Processes and Practices of Policymaking in Central and Eastern Europe

This research group has a focus on the who, how and why of policymaking from Central Europe to Central Asia. The group’s interests reflect a broad spectrum of policy areas, from foreign to domestic, by both de jure and de facto state actors, across supranational, national and subnational administrative levels. All the members maintain interests in decision-making, and the institutional structures and cultures in which this occurs. Building on the heritage of communist and transition studies at the University of Glasgow, the research group also aims to facilitate comparison across historical time periods, countries, regions and regime types.


Research within the group can be captured by the following core themes:

  • Post-accession EU membership and policy-making processes
  • Policies and politics of governance and state-building in the post-Soviet space
  • Institutions and institutional actors in policy-making
  • Non-state actors in the policy process

Programme of Activity

  • The group supports and promotes speakers for the Central and East European Studies Seminar Series and subject level work-in-progress seminars.
  • The group supports subject specific research through cluster related workshops, and research days discussing methodologies and approaches for research on cluster themes.
  • The group provides support to members via internal peer review and feedback on works-in-progress.
  • The group seeks to engages in outward-facing activity, participating in policy processes through direct involvement with practitioners, academia-practitioner partnerships, or through media presence.

This programme of regular activity provides a stimulating forum for researchers at all stages of their careers to develop research ideas and initiatives, to share best practice and access wider networks of researchers, policy makers and practitioners working in this field. Knowledge exchange activities engage with the general public as well as with policy makers and practitioners.


CEES Staff:

Associate Glasgow Staff:

PhD Students:

Associated Projects

  • Resetting the Reset and the Rise of Regional Revisionism – This project is part of a collaborative research and teaching initiative between Charles University in Prague and the University of Glasgow.
  • Dynamics of Nonstate Governance in Kosovo and Northern Cyprus – PI: Dr Adrian Florea. Funders: British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (January 2018 – March 2019).
  • De Facto States in International Politics (2012-2015) – PI: Dr Adrian Florea. Funder: The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Research Incentive Grant (April 2017-April 2018).
  • The demand and supply side of rebel governance PIs: Dr Adrian Florea with Dr Romain Malejacq (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Civil Wars and State (Un) Making – PIs: Dr Adrian Florea with Prof. Michael Lee, CUNY, USA)
  • Authenticity, Interpretation and Ideology: The Case of Gulag Tourism in Kazakhstan –  PI: Dr Guillaume Tiberghien. Funders: British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (April 2018-November 2019) (£9518).