Politics and International Relations



Elena Korosteleva is Professor of International Politics and Jean Monnet Chair in European Politics which she received twice in recognition of her research and teaching excellence. Before joining the School in 2012, Elena was Director of the Centre for European Studies at Aberystwyth University. This experience contributed to the successful launch and leadership of the Global Europe Centre (GEC) at Kent, in partnership with Professor Richard Whitman. Elena is currently Deputy Head of School with responsibility for Internationalisation, working on strengthening existing and developing new international partnerships and student recruitment opportunities.

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 Belarusian State University, College of Europe (Natolin, 2015-16), CIFE (2016+) and Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (2016+). Elena is member of the International Advisory Board for the GLOBSEC and Central European Strategy Council; Professorial Fellow of the Dahrendorf Forum at LSE IDEAS, and member of BASEES executive committee. Elena works closely with the European Commission, EEAS, IRI, and national governments of the Eastern region and Central Asia; and is a regular media commentator for BBC, ITV, France24 and Sky News.

Elena's research interests include the concepts of governance/governmentality, capacity-building, resilience, peoplehood and democracy promotion; EU Global Security Strategy and Foreign Policies (ENP/EaP) including relations with Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. 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’. She is currently a CO-I to the H2020 UPTAKE (EU 691818) project ‘Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies’ in partnership with the Universities of Tartu and Uppsala (please visit the project site), and a PI to the ERASMUS+ project (2016-2-UK01-KA107-034991) focusing on capacity-building at Belarusian State University (2017-18).

In 2017 Elena was awarded a prestigious GCRF COMPASS 1st Call GROW funding (ES/P010849/1, £4mln), the only such award in the field of Politics and IR in the UK. In partnership with Dr Siddharth Saxena from Cambridge University, the project sets to explore new approaches to ‘governance’ with a focus on resilience, capacity-building, and communal identity as building blocks to understand the connection between domestic and global governance, in a search for more sustainable order. GCRF COMPASS project works in partnership with ADA University (Azerbaijan), Belarusian State University, National University (Tajikistan) and the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (Uzbekistan). Please visit the project’s website here

Contact Information


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Available for: TV - BBC News, BBC World, France 24, BBC Wales, BBC Russian service Radio - BBC Radio Press Consultancy Expertise: European Foreign Policy, including Eastern Partnership and European Neighbourhood Policy EU Foreign and Security Strategy European Enlargement EU-Russia relations Democracy Promotion Governance/Governmentality in IR and EU studies Regional Expertise: European Union Eastern neighbourhood Former Soviet Union Elena has previously consulted for the following: EU funding framework expert-evaluator Member of the ESRC peer review college FCO Eastern Division EU Delegations and national governments in the EaP region EU institutions (Commission, EEAS, Parliament, House of Lords) Languages: English, Russian, Belarusian, Polish (conversational), Bulgarian, Ukrainian (intermediary), German (elementary)

