Professor Natalia Chaban of the Department of Media and Communication at University of Canterbury (New Zealand) focuses her interdisciplinary research on cognitive and semiotic aspects of political and media discourses, image and perceptions studies within the EU and International Relations' contexts, and public diplomacy and political communication. Professor Chaban is a twice awarded Jean Monnet Chair, President of Ukrainian Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand, a founding co-editor of the peer-reviewed "Australian and New Zealand Journal of European Studies", Director of the research centre Public Diplomacy and Political Communication Forum and leader of a number of transnational research projects supported by the European Commission and NATO. She is widely publishing her research in the top-tier peer-reviewed journals and with leading international publishers. Among her latest publications are: a co-authored book (with Prof Ole Elgström of Lund University) The Ukraine Crisis and EU Foreign Policy Roles: Images of the EU in the Context of EU–Ukraine Relations (2021, with Edward Elgar Publishing), a co-edited volume (with Prof Arne Niemann and Johanna Speyer of Mainz University) Changing perceptions of the EU at times of Brexit: Global Perspectives (2020, with Routledge), and a co-edited Special Issue with Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization “Reimagining Europe: Youth narratives and perceptions. in Ukraine and the Baltic States” (2021, 29 (4), with Prof Alistair Miskimmon, Prof Ben O’Loughlin and Dr Pauline Heinrichs).