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Ileana Serban

Ileana Daniela Serban is a PhD Candidate in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick in the UK. Her doctoral research is fully funded by the Warwick Chancellor’s Scholarship and concerns the interregional and transregional cooperation between the European Union and Latin America.

Her broader research interests include:

  • Transatlantic Relations and the role played by emergent powers in redesigning traditional security
  • Think tanks and expertise
  • Epistemic communities
  • Discourse analysis.

Background information

Before joining the Politics and International Studies Department at the University of Warwick, Ileana Serban worked at the European Parliament, focusing her work on foreign and environmental policy, and in the think tanks sector, being in charge with research on the EU external policy and trade agreements. She holds two Bachelor’s Degrees in Sociology and International Relations having graduated as Valedictorian from both. She has also a Master’s Degree in Security Studies and a Master’s Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Diplomatic School of Madrid, where she was awarded a full scholarship by the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

PhD Research

The main focus is on the EU shifting narrative from a region-to-region approach to a complex interregional strategy, including transregional institutions like the EU-LAC Foundation and Eurolat, and bilateral or multi-party agreements, like the case of Colombia and Peru.

As part of her doctoral research, Ileana Serban is conducting fieldwork in Brussels, interviewing EU representatives from the European External Action Service, European Commission (DG Trade and DG DEVCO) and the European Parliament, as well as Latin American policy makers working in the Missions to the EU and representatives from think tanks and NGOs. This work is being funded by the King Baudouin Foundation under the David Constant Fellowship.

Further filedwork is being conducted in Madrid and New York, mainly with public authorities involved in EU delegated cooperation and with Latin American Embassies and Missions to the UN.


‘EU-Latin American Cooperation: An Affair of One?', Atlantic Community (republished by ISN ETH Zürich), 2015,

‘The transatlantic cooperation and the public opinion influence’, Cuadernos de la Escuela Diplomatica, no 49, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2013,

'Demilitarisation effects- democratisation or social chaos? A case study: El Salvador’, Research and Science Today, no 2, 2011

’Public diplomacy- political instrument for the USA as smart power- causal analysis’, Research and Science Today, no 1, 2011

‘Environmental diplomacy and the principle of subsidiarity- realities and perspectives’, Romanian Journal of International Relations and Security Studies, no 1, 2011

Papers presented at academic conferences and public events

ISA Annual Conference, paper in the panel ‘After Brussels: Perspectives of the EU-Latin American Relationship', USA, Atlanta, 2016

ISA Annual Conference, paper in the panel ‘The Other Transatlantic Relationship: Latin America and Europe’, USA, New Orleans, 2015

Global Re-ordering: Evolution through European Networks. Towards the next generation of scholarship, presented the paper ‘Discourses on an extended transatlantic partnership’, Belgium, Brussels, 2014

GR:EEN-GEM PhD Summer School on EU policies in the context of multilateral governance, interregionalism and global networks, presented the paper ‘The Politics of Interregionalism: the transatlantic triangle and the role played by the EU and Latin America in redesigning frameworks of interregional cooperation’, Belgium, Brussels, 2014

Pharmaceutical Industry Meeting, presented the paper 'Measures and debates in Brussels and their implications for non-European countries. The ENVI Committee in the European Parliament', Bolivia, La Paz, 2013


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