Lena Raballand is a Doctoral student at The Centre for the Study of Corruption at the University of Sussex. She is undertaking research on the impact of corruption and state capture on the quality of governance in weak democracies. Alongside, she is interning for the OECD’s Anti-Corruption Division in Paris.
Previously, she held a six-month internship position for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s ‘Container Control’ Project focused on the Black Sea and the South Caucasus in Kiev, Ukraine. She holds an MA in International Security Studies from the University of Reading and a Bachelor’s in Law from King’s College London. During her Bachelor’s, she studied abroad at the Université Panthéon-Assas. Lena has also spent time in Moscow. In 2019, she completed a course on Russian Foreign Policy and its modern challenges at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in Moscow. In 2018, she attended the Higher School of Economics in Moscow’s course on the European Union and Russia’s future.
Her areas of interest include state capture, international security, illicit markets, and Russia.
Outside of academia, Lena enjoys traveling, running and Formula One.
Languages: French, English, Russian, Spanish
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