School of Social and Political Science

Andrea Christou

Job Title

PhD Student

Research interests

Research interests

European foreign and security policy; discourse analysis; discursive institutionalism; public opinion; communicative action; deliberative democracy


Research Project:

My research addresses the following questions: (1) under what conditions does citizen discourse influence the decision-making of EU foreign policy? (2) to what extent do elites take into consideration citizen discourse when making decisions and policies? and (3) how do deliberative approaches contribute to strengthening the relationship between the EU and its citizens?

To answer these questions, the research adopts a discursive institutionalist perspective to study the coordinative and communicative discourses at the national and EU levels. It examines the substantive content of citizen discourse and the institutional parameters in EU member states.


Dr Carmen Gebhard

Dr Chad Damro


2019-2020 Master of Philosophy in International Relations and Politics at the University of Cambridge 

2016-2019 Bachelor of Arts in History and Minor in Political Science at the University of South Florida, Summa Cum Laude

  • Green & Gold Scholar Scholarship
  • Honors College Member


2022 Research Assistant to Dr Chad Damro for ENGAGE project

2022 Co-convenor of the Edinburgh Europa Research Group, a postgraduate forum for European affairs. We provide a space for researchers, in particular PhD students and Early Career Researchers, to present their work in European studies, to receive feedback and to exchange ideas in a friendly and constructive environment.


2022 Presented my PhD research at the UACES Graduate Forum Research Conference

Publications and Blogs:

2022 Answer to 'Judy Asks: Is Europe Serious About Defense' in Judy Dempsey's Strategic Europe, Carnegie Europe, 2 June 2022,

2022 Answer to 'Judy Asks: Is Finnish and Swedish NATO Membership Useful for European Security?' in Judy Dempsey's Strategic Europe, Carnegie Europe, April 28 2022,