Serghei V. Golunov is a Doctor of Political Science (Russian, equivalent to German Habilitat) and a Professor of the Center for Asia-Pacific Future Studies of Kyushu University (Fukuoka, Japan). He previously worked as a Professor and a Director of the Centre for Regional and Transborder Studies at Volgograd State University and as a research fellow in Durham University (UK), University of Tartu (Estonia), and Hokkaido University (Japan). His research focuses mainly on Russian, post-Soviet, and EU border issues, non-traditional security challenges in the post-Soviet space, conspiracy theorizing in Russia, and malpractices in post-Soviet higher education. He is author of about 140 articles and several monographs including Elephant in the Room: Corruption and Cheating in Russian Universities (Stuttgart: Ibidem-Verlag, 2014), EU-Russian border security issues: challenges, (mis)perceptions, and responses. (Routledge, 2012) and Russia-Kazakhstan border: security and International cooperation issues (Volgograd State University Press, 2005, in Russian).