Dorit Happ

Dorit Happ


M.A. East European Studies
Researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig/Germany
PhD student at the Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena/Germany

Ms. Dorit Happ is a researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig/Germany. Her research focuses on the effects of the EU’s external policy on its eastern neighbour states, focusing particularly on different forms of mobility in Belarus and Ukraine. Through extensive field studies in both countries, she has established close working contacts with representatives of several local municipal administrations and with local NGOs. She has also cooperated with international organisations and civil society representatives to conduct research on the integration of refugees and asylum seekers in Eastern Europe. In 2006, she received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Erfurt. As her main area of interest is Eastern Europe, she studied political and cultural science in Moscow and Prague. In 2009 she completed her Master’s degree in East European Studies at the Free University in Berlin. From 2010 to 2011, Ms. Happ held a Bosch-Foundation lectureship at Brest State Technical University, Belarus.



Bruns B & Happ D & Zichner H (eds.) 2016 European Neighborhood Policy. Geopolitics Between Integration and Security. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Happ D & Bruns B 2016 “The EU and its ‘ring of friends’. Relation at eye level or top-down play?” Problems of Post-Communism: 1-12.


Happ D & Bruns B 2015 Between European Union and Russian Federation. Belarus as a new geopolitical actor?, German Congress of Geography, Berlin, October 03, 2015.

Happ D 2016 Being Stuck in Ukraine. The Perception of EU’s Crossborder Governance, Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, March 30, 2016.

Happ, D 2016 Civil activism in small and peripheralised cities in Ukraine and Belarus. Governance processes between citizens and local authorities, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv, December 2, 2016.