Irina Kustova is Researcher at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, where she works on various issues concerned the energy transition and energy security. Prior to joining CEPS, she worked at the Energy Charter Secretariat on the transit provisions and regional electricity cooperation. She also held assignments at the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators and the Delegation of the European Union to Russia. Irina received her PhD cum laude in International Studies from the University of Trento (2015) and her MA in European Studies from Maastricht University (2009). During her PhD, she has also spent periods as a visiting research fellow at the King’s College London and the Energy Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Her work has been published in such journals as Journal of Contemporary European Research, Cooperation and Conflict, Journal of European Integration, and Journal of World Energy Law and Business.