Dr. Karolina Kluczewska

Credits: Eduard Delputte

Karolina Kluczewska is a FWO postdoctoral researcher at the Ghent Institute for International and European Studies (GIES) and a research associate at the Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies, University of St Andrews (UK). Her current research explores evolving understanding of welfare in Poland and Tajikistan.

She received her PhD degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews. In recent years, she held research and teaching positions at the Centre for Global Cooperation Research, University of Marburg and University of Giessen (Germany), Tajik National University (Tajikistan), Tomsk State University (Russia) and University Sorbonne Paris Nord (France). Karolina also has practical experience in the development sector in Tajikistan, where she worked for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Eurasia Foundation of Central Asia (EFCA)-Tajikistan.

She is a member of the Steering Committee of the Eureast Platform at Ghent University and an academic network ‘Local Ordering and Peace’ based at the University of Hamburg.

Research interests

  • Development aid
  • International organisations
  • Welfare, health and social policy
  • Post-socialist/Soviet Eurasia (especially Tajikistan)

GIES research areas


Thematic Specialisation in EU Politics: Social Policy in the EU

Master’s Dissertation Seminar EU-Studies