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Area Studies

Watch this short video to hear our Pathway Lead, Dr Nick Baron introduce the Pathway and research environment at Nottingham:

Area studies are key avenues of research in social sciences that focus on the specialised understanding of specific global regions, through case studies and comparative analyses, by means of multidisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary methods. At Nottingham, the pathway focuses on Russia and Eastern Europe.

This pathway is run at Nottingham collaboratively by the Department of History and Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies. It draws on the combined expertise of numerous research-active staff across these units with interests in many aspects of the region's historical and contemporary development.


Applicants interested in applying for entry October 2020 should please contact Dr Badcock (sarah dot badcock at nottingham dot ac dot uk) and Dr Baron (nick dot baron at nottingham dot ac dot uk) as soon as possible before 1 December 2019 (we cannot consider any enquiries or expressions of interest after that date), sending your CV, a one-page note on your preparation and motivation to conduct research to PhD level on a topic in Russian and East European history or cultural studies, using social science methods, and a one-page outline of your proposed research topic. We can advise on your eligibility and the fit of your proposed research with our interests and expertise.

Recent funded projects have included:
  • Children’s literature in the Brezhnev period: a sociolinguistic study of the ideological formation of the last Soviet generation
  • Labour mobility in the Urals in the late nineteenth century
  • Corruption and foreign trade in the early Soviet Union
  • Prostitution, labour and urban space in early twentieth-century tsarist Russia
  • Workers’ identities in post-revolutionary Russia: a regional study
  • Translation and cultural capital in Slovenia

We welcome applicants with research interests in all aspects of modern Russian and East European history and cultural studies.

Key Facts:
Structure of Provision: +3, +3.5, 1+3 either Full-time or Part-time
PG Application Apply for the PhD in Russian and East European Studies
Pathway Contact: Dr Nick Baron