Susann Heinecke is Senior Programme Manager at CIFE and currently coordinates a PhD Support Programme for doctoral students from Central Asia and the Southern Caucasus (EUCACIS). Previously, she worked as a lecturer at several Russian universities, and as consultant for the CIS countries at the state chancellery of Brandenburg. She studied political science, cultural studies and journalism in Leipzig and Lyon and holds a PhD from the University of Cologne, having researched on Germany’s policy towards Russia. Further fields of her research include foreign policy analysis, developments in the post-soviet area, as well as cultures and politics of memory.
Working with academics from Central Asia since several years, Dr. Heinecke learned a lot about the region and the different aspects of the ongoing transformation of its economies and societies. Furthermore, she realized that, despite numerous single cooperation activities, the current European – Central Asian cooperation is lacking a profound and holistic idea of future relationship, partly caused by a confusing state of the art. Within SEnECA, CIFE will be responsible for the communication and dissemination activities of the project. CIFE will furthermore contribute to the research on the current political, economic and societal relations between the EU and Central Asia.