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Dr Alena Drieschova

Dr Alena Drieschova

Senior Lecturer in International Relations

School of Law and Politics

+44 (0)29 2088 8823
3.12, Law Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Available for postgraduate supervision


Alena Drieschova is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Cardiff University. She works on the role of material culture and technology in international relations, notably on how everyday material encounters shape international orders. A second research stream looks at the role of communication technologies in international politics. A third research stream focuses on questions of nationalism, ethnic conflict, and processes of nation-state formation. Her past research studied international cooperation in transboundary water management. She employs qualitative methods, notably ethnography in her research. Her regional focus centres on Europe and South Asia.

Alena was a visiting scholar at the International Water Management Institute based in Sri Lanka, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Oregon State University. Currently she is a research fellow at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Her work has been published among others in Climatic Change, Global Environmental Change, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and International Theory. She is the editor (with Christian Bueger and Ted Hopf) of "Conceptualizing International Practices", forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. She was deputy editor of the journal New Perspectives: Journal of Central and Eastern European Politics and International Relations. Currently she is a member of the governing board of New Perspectives: Journal of Central and Eastern European Politics and International Reations and Politologická revue.

Alena welcomes PhD applicants in the areas of her research.


Since 01/08/2019 Senior Lecturer, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University
01/01/2016-01/08/2019 Lecturer, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University
2016 PhD Political Science, University of Toronto
2007 MSc, Global Governance and Diplomacy (with distinction), Department of International Development, University of Oxford
2006 Ing. (comparable to MSc.) International and European Studies (with distinction), University of Economics, Prague
2003/2004 Visting student, Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), Central and Eastern European Studies, Dijon










I teach on the following modules:

Introduction to International Relations (first year undergraduate)

Issues in International Relations (Masters)

Research Methods (Masters)


I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

Technology in International Relations

Material culture in International Relations

Change of International Orders

Post-Truth politics

EU politics

Central European Politics

Past projects

Maternity Leave Cover for Valeria Tolis - The European Union's climate change mitigation action: an ongoing transition? (awarded 2020)