Ilaria Carrozza

Senior Researcher

Research Interests

China's foreign and security policy; digital technology; artificial intelligence; the Belt and Road Initiative; the Digital Silk Road; China-Africa relations; South-South cooperation; China-US relations; military balance of power.


​I am a Senior Researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), where I study how China uses a variety of tools to extend its influence abroad and challenge the existing world order. My current research covers topics such as China's foreign policy; dual-use technology and artificial intelligence; great power competition; and the Digital Silk Road. My broader research interests include China’s engagement in Africa and Asia, the Belt and Road Initiative, South-South cooperation, and the international order. Prior to joining PRIO, I was the editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies, Vol. 45, and I worked as a consultant at the UNESCAP in Bangkok, where I led a project on sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region. I have a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a MA in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

Languages spoken:

Italian (native); English; Spanish; Chinese (fluent); Norwegian (intermediate); Portuguese; French (basic)

Work experience:

2020-: Senior Researcher

2019-2020: Project Coordinator, PRIO, Oslo

2016-2017: Associate Editor, Millennium: Journal of International Studies, London

2015-2017: Graduate Teaching Assistant, LSE, London

2015-2016: Editor & Director, Millennium: Journal of International Studies

2014-2015: Consultant, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok

2014-2015: Research Coordinator, LSE Africa Summit, London

Academic Visitorships:

2017, School of International Studies (SIS), Peking University, Beijing


2014-2019, PhD in International Relations, The London School of Economics and Political Science

2012-2013, MA in Chinese Studies (major in International Politics), School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

2008-2011, BA in Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, University of Pisa 


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Popular Article

Carrozza, Ilaria & Henrik Buljo Anstorp (2021) Kommer Kina til å gjenoppbygge Afghanistan, Irak og Syria? [Will China rebuild Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria?], Aftenposten, 4 September.

PRIO Policy Brief

Carrozza, Ilaria & Henrik Buljo Anstorp (2021) Protecting Interests in Highly Volatile Countries: China’s Engagement in Iraq and Syria, PRIO Policy Brief, 13. Oslo: PRIO.