Personal profile


At the University of Portsmouth, I am a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. I am also a member of the Centre for European and International Studies Research


My academic and research interests include European geopolitics, European regionalisation, and Central and Eastern European affairs (with a particular focus on post-communist transformation and civic activism in Ukraine, Russia, and Poland). I also have a background in mass communication and mass information. 


I have written, edited, or co-edited three books on Russo-Ukrainian relations (Ukraine and Russian Neo-imperialism: The Divergent Break), regionalisation in Central and Eastern Europe (Intermarium: Polish-Ukrainian Linchpin of Baltic-Black Sea Cooperation), and post-communist transformation (Meandering in Transition: Thirty Years of Reforms and Identity in Post-Communist Europe). Apart from this, I have authored more than 25 peer-reviewed research articles/chapters and dozens of publications in the media.  


In 2022-23 I worked as a political analyst for the Forum for Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta (Canada), to identify and counter Russian disinformation in North American Media. 


Since 2015, I have served as a member of the editorial board of the Central European Journal for International and Security Studies (CEJISS).


I am a supporter of the informational society and Western values. Philosopher on the topics of astropolitics and the digitized world. Populariser of science and car blogger. Fantasy writer.


For regular updates and insights into my work, you can follow me on @OstapKushnir.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Ph.D., Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń

17 Sept 20133 Feb 2015

Award Date: 3 Feb 2015

MA, University of Wales

1 Oct 20108 Feb 2012

Award Date: 8 Feb 2012

MA, Odesa Mechnikov National University

1 Sept 200531 Jul 2006

Award Date: 31 Jul 2006

External positions

Lecturer (guest), University of Alberta

1 Jan 202330 Jun 2023

Lecturer (guest), Jagiellonian University in Kraków

1 Sept 20211 Mar 2022

Assistant Professor, Lazarski University

1 Mar 201531 Aug 2023

Lecturer (validated scheme), Coventry University

1 Feb 201431 Aug 2023

Lecturer, Lazarski University

1 Feb 201128 Feb 2015

Teaching Assistant, Odesa Mechnikov National University

1 Sept 200631 Aug 2010


  • JZ International relations
  • Ukraine
  • Ukrainian studies
  • Ukrainian politics
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Democratisation
  • Post-communist transition
  • European integration
  • Russian politics
  • Russo-Ukrainian relations
  • Russian neo-imperialism
  • Classical and critical geopolitics
  • Decolonisation
  • Political culture
  • Political mobilisation
  • Community governance
  • Political orders
  • Social resilience
  • Political studies
  • Good governance
  • Self-governance
  • Political values
  • Political identity
  • Russia
  • Poland
  • Polish politics

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