Catherine Owen

Personal details




University of Exeter

PhD, Department of Politics, University of Exeter (University of Exeter Studentship)

Working title: 'Between State and Civil Society? Platforms for Dialogue with the State in Russia'


University of Exeter

October 2008 – September 2010: University of Exeter

MA (part-time) in International Relations with Distinction

Dissertation: ‘The Future isn’t what it used to be’: Koselleck’s theory of historical time in the world after communism


University of Durham

October 2000-June 2004: University Of Durham, Trevelyan College

BA (Hons) Modern European Languages – 2:1

Final Year Dissertation (in French): The Integration of Immigrants in Paris

Final Year Dissertation (in German): The Left Wing Youth Movement in Vienna


Professional/research experience

September 1 2013:

University of Exeter

Research Administrator/Assistant for John Heathershaw's ESRC-funded project, 'Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia'.


December 1 2012:

Foreign Policy Centre, London

Research Associate,

February 2 2012:

University of Exeter

I am a regular contributor to a post-graduate blog which discusses international affairs:

September 5 2011 - January 31 2012:

European University of St. Petersburg

I was a Research Affiliate in the Department of Politics and Sociology at the European University of St. Petersburg.

December 2009 - present:

University of Exeter

Founder and Organiser, Exeter Anarchist Reading Group (December 2009 – ongoing)

 I chair meetings, delegate with a team, secure funding, invite speakers and publicise events. Recently we receieved a £2000 public engagement grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

July 2009 - present:

St. Petersburg

Translator, Memorial Historical Enlightenment Association, St. Petersburg, Russia

I translate texts for human rights organisation, Memorial’s Virtual Museum of the Gulag from Russian into German and English.

October 2008 - present:


Organiser and Chair, Gown Meets Town  (August 2008 – present) - I have found speakers for and chaired the twice termly event, Gown Meets Town, where Ph.D and Masters students present their research in a non-academic setting at a local NGO, The Global Centre, in Exeter city.  The purpose of the event is to give students practice in presenting their research and to strengthen links between the university and the town.


CV: Membership of Professional Bodies/Professional Qualifications


Higher Education Academy

Associate of the Higher Education Academy