Academy Fellow, Africa Programme
Stefan Cibian
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Stefan Cibian became an Academy fellow at Chatham House in September 2016. Before joining Chatham House, Dr Cibian was visiting professor in International Development at Babeș-Bolyai University and director of Cibian Consulting SRL. Dr Cibian serves on the board of several organizations: The Romanian Association for International Cooperation and Development, FOND – The Romanian NGDO Platform, Tara Fagarasului Community Foundation, and the Foundation for Youth Involvement.

His research and teaching focuses on development and statehood in sub-Saharan Africa, more particularly on uncovering the gaps between international approaches to development and local practices. In his consulting and civil society work, Dr Cibian works on civil society development in Central and Eastern Europe, more particularly, developing community foundations and other organizations in Romania. He received his PhD and MA from Central European University and BA from Babeș-Bolyai University and 1st of December 1918 University. 


  • Statehood and development in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Civil society development
  • Peace-building
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • International Relations and development theories


2015-16Director, Cibian Consulting SRL
2010-16Visiting Professor, Babeș-Bolyai University
2006-12PhD Candidate, Central European University


  • 'Post-Western IR: The impossible quest', paper presented at the ISA Annual Convention, Atlanta, United States, 2016.
  • 'Exploring the Conceptual Limits of IR and Development Theory: Western Naïveté and Underdevelopment in Sub-Saharan Africa', paper presented at the ISA Annual Convention, New Orleans, 2015.
  • Analyzing the European Development Fund: An English School Account of How Presumed Statehood Undermines (Development in) Sub-Saharan Africa PhD Thesis, Central European University, 2011. 
  • Book review: Holden, Patrik, 2009, In Search of Structural Power: EU Aid Policy as a Global Political Instrument, pp. 1145-1146 in Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 47, No. 5, November 2009.
  • 'An International Relations Theory Perspective on Development Aid and Its Role in Shaping the Post-1945 World Order', pp. 149-183, in EuroPolis, Journal of Political Analysis and Theory, No.3/2008.
  • Book review: Albert Rakipi, 2008, Weak States & Security: Rethinking the Balkan Post-Cold War Security Agenda, CEU Political Science Journal, Vol.3, No. 4, 2008.