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Dr. Rumena Filipova

Research Fellow
Economic Program


DPhil and MPhil in International Relations, University of Oxford

BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology, University of Cambridge


Rumena Filipova's primary research focus at CSD 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 a DPhil in International Relations, 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. Her doctoral research develops constructivism on the basis of social psychology and an interpretivist methodology, drawing on 75 elite interviews.

Rumena's wider research experience has encompassed teaching undergraduate courses at Oxford (theory and history of International Relations), university research assistance on topics related to Russian regional relations (the politics of spheres of influence), European integration, and U.S. foreign policy in East Asia, as well as conference organisation and outreach.

She has been a visiting fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center, the Polish Institute of International Affairs, and Chatham House, among others.

Selected Publications

  • Authoritarian Shadows in The European Union: Bulgarian MEPs’ Voting Patterns. Working Paper. Sofia: Center for the Study of Democracy, 2020.
  • Democracy in Bulgaria: still fragile after 30 years of transition. Bratislava: GLOBSEC, 2020.
  • The Shrinking Space for Media Freedom in Southeast Europe. Sofia: Center for the Study of Democracy, 2020.
  • 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.
  • Critical Juncture? Bulgaria after the Snap Poll in October 2014: Change and continuity in politics, foreign policy and the economy (editor and co-author). Conference Report, SEESOX, September 2015.


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