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Corneliu Bjola received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto (2007) and previously taught at McMaster University and the University of Toronto. He was a research fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Defense Force Academy (2012) and China Foreign Affairs University (2016).
Bjola’s general research interests lie at the intersection of diplomatic studies, negotiation theory, international ethics, and crisis management. He is the recipient of the 2014 OxTALENT award for enhancing students' learning experience using social media apps awarded by the Oxford Committee on Teaching and Learning Enhanced with Technology.
He has authored or edited five books, including the recent co-edited volumes on Secret Diplomacy: Concepts, Contexts and Cases (Routledge 2016), and Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2015). His work has been published in Global Affairs, European Journal of International Relations, International Negotiation, Review of International Studies, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Global Policy, Journal of Global Ethics and The Hague Journal of Diplomacy.
Bjola is co-editor of the book series on 'New Diplomatic Studies' with Routledge and Editor-in-Chief of the new journal Diplomacy and Foreign Policy.
His current research focusses on the role of symbolic representations as projections of diplomatic power.