Dr Cristina Juverdeanu

Dr Cristina Juverdeanu


I am a lecturer in Politics and International Relations focusing on EU and British Politics and the redefinition of the relationship between the two. 

Before joining the University of Leeds in September 2021, I was a Teaching Fellow in Political Science at King’s College London. I obtained my PhD in European Studies from King’s College London in 2018.  

Research interests

At present, Brexit brings together my two core research interests: EU integration and British Politics. As far as integration is concerned, I am interested in the broader picture of comparing regional integration designs and contributing to unveiling the multifaceted nature of the concept. For the EU specifically, I work with theories of differentiated integration and differentiated disintegration to research policy areas that further a multi-speed Europe. 

My policy area of expertise is Justice and Home Affairs, and the core of my research focuses on citizenship and migration. Part of my work shows how the integration without membership of EFTA states powers a mismatch between statuses and rights. I show how non-EU citizens enjoy unhindered free movement and contrast this with the reversed free movement and ethnic discrimination of Roma EU citizens.

As far as British Politics is concerned, I research the UK’s novel relationship to the EU, with a focus on the end of free movement and the new immigration regime. My most recent work nuances the end of EU free movement and shows how the EU Settlement Scheme features both dismantlement and continuity regarding the EU legacy. It also shows how the most vulnerable EU citizens in the UK are discriminated against by the scheme’s digital and automated nature.

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  • 2021, Fellow, Higher Education Academy
  • 2018, PhD in European Studies, King's College London
  • 2014, MA in European Studies, Sciences Po Paris
  • 2012, BA in Political Science, University of Bucharest

Student education

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and place student centred and research informed teaching at the core of my teaching philosophy. I teach a range of EU studies and comparative politics modules.

Current postgraduate researchers

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