Elena Belokurova

  • Research Associate and Project Coordinator at the Centre for German and European Studies
  • Assosiate Professor of the Faculty of Sociology, St. Petersburg State University
  • Director of German-Russian Exchange, St Petersburg
  • Member of the Steering Committee of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum 

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


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


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:
  • 2000-2014: researcher at the Centre for European Studies – EU Centre at the European University at St. Petersburg
  • 2009 - 2013 coordinator of the CGES research clusters “Sub-National Regionalism in Europe” and “New Solidarities, Civil Society and NGOs in Europe and Russia”
  • 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.