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Riccardo Bocco

Emeritus Professor of Political Sociology - IHEID

Riccardo Bocco
CHS Non-Resident Fellows


Dr Riccardo Bocco is an Emeritus Professor of Political Sociology at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the IHEID in Geneva. His experience has spanned over three and a half decades on the "Near East", with a particular focus on Jordan, Israel/Palestine, and Lebanon. Dr Bocco's work has focused on development policies and state-building, humanitarian aid and refugees, and monitoring the impact of international aid on civilian populations.

He obtained his PhD at Sciences Po in Paris and has also earned degrees in cultural anthropology, development studies, and the Arabic language. He served as the director of the French Centre for Research on the Contemporary Middle East, based in Amman, and as the Research Director of the Graduate Institute for Development Studies in Geneva. During the 2000s, he led large-scale research projects on international aid in the "Near East" for various United Nations agencies.

Most prominently, Dr Bocco worked on a research project titled 'Violence, memory and cinema', which explores the role of documentary and fiction films in reconstructing collective identities in various contexts, namely armed conflicts (Israel/Palestine), post-civil war (Lebanon), and post-dictatorship contexts (Argentina and Chile).