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The ACE Team 

Meet the ACE team
Helena Farrand-Carrapico

Dr Helena Farrand-Carrapico
Co-Director of ACE

  • Title: Lecturer in politics and International Relations, Deputy Director of the Aston Centre for Europe
  • Interests: European Security, European Union Justice and Home Affairs, organised crime, cyber security.
  • Background: International Relations; European Union Studies. 
John Gaffney

Prof John Gaffney

Co-Director of ACE

  • Title: Professor in Politics and International Relations, Aston University
  • Interest: The European Union, European Industry, Interest Groups, Policy Making, Protest and Citizenship, Cyber Security, Political Economy, Europe and Asia, Europe and Russia, Political Leadership, Security Studies, the UK and Europe, Religion and Politics, Gender Studies, and the internal politics of several member states: e.g. France, Germany, Poland.
  • Background: Political theory 
Dr Carolyn Rowe

Dr Carolyn Rowe

Co-Director of ACE

  • Title: Co-Director, Aston Centre for Europe
  • Interest: Regional politics, decentralisation, German politics, federalism, political communication
  • Background: European Politics

Amanda Russell Beattie

Dr Amanda Russell Beattie

  • Title: Lecturer, Politics & International Relations
  • Interest: International Ethics, Critical International Relations, Migration & Citizenship
  • Background: Ph.D, International Relations (St. Andrews) M. Litt. International Security Studies (St. Andrews) M. Ed. (Aston University, June 2017), B.A. (Hons), Political Science (McGill University)
Gemma Bird

Dr Gemma Bird

  • Title: Teaching Associate in Politics and International Relations, Aston University
  • Interest: Political Theory, Non-Western Political Theory, African Politics, Political Engagement
  • Background: Political Theory 
Daniel Fitzpatrick

Dr Daniel Fitzpatrick

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics
  • Interest: Theories of political culture and state transformation
  • Background: comparative politics
Andrew Glencross

Dr Andrew Glencross

  • Title: Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: Brexit, European Integration, IR theory
  • Background: I grew up in the north of England and am a graduate of the University of Cambridge (BA Social and Political Studies and M.Phil. Historical Studies) as well as a former Joseph Hodges Choate Fellow at Harvard University from 2000-01.
Virginie Grzelczyk

Dr Virginie Grzelczyk 

  • Title: Lecturer in international Relations
  • Interest: North Korea, International Security and Conflict 
  • Background: International Relations and Conflict Resolution
Anne Jenichen

Dr Anne Jenichen

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: international and European human rights policy, particularly in the fields of gender and religion
  • Background: cross-disciplinary research on international norms and organisations
Lucian Leustean

Dr Lucian Leustean 

  • Title: Reader in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: Religion and Politics in The EU
  • Background: Politics and International Relations, Law and Theology
Cristian Nitoiu

Dr Cristian Nitoiu

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: EU and Russian foreign policy, EU-Russia relations, Eastern Europe, international relations, the European public sphere or international political communication
  • Background: International Relations

Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik

Dr Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik

  • Title: Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations
  • Interest: Peacebuilding, transitional justice
  • Background: International relations, ethnography and area studies
Patrycja Rozbicka

Dr Patrycja Rozbicka

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Aston University
  • Interest: European Union, interest groups, and regulation of music industry
  • Background: Comparative politics 
 Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi

Dr Balazs Szent-Ivanyi

  • Title: Lecturer in Politics and International Relations; Deputy Director of the Aston Centre for Europe
  • Interest: politics of development aid, political economy of foreign direct investment
  • Background: political economy
Jens-Uwe Wunderlich

Dr Jens-Uwe Wunderlich

  • Title: Lecturer in International Relations, Aston University 
  • Interest: Comparative Regionalism, International Relations of East Asia
  • Background: International Relations,Business Management and Economics
  • Author of: Regionalism, Globalisation and International Order, 2007, Aldershot, Ashgate; The European Union and Global Governance: A Handbook, 2011, London, Routledge (with D.J. Bailey).