Professor Ekaterina Stepanova heads the Peace and Conflict Studies Unit and is Lead Researcher at the National Research Institute of the World Economy & International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow, as well as Professor at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).
Her research and publications focus on insurgencies and terrorism, armed conflicts and peace-building, extremist ideologies, radicalization, violent networks, human security, and political economy of conflicts.
She has published many books including Terrorism in Asymmetrical Conflict: Ideological and Structural Aspects (Oxford University Press, 2008). She has also edited numerous books, such as Addressing Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization: Perspectives from Russia and the United States (IMEMO, 2017) and Terrorism: Patterns of Internationalization (Sage, 2009). Stepanova has also authored 180 other publications in ten languages. She serves on editorial boards of the academic journals "Global Governance" and "Terrorism and Political Violence".
Professor Stepanova teaches in English at international programs at the European University in Saint-Petersburg (EUSP), the School of Public Policy of the Russian Academy of National Economy & Public Administration (RANEPA), and the MGIMO-University, Moscow.
She is also a member of the Global Peace Index expert panel, the International Panel of Social Progress (IPSP), the Advisory board of "Security in Transition" programme, London School of Economics, the Joint U.S.-Russia Expert Group on Afghan Narcotrafficking and the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).