Politics and International Relations

Professor Elena Korosteleva

PhD (Bath and Belarusian State University)


ElenaKorostelevaProfessor of International Politics, Director of Postgraduate Studies (Taught)

Director of the Global Europe Centre (Professional Studies)


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. Elena was awarded Jean Monnet Chair, within the Global Europe Centre (GEC) in 2013.

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’. During her time at Aberystwyth University in 2011 she was recognised as Jean Monnet Chair for her achievements and was the lead investigator for an EU pilot partnership project ‘Studying EU at schools’, the only such project in the UK.

Elena is currently Director (Professional Studies) of the Global Europe Centre at Kent, which offers a unique framework for research-led inter-disciplinary and cross-site (Brussels and Canterbury) multi-user collaboration. Elena is also the School’s CEELBAS representative, and a UACES/BASEES liaison officer.



School of Politics & International Relations, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NX

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824429 or email the school

Last Updated: 27/02/2014