Dr Huseyn Aliyev
- Lecturer (Central & East European Studies)
Dr Aliyev joined the University of Glasgow in 2017. Before arriving to Glasgow, he was a Research Fellow at the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford. From 2015 to 2017, Dr Aliyev was based at the Research Center for Eastern European Studies (Forschungsstelle Osteuropa), University of Bremen, where he worked as Alexander von Humboldt Post-Doctoral researcher. Dr Aliyev also worked as Lecturer in Area Studies and Global Security Studies at the Department of Political Science, University of Bremen. His post-doctoral project was published as a book in 2017 by the University of Michigan Press ("When Informal Institutions Change. Institutional Reforms and Informal Practices in the former Soviet Union"). This book project is based on extensive fieldwork in Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.
Dr Aliyev earned his Ph.D in Political Science in 2014 from the University of Otago, New Zealand. His doctoral dissertation examined the impact of Soviet institutional legacy on post-communist civil society in the broader Caucasus region. This project was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015 ("Post-Communist Civil Society and Soviet Legacy"). Dr Aliyev also has a joint Master degree in Humanitarian Action from Ruhr University Bochum and Uppsala University.
Dr Aliyev's current research interests are civil war dynamics, non-state armed groups, violent mobilisation, radicalisation and demobilisation of armed groups. He also has expertise in security and law enforcement structures of the Russian Federation and Ukraine, ethno-nationalism and institution-building.
Dr Aliyev's area expertise is Ukraine and Russia (particularly the North Caucasus region). Since 2015, he has conducted extensive fieldwork in Ukraine, interviewing former and active members of pro-government paramilitary groups.
Starting in January 2022, Dr Aliyev will lead two and a half-year long ESRC-funded research project “From Russia with War: Mobilisation of Foreign Fighters in the former Soviet Union.” Please, see more details about the project here: "From Russia with War".
2022 - Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Standard Grant. “From Russia with War: Mobilisation of Foreign Fighters in the former Soviet Union.” University of Glasgow
2019 - Carnegie Trust Research Incentive Grant. "Micro-level dynamics of pro-government mobilisation amongst Ukraine's Crimean Tatars." University of Glasgow (£9,540)
2019 - The British Academy Small Research Grants. "Why, when and how members of active paramilitary groups disengage?". University of Glasgow (£9,550)
2017 - Research grant for GACR project No. GA 15-09249S "De Facto states in Northern Eurasia in the context of Russian foreign policy," Charles University (CZK 54,000)
2015 - Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, University of Bremen (EUR 72,000)
2014 - Publishing Bursary, University of Otago (NZD 6,250)
2013 - Humanities Divisional Research Award, University of Otago (NZD 2,000)
2013 - European Union Centres Network (EUCN) Research Award, University of Canterbury (NZD 2,500)
- Security studies
- Armed groups; Terrorist organisations
- Civil wars
- Ethnic conflicts/ethno-nationalism
- Informal institutions and practices
- North Caucasus
- Agbeti, Divine
The role of borders in insurgency and counterinsurgency operations: The British in Greece (1946-49), Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Shaw, Daniel
Winning the Peace: Structural Challenges to the Demobilization of Non-state Armed Groups.
- Yeo, Alexander
“People’s they like and don’t like”: An analysis of North Caucasian Governance and Politics through the use of traditional cultural norms, practices and religion
CEES5069: Contested States: The Caucasus since 1991
CEES 2A: Post-communist Russia and the former Soviet Union
CEES5065: Issues in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies
SPS5007: Thematic Issues in Global Security
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2014: Publication Award (Publishing Bursary, University of Otago)
- 2013: Research Award (Humanities Divisional Research Award, University of Otago)
- 2013: Research Award (European Union Centres Network (EUCN) Research Award, University of Canterbury)
- 2019 - 2020: The British Academy Small Research Grants
- 2019 - 2020: Carnegie Research Incentive Grant
- 2017 - 2020: Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Group Leader Fellowship
- 2015 - 2017: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Senior Fellowship
- 2016 - 2017: Centre for Security Studies (CSS) Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Metropolitan University Prague
- 2011 - 2014: International Doctoral Scholarship, University of Otago
- 2009 - 2011: Erasmus Mundus International Masters scholarship, Ruhr-University Bochum
Grant committees & research advisory boards
- 2017: Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Grant Review Board
- 2017: Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation, Review Board
- 2018: Europe-Asia Studies
Professional & learned societies
- 2011 - 2015: Member, New Zealand Political Studies Association