Karolina Pomorska is an Assistant Professor in International Relations at Leiden University’s Institute of Poltical Science. She is also an Affiliated Research Fellow of the European Centre at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at University of Cambridge.
Before coming to Leiden in 2017, Karolina worked at Maastricht University and University of Cambridge (2012-2014). She also held visiting or associate positions at Pembroke College and Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC and at the Centre for International Studies in Warsaw. She frequently engages with a wide range of audiences and delivers trainings to diplomats and officials.
In her current research, Karolina focuses on the European Union’s foreign policy and the dynamics of international negotiations. She works on the processes of socialization among diplomats. An important part of her work is to understand the implications of establishing the European External Action Service (EEAS) in terms of democratic deficit and accountability in European Foreign Policy.
Karolina also studies the roles and attitudes of officials in the Council Secretariat General of the European Union and the role of nationally seconded diplomats. Among her research interests are also topics such as: informal aspects of policy-making and negotiations, Polish foreign policy and the role of trust in crisis. She has co-edited a book on the tensions between values and security in Europe’s neighbourhood (with Manchester University Press) and a Special Issue of the Hague Journal of Diplomacy on the emerging system of European diplomacy.
Karolina’s work was published in journals such as the Journal of Common Market Studies (JCMS), Journal of European Public Policy (JEPP), Journal of European Integration (JEI), Comparative European Politics, East European Politics or Europe-Asia Studies. She is a regular contributor to the Annual Review of the JCMS, where she writes on the role of the European Union in the world.
You can follow Karolina on Twitter at @Karolka55.
Karolina Pomorska is available to supervise PhD students and invites PhD research proposals in the areas of:
- European foreign and security policy
- Foreign and security policies of Central/Eastern European states
- European integration
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