Dr Helena Farrand-Carrapico

Senior Lecturer in Politics & International Relations / Co-Director of the Aston Centre for Europe

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Helena Farrand Carrapico joined Aston University in September 2014, where she works as a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations. Her research focuses on European Union Justice and Home Affairs, and comprises two strands. The first regards specific policy fields within Justice and Home Affairs, namely organised crime and cyber crime, and the second one concerns the external dimension of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice. Together with Professor John Gaffney, she is a co-director of the Aston Centre for Europe, aleading research centre in the UK for the study of European Politics and Society.

She holds a doctoral degree in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (Florence), where she developed her thesis on European Union organised crime policies. Prior to her current position, Helena was a Newton International Fellow at the University of Dundee, where she worked on the Justice and home Affairs opt-in and opt-out strategies of the United Kingdom. Previous academic positions were also held at James Madison University, the University of Coimbra and the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Helena was also a visiting fellow at the DG. Justice, Liberty and Security of the European Commission, in 2007, and at the Center for European Policy Studies (CEPS), in 2008.

She is an elected member of UACES and a co-convenor for the BISA European Security Working Group. 


Undergraduate Modules:    

  • LP065- Introduction to the European Union
  • LP3037- EuroSim


Postgraduate Modules:    

  • LPM042- Corruption and the Crime- Terror Nexus: internal Security   
  • PhD in Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute.
  • Master of Research in Social and Political Sciences, European University Institute.
  • Master of Arts in European Studies, College of Europe.
  • Bachelors’ Degree in Applied Foreign Languages, Portuguese Catholic University.


Recent Journal Articles and Edited Special Journal Issues

Book Chapters

Other Recent Publications

  • ECPR, European Consortium for Political Research, Member of the Steering Committee of the Standing Group on organised Crime
  • UACES, Academic Association for Contemporary European Studies
  • ISA, International Studies Association
  • EUSA, European Union Studies Association


  • 2017- British Academy Rising Star Award (£15,000).
  • 2016-Successful tender to the European Commission, SMART 2016/0077, Study on the Evaluation of the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security Agency. PI: Ramboll. Role as an academic expert consultant.
  • 2016- Awarded funding for a Jean Monnet Research Centre, European Commission (Erasmus + Programme), 2016- 2019, co- PI (100,000€).
  • 2016- Awarded funding to train and organise the participation of the Aston University team in EuroSim 2017 (£6,000).
  • 2016- Awarded ESRC funding, UK in a Changing Europe Programme, (£9,900).
  • 2016- Awarded BISA funding for the creation of the European Security Working Group and its activities (£3,500).
  • 2016- Awarded funding for fieldwork in Brussels, School of languages and Social Sciences, Aston University.
  • 2015- Awarded BISA funding to organise a [email protected] workshop (£1,000).
  • 2015- Awarded funding to train and organise the participation of the Aston University team in EuroSim 2016, (£2,600).
  • 2015- Awarded funding for Jean Monnet Module, Erasmus +, European Commission (joint application with Dr. Jelena Obradovic-Wochnik).
  • 2014- Awarded funding for the organization of a workshop on the Crime- Terror Nexus, by the School of Humanities, University of Dundee, (£1,000). 
  • 2012- Awarded the Newton Fellowship, by the Royal Society and the British Academy.
  • 2012- Awarded the Stirling Fellowship, by the University of Stirling. Declined in favour of the Newton Fellowship.
  • 2010- Awarded a Post-doctoral Fellowship of the Foundation for Science and Technology, by the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Technology.

Dr Helena Farrand Carrapico is very happy to welcome research proposals submissions from interested applicants in the following areas:

  • European Security
  • European Union Justice and Home Affairs, including policy areas such as cyber security, organised crime, trafficking of drugs, trafficking of human beings, migration, border management, and terrorism.
  • The external dimension of Justice and Home Affairs


Room: MB770
Phone:  0121 204 4166
Email:  [email protected] 
Office Hours:  Mon 2pm- 4pm, Fri 11am to 1pm