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Dr Ingi Iusmen BA, MA, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor in Governance and Policy

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Dr Ingi Iusmen is a Associate Professor in Governance and Policy within Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton.

Dr Ingi Iusmen will be a Fulbright-Schuman scholar between 2019-2020: she will be based at the FXB Centre for Health and Human Rights (Harvard University) where she will be conducting research on unaccompanied migrant children in the US.


I am a Associate Professor in Governance and Policy at the University of Southampton (PAIR). My research tackles key questions about the European policy process, protection of international children’s rights, EU human rights policy, and democratization of Central and Eastern Europe.

I specialise in three areas: (1) EU public policy (including children’s rights), (2) minority protection and discrimination policy and (3) Central and Eastern Europe. In EU public policy and children’s rights, I examined how the EU advances children’s rights principles as part of its internal and external policies. I’m currently investigating how the rights of unaccompanied migrant children are being protected at national and EU level.

In the field of minority protection and discrimination policy, I researched the protection of the Roma at the EU and national level, by focusing in particular on the issue of anti-Gypsyism. I am currently working with Dr Sara Benedi Lahuerta (School of Law) on a project examining the experiences of EU nationals (e.g. Polish community) in the UK post-Brexit.

In Central and East European Politics, I researched the EU accession process and democratic backsliding in countries such as Romania and Hungary. Within this field, I currently investigate the effectiveness of EU anti-corruption policy in countries such as Romania and Bulgaria.

In all my research projects I have collaborated closely with research users (civil society groups, NGO networks, policy-makers etc.) based in the UK and in Brussels, by providing them with expert advice and by contributing to knowledge exchange activities.


Research interests

My research interests include areas such as EU politics and public policy, European children’s rights, EU human rights policy, EU enlargement, comparative European politics, EU and civil society, international children’s rights, post-communist transition, corruption and anti-corruption reforms, and Central and East European politics.

Research projects

My research interests have been brought together under several major research projects along with my doctoral research. I was an ESRC postdoctoral fellow (2011-2012, Univ of Sheffield) and my ESRC project examined the impact of Eastern enlargement on the EU human rights regime, with a key focus on EU child rights policy. I also worked (alongside Prof. Jean Grugel and PPMI (Vilnius)) on a European Commission consultancy project (2010-2011) which evaluated the impact of EU instruments on the protection of child rights at the national level. Most recently, I was awarded (together with Dr Helen Stalford) an ESRC research seminar series grant (£30,000,project titled: European Responses to Global Children's Rights Issues: Exchanging Knowledge and Building Capacity, Nov.2013-Nov.2015) to run a series of high impact, interdisciplinary workshops, focusing on the protection of children as consumers, child-friendly justice, child migration, child employment and labour and the impact of the global economic crisis on child welfare. The seminars will generate significant opportunities for knowledge exchange with key legal and policy makers within the European institutions.

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Politics & International Relations, Social Sciences, University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

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