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European Centre @ POLIS

Department of Politics and International Studies

Profile pictureProf Christopher Hill

Christopher Hill is Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge, where he is also a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College. From 1974-2004 he taught in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was the Montague Burton Professor from 1991, Head of Department 1994-1997, and Vice Chair of the Academic Board, 1999-2002.

He has published widely in the areas of foreign policy analysis and general International Relations, his most recent books being The National Interest in Question: Foreign Policy in Multicultural Societies (OUP 2013), National and European Foreign Policies, edited with Reuben Wong, (Routledge 2011), and The European Union in International Relations (edited with Michael Smith, 2nd edition 2011). He is a past Chair of the British International Studies Association, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2007. He has been a Team Leader and/or major participant in the EU-funded research programmes FORNET, CONSENT and MERCURY.


Profile pictureDr Christopher Bickerton

Christopher Bickerton is University Lecturer in politics at POLIS and an Official Fellow at Queens’ College, Cambridge. He obtained his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2008 and since then has held teaching positions at Oxford, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Sciences Po in Paris. His research interests span the disciplines of international relations, comparative European politics and European studies. He is currently working on the topic of state transformation in post-1945 Europe from a comparative historical perspective. This builds on his book European Integration: From Nation-States to Member States, which was published with Oxford University Press in 2012 and won the University Association of Contemporary European Studies’ (UACES) Best Book Award of 2013. He is also working on two collaborative projects. One is looking at the relationship between populism and technocracy from the perspective of political theory (with Carlo Invernizzi Accetti). The other project (with Dermot Hodson and Uwe Puetter) characterizes post-Maastricht European integration as the ‘new intergovernmentalism’ and studies the role of states, supranational institutions and interests from this perspective. Beyond academia, Chris is a regular contributor to Le Monde Diplomatique and co-founder of the political economy blog, The Current Moment.


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).


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Dr Vladimir Kmec

Vladimir is a Research Associate at St Edmund's College and the Von Hügel Institute. He supervises in International Relations II, and coordinates courses in Politics and International Relations and in International Security for summer programmes at Trinity Hall, Downing College and Magdalene College. His research interests include European Union (Common Security and Defence Policy missions and operations), United Nations, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, security, ethnic conflict, migration, religion and identity politics.   At the 2018 Berlin Security Conference, Vlado was awarded the European Award for Citizenship, Security and Defence - Special Award for European Security and Defence and the Medal of the French President for his research on the EU’s approach to peacebuilding in Common Security and Defence Policy missions and operations and for his European engagement.  

Vlado's publications include: 'The Establishment of the Peacebuilding Commission: Reflecting Power Shifts at the United Nations' in International Peacekeeping (2017),   'The Strengths and Limitations of the Inclusion of Religious Actors in Peace Processes in Northern Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina', with Gladys Ganiel, in International Negotiation (2019) and 'United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA)', Oxford Handbook of UN Peacekeeping Operations (eds. by Koops J. et al. 2014). Vlado’s academic work is enriched by his previous professional experience with the United Nations (Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Mine Action Service), international NGOs and civil society organisations. He has cooperated with and served as a board member of several academic associations. He has advised the UN, the EU (including the Political and Security Committee of the Council of the EU, and the European External Action Service) and other organisations.



Dr Karolina Pomorska

Dr Karolina Pomorska was 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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Dr Tomas Weiss

Tomáš Weiss is Associate Professor and Head of Department of European Studies at Charles University, Prague. He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and a member of the editorial board of Mezinárodní vztahy / Czech Journal of International Relations. After degrees in European Studies in Hamburg and in Prague, he did his PhD at Charles University in Area Studies, analysing the changing role of police and military forces in contemporary Europe. His research focuses on European foreign and security policy, small states in the EU, Europeanisation of national foreign and defence policies, and the Czech foreign and security policy in particular.

In 2018-2019, Tomáš is a visiting researcher at the Department of Politics and International Studies and a visiting fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.