Elena Korosteleva is Professor of International Politics, and Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics, which she was awarded twice by the European Commission in recognition of her research and teaching excellence. Before joining the School in 2012, Elena was Senior Lecturer in International Politics and Director of the newly established Centre for European Studies at Aberystwyth University. Drawing on this experience, in 2013 Elena successfully launched the Global Europe Centre (GEC) at Kent, in partnership with Professor Whitman. Professor Korosteleva is presently the Principal Investigator of the large four-year GCRF UKRI COMPASS project (ES/P010849/1, 2017-21, £4mln), supported by the British government, to address the challenges of capacity-building in developing countries. In particular, the COMPASS project, along with its partner at the University of Cambridge, seeks to establish ‘the hubs of excellence’ at the top-level HEIs in Azerbaijan (ADA University), Belarus (BSU), Tajikistan (TNU) and Uzbekistan (UWED) for knowledge sharing in the areas of research integration, impact governance, and sustainable communities.
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 is currently a Visiting Professor at the LSE IDEAS and the College of Europe (Natolin). Elena served as member of the International Advisory Board for the GLOBSEC and Central European Strategy Council; Professorial Fellow of the Dahrendorf Forum at LSE IDEAS, and core group member, Munich Security Conference (2018). Elena works closely with UK (Westminster, FCO, DFID, British Council, WFD, HM Embassies) and EU institutions (European Commission, External Action Service, European Parliament and regional EUDs), and EU organisations (TEPSA, IRI, CEPS), and national governments in wider Eurasia. Elena is a regular media commentator for BBC, ITV, France24, Sky News and national news channels.
Elena's research interests include the concepts of governance, resilience as self-governance, regional order-building, peoplehood and democracy promotion; EU Global Security Strategy and Foreign Policies (ENP/EaP) including relations with Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and China. In 2011 Elena 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 contributed towards revising EU policies in the eastern neighbourhood, with a particular focus on ‘partnership’. Recently, she also acted as CoI to the H2020 UPTAKE (EU 691818) project ‘Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies’, led by the University of Tartu in partnership with Uppsala, which scored the highest evaluation mark from the European Commission for exceeding our research development targets by over 500% (please visit the project site).
Elena is currently in charge of the GCRF COMPASS project (2017-21), the largest grant in the history of the Faculty of Social Sciences, and the 3rd largest at the University of Kent; and CoI to the new GCRF AGRE project, in partnership with Durham and Oxford, working on connectivity and the effects of globalisation across the wider Eurasian region. Elena’s funding application succes totals over £8mln, including collaboration with all major UK (GCRF, ESRC, AHRC, British Academy, FCO) and EU (H2020; EuropAid; Jean Monnet and ERASMUS+) funders.
Elena has more than 100 publications, including 10 authored and edited monographs. Her major academic articles appeared in the journals of Contemporary Security Policy; International Relations & Development; Cooperation & Conflict; Democratization; and International Relations. Elena is currently working with Dr Irina Petrova on a manuscript Change, Resilience and Adaptive Governance in wider Eurasia; and with Professor Trine Flockhart (Southern Denmark University) - on resilience and multi-order governance.
Professor Korosteleva is interested in supervising research degree students who wish to explore conceptually and practically, the notions of governance, order, resilience, democracy, ‘the local’ vs ‘the global’, and foreign & security policy, of the EU, Russia, China especially in relation to the expanding region of wider Eurasia.
Professor Korosteleva presently supervises the following Doctoral students:
Polina Bishenden (2nd year GCRF PhD student)
Gender Norms localisation in Central Asia
Huawei Zheng (3rd year GCRF PhD student)
Eurasian Economic Union as an order-making actor
Tanya Radchuk (4th year PhD student)
Small States’ Foreign Policy: the Case of Belarus
Susanne Szkola (completed successfully in 2020)
Collective Identity Constructions and Perceptions of Security in the South Caucasus (2009-2015)
Alisa Karpovich (MRES completed successfully in 2019)
Miruna Beldiman (MRES completed successfully in 2018)
Igor Merheim-Eyre (completed successfully in 2017)
The Soft-Civilian Power: Europe and Consular Affairs in a Changing International System
Eske Van Gils (completed successfully in 2016)
EU Bargaining Power: examining EU-Azerbaijan relations