After the Degree in International Relations for Development (Bologna University and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore), she got a Master of Science in Development Economics at the Sussex University in Brighton (UK) and a PhD in Institutions and Politics (Development Economics field) at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, by carrying out an empirical research on the influence of natural resources on civil conflicts' intensity in least developed countries. She is currently a Post-doc Research Fellow at the International Economics, Institutions and Development Department at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore.
Since 2001 she has been working on international development field, with special focus on natural resources management, civil conflicts and rural development, through several collaborations with NGOs, governmental cooperation agencies and United Nations. She worked in Bangladesh, Uganda, Bolivia and Ivory Coast.
personal page: http://docenti.unicatt.it/ita/sara_balestri/
International Integration, Global Trade and Development
The course reviews the basic notions of International Economics by providing a sound introduction to the interconnected dimensions of economic integration across countries, with particular attention devoted to its “real” dimensions such as trade in goods and services, foreign direct investments, international supply chains, labour migrations, and savings flows. The course’s aim is to enable students to critically analyse those economic issues that result from a country’s interaction with the outside world: trade with other countries, international factor movements, supranational economic integration to name but a few prominent examples. The monetary and financial counterparts which go hand in hand with international integration will be only mentioned, as they are dealt with in other courses. The ambition is twofold: providing basic analytical tools for understanding the economics of global and regional integration; promoting a policy perspective on trade, investment and migration issues; and introducing to the debate on how integration connects with economic development, income distribution and poverty eradication. Such policy perspective will cover both internal and international dimensions: who are the winners and losers from integration; how do industrial policies and protectionist practices compare; multilateral versus regional negotiating space.
Natural Resources Management and Development
The course addresses the role of natural resources (NR) towards poverty reduction and sustainable development, and it introduces principles and practices of NR sustainable management. In particular this course will provide a perspective on:
a) land access issues, with special regards to vulnerable groups;
b) property rights schemes and the challenges implied in common-pool resources management;
c) strategies aimed at ensuring natural resources exploitation as a development opportunity;
d) principles of good governance and how they can contribute to rural poverty reduction in natural resources-rich countries;
e) the “natural resource curse” and its effects;
f) the role of natural resources, including land, in civil conflicts’ dimensions.