Staff Profile


Dr. Soeren Keil

Reader in Politics and International Relations

School: School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology

Campus: Canterbury

Tel: 01227 923099

Profile summary

My name is Soeren Keil and I work in the area of International Relations.

I started working at Canterbury Christ Church University in September 2011, before that I have been working at the University of Kent. I have also been teaching courses at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, the Centre for European Education (CIFE) in Nice (France), the University of Graz (Austria), The Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany) and the University of Passau (Germany).

I teach a variety of courses. At Canterbury Christ Church University I have been teaching courses on EU Politics, Introduction to International Relations, Foreign Policy Analysis, War and Conflict, Individual Study and Research Methods. 

I have also taught courses on other topics, for example:

The Political System of the German Democratic Republic (Free University Berlin, Germany, 2015)

EU Enlargement Policy (University of Passau, Germany, 2015)

The Foreign Policies of Post-Yugoslav States (University of Graz, Austria 2014)

EU Foreign Policy (University of Kent, 2009)

State-Building and Democratization in the Western Balkans (University of Passau, Germany, 2013)

Current Research on Diverse Democracies (University Pompeu Fabra, Spain, 2012 and 2014)

My research focuses on three main areas, namely institutional design in post-conflict societies with a special focus on federalism and other forms of territorial autonomy; secondly the countries of the former Yugoslavia and the EU enlargement process; and thirdly I am interested in the foreign policy of new and small states. I have also published on social protests in the Balkans and in Ukraine, on German foreign policy, on the EU as a federal system, and on the future of the EU after the financial crisis. 

Research and knowledge exchange

My current research projects include:

1. The foreign policies of the post-Yugoslav states, which I co-chair with Prof Dr Bernhard Stahl (University of Passau). More information at:

2. Federalism and Democratization in Myanmar/Burma with the Hanns Seidel Stiftung in Myanmar (includes consultancy, training, publications, capacity building)

3. A project on the effects and limitations of Europeanization in the Western Balkans (with Dr Jelena Dzankic)


Consultancy and Media Experience:

I have advised numerous governments and non-governmental organisations on issues related to the Western Balkans.

I regularly comment in national and international media. 

I have also provided expert advice for private companies and think tanks.

I am a reviewer for leading academic publications such as: Journal of Common Market Studies, East European Politics, Europe-Asia Studies, Southeastern Europe, Balkan and Near East Studies, Ethnopolitics, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Regional and Federal Studies.

I have reviewed book proposals for leading publishers in the UK, including Routledge and Palgrave MacMillian.

I am a member of the Editorial Board of Ethnopolitics, Contemporary Southeastern Europe and the Croatian Review of International Relations.

I am regularly invited to assess major funding bids by UK, German, European and other international funding bodies. 

Current PhD Students:

Simon Bransden

Topic: Federalism and Crisis

Anastasiia Kudlenko

Topic: The Role of the EU in Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans

Paul Anderson 

Topic:The Limits of Territorial Autonomy in Western Liberal Democracies

Francesco Violi

Topic: Asymetrical Federalism in the Eurozone

Amina Mlili

Topic: Human Rights and Military Intervention in US Foreign Policy

I welcome interest from prospective PhD students in the following areas:

1. Federalism and territorial autonomy

2. Politics and Development in the former Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia)

3. State-building and Power-Sharing Theories

4. EU enlargement policy and Europeanization

Teaching and subject expertise

I have a vast amount of teaching experience. For nearly 10 years, I have been involved in undergraduate and post-graduate education in Higher Education. I have taught in different countries and on a variety of topics. Broadly, my teaching experience covers three main areas:

1. International Relations

This covers courses on IR Theory, conflict resolution and Introduction to key concepts in International Relations. I have also taught a variety of courses on foreign policy analysis.

2. European Politics

this covers courses on the EU and its institutional design, as well as on EU foreign policy, EU enlargement policy and the role of the European Union as a conflict manager. Furthermore, this includes courses on West European Politics and the political systems of EU Member States. I have also been involved in courses on German politics and the political system of the German Democratic Republic.

3. Western Balkans Politics

This covers courses on State-Building and Democratization in the Western Balkans, EU enlargement, Current Research on Diverse Democracies, Power-sharing theories and their application, Conflict Resolution in the Balkans and the foreign policies of post-Yugoslav states.  

