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Dr Anastasiia Kudlenko

Research Fellow

  R2.09, Ramphal Building, School of Cross-Faculty Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL


Dr Anastasiia Kudlenko joined IGSD as a Research Fellow in May 2022.

Anastasiia specialises in societal resilience and security of Wider Europe, with the geographic focus on Eastern Neighbourhood countries (Ukraine and Belarus) and the Western Balkans. She has an International Masters in Russian and Central Eastern European Studies from the University of Glasgow and Jagiellonian University in Krakow and holds a PhD in Politics and International Relations from Canterbury Christ Church University. She is interested in the study of resilience, complexity, security sector reform, peace-building, security governance and the EU as a security actor.

Previously, Dr Kudlenko worked as a Research Fellow for the Oxford Belarus Observatory, as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate for the GCRF COMPASS project at the University of Kent and as an ERC Project Coordinator at SOAS University of London. She also has extensive experience of engaging with the non-governmental and governmental sectors as she worked in British Council Ukraine, the Inter-Parliamentary Liaison Office at the Parliament of Ukraine and the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

Anastasiia’s first monograph “Security in Times of Complexity: The EU and Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans, 1991-2013” (2023) is forthcoming with Ibidem Verlag. She is also Co-editor of the upcoming book “Belarus in XXI century”, with Professor Elena Korosteleva and Dr Irina Petrova.

In October 2022, Anastasiia took up a new role as Research Fellow on Professor Korosteleva's new €3,007,895 Horizon Europe project (SHAPEDEM_EU), which was co-developed with European colleagues, under the leadership of Professor Andrea Gawrich at JLU Giessen University, Germany. She undertakes research in support of Work Package 2 to redefine the theory and practice of democracy in the developing countries of the EU’s neighbourhoods.

Research Interests
  • the EU as an international actor
  • security sector reform as a means of post-conflict state- and peacebuilding
  • counter-terrorism
  • the concepts of resilience and governance (especially security and informal governance) and regional orders.
  • Understanding communities through the lens of resilience: Ukraine and Belarus compared (CORE) (£30,000; University of Warwick Participatory Research Fund; 2022; Research Fellow)
  • Global Challenges Research Fund UKRI (ES/PO10849/1; £4mln; 2017-21; Post-doctoral Research Assistant) COMPASS, an interdisciplinary capacity-building project to explore adaptive governance, change & resilience in Eastern Europe & Central Asia. The project was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education (THE) International Collaboration Award 2021.
  • Oxford Belarus Observatory, University of Oxford (Research Fellow)