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Associated Doctoral Researchers

Profile pictureVladimir Kmec

Vladimir is a Peterhouse doctoral researcher in Politics and International Studies. His research interests include the European Union (CSDP missions and operations), the United Nations, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, migration, religion and identity politics. He pursued research and studies at Trinity College Dublin, Humboldt University Berlin and Comenius University of Bratislava. He also pursued exchange studies at the University of Ottawa, Georg-August University in Göttingen, Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen and Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg.

At Cambridge, he supervises in International Relations II: Ethics and World Politics. He is co-author of 'United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA)', published in the Oxford Handbook of UN Peacekeeping Operations (eds. by Koops J. et al. 2014). He has professional experience with the United Nations Secretariat (Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Mine Action Service), international NGOs and civil society organisations.


Profile pictureMolly Krasnodebska

Molly is a second year PhD student at POLIS, University of Cambridge. She have completed a BA in history and philosophy at the University of Hawaiʻi and a Master of Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. Among others, she has interned at the European Parliament and the Polish Embassy in Kiev.

Her research interests are: European integration, the transformation of the former Eastern bloc and the relationship between identity politics and security in Europe. Molly's current work concerns the role of former Soviet bloc states in the EU and NATO. Her dissertation focuses on Poland’s foreign policy during its membership in the EU. She examine how membership in the EU affected Poland’s norms and priorities in the area of foreign policy and how Poland projected some of its interest and norms upon the EU-level. This relates to a larger question about Western international institutions as ‘agents of socialization’ in the former Soviet bloc.


Sebastian Steingass

Sebastian is PhD candidate at POLIS, University of Cambridge. He obtained an MSc from the University of Glasgow in 2012. He studied politics and economics in Osnabrück and Glasgow, specialising in European politics. He has served as teaching assistant and completed an internship at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in Bonn. In 2013, he was awarded an ESRC Studentship for conducting his doctoral research at the University of Cambridge.

His research interests range from European studies to political economy, specifically European integration, European Union politics, foreign and development policies, and economic development. Currently, he is working on the topic of integration of aid and development policies within the European Union. This includes published work on the EU’s multi-level aid system, and the construction of the EU’s approach to aid conditionality. His PhD thesis examines how and on what grounds EU member states collaborate in aid and development within the EU’s institutional system.

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Book Launch: Dr Julie Smith, The UK’s Journeys into and out of the EU: Destinations Unknown (Routledge, 2017)

Mar 03, 2017

Cambridge, 3 March 2017 - Dr Julie Smith launched her new book, The UK’s Journeys into and out of the EU: Destinations Unknown (Routledge, 2017), at Robinson College, in the presence of Lord Lisvane, former Clerk of the House of Commons, Prof David Yates, Warden of Robinson College, a representative from Routledge, and various members of the University of Cambridge and Robinson College

European Studies Reading Group returns in Lent 2017

Jan 16, 2017

The DAAD Cambridge Research Hub decided to fund a graduate reading group on 'Challenges to European unity' in 2017. The hub offers funding to groups of graduates who wish to follow a course of critical reading and discussion and invite a leading expert from Germany to join them.

POLIS Workshop 'European Union as a Credible Global Actor'

Apr 07, 2016

The European Union as a Credible Global Actor: Workshop to discuss the forthcoming EU Global Strategy, supported by the European Centre, POLIS and the Cambridge DAAD Research Hub

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