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Corneliu Bjola

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.

Bjola’s general research interests lie at the intersection of international diplomacy, global governance and international ethics. 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 volume on Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice (Routledge, 2015). His work has been published in the 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.

On the 20th of May, 2016, the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group (#DigDiploROx) held a one-day seminar at the University of Oxford focused on Diaspora diplomacy in the digital age. Convened by Professor Corneliu Bjola together with Jennifer Cassidy and Ilan Manor (both doctoral students at Oxford) the seminar aimed to analyse the impact digital tools have on the relations between diaspora communities and MFAs/embassies. Attended by representatives from twenty embassies to London and the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the workshop combined presentations on the topic with a roundtable on digital diaspora engagement. It also included two DiploHacks addressing the issues of crisis communication and online backlash. In this blog post we offer a series of policy recommendations that …