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Dr Kamil Zwolski BA, MA, PhD

Associate Professor in International Politics, Departmental Examinations Officer/Senior Tutor

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Dr Kamil Zwolski is Associate Professor in International Politics within Politics & International Relations at the University of Southampton. He is also Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

If someone thought that studying European security after the Cold War was boring, it’s time to think again

Before joining the University of Southampton, Dr Zwolski held academic positions at the University of Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University and Regent’s University London. Throughout his academic career, Dr Zwolski’s research has been primarily focused on the theory and practice of European security governance, including the EU’s role in international security.

Dr Zwolski’s latest book, European Security in Integration Theory (2018), examines federalism and functionalism – two fundamental, yet largely forgotten, theories of international integration. Following the outbreak of the war in Ukraine in 2014, policy practitioners and scholars have been in search of a deeper understanding of the likely causes of the conflict and its consequences for the European security architecture.

Various theories have been deployed to this end, but international and European integration theory remains conspicuously absent. Dr Zwolski shows how the core tenets of integration theories developed after World War I, particularly how they viewed territoriality and geopolitical boundaries, remain as relevant today as they were almost 100 years ago.

Dr Zwolski’s earlier book, The EU as a Global Security Actor (2013, co-authored by Prof Christian Kaunert), adopts a comprehensive approach to the study of the EU’s role in international security. Breaking with the tendency to associate the EU’s external security policy exclusively with the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy, the book offers comprehensive analysis across the case studies as varied as climate change security, maritime piracy and weapons of mass destruction.

Dr Zwolski also regularly publishes in peer-reviewed journals. For example, he published on David Mitrany and contemporary European security order (JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies); power relations in the so-called communities of practice in international relations (Journal of European Integration); or how the study of the sociology of bureaucracy and bureaucratic behaviour in international relations can help to explain the EU’s international security policy (JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies)

Dr Zwolski, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, is also leading the Department’s efforts in the area of teaching and learning innovation. Notably, the University of Southampton was only the third university in the UK which adopted the Statecraft on-line simulation of international relations for teaching and assessment in one of the modules. For this effort, Dr Zwolski and his team received the Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award.

Dr Zwolski represents the Department of Politics and International Relations (PAIR) in the University-wide Researching Assessment Practices at Southampton (RAP) community of practice. In this role, Dr Zwolski contributes to the development of the University assessment strategy as well as feeds back RAP’s work back to PAIR. In 2018, Times Higher Education recognised RAP’s work as the University of Southampton was shortlisted in the category Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year.

In addition to gamification strategies, Dr Zwolski has an experience of applying a wide range of teaching and assessment methods, most of which revolve around problem-based and blended learning activities. In one of his modules, students practice the transferable skill of group-work in order to produce a Joint EU-NATO Security Strategy. Dr Zwolski also regularly produces on-line educational video courses in the field of International Relations enjoyed by students from over 100 countries.

Research interests

  • Theory and practice of European security governance
  • European integration theory and security architecture in Europe
  • Foreign and security policy of the European Union
  • War in Ukraine and its consequences for European security
  • Security policy and strategy of Central-Eastern European countries
  • Communities of practice in international security
  • Recent theoretical approaches in International Relations

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I convene various undergraduate and graduate modules on International Relations theory and International Security.

PhD supervision: I am happy to supervise PhD dissertations falling within my research areas. Prospective students are welcome to send me their draft research proposals before formally applying to the university.

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

Room Number: 58/3065

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