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Dr Kamil Zwolski BA, MA, PhD

Associate Professor in International Politics, PGT Programme Lead

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Dr Kamil Zwolski is Associate Professor in International Politics within Social Sciences: 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 book, The EU as a Global Security Actor, 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.

In another one of his recent publications, Dr Zwolski integrates the problem of power relations into the study of the so-called communities of practice in international relations. Communities of practice is a fascinating phenomenon which allows to see international relations from a different angle. By recognising power relations within and across communities of practice, we can better understand the dynamics of the communities.

Currently Dr Zwolski is involved in research on European security governance following the war in Ukraine. Focusing mainly on the theoretical aspects of the problem, he has started with a simple puzzle: if the war in Ukraine has been so important for European security architecture, how can the theories of international integration, often (not always accurately) referred to as European integration theories, help us to understand the conflict and what kind of solutions can they prescribe?






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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Book Chapters

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
Reception Building 58 University of Southampton Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom

Room Number:58/3065

Telephone:(023) 8059 3668

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