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Corina (Cora) Lacatus

Corina (Cora) Lacatus
Dr Corina (Cora) Lacatus
Career Development Fellow
4.12 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LF
Research Interests
International Relations, Institutions and institutional change, norm diffusion, EU external relations, Europeanization, Mixed methods, Research methodology, Human rights

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Cora has worked across disciplines in the fields of International Relations, Cultural Studies, and European Studies, investigating topics related to human rights, international organisations, public policy, global migration, and research methods. She is broadly interested in how international organizations and international norms impact on domestic policymaking. Her teaching background reflects her research interests. With over 16 years of teaching experience, she has convened, offered guest lectures, and assisted course convenors with teaching a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on international organisations and institutions, human rights, public policy, international migration, international development, and European studies.

She is currently working on a book manuscript that investigates institutional strength and effectiveness of national human rights institutions in Europe. The book builds on an original dataset for 50 countries and nearly 100 interviews carried out in eight European countries. 

Her recent research has been published in the Journal of European Public Policy, PS: Political Science and Politics, the British Journal of Politics and International Relations, and Millennium.

Her first book, The (In)visibility Complex was published in 2008 (Stockholm University) and explores identity and the representation of the migrant experience in Sweden.

Cora holds a doctorate in International Relations from the London School of Economics (2017) and a second doctorate in Germanic Languages and Literatures from the University of California, Los Angeles (2007). Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh, she held research and teaching positions at University of California, Stockholm University, University of Illinois, American University in DC, and the London School of Economics. She was a Fellow in multi-method research with the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research at Syracuse University in 2016 and completed a certificate in quantitative method research at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Cora was Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor of Millennium: Journal of International Studies (2013-2016).