Bios of the participants

Henrietta Mondry
Professor Henrietta Mondry is Russian Subject Coordinator and Professor in English Department of the University of Canterbury. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. Her research interest are Russian literature and society, and she has published internationally on the topics of ethnicity and gender in Russian literature, with special focus on racialism and nationalism in literature. She has also pioneered work on human-animal relations in Russian culture, including topics of animal discourse in literature. Her recent books include Exemplary Bodies: Constructing the Jew in Russian Culture and Political Animals: Representing Dogs in Modern Russian Culture.

Dr Jeremy Moses
Jeremy Moses is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. His research interests are in the ethics of war and intervention, with a particular focus on realism, pacifism the Responsibility to Protect. He has published a monograph entitled Sovereignty and Responsibility: Power, Norms and Intervention in International Relations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and has previously published articles in journals including Review of International Studies, International Politics, Cooperation and Conflict, Critical Studies on Security, and Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding.

Geoff Ford
Geoffrey Ford is a political scientist working as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Canterbury Arts Digital Lab. His research interests include economic rhetoric and lay economics, parliamentary discourse and computational approaches to the analysis of written and spoken discourse in social scientific research.

Dr Serena Kelly
Dr Serena Kelly is co-deputy director of the National Centre for Research on Europe, and lecturer in European and European Union Studies at the University of Canterbury. Serena has been a project leader of, and contributor to, a number of EU perceptions research projects, including on perceptions of the EU in the Asia-Pacific. These projects examine Elite, Media and public opinion perceptions of the EU. Her current research examines the impact of BREXIT on New Zealand and the proposed EU-NZ Free Trade Agreement. Her research interests include: European diplomacy, international political communication and Europe’s relations, presence, impact in and, with the Asia Pacific. More details about her publications may be found at:

Dr Iana Sabatovych
Iana Sabatovych has recently obtained her PhD degree at the National Centre for Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). She accomplished her BA and MA degrees on the basis of the Economy and Law Department at the Mariupol State University (Mariupol, Ukraine). Her prior research focused on Ukraine’s association with the EU, regional integration and globalisation. Her PhD thesis investigated the patterns of Ukraine’s post-communist transition with an emphasis on Europeanisation beyond Europe in the absence of EU membership prospect. Iana has also participated in several international research projects, such as “Crisis, Conflict and Critical Diplomacy: EU Perceptions in Ukraine and Israel/Palestine (C3EU)” (sponsored by the Jean Monnet Lifelong Learning Programme 2015-2018) and ongoing “Youth Opinion and Opportunities for EU Public Diplomacy: Youth Narratives and Perceptions of the EU and EU-Ukraine Relations in Ukraine and the three Baltic States” (E-YOUTH) focusing on EU external perceptions. Iana seeks to expand her research interests which cover a range of topics (international relations, Russian (Ukrainian) studies, media, public opinion) and are based on a range of methods (correlation-regression analysis, interviews, focus groups, Q methodology, text mining).

James Headley
James Headley is an Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Otago, New Zealand. His research interests include Russian foreign policy, the European Union, nationalism and ethnic conflict, and IR theory. He is the author of Russia and the Balkans: Foreign Policy from Yeltsin to Putin (Hurst and Co./Columbia University Press, 2008) and co-editor of Public Participation in Foreign Policy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) and a number of research articles.


Phd Students:

Viktor Velivchenko
Viktor Velivchenko is an Associate Professor of the Department of English Philology at Cherkasy Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University, Ukraine. His main scientific interest is in the field of lingual and cognitive pragmatics: he investigates how people use language to express information intended but not obligatory exposed by words. In 2012 he defended his dissertation in Philology on the topic Implicature as a Medium for Manifesting the Speaker’s Emotions. The work deals with indirect (implicative) way of expressing positive and negative emotions under different communicative conditions. He is also interested in international relations, especially the relations in the triangle Western Countries-Ukraine-Russia and political linguistics, especially in perceptions, manipulations and propaganda. At present he is a Ph.D. student at NCRE (Canterbury University, New Zealand). The topic he chose for his Ph.D. thesis is about the current crisis in Ukraine and EU/EU MS perceptions in crisis resolution.

Xiwen Wang
Xiwen Wang is a Ph.D. candidate at the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury. Her thesis focusses on EU – China relations in the context of the 16+1 cooperation framework. For the presentation of her initial findings at the European Union Studies Association Asia Pacific (EUSAAP) conference held in Taiwan on 28-29 June 2018 she was awarded a “Student Best Paper Presentation” award.

Daviti Mtchedlishvili
Daviti Mtchedlishvili is a PhD candidate at the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury, New Zealand. His study interests focus primarily on international relations and politics. His current research deals with Europeanisation processes outside European Union borders.

Diana Averina-Lugova
I am a third-year PhD student at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. I received my Candidate of Historical Sciences degree in 2009, a Master’s Degree in 2004, and Bachelor’s Degree in 2003 – all from Tavrida National V.I. Vernadsky University, Ukraine. In 2009-2016, I taught at Tavrida National V.I. Vernadsky University, concentrating on the history of Ukraine. My scholarly interests have centered on history of daily life and Soviet history, my current dissertation project is titled “Crimea at a Time of Change: Urban Everyday Life, 1954-1964”.

Alexander Malkov
Mr Alexander Malkov is a PhD student at the National Centre for Research on Europe, University of Canterbury. Back in 2005, Alexander was awarded the qualification of Physical Training Teacher. Dramatically switching the academic field, he graduated Cum Laude from Tallinn University of Technology in 2015, obtained MA degree in International Relations and European-Asian Studies. His current research analyses the impact of Russia’s bilateral inclinations towards V4 on the EU, and EU’s response to this. His research interests include: international relations theory, EU-Russia and in particular Russia-CEEC relations, foreign policy decision-making, cooperation between Europe and Asia.

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