Mr. Stratos Pourzitakis holds a Master of International Public Policy of Osaka University and he is currently a PhD student at HKBU Department of Government and International Studies. His PhD research is funded by the EUAP and it is conducted under the supervision of Prof.  Jean-Pierre Cabestan and Dr. Krzysztof Feliks Sliwinski.

His research aims to assess the evolution of the EU-China energy security relations vis-a-vis the case of Central Asia. In particular, using the complex interdependence theory the basic hypothesis of the research is that as the energy needs of China and the EU increase their energy security relations become closer with positive spillover effects to their political and economic relations. The time frame of the research will be from 2003 until 2016 and it will be based on existing literature, business data, and official documents as well as on expert interviews including with senior officials and representatives of the energy business sector.