Riccardo Trobbiani is Project Researcher at the United Nations University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies (UNU-CRIS). At UNU-CRIS, he enquires into the role of science and culture in EU external relations, including trade and development policies, within the EU-funded project ‘European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy’ (EL-CSID). He has recently authored a foresight study titled ‘The Future of EU Science Diplomacy: Conceptual and Strategic Reflections’. His main research interests include EU cultural relations with the MENA region, EU science diplomacy and the link between culture and development policies. He also has academic expertise and professional experience in the field of regional and local representation in the EU.