Before joining the FSR team as Research Associate in February 2018 Irina Lapenkova was employed by the city of Turku (Finland). She represented interests of the city of Turku in St. Petersburg (Russia). Irina was responsible for establishing and promoting cooperation between the city authorities and institutions, science parks, SMEs, research centers and NGOs. Prior to that Irina worked in the area of Public Relations.
Irina holds a MA Degree in EU Studies from the Centre International de Formation Europeenne (CIFE) and a BA degree in Finnish Language and Culture from St. Petersburg State University. Irina was granted a scholarship to study as an exchange student at the University of Turku (Finland) for her undergraduate studies. In 2016 Irina gained a qualification of Policy Officer in European and International Organizations (CIFE, Berlin). She speaks Russian, English, and Finnish. Irina is particularly interested in maritime transport policies and new mobility trends.