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Sergiu Buscaneanu has joined the department as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow. Before moving to KCL, he has been visiting fellow at Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki; visiting researcher at the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University; research fellow at the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study and visiting researcher at the Institute for European Integration, University of Hamburg. Sergiu Buscaneanu holds a PhD (2014) in political science from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and researched also towards his dissertation at Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.


Sergiu Buscaneanu’s main research interests lie at two academic intersections. The first disciplinary intersection connects political science with cognitive psychology and concerns the strategic choices of political elites from Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries and prospect theory. The second sub-disciplinary intersection connects comparative politics with IR and concerns EU external governance, democratisation, regime dynamics, democratic diffusion in EaP region and former Soviet Union more broadly.


  • Foreign Polices of the EU

Expertise and public engagement

Sergiu Buscaneanu provides expertise to the V-Dem project (, which is the largest data collection effort in social sciences in the world on political regimes. He is also a fellow of Social Science Works, a social enterprise based in Potsdam, which aims at making use of social scientific knowledge to improve civil society and democratic decision making in Germany and Europe.


  • Buscaneanu, S. (2016), Regime Dynamics in EU's Eastern Neighbourhood: EU Democracy Promotion, International Influences, and Domestic Contexts, New York, Palgrave Macmilan.
  • Buscaneanu, S. (2015), “EU Democracy Promotion in Eastern ENP Countries”, East European Politics and Societies, 29(1), pp. 248-286.