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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?


Maria Chiara Vinciguerra

Maria Chiara's research focuses on migration, populism and European governance. Before studying at Cambridge, Maria Chiara graduated from Bocconi University, where she studied Economics. She holds a Master's of Arts in International Relations from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance.


Former associated doctoral researchers

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Molly was 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 was a 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 was 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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'The EU in international security after Brexit: New paths for Europe?'

Jan 17, 2019

During a workshop at Robinson College on 13 and 14 December 2018 participants explored new paths for the EU in international security and cooperation after Brexit. The workshop was organised by Geoffrey Edwards, Vlado Kmec and Sebastian Steingass and supported by the DAAD-University of Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO) and by the European Centre @POLIS

'The EU in international security and cooperation after Brexit' with Karen E. Smith and Richard Whitman

Nov 30, 2018

Finishing the year with another highlight, the European Centre invites you to a debate with Prof Karen E. Smith (LSE) and Prof Richard Whitman (University of Kent) on Friday, 14 December, at 3pm. Together with our very own Geoffrey Edwards, they will discuss the future of EU-UK relations in international security and cooperation after Brexit. The event will take place in room S1, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road. All welcome.

'Why should One care about European Elections in the post-Brexit European Union?' by Donatella M. Viola (University of Calabria)

Nov 28, 2018

Join us for your next European Centre event on Thursday, 29 November 2018, at 1pm. Donatella M. Viola (University of Calabria) will speak on 'Why should One care about European Elections in the post-Brexit European Union?' The event will be held in Room S2 in the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road

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