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Mikhail Zabotkin

Cohort 2020

Topic of PhD Thesis: Causes of Democratic Backsliding in the EU (working title)

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Freie Universität Berlin

Doctoral Researcher, RU (Re-)Allocation

Education and Work Experience

  • 09/2018-06/2020: Freie Universität Berlin / Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / Universität Potsdam / Moscow State Institute of International Relations, M.A. International Relations
  • 09/2014-06/2018: Moscow State Institute of International Relations, B.A. Political Science


  • 2021-2023 Oxford Grant for the project ‘Europe in a Changing World’, SCRIPTS & WZB in cooperation with Dahrendorf Programme at the European Studies Centre at St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford

Research Interests

  • Regime Change
  • Democratic Backsliding
  • Neo-Cleavage Theory
  • Populism
  • European Integration


  • Zabotkin, M., 2021, Interview, Video-Series “Faces of SCRIPTS”, Cluster of Excellence SCRIPTS, 2021. Available from: https://youtu.be/ExVi1N8ggIo.