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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)



Alena works on the role of material culture and technology in international relations, notably on how everyday material encounters shape international orders. She is also interested in the role of communication technologies in international politics and in questions of nationalism, ethnic conflict, and processes of nation-state formation. Her past research studied international cooperation in transboundary water management. She employs qualitative methods, notably ethnography in her research. Her regional focus centres on Europe and South Asia.


Alena was a Senior Lecturer in International Relations at Cardiff University. She was also a visiting scholar at the International Water Management Institute based in Sri Lanka, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Oregon State University. Currently, she is a research fellow at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Her work has been published, among others, in Climatic Change, Global Environmental Change, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and International Theory. She is the editor (with Christian Bueger and Ted Hopf) of "Conceptualizing International Practices", forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. She was deputy editor of the journal New Perspectives: Journal of Central and Eastern European Politics and International Relations. Currently, she is a member of the governing board of New Perspectives: Journal of Central and Eastern European Politics and International Relations and Politologická Revue.


Key publications: 

Adler, E. and Drieschova, A. 2021. The epistemological challenge of truth-subversion to the Liberal International Order. International Organization 75(2), pp. 359-386. (10.1017/S0020818320000533)


Drieschova, A. 2019. Editorial - The Velvet Revolution happened yesterday.. New Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Journal of CEE Politics and IR, article number: 03/2019 1.

Drieschova, A. 2019. The multiplicity straightjacket. Forum contribution. New Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Journal of CEE Politics and IR, article number: 03/2019 6.

Adler-Nissen, R. and Drieschova, A. 2019. Track-change diplomacy: Technology, affordances and the practice of international negotiations. International Studies Quarterly 63(3), pp. 531-545. (10.1093/isq/sqz030)

Drieschova, A. 2019. Sri Lanka's Easter Sunday attacks were meant for international audience, but have local consequences. The Conversation, pp. -.

Marshall, H. and Drieschova, A. 2019. Post-truth politics in the UK's Brexit Referendum. New Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Journal of CEE Politics and IR

Drieschova, A. 2019. A role for phenomenology in IR scholarship. In: Singh, J. P., Carr, M. and Marlin-Bennett, R. eds. Science, Technology, and Art in International Relations. London and New York: Routledge


Drieschova, A. 2017. Peirce's semeiotics: a methodology for bridging the material-ideational divide in IR scholarship. International Theory 9(1), pp. 33-66. (10.1017/S1752971916000233)


Giordano, al. 2014. A review of the evolution and state of transboundary freshwater treaties. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law, and Economics 14(3), pp. 245-264. (10.1007/s10784-013-9211-8)

Drieschova, A. and Eckstein, G. 2014. Cooperative transboundary mechanism. In: Sanchez, J. C. and Roberts, J. eds. Water Governance: Adaptation to Climate Change. Gland, Switzerland: International Union for the Conservation of Nature, pp. 51-80.


Drieschova, A., Fischhendler, I. and Giordano, M. 2010. The role of uncertainties in the design of international water treaties: an historical perspective. Climatic Change 105(3-4), pp. 387-408. (10.1007/s10584-010-9896-4)


Drieschova, A., Giordano, M. and Fischhendler, I. 2009. Climate change, international cooperation and adaptation in transboundary water management. In: Adger, W. N., Lorenzoni, I. and O'Brien, K. L. eds. Adapting to Climate Change: Thresholds, Values, Governance. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 384-398.


Drieschova, A., Giordano, M. and Fischhendler, I. 2008. Governance mechanisms to address flow variability in water treaties. Global Environmental Change 18(2), pp. 285-295. (10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2008.01.005)

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Alena is interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas: technology in International Relations; material culture in International Relations; change in International Orders; post-truth politics; EU politics and Central European politics.

Assistant Professor
Lecturer in International Relations
Office Hours: Appointment by email

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