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Lucian Leustean is Reader in Politics and International Relations at Aston University where he has been teaching since 2007. He studied international relations, law and theology in Bucharest, Romania, and completed his PhD in Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research has been supported by fellowships from the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Amsterdam (Fellow in residence, 2018-19), the Westminster Abbey Institute, London (Fellow, 2015-16), and the Transatlantic Academy of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Washington D.C. (Senior Fellow, 2014-15), and grants from the British Academy, the European Commission and the Economic and Social Research Council. He has been awarded the Aston Excellence Award for Outstanding Early-Career Researcher of the Year, the John Charvet Teaching Studentship in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and the Scouloudi Award of the Institute of Historical Research, University of London.

His publications include, as author, The Ecumenical Movement and the Making of the European Community (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Orthodoxy and the Cold War. Religion and Political Power in Romania, 1947-65 (Palgrave, 2008) (Winner of the George Blazyca Prize in East European Studies from the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies), and as editor, (with Grace Davie) The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Europe (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2021), Forced Displacement and Human Security in the Eastern Orthodox World (Routledge, 2019), Eastern Christianity and Politics in the Twenty-First Century (Routledge, 2014) and (with John Madeley) Religion, Politics and Law in the European Union (Routledge, 2010)He is the Founding Editor of the Routledge Book Series on Religion, Society and Government in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet States.

In 2018-20, he is Principal Investigator of a British Academy grant on 'When States Fail. Forced Displacement, Religious Diplomacy and Human Security in the Eastern Orthodox World'. The project draws on the findings of the 2018 British Academy Grant on 'Forced Migration'.

Teaching Activity

  • LPM015 - Religion and Politics (MA)
  • LP3016 - Religion and Politics in Contemporary Europe
  • LP3020 - Nationalism and Political Power
  • LP3029 - Diplomacy and Soft Power
  • LPM006 - International Relations Theory (MA)


  • PhD (Political Science) London School of Economics and Political Science
  • MA (International Relations and European Integration); BA (Law); BA (Theology) Bucharest

Administrative Roles

Research Co-Director for Politics and International Relations

Research Interests

Room: NW 808 
Phone: 0121 204 3767
Email: l.leustean@aston.ac.uk

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Research Output 2004 2019

Afterword: Why are Orthodox Churches Prone to Political Mobilization Today?

Leustean, L. N., Nov 2019, Orthodox Churches and Politics in Southeastern Europe: Nationalism, Conservativism, and Intolerance. Ramet, S. P. (ed.). Basingstoke, p. 249-55 6 p. (Palgrave Studies in Religion, Politics, and Policy).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript

Forced Migration and Human Security in the Eastern Orthodox World

Leustean, L. N., Dec 2019, London: Routledge. 360 p. (Routledge Religion, Society and Government in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet States)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Orthodox Church
religious community
human security
Southeastern Europe
British Academy
Human Security

The politics of Orthodox churches in the European Union

Leustean, L. N., 22 Jan 2019, In : International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church. 18, 2-3, p. 146-157 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

European Union
Orthodox Church
Political Mobilization
Religious Communities

The Ukrainian National Church, Religious Diplomacy and the Conflict in Donbas

Leustean, L. N. & Samokhvalov, V., 13 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Eastern Orthodoxy