Jaroslava Barbieri

De-sovereignisation as an instrument of Russia’s coercive diplomacy in the context of post-Soviet de facto states.

Barbieri Jaroslava

Supervisors: Professor Kataryna Wolczuk and Dr. Derek Averre

Jaroslava Barbieri is undertaking ESRC-funded doctoral research into the role of Russian state and non-state actors in thebreakaway territories of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR) and the Donetsk and Luhansk Peoples' Republics  (DNR/LNR) and related challenges to conflict resolution.


  • MA Social Research, University of Birmingham, (2018–19)
  • MPhil European Politics & Society, University of Oxford (2015–17)
  • MSc Political Theory, London School of Economics (2014–15)
  • BA Philosophy, Sapienza University of Rome (2010–13)


Conference papers

  • De-sovereignisation as an instrument of Russia’s conflict resolution strategy in the context of post-Soviet de facto states. The cases of Transdniestria in Moldova and the Donetsk and Luhansk Peoples’ Republics in Eastern Ukraine’ prestened at ECPR General Conference Innsbruck, August 2022
  • Raising citizen-soldiers in Donbas: Russia’s role in promoting patriotic education programmes and history teaching in the ‘Donetsk and Luhansk Peoples’ Republics’ presented at the annual conference organised by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES)  Cambridge, April 2022
  • How Russia’s invasion is changing European Security’ presented at European Public Policy Conference organised by the Hertie School Berlin, April 2022
  • Defence and Security Doctoral Symposium, Cranfield University in conjunction with Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and Atomic Weapons Establishment (UK Ministry of Defence) speaker online, Nov 2021 First Prize, Award for Best 3 Minute Thesis Competition
  • Guest lecturer at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and Kyiv National Linguistic University as part of a cycle of lectures organised by the Italian Institute of Culture on Ukraine’s key-challenges after the Euromaidan protests Kyiv, Apr 2015.


Jaroslava has a multidisciplinary background spanning from Russian foreign policy and post-Soviet affairs to European studies and political philosophy. Jaroslava is a recipient of the 1+3 ESRC studentship Award. Her doctoral project examines Russia’s role in strengthening attributes of statehood and sovereignty in post-Soviet de facto states (with a focus on Ukraine and Moldova) and related challenges to conflict resolution. She is currently a researcher for the Arena Program based at Johns Hopkins University, dedicated to analysing and countering the impact of disinformation and malign propaganda on modern democracy. She is also a project manager at Zinc Network, an international development and strategic communications business, where she works on projects focusing on the post-Soviet region. During her PhD, she has been a postgraduate teaching assistant at POLSIS, University of Birmingham, and SSEES, University College of London.

Previously, Jaroslava was a research associate for EU–STRAT, an international research project funded by the European Commission which focused on the relationship between the European Union and the countries in the Eastern neighbourhood. Before that, she was a research assistant at the Conflict Studies Research Centre, a research consultancy primarily focused on defence studies and cyber security in Eurasia

Research interests

  • Russian foreign policy
  • Ukrainian politics
  • De facto states
  • Conflict studies
  • Eurasian security
  • Democratisation in the EU’s Eastern Partnership countries
  • Disinformation
  • The political use of history
  • History of ideas

Contact details:J.Barbieri@pgr.bham.ac.uk

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