Dr Joanna Szostek

Dr Joanna Szostek is the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow responsible for implementing the Stratnarra project.


Joanna's research focuses on the role of the media in relations between states, particularly in the post-Soviet region. Her work on the reception of strategic narratives has been published in leading academic journals, including Perspectives on Politics, The International Journal of Press/Politics and New Media & Society (see Publications).


Joanna is currently based at Royal Holloway, University of London for the Stratnarra project. Previously she was a postdoctoral fellow at the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, where she completed a study of habits of news consumption and perceptions of the West among Russian university students.


Joanna holds a DPhil in Politics from the University of Oxford (awarded 2013). Her interest in the post-Soviet region first arose during her undergraduate studies at the University of Sheffield, where she learnt to speak Russian as part of a degree in Modern Languages. She has spent around six years living in Moscow, 18 months living in Ukraine, and has travelled widely across Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus. Among other things, she has worked for the BBC as a senior monitoring journalist and interned at the European Commission's Delegation to Russia.

Professor Ben O'Loughlin

Ben O'Loughlin is Professor of International Relations at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Together with colleagues, Professor O'Loughlin developed the concept of strategic narrative in his book Strategic Narratives: Communication Power and the New World Order (2013).

For further information, visit his page on the Royal Holloway website.