Elena Belokurova

  • Research Associate in the Center for German and European Studies (St. Petersburg State University/University of Bielefeld)
  • Research Associate in Center for European Studies, European University at St. Petersburg 
  • Docent of Department of Sociology, St. Petersburg State University
Degree:

Candidate of Political Science (Russian PhD)

Research interests:

European and Russian governance structures, regional politics, civil society groups, local self-government

Foreign languages:

English, German

Education:

1996 – 2000 European University at St. Petersburg / Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Department of political science and sociology, Candidate of science (June 2000)

1997 European University at St.Petersburg Political science MA with distinction

1991-1996 St. Petersburg State University, Department of Sociology, Diploma

Internships:

August 2006, August 2008 University of Helsinki (Finland), Aleksanteri Institute.

April, May 2007 Pomor State University in Arkhangelsk (Russia), Institute for Retraining, Politics and Law

September – October 2005 University of Genoa (Italy), Department for Political and Social Sciences.

February – March 2004 University of Bielefeld (Germany), Department for Sociology.

September 1997 – February 1998 Bundestag Internship Program, organized by Bundestag and University of Bonn (Bonn, Germany)

March-May 1996 Diploma practice at the department of sociology of the University of Bielefeld (Germany)

February-July 1995 Exchange-student program (Tempus-TACIS), department of sociology, University of Bielefeld (Germany)

Research Experiences:
  • Since 2009: coordinator of the CGES research clusters “Sub-National Regionalism in Europe” and “New Solidarities, Civil Society and NGOs in Europe and Russia”
  • Since 2010: participant of the research project “Building of Political Community or Communities in the Russian North-West: Between the Federal Centre and Cross-Border Cooperation” supported by the CGES
  • January 2008 – December 2009: participant of the Tempus JEP project “Promoting European Governance in the North-Western Regions of Russia”
  • November 2006 – August 2008: coordinator of St. Petersburg research group at the research project 16 “Inside – Outside: New modes of governance in the EU external policies” within the framework of the NEWGOV project led by the European University Institute in Florence and funded by the EU FP6.
  • January 2004 – December 2007: participant of the Tempus JEP project “Understanding European Governance in the North-Western Regions of Russia”
  • January 2004 – December 2007: coordinator of St. Petersburg research group at project “Reconstitution of the North-Western political, Economic and Social Space”, in co-operation with the University of Joensuu, funded by the Academy of Finland.
  • January 2006 – August 2006: researcher at the project “Youth Policy in the Regions of the Russian North-West”, in co-operation with the St. Petersburg Center “Strategy”.
  • January 2005 – August 2007: academic staff member of the Tempus Joint European Project «Understanding European Governance in the Northwestern Regions of Russia»
  • May 2004 – March 2005: researcher at the collective project of the Baltic Case “regional Identity under the Conditions of the EU Neighbourhood (on examples of republic of Karelia and Kaliningrad oblast’)”.
  • February 2003 – July 2005: researcher at the collective project “European Influence on Democratication in Russian Regions”, in co-operation with the Center for Contemporary Political Studies (Moscow) and University of Bremen, financed by Volkswagen Foundation.
  • August 2003 –September 2004: researcher at the project «NGOs Participation in Solving of Soft-Security Problems in the Russian North-West», in co-operation with the St. Petersburg Center “Strategy”.
  • September 2002 – December 2003: researcher at the pilot research project «North-Western Regional Identity Building and Political and Economic Integration of North-Western Subjects of Russian Federation» within the Center-Region Working Group of the Situating Russia Collaborative Research Network, sponsored by the American Council of Learned Societies/Ford Foundation-Moscow.
  • May 2001 – May 2002: researcher at the interregional project “225. Women Representation in the Regional Politics”.
  • May 2000 – May 2003: coordinator of the translators group at the Russian-German project “Most. Publication of the Results of the German Transformation Studies in Russian Language”, financed by the Volkswagen Foundation.
  • November 1999 – April 2002: researcher at the collective research project “Reform of the Local Government System in the Russian Cities”, financed by INTAS.
  • October 1998 – February 2000: Coordinator of Russian part of the Research Project “Democratization in the Eastern Europe. Local and International”, in co-operation with University of the South Stockholm.
  • September 1996 – February 1997: researcher at the project “Understanding Patterns of Regional Change in Russia”, organized by Russian Regional Research Group, University of Birmingham.
Teaching Experiences:

Since 2009: European University at St. Petersburg, Department of Political Science and Sociology, Course “European Integration and Governance”.

Since 2008: courses on “Sociology of NGOs”, “Contemporary Problems of the European Politics” at St. Petersburg State University, Department of Sociology

Since 2004: St. Petersburg State University, Department of Sociology, “Studies in European Societies” MA Program (in English), Courses “EU Governance and European Constitutionalisation” and “Regionalization and Multi-Level Governance in Europe”.

February – June 2006: Smolny Institute of Liberal Arts, St. Petersburg State University, course: “Political Management”

May – June 2005, 2006: St. Petersburg branch of Higher School of Economics, Department for Sociology, course “Sociology of the Third Sector”.

February 2002 – December 2007: Petrozavodsk State University, Department of Political and Social Sciences, lectures and seminars courses “Political Regional Studies”, “Management of Public Policy Organizations”, “Modes of European Governance”.

Management Experiences:

January 2007 – December 2008: Team leader of the “EU Study Weeks”, organized by the German-Russian Exchange as contractor of the Delegation of the European Commission to Russia

September 2001 – September 2003: Research Coordinator at the DAAD Center for German and European Studies, St. Petersburg State University.

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