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Professor Elena Korosteleva

Director of the Institute for Global Sustainable Development

  R2.12, Ramphal Building, School of Cross-Faculty Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

Curriculum Vitae


Elena Korosteleva is Professor of Politics and Global Sustainable Development, and Director of the Institute of Global Sustainable Development (IGSD). She is also 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 IGSD in 2022, she was Professor of International Politics and a founder of the Global Europe Centre (Professional Studies) at the University of Kent for ten years. Prior to that Elena worked as Senior Lecturer in International Politics and Director of the Centre for European Studies at Aberystwyth University.

Professor Korosteleva is presently a Co-Investigator on the Horizon Europe project SHAPEDEM-EU 'Re-Shapeing EU democracy support for the Eastern & Southern Neighbourhoods' (2022-25) and DFF AGMOW project 'Anticipating Governance in a Multi-Order World' (2023-26). She is also co-founder of the Oxford Belarus Observatory (OBO) (2021-23), a higher-level online forum supported by OSF; and was the Principal Investigator for the GCRF COMPASS (2017-22, £4mln) and GCRF COMPASS+ projects (2022-23) focusing on nurturing resilience in Central Eurasia in the areas of research integration, impact governance, and sustainable communities. The COMPASS project was highly commended by the Times Higher Education in 2021, under the category of the Best International Collaboration of the Year.

Research Interests

  • Resilience, complexity, capacity-building and sustainable development
  • Concepts of governance and order in IR and Development studies
  • Europe as a global actor, in Development, Environment, Foreign Policy and Security
  • Pluralising and contextualising democracy
  • Relations with Russia, Eastern and Central Europe, and Central Asia

Elena has over 20 years of successful professional experience of researching the issues of global sustainable development, with a focus on Global Europe and Central Eurasia from a Complex IR and Development perspectives. She received her Doctoral Degree in European Studies & Modern Languages 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 Lecture/Senior Lecturer/Professor at the Universities of Aberystwyth and Kent. She is currently a Visiting Professor at the Oxford Belarus Observatory (OSF funded); the LSE IDEAS; European Institute for International Law & International Relations, 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 the UK (Westminster, FCDO, British Council, WFD, HMG Embassies) and EU institutions (European Commission, External Action Service, European Parliament and regional EUDs), EU organisations (TEPSA, IRI, CEPS, EED, SIDA), and national governments in wider Eurasia. Elena is a regular media commentator for BBC, ITV, France24, Sky News and national news channels.