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Virginie Collombier

Virginie Collombier is Professor of Practice at Luiss Guido Carli University, School of Government (SoG). At SoG she is the scientific coordinator of the newly established Mediterranean Platform, a programme for policy-relevant research and dialogues on the security, political economy and socio-political transformations affecting the MENA region and the broader Mediterranean. She also directs several projects combining policy-oriented field research, research mentorship and support to homegrown mediation initiatives and policy dialogues in Libya.

Between 2015 and 2022, she was co-founder and scientific coordinator of the Middle East Directions Programme at the European University Institute (EUI), where she also launched and directed the Libya Initiative.

Main publications:

Edited volumes

  • Violence and Social Transformation in Libya (ed. with W. Lacher), London: Hurst, forthcoming, 2023.
  • Tribes and Global Jihadism (ed. with O. Roy), London: Hurst, 2017.


  • Inside Wars: Local Dynamics of Conflicts in Syria and Libya (ed. with L: Narbone and A. Favier), MEDirections ebook, European University Institute, 2016. 


  • Libyan Salafis and the Struggle for the State, in Third World Thematics: A TWQ Journal, 2022.
  • Les salafistes libyens après la révolution, with T. Blanc, in Confluences Méditerranée 2021/3, N° 118, pp. 119-132.
  • Salafi Politics: ’Political’ and ‘Quietist’ Salafis in the Struggle for the Libyan State, Research Project Report, MEDirections European University Institute & Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, December 2020 (link).
  • To engage or not to engage? Libyan Salafis and State Institutions, with F. Barsoum, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, May 2019 (link).

Curriculum Vitae