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Neculai-Cristian Surubaru, Dr

Maastricht University, Studio Europa

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Research Discipline

Politics & International Relations


I have experience with print, radio and television. My most recent interviews were with Bulgarian National Radio, Pravda Slovakia,, Euronews and London City University Radio.

Language Skills

  • English (Proficient)
  • French (Intermediate)
  • Italian (Intermediate)
  • Romanian (Mother tongue)


Neculai-Cristian Surubaru is a postdoctoral researcher at Studio Europa within the Maastricht Working on Europe (MWOE) programme of Maastricht University. His research focuses on European politics, democracy in the European Union and the future of European integration (theory). As a political scientist, he has worked on theoretical issues regarding administrative/state capacity & politicisation, empirically assesing these concepts in relation to the management of EU aid in Central and Eastern Europe. His articles have been published in journals such as Regional Studies, East European Politics and the Romanian Journal of European Affairs. His research on the EU's performance in Central and Eastern European countries (with Prof Dimitris Papadimitriou and Dr Dorina Baltag) has been published by Routledge (2018). Cristian is also affiliated as an Associate Researcher with the European Policies Research Centre (EPRC) of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow where he has worked on policy evaluations and research for the European institutions and national governments. Moreover, Cristian is an Affiliated Expert (ex member of the board) of Europuls - Centre of European Expertise, an active Romanian think-tank based in Brussels, where he was one of the initiators of the annul European forum - Eurosfat.