Dr Marius Calu

Lecturer in International Relations

Professional Biography

Marius Calu is a Lecturer in International Relations. He has previously taught at King’s College, UCL and before joining Regent’s he was a Lecturer in International Politics at Queen Mary, University of London.  Marius has experience working in various areas of Politics and IR and he is also interested in the use of blended learning and E-learning strategies within his teaching.  His research work is in the fields of International Relations, Comparative Politics and Nationalism with a focus on contemporary norms and practices of International Statebuilding and Peacebuilding and the critical analysis of post-conflict interventions and governance in multi-ethnic societies. 

He has specialised knowledge on the regions of the Western Balkans and Eastern Europe.  Marius has also worked in the past with external partners through his fieldwork and public engagement activities in the Western Balkans. Moreover, as a Research Associate for LSE in 2015 he worked for the MAXCAP project investigating the independence of the judiciary in Serbia (2015).  

Marius’ PhD (Queen Mary, University of London) research analysed the process of statebuilding in post-conflict Kosovo by focusing on the areas of minority rights and multiethnic governance. In addition, the topics of ethnic conflict, state weakness and diversity have been the focus of his research materialised through publications and conference papers. He has published an article, a book chapter and in 2020 he published his first monograph: Kosovo Divided: Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Struggle for a State (Bloomsbury/I.B. Tauris). His book continues his doctoral research and investigates how the management of plurality is a fundamental element of contemporary statebuilding seeking to build social cohesion, while for the new-born Kosovo it stands as vital symbol for its domestic sovereignty and legitimisation. Moreover, his book juxtaposes the de jure multi-ethnic liberal democratic form of governance with the de facto results and consequences of Kosovo's task to protect, accommodate and integrate its ethnic minorities.


  • PhD in Political Science, Queen Mary, University of London, 2015
  • MRes in International Relations, Queen Mary, University of London, 2010
  • BA (Hons) in Politics, University of London, 2009

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2019: Associate Lecturer in International Relations (King's College London)
  • 2017-2018: Teaching Fellow in Global Politics, CMII, University College London (UCL)
  • 2017: Lecturer in International Relations, INSEEC London
  • 2015-2017: Lecturer in International Politics, School of Politics & IR, Queen Mary, University of London
  • 2015: Research Associate, London School of Economics (LSE)
  • 2014-2015: Tutor for Distance Learning, School of Politics & IR, Queen Mary, University of London
  • 2012-2014: Teaching Assistant in IR, School of Politics & IR, Queen Mary, University of London



Peer reviewed articles

Book Chapters

  • Calu, M. (2013) “What makes Kosovo a “weak” state?” in Gordon, Claire E., Kmezic, Marko and Opardija, Jasmina, (eds) RRPP Joint Volume Social, Political and Economic Change in the Western Balkans, Interdisciplinary Studies on Central and Eastern Europe, Bern: Peter Lang Publishing.


Conference papers given

  • Book presentation: ‘Kosovo Divided’, Russian and East European Studies (REES) Seminars, Oxford University, February 2020.
  • ‘Minority Rights in Kosovo’ (Panel: Assessing the Impact of Kosovo Twenty Years On), 13th Pan-European Conference on International Relations (EISA PEC19), Sofia, September 2019. 
  • ‘Multiethnicity in Kosovo: 20 years after the conflict, ASN World Convention, Columbia University, NY, May 2019. 
  • ‘Kosovo Divided: Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Struggle for a State’, Internationalizing Kosovo, 1989-2019 Workshop, Arizona State University, January 2019.
  • ‘States without nations in the contemporary world: the case of Moldova’, ASN World Convention, Columbia University, NY, April 2016.
  •  ‘Post-independence Kosovo: Managing Diversity and Building Social Cohesion at the Local Level of Governance’, RRPP Annual Conference, Ohrid, May 2015.
  • ‘Integration or segregation of the non-Serb minority communities in Kosovo’, ASN World Convention, Columbia University, NY, April 2014.
  • ‘Multiethnic Democratic Model of Governance: Intended and Unintended Consequences of Implementing Minority Rights’, ASN World Convention, Columbia University, NY, April 2013.
  • ‘The Role of the EU in Kosovo: Minority Rights in the Process of (sub)statebuilding’, Second Joint PhD Symposium on South East Europe, Goldsmiths, London, June 2012.
  • ‘Minority Rights in the Process of (Sub)State-building’, Post-Graduate Conference on State-Building, University of Westminster, London, April 2012.
  • ‘Europeanization Meets StateWeakness in Kosovo: Debating Liberal Interventionism and the Legacy of the Past’, ASN World Convention, Columbia University, New York, April 2012.

Research Supervision

Marius has experience supervising MA dissertations in the areas of International Relations, International Security, European Politics, Comparative Politics and Public Policy.

Research Interests

Research interests include International Statebuilding and Peacebuilding, Post-conflict governance and reconciliation, Multiethnic Governance, Nationalism and Nationbuilding, Identity and Minority Rights, Local governance and decentralisation.

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Association for Study of Nationalities
  • British International Studies Association (BISA) Working Group on South East Europe.
  • The Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN).
  • The Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

Teaching & Course Development

  • Globalisation (undergraduate)
  • Contemporary International Security (undergraduate)
  • Politics of Gender (undergraduate)
  • Research Methods for Political Science and International Relations (undergraduate)
  • Research Methods for International Relations (postgraduate)