Odeta Barbullushi

Deputy Minister

Odeta Barbullushi

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs since January 2015.

Odeta Barbullushi joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in January 2015. Her portfolio at the MFA covers primarily Albania’s relations with the countries of the region, both at the bilateral level and in the context of international organizations, as well as Albania’s relations with the EU and EU member states. Other responsibilities include issues related to European and regional security. 

Ms. Barbullushi holds the title of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom (2009) and that of Associate Professor in International Relations from the University of Tirana (2015).  Ms. Barbullushi’ s  professional background is academic and focused on issues of Albania’s state formation and foreign policy, theories and history of nationalism and statehood in Eastern and Central Europe, etc. During her undergraduate studies she worked in the media and communications sector. 

Professional Experience
2013            Karl-Franzen University of Graz, Austria, Post-doctoral research
2009-2014        European University of Tirana, Albania, Lecturer
2012-2014        European University of Tirana, Vice Rector 
2009-2011    European University of Tirana, Head of Department of Political Science and International Relations
2007-2008    European Research Institute, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, Fixed-Term Lecturer
2001-2002        Mission without Borders, Albania, Head of Communications 

Education
2010    University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, PhD in Russian and East European Studies
2004    Sussex European Institute, United Kingdom, MA in Contemporary European Studies
2003    Central European University, Hungary, MA in International Relations and European Studies
2001    University of Tirana, Albania, Bachelor in Journalism
1997    Riverside School, Zug, Switzerland, High School Diploma

Professional Boards and memberships 
2014    Member of the Special Commission for the Accreditation of Higher Education Institutions in Albania (resigned upon assuming of public office)

Prizes and Awards
2013    Ernst Mach Global Fellowship
2012    Honorary Research Fellow, University of Roehampton, UK 
2009    Brain Gain Incentive Grant  
2004    Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Award 
2002    OSI Fellowship for Postgraduate Studies

University Courses Taught
Foreign Policy Analysis (MA, 2009-2017)
Albanian Question and Albanian Foreign Policy (BA, 2009-2014)
Comparative Foreign Policy (BA, 2009-2014) 
Political History of Central and Eastern Europe in the 20th Century (BA, 2008)
EU in a Globalized World (BA, 2008)
Advanced Research Methods in Social Sciences (MA/PhD, 2009-2015)

Projects Coordination and Management
2011-2014 Manager and Coordinator of regional Tempus Project ‘Developing Human Rights at the heart of higher education in the Western Balkans’. Consortium leader: University of Roehampton, United Kingdom.

2010-2011 Researcher, Social Research and Policy Making in Albania. Project funded by the Regional Research Promotion Program in the Western Balkans (RRPP), Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.