Prof. Dr Maria Koinova

Associate Senior Fellow

Related project

It's Ordered Chaos: What Really Makes Polycentrism Work

Current affiliation

University of Warwick, Politics and International Studies



Dr Maria Koinova joined the research group 'Global Cooperation and Polycentric Governance' as a Senior Research Fellow from April 2019 to March 2020.


Research Project at the Centre

Governing Transit Migration: A Relational Approach to Polycentric Governance

Governing transit migration is an imperative for Europe. A record 1.3 million refugees applied for asylum in the European Union (EU) in 2015. Their number dropped in 2017 to 650,000 (Eurostat 2018) and return migration increased, but transit migration continues to affect the lives of millions trapped in mobility and immobility. Remarkably little is known about how transit migration is governed at different scales, through which mechanisms, and how is it affected by the institutional capacities and political regimes of states in different regions. This project seeks to provide answers to these questions from a comparative regional perspective.

Research Interests

  • International Politics of Migration
  • Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty
  • Ethnonationalist, Instra-state Conflicts and Peace Studies

Current Projects

  • Governing Transit Migration: A Relational Approach to Polycentric Governance, Centre for Global Cooperation, University of Duisburg (since April 2019)
  • Jean Monnet Network "Between the EU and Russia," leading a work package for a policy conference in Brussels in 2020.
  • Recently completed as a Principal Investigator a large-scale multi-group, multi-level project of the European Research Council "Diasporas and Contested Sovereignty" 2012-2017


Since 2020

University of Warwick, PAIS Coventry, UK

Professor in International Relations

Since 2015

University of Warwick, PAIS Coventry, UK

Reader in International Relations


University of Warwick, PAIS Coventry, UK

Associate Professor


University of Amsterdam Amsterdam, NL

Assistant Professor


Dartmouth College, Dickey Center Hanover, NH

Post-doctoral Research fellow


Cornell University, Government Department Ithaca, NY

Post-doctoral research fellow


American University of Beirut Beirut, Lebanon

Assistant Professor


European University Institute Florence, Italy

Ph.D. in Political Science

Comparative Politics and International Relations


Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, research fellowship, 2019.

Uppsala University, Forum on Democracy, Peace and Justice, research fellowship, 2013.

Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, research fellowship, 2012.

Selected Publications

Koinova, Maria 2021. Diaspora Entrepreneurs and Contested States, Oxford/New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Koinova, Maria and Dzeneta Karabegovic. 2019. "Causal Mechanisms in Diaspora Mobilization for Transitional Justice," introduction to a special issue "Diaspora Mobilizations for Transitional Justice," Ethnic and Racial Studies, forthcoming.

Koinova, Maria. 2019. "Diaspora Coalition-building for Genocide Recognition: Armenians, Assyrians and Kurds," Ethnic and Racial Studies, online publication, 14 February.

Koinova, Maria and Gerasimos Tsourapas. 2018. “Diasporas and Sending States in World Politics,” International Political Science Review 39 (3)

Koinova, Maria. 2018. “Diaspora Mobilizations for Conflict and Postconflict Reconstruction: Contextual and Comparative Dimensions,” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 44 (8).

Koinova, Maria, 2018. "Sending States and Diaspora Positionality in International Relations," International Political Sociology 12(2): 190-210.

Koinova, Maria. 2017. "Beyond Statist Paradigms: Sociospatial Positionality and Diaspora Mobilization in International Relations," International Studies Review 19 (4): 597-621.

Koinova, Maria. 2014. "Why Do Conflict-generated Diasporas Pursue Sovereignty-based Claims through State-based or Transnational Channels? Armenian, Albanian, and Palestinian Diasporas in the UK Compared," European Journal of International Relations, Vol. 20, No. 4 2014: 1043-1071.

Koinova, Maria. 2013. "Four Types of Diaspora Mobilization: Albanian Diaspora Activism for Kosovo Independence in the US and the UK," Foreign Policy Analysis, Vol. 9, No. 4, pp. 433-453.

Koinova, Maria. 2013. Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States: Varieties of Governance of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Kosovo. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Koinova, Maria. 2011c. “Can Conflict-Generated Diasporas be Moderate Actors during Episodes of Contested Sovereignty? Lebanese and Albanian Diasporas Compared,” Review of International Studies, Vol.37, No.1, pp. 437-462.

Koinova, Maria. 2009a. “Diasporas and Democratization in the Post-communist World,” Communist and Post-communist Studies, Vol. 42 (March), pp. 41-64.