Dr. Vera Axyonova, M.A.

Marie Curie REWIRE Fellow

Main Research Areas and Interests

  • Expert knowledge in domestic and international politics
  • Political communication, esp. perceptions and framing
  • Critical approaches to international security and conflict studies
  • International organisations as normative and security actors
  • EU External Action
  • Post-Soviet space

Vera Axyonova is a Marie Curie REWIRE Fellow at the Political Communication Research Group of the University of Vienna. In her project, entitled “Expert Knowledge in Times of Crisis – Uncovering Interaction Effects between Think Tanks, Media and Politics beyond Liberal Democracies”, Vera examines how and to what extent institutionalised expert groups, such as think tanks, shape policy agendas in non-democratic and hybrid political contexts. Furthermore, she studies how opinions produced by expert elites are adopted by the national media for transmission to the broader public, enabling policymakers to legitimise their decisions in times of crisis.

Before joining the University of Vienna, Vera worked in research, science management and policy consulting, including as the Managing Director of “Academics in Solidarity”, a transnational mentoring program for at-risk scholars at Freie Universität Berlin, as a Postdoctoral Researcher/Assistant Professor for International Integration at Justus Liebig University Giessen, and as a Hurford Next Generation Fellow with the Carnegie Endowment’s Euro-Atlantic Security Initiative. Vera Axyonova is co-founder of the ECPR Research Network on Statehood, Sovereignty and Conflict. She holds a PhD in Political Science from Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences.


Curriculum Vitae

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eMail: vera.axyonova@univie.ac.at

Recent Publications