Russell Foster

Russell Foster


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Research interests

  • European identity
  • EU external relations
  • International Relations Theory
  • Populism and nationalism in Europe

Dr Foster’s research focuses on how European external relations intersect with European identity, and how internal imaginations of “Europe” influence external action. His research investigates how the clash between sub-national, national, and meta-national identities in Europe shapes policy decisions. He is particularly interested in the recent rise of Euroscepticism and populism in European nations, and how imaginations of Europe influence public reactions to European strategies and policies.

Dr Foster is currently researching how European identity is mediated through textual, visual, and material cultures in the elite and everyday realms, and how reforms of the EU’s cultural policies can address the gulf between elite intentions and popular interpretations.

Dr Foster has a broader interest in the EU in the international system, the EU as empire, and the relationship between the EU and IR theory. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

European Studies, Marie Curie International Fellowship, European Studies, University of Amsterdam

Award Date: 1 Aug 2015

Human Geography, Doctor of Philosophy, ESRC 1+3 Fellowship, Newcastle University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2010

International Politics, Master of Arts, Newcastle University

Award Date: 1 Sept 2008

History, Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Oct 2003


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