Emilian Kavalski






Emilian Kavalski received his doctoral training in world affairs at Loughborough University (UK).

He had previously gained an MA in English Philology at the University of Veliko Turnovo (Bulgaria) and an MA in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Warwick (UK). He has held the Andrew Mellon Fellowship position at the American Institute for Indian Studies (New Delhi, India), the Killam Postdoctoral position at the Department of Political Science, University of Alberta (Canada), and research positions at Academia Sinica (Taiwan), Aalborg University (Denmark), the Institute for the International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, Ruhr Universitat-Bochum (Germany), the Rachel Carson Center (Germany), and the NCHU Graduate Institute of International Politics (Taiwan).

Emilian’s research has focused on European politics, International Theory, and Asian affairs.

He is currently working on (i) the encounter of International Relations with life in the Anthropocene, especially the conceptualization of and engagement with non-human actors; and (ii) the nascent Asian normative orders and the ways in which they confront, compliment, and transform established traditions, norms, and institutions.

Emilian contends that in both these areas the application of Complexity Thinking has important implications for the way global life is approached, explained, and understood. At the same time, these research foci sketch a prolegomenon to the conceptual contexts of theory-building and policy-making intent on facilitating economic, social, and environmental interactions that promote the well-being of people in ways that are just, equitable, and sustainable.

Emilian is the book series editor for ‘Rethinking Asia and International Relations’ [http://www.ashgate.com/RAIR] and the editor for the journal Research in Social Change [http://www.fuds.si/en/dejavnosti/zaloznistvo/?v=research].

Area of expertise:

– Central Asia
– China
– India




E. Kavalski – CV


Associate Professor Emilian Kavalski

Latest Publications

 David Walton and Emilian Kavalski (eds.), Power Transition in Asia, Routledge, 2017.

Christopher Ogden, New South Asian Security: Six Core Relations Underpinning Regional Security, Orient Black Swan, 2016.


M.-A. Éthier et Éric Mottet (dir.), , Didactiques de l’histoire, de la géographie et de l’éducation à la citoyenneté : recherches et pratiques, De Boeck supérieur, 2016.


Tanguy Struye de Swielande and Dorothée Vandamme (eds.), , Power in the 21st Century: Determinants and Contours, Presses universitaires de Louvain, 2015.