Dr Ksenia Gerasimova, BA (Hons), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (Cambridge), is a Research Associate at the Department of Politics and International Relations and at the Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge. Ksenia has been working as an independent expert for industry and public sector in the areas of innovations and sustainable development, including the Marketing Agency of the Ministry of Tourism of Ireland, Russian foundations, and regional authorities in Volgograd area, Russia. She has also worked in the projects in the area of international development for Population Council (Cairo Office, Egypt), Council of Europe and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent. In 2011 she worked as intern in the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). Ksenia's research interests include Civil Society (particularly Nongovernmental Organisations) and Environmental Policies, particularly in countries in transition, and Conceptual Debates of Sustainable Development in Public Policy Analysis. She is currently a principal researcher in the project 'The Role of Nongovernmental Organisations in Bioscience Policy-making for Food Security'.