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 Senior Lecturer in International Politics and Director of the 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 Richard Whitman. Professor Korosteleva is currently Deputy Head of School, and Principal Investigator for the GCRF COMPASS project (ES/P010849/1, 2017-21, £4mln), an ambitious GROW initiative, supported by the British government, to address the challenges of capacity-building in developing countries. In particular, 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 and transfer 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 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 core group member, Munich Security Conference (2018). Elena works closely with Westminster, UK (FCO, DFID, British Council, WFD) and EU institutions (European Commission, External Action, 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).
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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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- 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
- 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
Elena supervises the following Doctoral students:
Small States’ Foreign Policy: the Case of Belarus
Collective Identity Constructions and Perceptions of Security in the South Caucasus (2009-2015)
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