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Dr. Damian Popolo

Personal Information

  • Marital status: Married

  • Nationality: Italian

  • Date of Birth: 10/02/1979

  • Place of Birth: Caracas, Venezuela

Ongoing work experience

November 2006 – Present

Director (previously Vice Consul), Science and Innovation Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Sao Paulo, Brazil

  • Responsible for managing science collaboration between Brazil and the UK. Supervision of a team of 3, budget holder.

  • Focal point for liaison with the Brazilian Ministry for Science and Technology.

Most recent qualifications

2001 - 2009, University of Durham, Geography Department, Durham

Doctor of Philosophy in Geography

  • Thesis: “The Science of Crisis: Complexity Theory and the Kosovo Conflict”.

Previous Work experience

November 2005 – November 2006 Arts and Humanities Research Council, Bristol, UK

Head of International

  • Responsible for the overall design and implementation of AHRC’s international strategy, in collaboration with AHRC’s Director of Research and Chief Executive (re-grading of the position delineated below).


April 2004 – April 2006 Arts and Humanities Research Council Bristol, UK

International Affairs Manager

  • Representing of the AHRC and the arts and humanities community in various international research policy debates and developments

  • Chair of RCUK’s International Network (RCIN) – this task includes the coordination of Research Councils’ overall international engagement across all disciplines.

  • Facilitating access by the academic community to funding sources other than those provided by the AHRC

  • Assisting in the development of opportunities for research cooperation

  • Acting as a focal point for sharing information on international opportunities, activities and best practice in research policy and management

  • Responsible for a 3 Million Euro European project (HERA: Humanities in the European Research Area, awarded under Framework Programme 6)


April 2003 - April 2004 International Organization for Migration (UN affiliated agency), Madrid, Spain.

Project Coordinator

  • Coordination of a 750,000 Euros Assisted Voluntary Return programme, which was delivered on time and on budget, maintenance of a large database (1000 +) of migrant applicants.

  • Project design for activities with the Spanish Government and Local


  • Project design for proposals to be submitted to EU budget lines

  • Support in the implementation of existing projects

  • Focal point for national and international partners

  • Representative of IOM in national and international mission duties

  • Drafting of reports on the activities of IOM Madrid in English and Spanish


July 2002 – April 2003 International Organization for Migration (UN affiliated agency), Geneva, Switzerland.

Expert Consultant (last three months, previously Intern)

  • Assist the Director of External Relations in the preparation of migration research material

  • Liaison with IOM offices in the Americas

  • Research on Labor migration in Europe and remittances

  • Research on USAID contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq and formulation of IOM proposals.

Previous work experience includes sales and customer service, call centre work in Newcastle (as a student) and cleaning yachts on Lake Leman (Geneva).

Higher Education

Secondary Education

2001 - 2002, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne

Postgraduate Research Training Certificate

  • Certificate, Research Training as part of ESRC award

2000 - 2001, Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Lyon, France

Masters in Political Science (DEA Science Politique - Research)

  • Research training. MA Thesis on the evolution of International Relations Theory

1997-2000, University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne

Bachelor of Arts in European Studies, First Class

1993 - 1997, Lycée International, Ferney Voltaire, France

Baccalauréat Genéral a Option Internationale (Italien), Série Littéraire. Mention Asses Bien

  • French International A Levels


1992 – 1993, Leonardo da Vinci, Caracas, Venezuela

Diploma di Licenza Media

  • Italian GCSE. All previous education was undertaken in Italy.


Available on request

Publications and Conferences


  • Book: A New Science of International Relations: Modernity, Complexity and the Kosovo Crisis, Ashgate, December 2010

  • Complexity As An Epistemic Revolution: Considerations on the New Science in the Context of Western Intellectual History, in Philosophy and Complexity: Essays on Epistemology, Evolution, and Emergence, Edited by Carlos Gershenson, Diederik Aerts, and Bruce Edmonds, book chapter published by World Scientific, 2007.

  • Complexity in a Complex Europe: Reflections on the Cultural Genesis of a New Science, in Thinking Complexity: Complexity and Philosophy, Volume 1, ISCE publishing, 2007

  • Complexity in a Complex Europe, Journal of Emergence: Complexity and Organisation, Volume 8, Number 2, 2006

  • French Philosophy, Complexity, and Scientific Epistemology: Moving beyond the Modern "Episteme", Emergence 2003, Vol. 5, No. 1, Pages 77-98

  • Revolution and World Politics (Book review), Journal of Conflict, Security and Development, December 2002

Keynote Speeches at Major Conferences

  • Remittances, Migration and Development. United Nations Economic and Social Committee (ECOSOC), New York, November 2005. Please visit:

  • Continental Philosophy, Complexity, and Scientific Epistemology: Moving beyond the Modern "Episteme", Complexity, Science and Society Conference, Liverpool: September 2005.

  • Security Research: A Perspective from the Humanities. National Conference on EU Research Funding, Saarland University, June 2005.

  • International Relations Theory, Complexity Science and the Kosovo Conflict. British International Studies Association, Annual Conference, Birmingham: December 2003.

  • Migration, Remittances and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa, Keynote Speaker at the III International Seminar on the Social and Economic Development of Sub-Saharan Africa, Spanish Ministry of External Relations, 2003.


Italian: Mother tongue; Spanish: Mother tongue; French: fluent; English: fluent; Portuguese: fluent.

Computer Literacy

Word processor:
MS Word


MS Access





Internet and e-mail:
Outlook and Explorer Proficient

Power Point


Visual DC ++



Other software:
SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) – Fair

Awards received

2003: Spanish Ministry of External Relations: Diploma of Keynote Speaker at the III international Seminar on the Social and Economic Development of Sub-Saharan Africa. Presentation: Migration, Remittances and Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

2001: University of Newcastle: Development Trust Bursary

2001: ESRC: Postgraduate award

2000: French Ministry of Education: MA bursary, on academic merit

2000: University of Northumbria at Newcastle: John Elcock Prize for the best final year dissertation.

Membership of Professional Bodies

Member of the British International Studies Association (BISA, since 2001) - UK representative at the COST Technical Committee for Social Sciences and Humanities (since 2004) - AHRC representative at the European Science Foundation's Standing Committee for the Humanities (since 2004) - Chair of the UK Research Councils International Network (RC-INT, from July 2005 to November 2006) - Member of the AHRC ‘Building Effective Leadership’ Team: several training sessions on leadership and management (from April 2004)

Academic Interests

History and Philosophy of Science, International Science Policy, Research Management, Continental Philosophy, International Relations, Balkans Politics.


Sailing / Yachting (I am a qualified Skipper), world traveling, reading.

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