Helena Farrand Carrapico


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Applications are welcome in the area of Justice and Home Affairs and European Security. In particular, I would be happy to supervise topics related to organised crime, cyber crime, cyber security, border governance, and the privatisation of security.

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Personal profile


Helena Farrand Carrapico joined Northumbria University in April 2019, where she is Professor of International Relations and European Politics, as well as Jean Monnet Chair. She is also Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange for the Social Sciences Department.

She has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles, 5 books (1 co-authored and 4 edited volumes), 15 book chapters and 7 special issues in the field of European internal security in high- raking Social Sciences journals (such as the Journal of Common Market Studies, The Journal of European Integration, European Security, Geopolitics, and Crime, Law and Social Change). She is one of the four editors for the UACES/ Routeldge Series on Comptemporary European Studies, and she is a BISA elected Trustee (2022- 2024).

She holds a doctoral degree in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (Florence), where she developed her thesis on European Union organised crime policies, and an MA from the College of Europe. Prior to moving to Northumbria University, Helena was a Senior Lecturer at Aston University, where she also co-directed the Aston Centre for Europe. Previous academic positions were also held at the University of Dundee, James Madison University, the University of Coimbra and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Helena was also a visiting fellow at the DG. Justice, Liberty and Security of the European Commission, and at the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS). She was an elected member of UACES (2016-2019) and a co-convenor for the BISA European Security Working Group (2014-2020).

Research interests

Helena's research focuses on European security governance, in particular the governance of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, and comprises four strands:

1) The governance of specific policy fields within Justice and Home Affairs, namely organised crime and cybersecurity;

2) the governance of the external dimension of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice; 

3) the governance of Brexit in relation to internal security;

4) the modes of governance present in internal security, including for example privatisation and agencification.

Further Information

Courses I teach on:

- IR7011 and AT7038- European Security Governance and Conflict

-IR6010- War Games- learning negotiation and diplomacy through simulations

-SO6002- Dissertation Module

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

International Politics, PhD, European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole

Award Date: 30 Jun 2010

Politics, MRes, European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole

Award Date: 30 Jun 2006

European CommunityStudies, MA (Hons), College of Europe

Award Date: 31 Jul 2003

External positions

University College London

1 Sept 201630 Sept 2019

Professor, University of Coimbra

30 Sept 2014 → …


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