Elena Korosteleva joined the School of Politics and International Relations in 2012, after successfully leading the Centre for European Studies at Aberystwyth University. She was awarded Jean Monnet Chair, within the Global Europe Centre (GEC) in 2013.

Ms. Korosteleva received her Doctoral Degree in European Politics from the University of Bath (2001), and a Ph.D. 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, she focuses on European politics and EU foreign policies including the European Neighbourhood Policy, the Eastern Partnership Initiative and the External Action Service. She recently completed a large ESRC-funded project titled ‘Europeanising or securitising the outsiders: Assessing the EU’s partnership-building with Eastern Europe’ (2008-2011). Its findings served as a premise for the policies’ official revisitation in 2011. Her other interests include concepts of partnership/governance/governmentality in international relations and European studies, democracy promotion, and in-security as permanence in the EU-Russia ‘shared neighbourhood’.

Elena Korosteleva is currently Director (Professional Studies) of the Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent, which offers a unique framework for research-led inter-disciplinary and cross-site (Brussels and Canterbury) multi-user collaboration.