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Area Studies

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 includes Russia and East European Studies and American and Canadian Studies.

Research in Russia and East European Studies is hosted at Nottingham by the Department of History. We welcome applicants with an interest in pursuing social science research into any aspects of the region's historical and contemporary development. Recently funded projects have included:

  • Urban experience and everyday life in Braşov, 1867-1914
  • Women’s labour in the factory and home in the Soviet 1920s
  • The politics and culture of Soviet demography in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Children’s literature in the Brezhnev period
  • Labour mobility in the Russian empire 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

Research in American and Canadian Studies is hosted at Nottingham by the Department of American and Canadian Studies.


Applicants in Russia and Eastern European Studies interested in applying for entry October 2023 should contact Professor Badcock ( and Dr Baron ( as soon as possible before 1 December 2022 (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.

As this studentship is funded by the ESRC, your proposed research project must principally employ social science methods. For further guidance on disciplinary remit, see this page. If you have concerns about the ‘fit’ of your project with the ESRC remit, you may use the query form on that page.

Key Facts:

Structure of Provision: +3, +3.5, 1+3 either Full-time or Part-time
PG Application Apply for the PhD in History
Pathway Contact: Dr Nick Baron