Dr Stepanova heads Peace and Conflict Studies Unit and is a lead researcher
at National Research Institute of the World Economy & International Relations (IMEMO), Moscow,
and a Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) Professor. Her research and publications focus on insurgencies and terrorism,
armed conflicts and peace-building, extremist ideologies, radicalization, violent networks, human security, and political economy of conflicts.
Her several books include Terrorism in Asymmetrical Conflict: Ideological and
Structural Aspects (Oxford University Press, 2008). Her edited volumes include Addressing Terrorism,
Violent Extremism and Radicalization: Perspectives from Russia and the United States (IMEMO, 2017) and
Terrorism: Patterns of Internationalization (Sage, 2009). She is also the author of 180 other publications in ten languages.
She serves on editorial boards of academic journals
Governance and Terrorism
and Political Violence.
Prof. Stepanova teaches in English at the International Programs at
MGIMO-University, Moscow, School of Public Policy of the Russian Academy of National Economy & Public Administration (RANEPA), and European University in Saint-Petersburg (EUSP).
She is also a member of the Global Peace Index expert panel,
the International Panel of Social Progress (IPSP), the Advisory board of "Security in Transition" programme, London School of Economics, the Joint U.S.-Russia Expert Group on
Afghanistan, and the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).