Barbora Padrtova is an Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, where she graduated with a PhD in International Relations. She is also an Expert on Geopolitics and Security at the British think-tank Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI), based in London. Previously she was a research group leader at the Institute of International Relations in Prague which elaborated an analysis of Arctic policy tailored for the purposes of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. She also served as Programme Director for Transition (2014-2015) and Project Manager (2011-2014) at the Bratislava-based security and defence policy think-tank Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA). In 2011, she was working at the Political Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, D.C.
Her research interest focuses mainly on geopolitics and security in the Arctic region, securitization theory and the US/NATO-Russia relations. She has published numerous peer-reviewed academic and policy papers, while she has presented outcomes of her research at several high level international conferences. She has also successfully implemented several international research and policy projects. Her teaching experiences include a number of courses related to International Relations, International Security, Foreign and Security Policy to Bachelor and Master students. Additionally, she gained international teaching experience in Norway, during the High North Dialogue seminar, where she tutored Master students of International Relations and Business; and in Slovakia, during the Summer School for Young Professionals, where she tutored Master students of Security Policy and during School of Foreign and Security Policy for Journalists.
Barbora Padrtova is a Czech Delegate before the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) at the Social & Human Working Group. She is also a member of the UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security (University of the Arctic and Northern Research Forum), a member of the Arctic-FROST Network (National Science Foundation) and a member of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). She is also an Editorial Board Member of Philosophy Study Journal, David Publishing Company. Apart from her research and academic activities, she is a keen reader of different kinds of literature, a passionate traveller and an active horse rider.
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