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My main research interests are in the areas of Russian Foreign Policy - particularly Russia-EU relations; Russian nationalism and national identity, the Russian Revolution and early development of the Soviet state. I have published a range of articles and book chapters on Russian labour history, Russia and the West, the Russian media, Russia and NATO. My most recent publications have centred on Russia-EU relations and the EU, Russia and cooperation in the Black Sea area. I have recently undertaken funded research projects on comparative revolutions contracted by the Defence Human Capability Science and Technology Centre for the Ministry of Defence.

I regularly contribute reviews to a wide range of journals on the above topics and am an editor of the Journal of Contemporary European Studies. I have developed a wide range of international links – an International Masters Programme in European Studies with Krakow, Maastricht and Aachen; Erasmus exchanges with the Czech Republic and Hungary; coordinated an MA European Law and Policy degree with The Hague. Recently I have been the international partner in establishing a European Union Centre in Kazan , Russia.

Research Interests

Research Clusters

  • Social and Cultural History
  • Security Studies

Discipline Areas

  • Area Studies
  • International Relations
  • Politics and Public Administration

Current Research Projects

  • Articles on EU-Russia relations, the Eastern Neighbourhood and work as part of the BASEES/UACES EU-Russia research network
  • Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for Studies in Transnational Europe, executive committee member and coordinator of project stream on transnational europeanisation in Eastern Europe and the Neighbourhood
  • Research project for Defence Human Capability Science and Technology Centre on Comparative Historical Analysis of Revolutions
  • Russian Revolution and Early Development of the Soviet State publications
  • Editor of The Journal of Contemporary European Studies

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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