Radostina Primova

Dr. Radostina Primova

Senior Associate Researcher
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Radostina Primova is a Senior Research Associate in the Environment and Sustainable Development Cluster at the Institute for European Studies (IES) of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The focus of Radostina's academic reseach is on parliamentary and stakeholder involvement in EU energy policy-making, in particular the EU internal energy market and renewable energy polices.

Radostina received her PhD in Political Science in August 2013 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel with her thesis "Assessing Political and Social Accountability in EU Policy-Making. A Case Study on the Multi-level Coordination of the EU Internal Energy Market Policy". She joined the IES in October 2009 to conduct research in the area of EU energy policy, supranational regulation and EU decision-making. In addition, Radostina carries out policy analysis of the EU-China renewable energy cooperation, the integration of EU climate and energy policies and civil society participation in enlarged Europe. 

After finishing her PhD, Radostina took the position of EU Affairs Consultant at Hinicio, specialising in EU sustainable energy policies, in particular in relation to the development of renewable energy, hydrogen storage, certification schemes and energy efficiency technologies. She is also an expert evaluator of the European Commission.

Radostina has also gained professional experience in a number of other institutions, such as the department for Federal and European Affairs in the Bremen Senate; Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (Berlin) – the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, and the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies in Bremen. During her internship at the European Department of the Bremen Senate she was involved in European projects related to the regional and structural policy of the EU, in particular the Hanse Passage programme, which is a regional framework operation implemented under the Community Initiative Interreg IIIC.

In 2007 she collaborated as a country expert in a cross-country comparative study on media debates on the EU Reform Treaty in 14 Member States (2004-2007), part of the RECON's subproject "Civil Society and the Public Sphere" (WP 5) and organised by the Jean Monnet Centre for European Studies in Bremen.


International relations; EU law and EU policy-making; EU internal energy market; energy geopolitics; renewable energy&sustainable development; EU-China energy relations; stakeholder participation in enlarged Europe