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International Laboratory for the Study of World Order and the New Regionalism

The Higher School of Economics International Laboratory for the Study of World Order and the New Regionalism at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow invites applications for postdoctoral positions to play a key role in laboratory’s research projects in the following academic fields:

·        BRICS studies, evolution of the BRICS powers strategies towards the global economic, financial and security institutions

·        Asia-Pacific regionalism and transformation of the regional international system

·        Russia in the Asia-Pacific and Russia-China relations

·        Rise of China, domestic and international origins of

·        Russian strategy in Eurasia: integration initiatives, relations with Eurasian powers and emergence of the new Eurasian regionalism   

·        Theoretical analysis of Russia’s foreign policy  

The last several decades have witnessed the ever-increasing spread of regional institutions and informal initiatives. This wave of the new regionalism opens up some key question regarding the long-term perspective of the global world order: Do regional institutions, régimes, and organizations contribute to  global governance (e.g., financial stability, free trade, sustainable development, etc.)? Or, does regionalism fragment the global system and weaken its manageability? Do rising powers influence this trend and how  can they use it to  their advantage? The current projects undertaken by the Laboratory adopt a multidisciplinary approach, and f focusing on the different factors influencing the evolution of the global international system, with a strong emphasis on  deep regional studies. The laboratory’s projects include such topics as   the influence of Russia and other emerging powers on the evolution of the global order and the system of global governance (focusing on Russia’s role in BRICS and Russia-China rapprochement); the development of regional and mega-regional integration projects and initiatives such as the Russia’s Eurasian initiatives: Eurasian Economic Union and Greater Eurasian partnership, China’s Belt and Road projects and other regional initiatives and integration formats. Specific attention is paid to rise of China and its structural consequences for the international system and Russia-China rapprochement.

As a part of a research unit with a strong culture of collaboration, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to spend about half of their  time leading collaborative research projects of  their own design and about half on working with the research staff of the Laboratory.


The job involves:

  • Working under the supervision of Dr. Richard Sakwa, in working groups with Dr. Andrej Krickovic (International Relations), Dr. Natalia Milovantseva (International and Digital economy) and/or Dr. Alexander Lukin (Asian studies);
  • conducting research within the Laboratory’s conceptual framework;
  • collaboration with other researchers affiliated with the Laboratory, including those from foreign Universities;
  • taking part in the Laboratory’s  research projects/pursuing independent research;
  • participation in the Laboratory’s events;
  • disseminating research findings through writing academic papers for top international peer-reviewed journals in co-authorship with the members of the Laboratory and oral public presentations;
  • teaching is not required; though teaching opportunities will be available, including teaching for  thethe Faculty of World Economy and International ’s  double-degree programs with the London School of Economics and University of Kent



  • a Ph.D. in political science, international development, economics, public policy, or a related discipline awarded before September 2018;
  • excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize workload and meet deadlines;
  • a strong track record of publications appropriate for the candidate’s academic standing;
  • English language proficiency.
  • advanced quantitative or qualitative research methods skills that meet the standards of academic peer-review publications  will be a strong advantage;
  • peer-reviewed publications, working papers or a job market paper in the field will be a strong advantage;
  • knowledge of the Russian language is not a requirement but will be a plus.


General conditions for Post-Doctoral Research positions can be found here. Appointments are  normally made for one year.

A CV and research statement should be submitted via online application form and two letters of recommendation should be submitted by the referees directly to fellowship@hse.ru by February 15, 2019. Please note that direct applications to the hiring laboratory may not be reviewed.

About HSE

HSE is a young, dynamic, fast-growing Russian research university providing unique research opportunities. 

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