Research Team

Natalia Shapovalova


Natalia Shapovalova is a researcher at FRIDE. Prior to joining FRIDE, she was a researcher at the International Centre for Policy Studies in Kiev, Ukraine (2005-2008).

Her research focuses mainly on Ukraine, Eastern Europe, Russia, the South Caucasus and European Neigbourhood Policy. Natalia has contributed to a number of books, including on European Union democracy promotion and Eastern neighbourhood policies. Some of her latest publications include ‘The Changing Nature of EU Support to Civil Society’ (with Richard Youngs, in Civil Society and Democracy Promotion, Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and ‘The role of Crimea in Ukraine-Russia relations’ (in
The Maidan Uprising, Separatism and Foreign Intervention: Ukraine's complex transition, Peter Lang, 2014). She has written opinion pieces for El Mundo, El País, La Razón, EU Observer, New Europe, EurAktiv and The Guardian.

Natalia has an MA in European Public Affairs from Maastricht University, The Netherlands, an MA in International Relations from the Maria Curie Sklodowska University, Lublin, Poland, and a BA in Political Science from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Ukraine. She
has recently submitted a PhD thesis on advocacy in EU foreign policy at the University of Warwick, UK.

Spoken languages

English, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian

Written languages

English, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian

You can contact Natalia Shapovalova by writting to nshapovalova[at]

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