The CEERES programme involves many different teaching staff from a wide range of disciplines, below are some of the main staff involved in the CEERES programme:  

University of Glasgow

Dr Luca Anceschi

Senior Lecturer in Central Asian Studies, School of Social and Political Science (CEES)

Research Interests: politics and international relations of post-Soviet Central Asia, Geopolitics of energy and climate change, leadership and regime change in central Asia and Middle East.

Dr Ammon Cheskin

Senior Lecturer in Nationalism and Russian Politics, School of Social and Political Science (CEES)

Research Interests: Russian soft power in Ukraine, Russian foreign policy, Ukrainian politics

Dr Adrian Florea

Lecturer in International Relations, School of Social and Political Science (CEES)

Research Interests: Civil war and ethnic conflict, Secessionism, Rebel governance, Violence and political contention, State (un)making, International security

Dr Eamonn Butler

Senior Lecturer, School of Social and Political Science (CEES)

Research Interests: European Union; Euro-Atlantic Integration, Security and International Relations in Central and Eastern Europe, energy security, security institutions.

University of Tartu

Dr Heiko Pääbo

Dr Heiko Pääbo is the Head of the Centre for Baltic Studies and lecturer at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu.

His research focuses on politics of memory, specializing on history teaching and textbook analysis. He has published several articles on conflicting memory narratives in the space of former Russian Empire and critical analysis of Estonian history textbooks. He offers various courses on politics in the Baltic Sea region. In the CEERES programme he is the key instructor in the course introduction

Dr Stefano Braghiroli

Dr Stefano Braghiroli is Lecturer of European Studies at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu.

He is also programme manager for the MA curriculum in European Union – Russia Studies and MA curriculum in European Studies at UT. He has worked as a research affiliate at the Centre for the Study of Political Change (CIRCaP) of the University of Siena, at the ARENA Centre for European Studies of the University of Oslo and at the Bahçeşehir University Center for Economic and Social Research (BETAM), Istanbul. His main research and teaching interests include party politics in the European Parliament, EU-Russia relations, comparative electoral behavior, and party-based euroscepticism. His most recent publications include articles in Geopolitics, the Journal of Contemporary European Studies, the Journal of Legislative Studies, Contemporary Italian Politics, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, and Revista de Occidente and various book chapters.

Prof Eiki Berg

Prof Eiki Berg is Professor of International Relations at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu. He is also programme manager for the MA curriculum in International Relations and Regional Studies at UT.

His previous research has focused on critical geopolitics and the studies of borders and border regions, in particular. Among his recent research activities, studies about territoriality and sovereignty issues in contested states have gained more prominence. He has also published widely in leading peer-reviewed journals on bordering practices, identity politics and power-sharing in post-conflict settings.

Professor Viacheslav Morozov

Professor Viacheslav Morozov is Professor of EU-Russia Studies at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu. He chairs the Council of the UT's Centre for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS) and the Programme Committee of the Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies.

Professor Morozov works on issues of Russian national identity and foreign policy. His book Russia and the Others: Identity and Boundaries of a Political Community (Moscow: NLO Books, 2009) introduces neo-Gramscian theory of hegemony to Russian identity studies. His more recent research aims to reveal how Russia’s political and social development has been conditioned by the country’s position in the international system. This approach has been laid out in his most recent monograph Russia’s Postcolonial Identity: A Subaltern Empire in a Eurocentric World (Palgrave, 2015). His current teaching portfolio includes the following courses: International Relations, Russian Foreign Policy, Russian Economy, Political Systems in Post-Soviet Space. Professor Morozov is a member of the Program on New Approaches to Research and Security in Eurasia (PONARS Eurasia), based at George Washington University.

Dr Vello Pettai

Dr Vello Pettai is Professor of Comparative Politics at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu. He is director of the V-Dem Regional Centre for Eastern Europe and Russia. He is also programme manager for the MA curriculum in Democracy and Governance at UT.

