PECOB Portal on Central Eastern
and Balkan Europe
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Who we are - General Information about PECOB

What is PECOB

PECOB is a connecting space built between Italy and Eastern, Central Europe, the Balkans and the Post-Soviet space. The Portal aims to provide both expert and generic users with scientific contents such as Politics, Economics, Society, Culture, History, and the Media coming from or focusing on the involved countries.

The project of the Portal is implemented with the collaboration of the Italian Association of Slavists (AIS) and the "Europe and the Balkans" International Network. It permits to collect up-to-date information, to produce new scientific contents, and to strengthen international collaboration among research groups, scholars, PhD and Master's students on specific issues.

The Portal offers a friendly and intuitive interface, a database of relevant sources, a fast and advanced search opportunity, a community, and the possibility to access education courses through an e-learning platform.

The Scientific Committee

The PECOB Scientific Committee is an inter-disciplinary committee. The Committee is responsible for reviewing proposals and accepting international high quality scientific pieces of research.
Only the papers accepted by the Scientific Committee will be published in the portal.

Members of the Scientific Committee

The Editorial Staff

The PECOB Editorial Staff selects and brings together the thinking of distinguished scholars, experts, researchers and generic users on Central-Eastern Europe, the Balkan region and the Post-Soviet Space.
The Editorial Staff is regularly assisted by the Scientific Committee and by several translators.


Maria Zalambani, Coordinator

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Maria Zalambani graduated in Russian Language and Literature at the University of Bologna in 1980. During the following years she was awarded some fellowships and she carried out her researches in the major Moscow libraries. In 1985 she obtained a fellowship awarded by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and got the D.E.A. (Diplome d’études approfondies) at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris. In 1993 she pursued a Ph. D. in History and Civilization at EHESS.
From 1998 to 2000 she tought Russian Literature at the School for Interpreters and Translators (SSLMIT), University of Bologna. In 2000 she was appointed associate professor in Russian Language and Literature at the University of Chieti (Pescara campus). Since 2003 she has been associate professor at SSLMIT (University of Bologna, Forlì campus). Since the same year she has been member of the scientific board of the Centre for Central Eastern and Balkan Europe (CECOB). From 2004 to 2008 scientific coordinator of the linguistic area for the Interdisciplinary Master in East European Researches and Studies (MIREES, University of Bologna). Since 2004 member of the scientific board of “Mediazioni” (Online Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies on Languages and Cultures). Since 2007 member of the board of the Doctoral School at the University of Padua. Since 2008 member of the board of the Doctoral School at the University of Bologna-Forlì.
She attended many national and internation meetings and conferences.
Her research interests focus on the 20th century Russian Literature, Culture and History of the Ideas.


Members of the Editorial Staff


Luciana Moretti, Editorial Assistant

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Luciana Moretti graduated in Sociology at the University of Bologna, Forlì Campus. She has two years studied International Relations at the University of Macerata until she decided to move to Forli to study Sociology.
She started working for the Istitute for Central Eastern and Balkan Europe in 2009 as an assistant to the organization of events. Later she became the secretary of the board of directors and since 2011 she works for PECOB. Today she is the head of the Scientific Library section and the manager of the portal, in all its sections.


Tania Marocchi, Analyst

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Tania holds a Master's degree in International Relations from the University of Bologna. During her studies she completed two exchange programs: the first one at the University of Vilnius,  Lithuania, the second one at the University of California, Berkeley. Her main interests include Russia-EU relations, the EU Eastern Partnership Programme and aspects of the post-communist transition. Today she is part of PECOB's research team and the head of PECOB's up-to-date alerts section. In her spare time she writes for several International Relations magazines.


David Brown, editor

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David is a current MIREES student at the University of Bologna (Forlì campus), where his research is focused on the region of South East Europe. David has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine where he wrote his senior thesis on Football, Politics and Civil Society. Apart for an unhealthy obsession with football, he also enjoys spending time in the mountains and reading.


