ‘Building Terror while Fighting Enemies: How the Global War on Terror deepened the crisis in Somalia’. (forthcoming in Third World Quarterly, doi 10.1080/01436597.2015.1074037)
MALITO, D. V. (2015). ‘The difficulty of measuring governance and stateness’ Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Working Paper 38
MALITO, D. V. (2014). Measuring corruption indicators and indices. RSCAS Working Paper 13
BHUTA, N., MALITO, D. V., & UMBACH, G. (2014). Representing, reducing or removing complexity: Indicators of Sustainability. RSCAS Working Paper 78
BHUTA, N., MALITO, D. V., & UMBACH, G. (2014). Interdisciplinary perspectives on producing, using and debating corruption indicators. RSCAS Working Paper 37
MALITO, D., & YLONEN, A. (2013). Bypassing the Regional? International Protagonism in the IGAD Peace Process in Sudan and Somalia in Mapping agency: comparing regionalisms in Africa, by Ulrike Lorenz-Carl and Martin Rempe (eds), Farnham: Ashgate.
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
MALITO, D. V. (2011) Somalia: The end of the state, the fragmentation of sovereignty in the Horn of Africa. Saarbrucken, Germany: Lambert Academic Publishing.

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