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Research overview

My research is strongly interdisciplinary, combining international relations theory and area studies. It uncovers and analyses patterns of inter-state political order resting on norms, rules, and institutions both at the global and the regional level. With respect to the latter, I have a particular interest in the area of Eurasia. My research philosophy rests on three interrelated pillars: 1) A classical, humanist approach to theory: I use at international law, political philosophy, international history, and diplomatic studies to uncover the meaning and the practices associated with the idea of ‘order’ in the minds, discourses, and practices of political actors. This is known as the English School (ES) approach to IR. 2) Attention to non-Western concepts and traditions: I familiarise myself with the cultural, linguistic, ideological, and social context(s) I research. 3) Importance of fieldwork and methodological pluralism: I prioritise fieldwork and adopt a combination of archival, discursive, and praxiological methods.

Research interests

- IR Theory, with a specific focus on the English School of International Relations and notions of 'order';

- Post-Soviet politics, in particular Central Asia;

- Regionalism and regional institutions;

- International history;

- Qualitative methodology

Academic/Professional Qualification

- Fellow at the Higher Education Academy, UK;
- Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice to teach in Higher Education awarded by the King’s College London Learning Institute completed in December 2016

Future research

  • "International Society and Central Asia" book manuscript in preparation
  • “The Institution of Sovereignty in Central Asia” book chapter for a volume edited by Christopher Smith on sovereignty published by the British Academy and sponsored by the Academia Europæa (under review)
  • “Informality in Global Politics”, a symposium edited with Christian Bueger for International Studies Review featuring contributions from Ken Abbott, Adriana Abdenur, Merih Angin, Thomas Biersteker, Thomas Kwasi Tieku, and Oliver Westerwinter (submission expected in autumn 2021)
  •  “The Evolution of the Central Asian Regional Order” paper in preparation for International Affairs (submission expected by autumn 2021)
  • “Steppes and Oases in the XIX Century – historical orders in Eurasia”, paper in preparation for European Journal of International Relations (submission expected by autumn 2021)
  • “The English School, Process-Tracing, and Methods”, paper in preparation for International Studies Review (submission expected in summer 2022)
  • “The English School and Global Constitutionalism” paper in preparation for the Handbook of Global Constitutionalism, 2nd edition (Edward Elgar Publishers; submission expected by autumn 2022)

Teaching activity

  • 2016 – now: IR3006 International Regimes and International Organizations
  • 2017 – now: IR4566 Comparative Regionalism
  • 2017 – now: IR2005 Theories of International Relations
  • 2019 – now: IR5501 International Security in the Middle East and Central Asia
  • 2016 – now: IR5529 International Society and Central Asia
  • 2018 – now: IR5601 Research Methods in IR
  • 2017 – 2019: IR4099 Honours Dissertation
  • 2016 – 2018: IR1006 Foreign Policy Analysis
  • 2019 – 2020: LC5026 Directed Reading and Research
  • 2016 – 2019: SS5102 Social Sciences and Research Methods
  • 2020 – 2021: IR2006 Studying IR

My teaching philosophy aims to provide an interactive space and cultivate learning by using innovative methods such as videos or media sources. I attempt to complement traditional, frontal formal lecturing by involving students in lectures and not just in seminars. Mutual trust, critical thinking and empathy with the students inside and outside the class have always been at the basis of my teaching.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, International Relations, KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

Award Date: 1 Nov 2015

Master of Science, International Relations Theory, LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS

Award Date: 1 Nov 2011

External positions

Associate Research Fellow, ISPI - Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale

1 Oct 2022 → …


  • JZ International relations
  • Theory
  • Central Asia
  • Norms
  • English School
  • Regionalism


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