Reader in Politics and International Studies Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham

Dr Wolczuk specialises in East European politics. Currently she is researching relations between the EU and the post-Soviet countries within the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership. She is also conducting research on Russia's role in the 'shared neighbourhood' and any potential impact for EU's role and policies in the post-Soviet space.

Previously she studied the dynamics of state-building in Ukraine (especially constitutional reforms, institutional framework, legislative-executive relations), as well as the conception of nationhood and national identity in Central and Eastern Europe. Her research interests also included Polish-Ukrainian relations in the context of EU enlargement and relations between Ukraine and the enlarged EU.

Dr Wolczuk contributed to numerous policy-related initiatives and cooperated with and advised a number of UK governmental bodies, international organisations and think-tanks on East European politics, the consequences of EU enlargement and the relations between the EU and its eastern neighbours.

She has extensive media experience, including TV and radio interviews, as well as publications in the British and international press.

Research interests
Relations between the EU and the post-Soviet states in Europe in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership
Impact of the EU on domestic change in the eastern partner countries
Eurasian integration in the post-Soviet space (with particular reference to the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan and the proposed Eurasian Economic Union
Institutional framework, constitutional politics and executive-legislative relations in the post-Soviet states
Nationalism, nation-building and national identity in the post-communist countries
Current and recent projects
ESRC-funded interdisciplinary project ‘Russia and the EU in the Common Neighbourhood: Export of Governance and Legal (In)Compatibility‘ under the ‘Rising Powers’ call. The project investigates how and with what effect Russia engages in the export of governance to the post-Soviet states in Europe and its implications for the EU's system of regional governance. The project involves empirical research in Russia as well as Belarus, Ukraine and Armenia. The co-applicant is Dr Rilka Dragneva-Lewers (School of Law, UoB). The total funding of the project is just over £380,000 and the project’s duration is 3 years (Jan 2013- Dec 2015).
ESRC-funded international collaborative project EUIMPACTEAST - Exploring the Impact of the EU on Domestic Change in the Post-Soviet States (Jun 2011- June 2014). The project examines domestic changes in Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan in the context of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership. This is an international UK-French project in collaboration with Dr Laure Delcour (under the Open Research Area in Europe scheme).
'Declarative Europeanisation': Ukraine and its Policy towards the European Union (funded by the British Academy, 2006-7)
RIME (Releasing Indigenous Multiculturalism in Eastern Europe) funded by the European Commission under EIDHR programme on 'Combating Racism, Xenophobia & Discrimination against Ethnic Minorities & Indigenous People' (2003-6)
(participant in) an international project 'Ukraine and the Enlarging EU' by the Stefan Batory Foundation, Warsaw (2002-4 & 2009-10)
ESRC-funded project 'Fuzzy Statehood' and European Integration in Central and Eastern Europe' (1999-2001)

Experience

  • –present
    Reader in Politics and International Studies Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham