Barbora Padrtova is research group leader at the Institute of International Relations in Prague which elaborates an analysis of Arctic policy tailored for the purposes of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. She also served as Programme Director for Transition (2014-2015) and Project Manager (2011-2014) at the Bratislava-based security and defence policy think-tank CENAA. In 2011, she was also working at the Political Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, D.C. Her research interest focuses mainly on geopolitics and security in the Arctic region and NATO-Russia relations. She has published numerous academic and policy papers, while she has presented outcomes of her research at several high level international conferences. Barbora Padrtova is a member of the UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security (University of the Arctic and Northern Research Forum).
Barbora Padrtova is also a PhD. candidate of International Relations at the Faculty of Social Studies of the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. She holds a Master’s degree in Security and Strategic Studies from the Faculty of Social Studies of the Masaryk University in Brno. In 2009 she graduated in International Relations and European Studies from the Metropolitan University in Prague. During her studies she also studied International Relations and Political Science at the Universiteit Twente in Netherlands.
Apart from her research and academic activities, she is a keen reader of different kinds of literature, a passionate traveller and an active horse rider.