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Dr Kamil Zwolski

University of Southampton & Politics and International Relations
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I am Associate Professor in International Politics at the University of Southampton and Jean Monnet Chair of European Security Governance. In 2022, I was awarded National Teaching Fellowship, which represents the highest recognition of higher education excellence in the UK. I am also Senior Fellow of Advance HE. In my research, I specialise in: (1) European security integration; (2) European-Russian relations; (3) Geopolitics of European security; (4) Geopolitics of Central and Eastern Europe; (5) The EU as an international security actor. In 2023, the International Institute for Strategic Studies invited me to prepare the analysis of Poland's foreign policy strategy since the Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022. My priority is to combine excellence in research and teaching, and I have won numerous awards in both, including: (1) EU Jean Monnet Module award in 2023 for the module European Power and the Geopolitics of Europe and Asia; and (2) EU Jean Monnet Chair award in 2019 for the project European Security Governance. My current research revolves around the EU's Jean Monnet Chair award and includes work on my Palgrave-contracted book European Security in Integration Theory. The book will challenge established ways of conducting research in this field, with the view to open new methodological, theoretical and empirical research avenues for the benefit of the young generation of scholars in EU Studies. My previous book, European Security in Integration Theory (2018), examines federalism and functionalism – two fundamental, yet largely forgotten, theories of international integration, in the context of the war in Ukraine and contemporary European security order. My first book, The EU as a Global Security Actor (2013, co-authored by Prof Christian Kaunert), adopts a comprehensive approach to the study of the EU’s role in international security. I also regularly publish in peer-reviewed journals. I published on David Mitrany and contemporary European security order (JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies) or power relations in the so-called communities of practice in international relations (Journal of European Integration). I am often invited as a contributor and keynote speaker and my research excellence in the study of European security governance has been recognised by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, who invited Southampton’s Politics and International Relations (PAIR) Department to become institutional members of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPD).