CRCEES Director

Professor Richard Berry is Director of CRCEES and Head of Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow; and the Transnational Education Dean for the University of Glasgow - Nankai University Joint Graduate School in Tianjin, China. He is also currently Chair of the Board of Management of the Europe-Asia Studies journal and a member of its editorial board. Previously, Professor Berry was head of the Department of Central and East European Studies from 1999 - 2006; and Dean of Graduate Studies in the College of Social Sciences (2012 - 2017).   He has also served as an assessor for the ESRC on the Area and Development Studies 1+3 recognition exercise. 

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CRCEES Co-Director 

Professor Clare McManus is Co-Director of CRCEES and has extensive experience of managing postgraduate programmes. She established an international joint degree programme, International Master in Russian, Central and East European Studies, which won the European Union's prestigious Erasmus Mundus recognition in 2011.  Restructured and re-named as the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) International Master in Central and East European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (CEERES),  it achieved a second successful EMJMD recognition in 2017.  Clare was International Dean for the College of Social Sciences (2013-2019) and is now Dean for Global Engagement (South East Asia and Australasia). 

Executive Management Group (EMG)

Executive Management Group (EMG)


Professor Richard Berry (CRCEES Director), University of Glasgow

Professor Clare McManus (CRCEES Co-Director), University of Glasgow


Professor Mervyn Bain - University of Aberdeen

Professor (International Relations), and Head of School of Social Sciences

Research interests: International Diplomatic Relations; Latin America and in particular Cuba; Soviet and Post Soviet Russia; Development Issues


Professor Rick Fawn - University of St Andrews

Professor (International Relations), Past Director of both the Institute of Middle East, Central Asia and Caucasus Studies (MECACS) and of the Centre for Russian, Soviet, Central, Eastern European Studies (CRSCEES) at the University of St Andrews

Research interests: Security and conflict, and conflict resolution in the post-Soviet space; comparative regionalism, that is as a global phenomenon, and then in its many forms across the post-communist world; Visegrad states; capacities of normative international organizations (IOs), i.e. IOs with limited incentivization and coercive capabilities but which still seek to induce norm adherence from recalcitrant member/participating states; political legacies of communist-era dissident thinking


Professor Andy Byford - University of Durham

Professor (Russian) 

Research interests: History of the biological, human and social sciences in Russia; History of the Russian intelligentsia, professions and education; History of humanities scholarship in Russia; Human-animal relations in Russia; Russian migrancy and diaspora


Professor Luke March - University of Edinburgh

Personal Chair of Post-Soviet and Comparative Politics; Head of Politics and International Relations; Deputy Director of the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre

Research interests: The politics of the former Soviet Union (especially Russian and Moldovan politics, political parties in the FSU, democratisation and institution-building); Russian nationalism, Russian foreign policy discourse; the radical left in Europe; populism; contemporary communism.


Professor Lara Ryazanova-Clarke - University of Edinburgh

Professor (Russian and Sociolingistics); and Academic Director of the Princess Dashkova Russian Centre

Research interests: Socio-cultural linguistics in its relation to Russian. She is particularly interested in post-Soviet subjectivity as reflected, constructed and performed in discourse, and in application of theories of post-colonialism, globalism and cosmopolitanism to the post-Soviet phenomenon of global Russian


Dr Valentina Feklyunina - University of Newcastle

Senior Lecturer (Politics)

Research interests: Identity and foreign policy; identity and soft power; Russian foreign policy; Russian public diplomacy; Russia's energy policy; identities and foreign policy preferences in Belarus and Ukraine


Dr Vladimir Zoric - University of Nottingham

Associate Professor (Russian and Slavonic Studies)

Research interests: Critical discourse analysis to explore the gradual build-up and structure of violent verbal/visual imagery in political and media discourse as a rhetorical prelude to the wars in the former Yugoslavia; Legal, literary and cinematic representations of banishment; Legendary narratives in literary texts and how they reflect the underlying tensions between the poetical and ethical concerns of the Yugoslav writer Danilo Kiš; Utilisation of internal displacement by authoritarian regimes of East and South-East Europe and comparison of a series of literary texts from Balkan and Russian literature which reflect an elaborate system of social and political punishments by means of spatial distance


Dr Martin Ferry - University of Strathclyde

Senior Research Fellow

Research interests: Regional and urban economic development and policy in Central and Eastern Europe (particularly Poland) and the United Kingdom; Governance and implementation of national regional policy and Cohesion policy


International Advisory Board

The International Advisory Board meets annually and comprises of representatives from academic partner institutions in the region of study including:

  • Dr Heiko Pääbo, University of Tartu
  • Mychailo Wynnyckyj, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy
  • Markku Jokisipilä, BSRS, University of Turku
  • Prof. Dr. Ghia Nodia, ISCS Director, Ilia State University
  • Professor Marta Dyczok, The University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • Dr. John S. Micgiel, Executive Director, East Central European Center, Columbia University
  • Professor Fariz Ismailzade, Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy
  • Nargis Kassenova, Associate Professor, Director, Central Asian Studies Center, KIMEP