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Associated Doctoral Researchers

Léonie de Jonge

Léonie is a PhD candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Cambridge, she studied in North Dakota and Iowa, and holds a BA in IR from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, and an MPhil in IR and Politics from the University of Cambridge. Léonie works with Julie Smith on right-wing populist parties. She is specifically interested in the question why these parties are more successful in the Netherlands and Flanders than in Wallonia and in Luxembourg.

Among other things, Léonie has published blogs on First Brexit and now Trump: what is populism and how might we view it? and The Nationalist International: Is There a Brown Network in the Making?


Former associated doctoral researchers

Profile pictureMolly Krasnodebska

Molly is a PhD student at POLIS, University of Cambridge. She has 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. Before coming to Cambridge, Sebastian studied politics and economics in Osnabrück and Glasgow, specialising in European politics. He has worked 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, Sebastian is working on 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.

Sebastian was the coordinator of the centre from October 2016 to 2018.


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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 October 2016.

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Talk: 'Facing the Pressures of Internationalisation and Securitisation: National Governments as the Weaker Actors?' by Tomas Weiss (Charles University Prague)

Oct 30, 2018

You are warmly invited to the next European Seminar, which will be held in Room S2 in the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, at 5pm on Thursday 1st November. Dr Tomáš Weiss (Charles University Prague) will speak on ‘Facing the Pressures of Internationalisation and Securitisation: National Governments as the Weaker Actors?’

Talk: 'Recent developments in EU energy and climate policy' by Alexandra-Maria Bocse (LSE)

Oct 15, 2018

We are delighted to announce the upcoming talk by former POLIS PhD student Alexandra-Maria Bocse (LSE) on Thursday 18 October 2018, 1-2pm, in room S2, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT

New blog post by Sebastian Steingass on the LSE Brexit blog

Feb 22, 2018

In aid and development, Britain’s long-accumulated expertise is valuable to the EU, writes Sebastian Steingass in his latest blog post published on the LSE Brexit blog

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