84673 - Laboratory: Geopolitics, Finance for International Cooperation and instruments

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

No poverty Decent work and economic growth Reduced inequalities Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

Obiettivi formativi: the student will acquire the project design and capacity building skills in accordance with the sustainable development approach and the shared goals of the local and regional cooperation countries and public institutions. The student will debate the future scenarios of cooperation and the different paradigms of alternative development of basic need, of gender and sustainability.

Course contents

The course provides an introduction to political geography, geopolitics, the international financial architecture and trends especially useful in the field of international cooperation.

Moreover, the laboratorial part will enhance knowledge and practice on how to design and manage process, programmes and projects in the various field of international cooperation (country papers, strategy papers, elements on monitoring, structuring project proposals in international cooperation, indicators and assessments, budgeting and reporting, missions organisation, etc.). Both traditional (aid) and integrated (post-aid) approaches will be used.

The importance of the sustainable development paradigm, the bottom-up and local development approach will be methodologically central in conceptualizing actions.

Finally, students will develop knowledge and skills to debate the future scenarios of international cooperation and the different paradigms of development.

Main Lab Skill: Team Building; Team Management; Communication Skills; Time Management

This course is structured in two main parts: (1) a theoretical and (2) an applied one. Overall, a thinking and learning lab atmosphere will be created with the aim of enabling students to acquire the basis to create, design and manage processes, programmes, projects in the various fields of international cooperation.

Main Lab Skills: Team Building; Team Management; Communication Skills; Time Management



Reading List: (* available in Italian as well)

Theory (text will be available also in Virtuale.unibo.it)

  • GRANDI S., 2017, Political Geography, geopolitics, finance and development: a first approach (in virtuale)
  • SELLAR C, GRANDI S, JAFRI J (a cura di): Grandi S, Sellar C, Jafri J, Geofinance between political and financial geographies. A focus on the semi-periphery of the Global Financial System, Edward Elgar Publishing, UK (Intro, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 12)
  • GRANDI S., PARENTI F. M., (2019), Does Geography Matter in Finance? Frontiers, Polarizations, Alternatives and Geopolitical Elements for Financial Analysis. In BOUBAKER S., NGUYEN D. K. (eds), Handbook of global financial markets: transformations, dependence, and risk spillovers,World Scientific Publishing, pp.767-788, ISBN: 978-981-3236-64-6.
  • GRANDI S (2020). Micro and small business clusters and local development policies: insights from India-Italia cooperation projects. In Lund-Thomsen P, Hansen MW, Lindgreen A (eds), Business and Development Studies – Issues and Perspectives. Routledge, London And New York.

Further Readings (not compulsory):

  • Agnew J., Muscarà L., (2012) Making Political Geography- Second Edition, Rowman and Littlefield, Maryland, US.*
  • PARENTI F.M. E ROSATI U. (eds), 2016. Geofinance and geopolitics, EGEA, Milano*
  • Stiglitz J. E, (2003), "Ethics, Market and Government Failure, and Globalization, The Governance of Globalization, The proceedings of the Ninth Plenary Session of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Acta 9, Edmund Malinvaud and Louis Sabourin, eds., Casina Pio IV, 2-6 May 2003,- https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/sites/jstiglitz/files/2003_Ethics_Market_and_Government_Failure_and_Globalization.pdf]*

Official Institutional Guidelines

  • Europe Aid Cooperation office, 2004, Aid Delivery Methods. Project Cycle Management Guidelines, European Commission, Bruxelles. https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/aid-delivery-methods-project-cycle-management-guidelines-vol-1_en
  • DG BUDGET, 2017, A guide to EU Funds. 2017 edition. European Union, Brussels. (free on: https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/7d72330a-7020-11e7-b2f2-01aa75ed71a1/language-en/format-PDF/source-39311751 )
  • DG BUDGET, 2014, A beginners guideline to EU Funding. European Union, Brussels. (free on: https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/9eb0b343-aa5e-46b6-8cd4-4fc07dcaddea/language-en/format-PDF/source-search )
  • DG BUDGET, 2015, EU budget at Glance. European Union, Brussels.(free on: https://publications.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/7472f901-0de2-4eee-bfa6-4373571146e1/language-en/format-PDF/source-39420457 )
  • OECD, 2017, Development Co‑operation Report 2016. The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities, OECD, Paris - http://www.oecd.org/dac/development-co-operation-report-2016.htm

Instructions for non-attending students (non frequentanti): Non attending students are required to study the core texts above as well as all slides in virtuale.

Instructions for SPOSI students: to improve basic knowledge on Geography of Development reading one of the following book before is very recommended:

Potter, R., Binns, T., Elliott, J. A., Nel, E., Smith, D. W., 2018,. Geographies of Development. An introduction to development studies. Routledge, London

Grandi S., 2013, Sviluppo, geografia e cooperazioni internazionale . La Mandragora, Imola.

Teaching methods

Lectures are composed of classical/seminaries supported by PC-based presentations, case studies, maps and videos. Moreover, tutorial, simulations and working group sessions are going to be performed in the second part of the laboratory.

Assessment methods


Students who attend on line or in presence lectures (frequentanti) can participate to the group small discussions (including writing comments on specific topics on first 3 lectures) + prepare a group project work with a presentation/essay to be done and discussed in the final days of the lectures. Project work titles will be announced as of the reach of the 3rd lecture.

In special cases, an essay (tesina) can be agreed with the lecturer.

Full oral exam is foreseen for those not able to partecipate to the lectures. (please contact the Professor to agree exactly what to study)

Teaching tools

Pc, videos, slides, maps.


Office hours

See the website of Silvia Grandi