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Corina (Cora) Lacatus

Corina (Cora) Lacatus
Dr Corina (Cora) Lacatus
Career Development Fellow
4.12 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LF
Research Interests
International Relations, Institutions and institutional change, norm diffusion, EU external relations, Europeanization, Mixed methods, Research methodology, Human rights

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I am a scholar of global governance, focusing on the influence that international institutions like the United Nations and the European Union have on domestic institutions, politics, and societies. So far my research has explored questions of global governance in a number of areas of policy-making and practice – south-to-north migration, human rights, foreign policy, environmental protection, and corruption control. Moreover, I have extensive experience teaching and employing in my research a wide range of research methods and research designs for the study of politics and international relations.

I hold a PhD in International Relations (2017, London School of Economics) and a second PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures (2007, University of California Los Angeles). 

My recent research has been published in the Journal of European Public Policy, PS: Political Science and Politics, the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, and Millennium. My second book (currently under review) investigates the strength and effectiveness of national human rights institutions. The book builds on an original data set for 50 countries and nearly 90 interviews carried out in eight countries. My first book, The (In)visibility Complex was published in 2008 (Stockholm University) and explores identity and the representation of the migrant experience in Sweden.