Rumena Filipova’s primary research focus at the Center for the Study of Democracy is related to Russian domestic and foreign policy as well the Kremlin’s media, political and economic influence in Central and Eastern Europe.
She holds an MPhil and DPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, having completed a doctoral thesis on The Differential Europeanisation of Central and Eastern Europe, 1989-2000: A Constructivist Study of the Foreign Policy Identities of Poland, Bulgaria and Russia.
Rumena’s wider research experience has encompassed teaching undergraduate courses at Oxford (theory and history of International Relations) as well as university research assistance on the topic of U.S. foreign policy in East Asia and the international relations of the East Asian region, more generally.
She has been a visiting fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center, the Polish Institute of International Affairs, and Chatham House, among others.
Selected Publications: Russian Influence in the Media Sectors of the Black Sea Countries. Tools, Narratives and Policy Options for Building Resilience, Center for the Study of Democracy, 2018.