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Elena Shymanska

Elena Shymanska

Research Assistant, VISIONS project


Elena Shymanska is a Research Assistant of Dr. Elisabeth Johansson-Nogués at the research project "Visions and practices of geopolitics in the European Union and its neighborhood (VISIONS)". Currently Elena is pursuing a Master's degree in International Relations, Security and Development (UAB). Her Master thesis explores geopolitics of disinformation in the Eastern Neighbourhood. She holds BA and MA in Finance from National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" (Ukraine) and BA (hons) in Political Science and International Relations from University of Genoa (Italy). Elena previously worked as a Researcher at the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, National Consultant at the United Nations Population Fund (Ukraine), and volunteered as EN-UA-RU translator for USAID.

Background and education

  • (2017–2020) BA (hons) in International Relations, University of Genoa (Italy)
  • (2009–2011) MA in Finance, National University “Kyiv-Mohyla academy” (Ukraine)
  • (2004-2009) BA in Finance, National University “Kyiv-Mohyla academy” (Ukraine)


  • 2017-2020ALiSEO Scholarship of Liguria region, Italy
  • 2019UNIGE grant for academic mobility “The Hague International Jurisdictions”, Italy
  • 2019-2020Erasmus + Scholarship

Professional memberships & affiliations

  • University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)
  • Council for European Studies
  • Jean Monnet Network on Research & Teaching in EU foreign Affairs (NORTIA)


Research interests

  • International Relations
  • EU foreign policy
  • Geopolitics