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Marius Ghincea is a Ph.D. Researcher at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, pursuing a Ph.D. in Political and Social Sciences. His research agenda focuses on the identity/security nexus, foreign policy analysis, transatlantic relations, the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), the Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP), and global political orders. He also provides policy-oriented consultancy and assistance to various domestic and foreign political actors in Romania.

Prior to joining the European University Institute in 2019, he worked for various think tanks specialized on foreign and security policy, political risk, and provided freelance assistance to policymakers. He worked for the George Washington University, the Parliament of Romania, and several NGO’s on policy research in Romania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and the United States.

His Ph.D. research project – “The EU and a World in Crisis: Resilience and Change in EU’s Representations of the Other” – is a study of the interlinkages between international politics and national and subnational identity perceptions (image theory) of the Other, through a mixed methodology cross-cutting epistemological barriers. If constructivist scholars in IR frequently look at how identity (IV) defines the worldview and foreign policy (DV) of states, Marius Ghincea looks at how international politics (IV) influences social identity (DV) of states, the social identity perspective that states have about other states.

He previously studied at the University of Bucharest (UB), from where he gained his B.A. degree (first class), at Central European University (CEU), where he was awarded an M.A. in International Relations (with Distinction), and at the George Washington University, where he studied public policy as a Fulbright Scholar and Global Leaders Fellow.

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