Postgraduate research in Russian and East European Studies

Our culture of encouraging debate between staff and postgraduates across the full spectrum of our Russian and East European Studies specialisms is just one of the reasons to choose Manchester for your research degree.

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We play an active role in three Arts and Human Research Council-funded national consortia: the British Inter-University China Centre; the Centre for Advanced Study of the Arab World; and the Centre for the East European Language-based Area Studies.


Finding a supervisor

Our postgraduate research students benefit from supervision across a range of fields, covering a broad range of research specialisms in Russian and East European Studies.

Our team's research interests include:

  • Nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and intellectual history
  • Soviet and post-Soviet cinema and the media
  • Russian and Soviet popular culture
  • Gender studies
  • Nationalism and ethnic politics in Russia and Eastern Europe
  • Medieval Slavic cultures;
  • Balkan Studies

See our Russian and East European Studies staff list

Current PhD students

Here's what some of our current students are researching:

  • Simona Amariutei - 'Andrei Bely and Kazimir Malevich: Russian Modernism and the Hidden Revolution'
  • Thomas Drew - 'Homo Liber: Nonconformism and Artistic Self-Expression in 1980s Siberia'
  • Baatar Khasanov - 'The Concept of 'Emptiness' and the Politics of Identity among the Turko-Mongolian Peoples in the Russian Empire, 1830s-1917'
  • Maksim Markelov - 'Transforming Meaning?: Russian Trolls in Social Media's Changing Linguistic Landscape'
  • Yevhenii Poliakov - 'Russians in Soviet Lviv: Changing Representations of Dominant Minority'
  • Sorcha Scarff - 'Can a Revival of Indigenous Environmental Knowledge and Increased Autonomy for Indigenous Populations in Siberia Enable a Participatory Approach to Climate Action'
  • Viktoriia Svyrydenko - 'Narrating the Imperial Past: Public Space and the Politics of Memory in Post-Soviet Ukraine'
  • Rui Wang - 'Translation and Soft Power: A Case Study of Russian Cultural Diplomacy towards China'
  • Laura Wilson - 'How Does Contemporary Russian Prose Fiction Contribute to Debates About Russian National Identity?'