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Korosteleva, E. (2017). Eastern Partnership: bringing 'the political' back in. East European Politics [Online] 33:1-23. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2017.1340882.
Korosteleva, E. (2017). Putting the EU Global Security Strategy to test: 'cooperative orders' and othering in EU–Russia relations. International Politics [Online]:1-21. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1057/s41311-017-0128-7.
Korosteleva, E. (2016). Eastern Partnership and the Eurasian Union: bringing 'the political' back in the eastern region. European Politics and Society [Online] 17:67-81. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23745118.2016.1171275.
Korosteleva, E. (2016). The EU, Russia and the Eastern Region: the analytics of government for sustainable cohabitation. Cooperation and Conflict [Online] 51:365-383. Available at: http://cac.sagepub.com/content/51/3/365.full.pdf+html.
Korosteleva, E. (2015). EU-Russia relations in the context of the eastern neighbourhood. Bertelsmann Stiftung policy paper [Online]:1 -12. Available at: https://www.bertelsmann-stiftung.de/en/publications/publication/did/eu-russia-relations-in-the-context-of-the-eastern-neighbourhood/.
Korosteleva, E. (2015). The EU and Belarus: democracy promotion by technocratic means? Democratization [Online]:1-23. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2015.1005009.
Korosteleva, E. (2013). Evaluating the role of partnership in the European Neighbourhood Policy. Eastern Journal of European Studies [Online] 4:11 -36. Available at: http://ejes.uaic.ro/articles/EJES2013_0402_KOR.pdf.
Korosteleva, E., Natorski, M. and Simao, L. (2013). The Eastern Dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy: practices, instruments and social structures. East European Politics [Online] 29:257-272. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2013.807801.
Korosteleva, E. (2012). Questioning Democracy Promotion: Belarus' response to the 'colour revolutions'. Democratization [Online] 19:37-59. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2012.641294.
Korosteleva, E. (2011). Change or Continuity: Is the Eastern Partnership an Adequate Tool for the European Neighbourhood? International Relations [Online] 25:243-262. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0047117811404446.
Korosteleva, E. (2011). The Eastern Partnership Initiative: A New Opportunity for Neighbours? Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics [Online] 27:1-21. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13523279.2011.544381.
Korosteleva, E. (2011). Belarus' Foreign Policy in a time of crisis. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics [Online] 27:3-23. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13523279.2011.595167.
Korosteleva, E. (2010). Was There a Quiet Revolution? Belarus After the 2006 Presidential Election. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics [Online] 25:324-346. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13523270902861038.
Korosteleva, E. (2010). Moldova's European Choice: 'Between Two Stools'? Europe-Asia Studies [Online] 62:1267-1289. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2010.504383.
Korosteleva, E. and Bosse, G. (2009). Changing Belarus? The Limits of EU Governance in Eastern Europe and the Promise of Partnership. Cooperation and Conflict [Online] 44:143-165. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0010836709102736.
Korosteleva, E. (2009). The Limits of EU Governance in Belarus. Contemporary Politics [Online] 15:229-245. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13569770902858178.
Book section
Korosteleva, E. (2017). The Challenges of a Changing Eastern Neighbourhood. in: Schumacher, T., Marchetti, A. and Demmelhuber, T. eds. Routledge Handbook on the European Neighbourhood Policy. London: Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-on-the-European-Neighbourhood-Policy/Schumacher-Marchetti-Demmelhuber/p/book/9781138913721.
Korosteleva, E. (2016). The-EU-Russia Relations: in search of a dialogue. in: Avoiding a New 'Cold War': The Future of EU-Russia Relations in the Context of the Ukraine Crisis. LSE IDEAS. Available at: http://www.lse.ac.uk/ideas/research/reports/new-cold-war.
Korosteleva, E., Van Gils, E. and Merheim-Eyre, I. (2016). The Political and the ENP: rethinking the EU relations with the eastern region. in: Gstöhl, S. and Schunz, S. eds. Theorizing the European Neighbourhood Policy. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/9781138204799.
Korosteleva, E. (2015). The EU and its Eastern Neighbours: why 'othering' matters. in: Nicolaidis, K., Sebe, B. and Maas, G. eds. Echoes of Empire: Memory, Identity and Colonial Legacies. Tauris, pp. 267-283. Available at: http://www.ibtauris.com/Books/Humanities/History/General%20%20world%20history/Echoes%20of%20Empire%20Memory%20Identity%20and%20the%20Legacy%20of%20Imperialism.aspx.
Korosteleva, E. (2016). The EU and Belarus: seizing the opportunity?. Swedish Institute for European Policy Studies. Available at: http://www.sieps.se/en/publications/european-policy-analysis/the-eu-and-belarus-seizing-the-opportunity-201613epa.
Korosteleva, E. et al. (2015). Reviewing the European Security Strategy in the eastern Neighbourhood. CEPI. Available at: http://www.cepolicy.org/publications/towards-new-eu-global-strategy-challenges-and-opportunities-eastern-neighbourhood.
Korosteleva, E. (2015). Moldova's Focus Groups: widening a European Dialogue in Moldova. Global Europe Centre, University of Kent. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/gec/research/index.html.
Korosteleva, E. et al. (2015). Towards a new European Global Security Strategy: challenges and Opportunities. Global Europe Centre, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/gec/research/documents/gec-policy-paper-towards-a-european-global-security-strategy.pdf.
Korosteleva, E., Casier, T. and Whitman, R. (2014). Building a Stronger Eastern Partnership: Towards an EaP 2.0. Global Europe Centre, University of Kent. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/gec/research/index.html?tab=policy-papers.
Korosteleva, E. (2014). Moldova's Values Survey: Widening a European Dialogue in Moldova. Global Europe Centre, University of Kent. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/gec/research/index.html.
Korosteleva, E. (2014). Moldova's Values Survey: Widening a European Dialogue in Moldova. University of Kent. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/gec/research/documents/gec-moldova-survey-brief-2014.pdf.
Korosteleva, E. (2013). Belarus and the Eastern Partnership: a National Values Survey. University of Kent. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/gec/research/documents/gec-belarus-survey-brief-2013.pdf.
Casier, T., Whitman, R. and Korosteleva, E. (2013). Global Europe Centre Policy Paper. Building a Stronger Eastern Partnership: Towards an EaP 2.0. Global Europe Centre. Available at: http://www.kent.ac.uk/politics/gec/GEC%20Policy%20Paper.pdf.
Korosteleva, E. (2012). The European Union and its Eastern Neighbours: towards a more ambitious partnership?. [Online]. Routledge. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415612616/.
Korosteleva, E. (1997). Intellektual v socio-kul'turnom kotekste sovremennogo obschestva: dialektika proshlogo i buduschego [An intellectual in socio-cultural context of the modern society: the dialectics of the past and the future]. [Online]. Minsk: Belarusian State University. Available at: http://www.isbn2book.com/985-6390-07-9/intellektual_v_sotsio-kulturnom_kontekste_sovremennogo_obshchestva_dialektika_proshlogo_i_budushchego./.
Edited book
Korosteleva, E., Merheim-Eyre, I. and Van Gils, E. (2018). 'The Politics' and 'The Political' of the Eastern Partnership Initiative: Reshaping the Agenda. [Online]. Korosteleva, E., Merheim-Eyre, I. and Van Gils, E. eds. Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/The-Politics-and-The-Political-of-the-Eastern-Partnership-Initiative/Korosteleva-Merheim-Eyre-Van-Gils/p/book/9780815358985.
Korosteleva, E., Natorski, M. and Simao, L. eds. (2014). EU Policies in the Eastern Neighbourhood: the practices perspective. [Online]. London: Routledge. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415720571/.
Korosteleva, E. ed. (2012). Eastern Partnership: A New Opportunity for the Neighbours?. [Online]. London: Routledge. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415676076/.
Korosteleva, E. ed. (2011). Vostochnoe Partnerstvo: problemy i perspektivy (Eastern Partnership: problems and perspectives). Minsk: Belarusian State University.
Korosteleva, E., White, S. and Löwenhardt, J. eds. (2005). Postcommunist Belarus. [Online]. New York & London: Rowman & Littlefield. Available at: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780742535558.
Korosteleva, E. and Hutcheson, D. eds. (2004). The Quality of Democracy in Post-Communist Europe. [Online]. London: Routledge. Available at: http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415348072/.
Korosteleva, E., Marsh, R. and Lawson, C. eds. (2002). Contemporary Belarus: Between Democracy and Dictatorship. [Online]. London: Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/products/9780700716135.
Total publications in KAR: 38 [See all in KAR]
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Research Interests

