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Personal profile

Research interests

Modernization and backwardness in Eastern Europe

Nationalism and State Partitions in Europe

Migrations in the Adriatic-Ionian Macroregion and Territorial Cohesion

Yugoslav history

Politics and Political Culture in the Balkans;

Ethnic and Minority problems in SEE;

Soviet/Russian external projection;

Post-communist transition in the Balkans;

EU enlargement eastwards;


International experience

Since 2015 he is Rector’s delegate for the relations with East European Countries and the Director of the Unit of the Department of Political and Social Sciences at the Forlì Campus of the University of Bologna. He is also Visiting Professor of the St. Petersburg State University and holds a H.D. in Humanities of the Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas.

Between 2004 and 2015 he was the coordinator of the international two-years Master in Interdisciplinary Research and Studies on Eastern Studies (MIREES), awarding a joint diploma of  the Universities of  Bologna, Vytautas Magnus (Kaunas), St. Petersburg State U., and Corvinus of Budapest.

In addition, from 2001 to 2018 he was also co-director of the European Regional Master in Democracy and Human Rights in SEE (awarding a double diploma of the Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna). He lectured in a number of Universities in Warsaw, Budapest, Kazan, Paris VIII, Drexel, Harvard, Yale, Buenos Aires, Baku State U., Kavkaz, Pantheion (Athens), Belgrade, Sehir, Kaunas, Sofija, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim), John Jay College of Criminal Justice (New York), CUNY, Montréal and others.

He is currently leading a three years research project of his Department on “Russia and China in the Global World. State and Societies between Domestic Dynamics and International Projections” and a one year targeted analysis for ESPON (European Commission) on Migration flows and territorial cohesion in the Adriatic-Ionian and Danubian basins.

As an expert of Balkan issues, particularly on Yugoslavia and its successor states in politics, contemporary history and international relations, he published several books and articles in Italian, French, English and other languages.He was an advisor of the ICTY, in the Hague. Editor in Chief of the English Series on the Balkan and East-Central Europe (Longo Publ., Ravenna), he is the Executive Editor of «Southeastern Europe», Brill, Leiden, a blind peer review international journal indexed by Scopus and Web of Science ESCI, among others.

He has directed and coordinated a wide number of international and national research projects and activities (see the CV)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Sciences, Universita degli Studi di Milano


  • JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
  • Adriatic-Ionian basin; mobility and territorial cohesion
  • DR Balkan Peninsula
  • Yugoslavia; post-communist transition; nationalism

Research Output 2014 2018

I vicini dimenticati: l’instabilità nei Balcani occidentali

Translated title of the contribution: The forgotten neighbors: the instability in the Western BalkansBianchini, S., 2018, Atlante geopolitico Treccani 2018. Trecca, M. & Torelli, S. M. (eds.). Rome: Istituto dell'Enciclopedia italiana, p. 111-120 10 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Lo smembramento della Jugoslavia: lezioni non apprese e ripercussioni per l’Unione Europea

Bianchini, S., 16 Dec 2018, Stati, Regioni e Nazioni nell’Unione Europea. Geniola, A., Mortellaro, I. D. & Petrosino, D. (eds.). Bari: Editoriale Scientifica, p. 43-72 30 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionResearchpeer-review

Russia e Cina nel mondo globale: Due potenze fra dinamiche interne e internazionali

Translated title of the contribution: Russia and China in the Global World: Two Powers between domestic and international dynamicsБьянкини, С. & Fiori, A., Nov 2018, Rome: Carocci Editore. 246 p.

Research output: Book/Report/AnthologyAnthologyResearchpeer-review

State-building Politics after the Yugoslav and Soviet Collapse –: The Western Balkans and Ukraine in a Comparative Perspective. An Introduction

Бьянкини, С. & Minakov, M., 22 Nov 2018, In : Southeastern Europe. 42, 3, p. 291-304 13 p., 1.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Tra Occidente e Eurasia: il pendolo russo nelle relazioni internazionali

Translated title of the contribution: Between the Western world and Eurasia: the Russian swinging policy in international relationsБьянкини, С., 20 Nov 2018, Russia e Cina nel mondo globale. : Due potenze fra dinamiche interne e internazionali. Bianchini, S. & Fiori, A. (eds.). Rome: Carocci Editore, p. 169-184 15 p. 11

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Activities 1997 2018

  • 4 Participating in a conference, workshop, ...
  • 2 Publication Peer-review

The Tito-Stalin Split 70 years After

Стефано Бьянкини (Member of program committee)
28 Jun 201830 Jun 2018

Activity: Attendance typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

3rd Forum of the Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region

Стефано Бьянкини (Participant)
24 May 2018

Activity: Attendance typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Russia and the West: When Will Better Times Come?

Стефано Бьянкини (Participant)
5 Apr 2018

Activity: Attendance typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

The Great Russian Revolution: Memory and Evaluation”

Стефано Бьянкини (Participant)
18 Oct 2017

Activity: Attendance typesParticipating in a conference, workshop, ...

Southeastern Europe (Journal)

Стефано Бьянкини (Editor)
1 Jan 2008 → …

Activity: Editorial work typesPublication Peer-review