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have completed a teaching degree for Higher Education. 

In addition to numerous Golden Apple Teaching Award Nominations in recent years, I have also received praise and positive feedback for my teaching from students and fellow colleagues. I am involved in teacher training activities, particularly in peer-observation, and supporting young academics and PhD students in their engagement with students. 

External activities

Since 2009 I have regularly participated in the Annual Conference of the University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES) as a paper giver, discussant and panel organiser,

Most recently UACES Annual Conference 2014 in Cork, Ireland

Paper: Non-nationalist parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Panels Organised: The Europeanization of Party Politics in the Post-Yugoslav States I + II (with Jelena Dzankic)

For the 2015 UACES Annual Conference in Bilbao, Spain

Paper: The Europeanization of Contested States - Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia and Montenegro in comparative perspective (with Jelena Dzankic)

Since 2011, I have also regularly participated in the Annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

Most recently ASN Annual Conference 2014 at Columbia University, New York

Book Panel on Soeren Keil's "Multinational Federalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Panels Organised: The Politics of Numbers: Censuses in the Post-Yugoslav States I + II (with Valery Perry) 

For the ASN 2015 Conference at Columbia University, New York

Paper: The Territorial Dimension of Constitutional Reform in Bosnia

Panel Organiser: Bosnia -20 years after Dayton (2 panels with Valery Perry)

Other external activities include:

November 2013: Invited Keynote Speaker at International Balkan Week University of Passau

December 2013: Awarded UACES Arena Scholarship to present ongoing research in Brussels

Presentation: The EU and Member State Building

July 2014: Co-organiser and presenter at Research Workshop on "Foreign Policy as a Tool of Statebuilding" at the Bavarian Representation to the EU, Brussels

Paper: Foreign Policy as a tool of Statebuilding in the post-Yugoslav States

May 2015: Keynote Speech "Of Godfathers and Scarfaces - Explaining the Rise of Authoritarian Tendencies in the Western Balkans" (with Jelena Dzankic)

RRPP Annual Conference, Ohrid, Macedonia

Publications and research outputs


Multinational Federalism in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ashgate, 2013

Statebuilding in the Western Balkans: European Approaches to Democratization, Routledge 2013 (edited)

The EU and Member State Building - European Foreign Policy in the Western Balkans, Routledge, 2014 (co-edited with Zeynep Arkan)


The Foreign Policies of Post-Yugoslav States - From Yugoslavia to Europe, Palgrave MacMillian, 2014 (edited with Bernhard Stahl)

State-Building and Democratization in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ashgate, 2015 (co-edited with Valery Perry)

Understanding Federalism and Federation, Ashgate, 2015 (co-edited with Alain Gagnon and Sean Mueller)



'Bosnia and Herzegovina twenty years after Dayton: complexity born of paradoxes' in: International Peacekeeping, Vol. 22, No.5, 471-489 (with Anastasiia Kudlenko)

‘The Political Conditions of Economic Development in the Western Balkans’, in: Sudosteuropa Mitteilungen, Vol .55, No. 2, 2015, pp. 82–94

'Back to Square One? - An Analysis of the October 2014 Elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina' in: Electoral Studies, Vol. 38, June 2015, 82-87 (with Valery Perry)

'The Europeanization of National Constitutions: Evidence from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia' in: Southeastern Europe, Vol.38/1, 2014, 87-111 (with Dragana Nikolic)

‘Babies, Parks and Citizen Dissatisfaction – Social Protests in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey and their Long-term Effects’ in: All Azimuth: A Journal of Foreign Policy and Peace, Vol. 3/1, January 2014, 55-64 (with Trish Moore)

'Building a Federation within a Federation: The Curious Case of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina' in: Le Europe en Formation, No. 369, Autumn 2013, 114-125

‘The OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Testing the Limits of Ownership’ in: Nationalities Papers, 41/2013, 371-394 (with Valery Perry)

‘Introduction: Europeanization, State-Building and Democratization in the Western Balkans’ in: Nationalities Papers, Vol. 41, 3/2013, 343-353

‘A Security Community in Southeastern Europe? The Foreign Policies of the Post-Yugoslav States’ in Südosteuropa Mitteilungen, 53/2013, June 2013, 14-25 (with Bernhard Stahl)


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