Dr Joanna Szostek

Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme

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Joanna became an associate fellow of the Chatham House Russia and Eurasia Programme in April 2020.

She is a lecturer in political communication at the University of Glasgow and her research focuses on the mass media’s role in relations between states, particularly in the post-Soviet region.

Recently she has investigated the reception of competing political narratives among audiences in Ukraine, with funding from the European Commission. She is also working on a British Academy-funded project to explain why levels of engagement with local, national and foreign/transnational media vary within and across ‘peripheral’ Ukrainian regions.

Her research has been published in leading international peer-reviewed journals. Her professional experience includes several years at BBC Monitoring and many years of living and working in Russia and Ukraine.

She has also spent time on secondment with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and holds a doctorate in politics from the University of Oxford.

Past experience

2018 - present Lecturer in political communication, University of Glasgow
2015-18 Marie Skłodowska-Curie research fellow, Royal Holloway University of London
2013-15 Mellon fellow, UCL-SSEES