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Karolina Pomorska

Associate professor

Dr. K.M. Pomorska
+31 71 527 5180

Karolina Pomorska is a Jean Monnet Chair and Associate Professor in International Relations at Leiden University’s Institute of Political Science.

More information about Karolina Pomorska

Karolina Pomorska is a Jean Monnet Chair and Associate Professor in International Relations at Leiden University’s Institute of Political 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 studies the behavioural norms in the Council of the EU and the processes of contestation and norm erosion. She has led a project on the European External Action Service and socialization of its diplomats.

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 has been a regular contributor to the Annual Review of the Journal of Common Market Studies, where she has been writing about the role of the EU in the world and in its neighbourhood.

You can follow Karolina on Twitter at @Karolka55.

PhD supervision

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

See for more information on PhD positions:

Institute of Political Science: PhD

Associate professor

  • Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
  • Instituut Politieke Wetenschap

Work address

Turfmarkt 99
2511 DP The Hague
Room number 6.29



  • European Commission Expert
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