Andrea Gullotta, editor

Andrea Gullotta is currently a Research Fellow at the University “Ca’ Foscari” of Venice. In April 2011, he obtained the Ph.D. title in “Linguistic, Philological and Literary Sciences” (specialization: Slavic Studies) and the additional title of “Doctor Europaeus” at the University of Padua.
He taught at the Universities of Palermo, Padua and Venice. He was a Research Fellow at the University of Padua for the international research project “La rifrazione del sé: forme e generi autobiografici e memorialistici nella cultura russa del XIX e XX secolo” [Refractions of the Self: Forms and Genres of Autobiographies and Memoirs in Russian Culture of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries].
An external collaborator with the Scientific and Information Centre “Memorial” of Saint Petersburg and a member of academic associations (such as BASEES, AIS, Memorial Italia, etc.) and of research groups both in Italy and abroad, he has published in both national and international peer-reviewed academic journals. His main areas of interest are Gulag Literature, Autobiographical Studies in Russian Literature and Samizdat.
He contributes to Pecob’s Scientific Library, particulary with the “Papers, essay and article in Language, Literature and Culture in Central, Eastern and Balkan Europe".


Energy Policy Studies


Paolo Sorbello

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Paolo Sorbello coordinates the Energy Policy Studies branch and contributes to the publication of research material while supervising the activities of the group. His interests include the energy and foreign policies of the former Soviet republics, especially in the Central Asian region. He has worked at several think-tanks and online publications based in Europe and the United States. He has published a book entitled The Role of Energy in Russian Foreign Policy towards Kazakhstan (Lambert Academic Publishing, Saarbruecken, June 2011).


Elvira Oliva

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Elvira Oliva obtained her Master's degree in political science at University of Bologna, with a thesis on the effects of EU energy market integration on the security of supplies. She did part of her research while on a student exchange program at the International Relations Department of the State University of Petrozavodsk (Russia).
After an internship at the Energy Office of the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels, she is now an energy analyst at the Italian think-tank Nomisma Energia and she contributes to the activities of the University of Bologna's Portal on Eastern and Central Europe and the Balkans (PECOB), through contributions to the new Energy Policy Studies branch.
Her research interests include energy politics, and legal and economic regulation of energy sources, with a geographical focus on the EU's eastern countries and the EU-Russia energy dialogue.


Eleonora Fuser

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Eleonora Fuser acts as Researcher and Social Media Officer for the Energy Policy Studies branch at PECOB, the Portal on Eastern and Central Europe and the Balkans, where she produces and coordinates web content for PECOB on several social networks. She is also associate researcher for the Energy Policy group, focusing on the policies of NATO and the European Union toward Central Asia and Russia in the field of security and energy. She graduated with a Master's thesis on the NATO-Russia Council at the "R. Ruffilli" Faculty of Political Science of the University of Bologna and is now International Analyst for Russia and the Caucasus for Geopolitica, an Italian Journal of Geopolitics. Her interests also encompass military and energy competition in central, south and east Asia. She has worked as Public Affairs Officer in Asia and Italy in both the not-for-profit and private sector.


Ludovico Grandi

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Ludovico Grandi has a background in international relations, cultivated through his Bachelor degree in Bologna and mobility programs at the ULB (Brussels) and Corvinus (Budapest) Universities. His Master's program focuses on Russia and its energy role, especially in relation to Central Asian countries. He is an active researcher and contributor to PECOB's Energy Policy Studies Branch.


Giovanni Cadioli

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Giovanni Cadioli completed his BA in Sociology at the University of Trento in 2010, with a final thesis on Russia's foreign policy from 2000 to 2010; he is in the process of completing his MA studies at MIREES, University of Bologna, and spent his MIREES mobility period at the Faculty of Economics of Budapest Corvinus University.

He is mainly interested in Soviet and post-Soviet foreign policy, Russian politics as well as contemporary energy issues.


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