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The Team


Profile pictureDr Julie Smith

Julie Smith is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Robinson College, where she is a Graduate Tutor and Director of Studies in Politics. She was Deputy Director of the Centre of International Studies in Cambridge for five years until the Centre’s merger with Politics in 2009. Julie also served as Head of the European Programme at Chatham House from 1999 until 2003. Julie’s research and publications focus on a wide range of European issues, including: elections to the European Parliament, institutional reform, EU enlargement, and the UK's relations within the EU, including bilateral and trilateral. She is responsible for the Cambridge part of the EU-funded INCOOP project on inter- and intra-institutional cooperation within the Union and part of the MERCURY network. She is currently working on British political parties and Europe.


Deputy Director

Profile pictureDr Geoffrey Edwards

Geoffrey Edwards is Senior Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies and Emeritus Reader in European Studies at the University of Cambridge. He gained his PhD from the London School of Economics. He spent a short period in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office before undertaking research at a number of research institutes. Since moving to Cambridge, he has particularly involved in graduate teaching both at the Master’s and PhD levels. His particular research interests are the EU’s foreign, security and defence policies as well as the EU’s institutional development.


Research Associates

Profile pictureDr Jóhanna Jónsdóttir

Dr Jóhanna Jónsdóttir works with the Icelandic Institute of International Affairs on research related to the future of European integration, particularly in light of Brexit and the experience of Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein through their membership of the European Economic Area (EEA). In addition to her research, she is an advisor on EEA matters at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Iceland. Previously, she was a senior officer at European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in Brussels where she was responsible for high profile policy areas including the free movement of persons, employment and social affairs. She completed a PhD in European Studies at the University of Cambridge in 2010. Her thesis, later published by Routledge, examined Europeanisation in the context of the EEA. It won the British Political Studies Association's Sir Walter Bagehot Prize for best PhD dissertation in government and public administration.


Profile pictureDr Aleksandra Maatsch

Aleksandra Maatsch is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge and a postdoctoral researcher at the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid (CSIC). She obtained a PhD in Political Science from the University of Bremen in Germany and an M.A. in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. In the OPAL project her research concentrates on the role of national parliaments in the European economic governance as well as on the parliamentary scrutiny of the EU NAVFOR Operation Atalanta. Her most recent publications are: 'Are we all austerians now? An analysis of parliamentary parties’ positioning on anti-crisis measures' published in 2013 in the Journal of European Public Policy as well as a book 'Parliaments and the Economic Governance of the European Union: Talking Shops or Deliberative Bodies?' (Palgrave Macmillan).


Dr Karolina Pomorska

Dr Karolina Pomorska is a Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Politics and International Studies. She was awarded a PhD at Loughborough University and holds a Masters degree in Politics from the University of Gdansk (Poland) and a Master of Arts (MA) in European Public Affairs from the University of Maastricht and the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA). Since 2006, Karolina has been an Assistant Professor at Maastricht University.

In 2011, Karolina was awarded an Intra-European Marie Curie Fellowship within the Seventh Framework Program to study the European External Action Service (EEAS) of the European Union as a multinational bureaucracy. She is focusing on learning and socialization among diplomats. An important part of the project aims to understand the implications of establishing the EEAS in terms of democratic deficit and accountability in European Foreign Policy.


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Alexandra-Maria Bocse

Alexandra-Maria Bocse is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), Cambridge. She received an MPhil in International Relations from POLIS in 2011 after graduating from the University of Bucharest with a BA in Political Science as a valedictorian in 2009. Alexandra is a member of Trinity College, Cambridge. Her research interests are related to the European Union, Eastern Europe, international and regional governance, policy networks and energy security.

Alexandra has taught on International Relations and EU Global Actorness in Cambridge and on Global Energy Politics at King’s College London, where she is a Research Associate at the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security (EUCERS). Alexandra also worked for the Directorate General for External Policies of the European Parliament in 2012 and was a visiting researcher at the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy of the European Parliament, as well as the Institute for European Studies, Free University of Brussels, in 2013-2014. Alexandra was also an Associate Editor at the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.

Alexandra was the coordinator of the centre until 2016.

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European Centre Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2017

Oct 01, 2017

The European Centre @ POLIS is delighted to announce its seminar programme for Michaelmas Term 2017. Further information and full website update coming soon!

Dr Julie Smith, Director of the European Centre @ POLIS, blogs on Brexit

Mar 30, 2017

As the Prime Minister triggers Article 50, two new blog posts by the Centre's director Dr Julie Smith shed light on how we got here and where we go from here. Read 'Absent from the start: Britain’s leery relationship with the EU' and 'Opinion: The Road to Brexit, or the UK’s Journey into the Unknown'

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

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