Tatsiana is a non-resident (post-doc) fellow at the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria. In 2019 she got an interdisciplinary PhD with a special focus on European Studies from UVic and a MA in International Relations and Politics from the University of Nottingham, UK in 2006. Her research focuses on the EU regional cooperation and governance of its Eastern neighbourhood, European Neighbourhood Policy and borders. Her PhD thesis analysed benefits and actions of the EU governance and its cross-border cooperation schemes, including their impact on the transformation of national settings in the Eastern neighbourhood.
Within the BIG network, she studies the history of cross-border regions and cross-regional cooperation trends in the Eastern neighbourhood with a special focus on Russia and its local authorities. Her research aims to further address established institutional, territorial and security challenges of the EU by looking at policies on each side of the border(s) and studying the action logics of the major regional players, in particular, Russia. Historically, it was a very strong geopolitical, institutional and legal boundary between the European Community and Eastern European countries alongside an equally strong cultural boundary.