  • Concepts of Partnership/Governance/Governmentality in IR and EU studies
  • Governance as capacity-building, resilience and sustainability
  • EU Foreign Policy and External Relations, including European Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership
  • Europe as a Transformative force
  • Pluralising and contextualising democracy promotion
  • EU Relations with Russia, eastern region and Central Asia
  • EU Global Security Strategy and resilience

Current Projects:

  • PI to GCRF RCUK 1st Call GROW funding (ES/PO10849/1, £4,1mln). In partnership with Professor Siddharth Saxena from Cambridge University, Elena will focus on ‘good governance’ and research excellence capacity-building with the Belarusian State University, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Uzbekistan and National University in Tajikistan.
  • CO-I to the H2020 UPTAKE (EU 691818; 2016-19, €1,1mln) project ‘Building Research Excellence in Russian and East European Studies’ in partnership with the Universities of Tartu and Uppsala. For more information visit the project site.
  • PI to EASMUS+ project (2016-2-UK01-KA107-034991, 2017-18, €90K ) ‘Developing research and learning excellence at Belarusian State University’ (2017-18)

Recently completed projects

  • SIBA, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy, EUROPAID, 2016
  • CEELBAS Development fund, a seven-member consortium, AHRC, 2014-16
  • ODB/SIDA Belarus’ values survey, 2016
  • European Partnership Fund, University of Kent, 2015
  • Slovak Atlantic Commission ‘Widening Participation in Moldova’, 2013-14
  • European Commission, Jean Monnet LLP, 2013-16
  • European Commission UK, wider community project, 2014
  • FCO/British Embassy (Minsk) project ‘Promoting Democracy by Education in Belarus’, 2013
  • ODB/SIDA project ‘Engendering European values by education in the eastern region’, 2013
  • European Commission, Jean Monnet LLP, Pilot Project ‘Teaching EU in schools’, 2012
  • European Commission, Jean Monnet Life Long Programme, 2011
  • ESRC 1st Grants Scheme ‘Assessing the EU’s partnership-building approach with Eastern Europe’, 2008-11

Research Supervision

Elena supervises the following Doctoral students:

Tanya Radchuk
Small States’ Foreign Policy: the Case of Belarus

Susanne Szkola
Collective Identity Constructions and Perceptions of Security in the South Caucasus (2009-2015)

Igor Merheim-Eyre
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

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