Maja Savevska

School of Sciences and Humanities, Political Science and International Relations
Assistant Professor

Dr. Maja Savevska is Assistant Professor in International Political Economy at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Nazarbayev University. She joined the Political Science and International Relations Department in Fall 2016. She completed Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate in Globalisation, Europe and Multilateralism at University of Warwick and Université Libre de Bruxelles. Her PhD mobility program was fully funded by the European Commission. Her previous appointments include a residential fellowship at the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School following her successful completion of her PhD.

Broadly defined, Dr. Savevska’s research interests lie at the intersection of International Political Economy (IPE) and European Union (EU) Studies. Her doctoral thesis consisted of developing a Polanyian approach aimed at investigating the emergence of a new socio-environmental paradigm within the EU. Dr. Savevska current work is two-fold: a) formulating a post-Polanyian perspective that abandons the terminological fight over qualifying the EU as embedded or disembedded and instead it exploits the analytical potential of Polanyi’s concepts of improvement and habitation, b) examining the effects of the European Semester, the new macroeconomic surveillance mechanism, on social Europe.

Dr Maja Savevska was awarded a Jean Monnet module that will run until 2020. The project represents an innovative approach to introducing  research and teaching of European Union Studies at Nazarbayev University (NU) in Kazakhstan. The objective of the project is twofold: i) to familiarize students  with the most advanced example of regional integration that is particularly relevant for Kazakhstan which is undergoing regional integration within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), and ii) to foster research comparative regionalism by examining the key policies and institutions of the EAEU, such as the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, the Eurasian Economic Commission, the Council, the Collegium, the Parliament, and the Court of the EAEU.