Portrait of Dr Irina Petrova

Dr Irina Petrova

Postdoctoral Researcher contributing to ‘Research Integration’ (WP2) and 'Dissemination' (WP5)


Project Role: leads on major funding and publication initiatives; contributes to the project’s conceptual and empirical development including in the form of major academic and policy outputs, and conference/workshop organisation; deputises the PI at Kent (in her absence).

Irina Petrova is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the GCRF COMPASS project at the School of Politics and International Relations (University of Kent). She joined the School in 2019 after completing her doctoral dissertation at the University of Leuven. Irina’s research interests focus on the interaction of external and internal actors in international relations, particularly, the development of the novel approach of resilience-based governance anchored in local preferences and perceptions. Geographically, research focuses on the  European Union, Russia, Eastern Partnership and Central Asian states.

Prior to joining Kent, Irina worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Leuven and adjunct lecturer at Vesalius College (Vrije Universiteit Brussel). She was also a research associate for the H-2020 UPTAKE project (2017-18) and Jean Monnet Network ‘Crisis, Conflict and Critical Diplomacy: EU Perceptions in Ukraine and Israel/Palestine (C3EU)’.

She has published on resilience and eastern partnership; regional competition between the European Union and Russia, and Eastern Partnership policy (‘The European Union, the Eastern neighbourhood and Russia: Competing Regionalisms’ In: Telò M. (Ed.) European Union and New Regionalism. Ashgate; ‘EU-Russia relations in the Wider Europe: From strategic partner to major competitor?. In: Gstöhl S. (Ed.), The European Neighbourhood Policy in a Comparative Perspective: Models, Challenges, Lessons, Routledge), external perceptions (‘Perceptions of the European Union power in the Eastern Partnership region: the case of Armenia’ in European Foreign Affairs Review) and international inter-parliamentary cooperation (‘Exploring blind spots of regional dynamics in the post-Soviet space: What role for the inter-parliamentary cooperation in the region?’ In: Raube, K., Wouters, J., Müftüler-Bac, M. (eds.) Edward Elgar; ‘Euronest: What Drives Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation in the Eastern Partnership?’ in European Foreign Affairs Review).