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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

Queens’ College


Tomass Pildegovičs (born in 1997 in Riga, Latvia) is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. His current research focuses on small state influence in European multilateral organisations, particularly regarding the attempts of the Baltic states to position and assert themselves in the European foreign policy field. Notably, his project’s exposition of Baltic lobbying and coalition-building efforts can be situated in relation to the broader analytical puzzle of exploring how the Baltic states will position themselves amidst the cross-cutting currents of European integration.

Pildegovičs completed his MPhil in Politics and International Relations with Distinction at the University of Cambridge in 2019. He also holds a BA in International Relations with First Class Honours (2018) from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. 

He has gathered work experience in the European Commission, the Latvian Embassies in London and Geneva, as well as at the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence.


-       International security

-       European foreign policy

-       EU-Russia and NATO-Russia relations

-       Small state foreign policy

-       Baltic security issues

-       Liminality

Thesis Title: The Baltic influence on the EU’s foreign policy response to Russia during crises in Georgia (2008) and Ukraine (2014)
Supervisor: Professor Julie Smith