The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Professor Elena Korosteleva
PhD (Bath and Belarusian State University)
Professor of International Politics, Director of Postgraduate Studies (Taught)
Room: Rutherford N3.W2
Tel: 01227 (82)3147
Elena joined the School in 2012, after successfully leading the Centre for European Studies at Aberystwyth University, the only inter-disciplinary and student-led learning centre in Wales for the study of Europe’s further integration. For her achievements she was recognised as Jean Monnet Chair in 2011, and the lead investigator for an EU pilot partnership project ‘Studying EU at schools’, the only such project in the UK.
Elena received her Doctoral Degree in European Politics from the University of Bath (2001), and a PhD equivalent in Political Sociology from the Belarusian State University (1997). Thereafter she served as a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, and a senior visiting fellow at the Belarusian State University. In her research Elena focuses on European politics and EU foreign policies including the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), the Eastern Partnership Initiative (EaP), and the External Action Service (EEAS). She recently completed a large ESRC-funded project (RES-061-25-0001) titled ‘Europeanising or securitising the outsiders: Assessing the EU’s partnership-building with Eastern Europe’ (2008-2011), which findings served as a premise for the policies’ official revisitation in 2011. Her other interests also include concepts of partnership/governance/governmentality in IR and European studies, democracy promotion, and in-security as permanence in the EU-Russia ‘shared neighbourhood’.
Elena is currently Director (Professional Studies) of the Global Europe Centre (GEC) at Kent, which offers a unique framework for the research-led inter-disciplinary and cross-site (Brussels & Canterbury) multi-user collaboration. Elena is also the School’s CEELBAS representative, and a UACES/BASEES liaison officer.