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



My research examines the influence of citizen discourse on the decision-making of EU foreign policy in different types of democracies. Through a discursive institutionalist perspective, it analyses how discourse occurs and matters differently in the Republic of Cyprus and the Republic of Ireland and what legitimating effect this may have on citizens' perceptions of the EU's democratic legitimacy.


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-ongoing Research Assistant to Dr Chad Damro for the Horizon-2020 project ENGAGE.

2022-ongoing Co-convenor of the Europa Postgraduate 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.


19-20 OCT 2023 Presented the policy brief 'Coordinating External Action Beyond Crisis' at the ENGAGE General Assembly in Barcelona, Spain.

26 MAY 2023 Presented PhD case study at the '10th Hellenic Observatory PhD Symposium on Contemporary Greece and Cyprus' at LSE.

3-5 MAY 2023 Presented 'External Action Plus: Case Studies on Trade, Development and Humanitarian Aid' at European Union in International Affairs conference.

27-28 APR 2023 Presented case study at the Europa Institute workshop 'New Perspectives on Europe in the World'

15-18 MAR 2023 Presented paper at the International Studies Association Annual Convention in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

16-17 JAN 2023 Jean Monnet Network-VISTA Conference Workshop, Maastricht University, Brussels Campus. Presented paper for JCMS Special Issue on ‘The Geo-Economic Turn of the European Single Market’

9 SEP 2022 ENGAGE Workshop, Sabançi University, Istanbul. Presented WP6 research for deliverable 2 and next steps

23-24 JUN 2022 Presented PhD research at the UACES Graduate Forum Research Conference


DEC 2022 ‘Case Studies on Trade, Development and Humanitarian Action' ENGAGE Working Paper No. 17 from Work Package 6 on external action plus

13 OCT 2022 Judy Dempsey's Strategic Europe ‘Judy Asks: Is Europe taking resilience seriously?’

2 JUN 2022 Judy Dempsey's Strategic Europe 'Judy Asks: Is Europe Serious About Defense'

28 APR 2022 Judy Dempsey's Strategic Europe 'Judy Asks: Is Finnish and Swedish NATO Membership Useful for European Security?'