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Ksenia joined the Department of European and International Studies in 2013, first as a Masters and then as a research student. Her PhD thesis examined the relationship between sanctions and welfare state regimes. Her research aimed at contributing to welfare state theory in particular and critical theory in general.

Ksenia holds an MBA (British AMBA), and PhD in International Political Economy from King’s College London. Her work experience includes eight years in the oil and gas sector and in petroleum transportation.


Currently Ksenia is an hourly paid lecturer for the module 4AAOB104 Introduction in International Economics and 6YYR0010 Geopolitics of Energy.

She previously worked as a GTA for the same module of International Economics in 2016-2019, and for the module 4AAOB103/ 5AAOB201: The Integration of the European Union in 2019-2020.

Research Interests

Political Economy of Sanctions, Welfare States, Political Economy of Oil and Gas, Eurasian Regionalism, Critical Political Economy, Critical European Studies

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Latest Publications

Conference participation

  1. The role of values ​​and interests in the policy of extraterritorial sanctions in the 21st Century. April 2019, presented at International Gerda Henkel Forum: ‘Values ​​and Interests in Communication between Russia and the West’
  2. The EU sanctions against Russia in the context of global imperialism: a critical political economy perspective. June 2018, presented at EWIS Workshop ‘Sanctions in the Twenty-First Century’, Groningen
  3. Transatlantic relationships at times of sanctions. May 2020, co-presented with Professor Alan Cafruny, Hamilton College, USA at ‘XXI April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development’
  4. EU in global governance. December 2018, co-presented with Alan Cafruny, at ‘Transforming Global Governance: A Political Economy of Common Ground and Cooperation’, HSE
  5. The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU): institutional, material and cultural prospects for development. March 2018, a report for The First International Conference of Regional Studies, University of Tehran, Block: International Organizations and Institutions and Regional Arrangements
  6. The welfare state regime approach to analysing sanctioned states September 2017, Speaker and Moderator, 11th RISA Convention, Dialectics of the Empire: Revolution versus Continuity, MGIMO