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Natalia Timus

Natalia Timus
Natalia Timus

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Natalia Timus is a research associate at Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Maastricht University, and UNU-MERIT and an adjunct professor at the Middle East and Mediterranean Campus, Sciences Po, in Menton, France.

Natalia got her PhD (Magna cum Laude) in political science from Central European University (CEU), Budapest in June 2009. Her dissertation represents an important theoretical and empirical contribution to the study of direct and indirect mechanisms of European influence on party and party system transformations within East European Neighborhood : Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia.

Natalia has spent research periods at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES), Mannheim, European University Institute, Florence, and Institute for European Studies, ULB, Brussels.

Natalia’s research concentrates on EU democracy promotion, particularly towards Eastern Europe and former Soviet republics, democratic transformations and Russian influence within post-communist space, party politics and party regulations. Her current research is focused on the ’Europeanization’ of party regulations in East European Neighborhood and transnational relations of East European parties with European Party Federations, particularly with European People’s Party. Her long-term research project aims at examining positive and negative aspects of EU democracy promotion in Eastern Europe and Russia as a ’counterpower’ to EU influence in the region.

Natalia’s areas of teaching are comparative politics, Europeanization, enlargement process, EU policy domains (expert in CFSP), Area Studies (expert in Russia). She has experience with developing and coordinating courses at the BA and MA level of European Studies programme and supervising Bachelor papers and Master theses.