Camilla Callessen started reading for her PhD in International Relations at the Brussels School of International Studies in September 2016. Her research focuses on Russia's foreign policy behaviour in the context of intractable conflicts in the post-soviet space. More specifically, she tries to find out what psychological dynamics influence Russia's behaviour and how this behaviour feeds into the conflict dynamics based on insights from social psychology.
Camilla's interest in this specific topic developed from course-work she did to obtain her BA in International Studies at the Aalborg University in Denmark and her MA in International Conflict and Security at the Brussels School of International Studies. Working for the United Nations and other NGOs and research institutes that focus on peacebuilding has also contributed to her interest in intractable conflicts and their constitutive dynamics.
She has been a teaching assistant for Fundamentals of Dissertation and Research (FDR) and European Foreign and Security Policy in the 21st Century. She is currently a teaching assistant for FDR.