His research interests are in comparative politics, democratization, party systems, ethnopolitics. Fields of supervision: democratization, transnational justice, Baltic politics, nationalism and ethnopolitics, parties and party systems.

Dr Martin Mӧlder

Dr Martin Mӧlder is a researcher in comparative politics at the Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu.

His research focuses on political parties and their ideological profiles, but he is also interested in quantitative text analysis in various fields related to politics. He teaches classes in quantitative methods (with R), voting behaviour and democratic institutions.

Ilia State University

Dr Giorgi Gvalia

Dr Giorgi Gvalia is a Professor of Politics and International Relations and Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences.

In 2000-2004 Giorgi Gvalia studied International Relations at the School of International Law and International Relations at the School of Social and Political Sciences at Tbilisi State University. In 2013 he earned his PhD in Political Science from Ilia State University. In 2012-2013 he worked as Deputy Dean at the School of Business at Ilia State University. Since 2013 he is acting Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Politics and International Relations. In 2001 he was an invited researcher at the School of Global Politics at Arizona State University in the United States. Besides academic positions he has worked at several state and non-state institutions, including Georgian Foundations for Strategic and International Studies and National Security Council of Georgia. Research Interests: Theories of International Relations, Foreign Policies of Small States, Alliances in International Relations, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, Europeanization in the Post-Soviet Space, Russian Foreign Policy.

Dr Timothy Blauvelt

Dr Timothy Blauvelt has been Associate Professor of Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies at Ilia State University since 2011, and became full Professor in June 2018.

Prior to this he taught Soviet Political History at Tbilisi State University for five years. He initially came to Georgia to conduct research for his PhD dissertation in 1999-2000 (which he defended at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2001), and returned as a Fulbright visiting professor in 2002-3. He has also been Country Director in Georgia for American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS since 2003. He has published numerous articles about Russian and Soviet, and Caucasus political history, clientalism, nationality policy and nationalism, and language policy and language attitudes in Ab Imperio, Europe-Asia Studies, Communist & Post-Communist Studies, Kritika, Nationalities Papers, War & History, Revolutionary Russia, The Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Caucasus Survey, and Central Asian Survey.

Dr Oliver Reisner

Dr Oliver Reisner - a Jean Monnet Professor in European & Caucasian Studies at Ilia State University since 2016, teaches courses for BA, MA and PhD students with majors in “European Studies” and “Caucasian Studies.”

In 2000 he graduated with a Dr. phil. in Eastern European History, Slavic Studies and Medieval and Modern History from Georg August University Goettingen (Germany). 2000 – 2003 he prepared and coordinated a MA program “Central Asia/Caucasus” at the Department for Central Asian Studies at Humboldt University in Berlin. 2003 – 2005 as a human rights program manager for World Vision Georgia he implemented a civic integration project in Samtskhe-Javakheti and Kvemo Kartli regions of Georgia. 2005 – 2015 as project manager at the EU Delegation to Georgia he dealt with democratisation, minority, education, youth, labour and social affairs. In 25 years of research on Russian, Georgian, Caucasian history and contemporary affairs in theory and practice he covered topics of 1) Nation-building and identity in the Caucasus during the 19th and 20th centuries; 2) Memory studies on dealing with the Soviet past in Georgia and the Caucasus; 3) History of Caucasian Studies as area studies and 4) the role of religion in Georgia.

Professor Nino Javakhishvili

Professor Nino Javakhishvili is a professional psychologist of twenty five years standing, with research background in social sciences.

Nino Javakhishvili has received experience in studies and research in social sciences at the universities of Oxford (1996-1997), Hatfield (1999) UK; Saarbrucken (2002, 2009, 2011) Germany; Waseda (2010), Japan Rutgers, UCLA (2005-2009), Miami (2017-2018), USA. Professor Javakhishvili was invited to provide talks and master classes at the universities of Vienna, Austria, Tuscia, Italy, Helsinki, Finland, Granada, Spain, Glasgow, UK, Paris, France, Thessaloniki, Greece. Professor Javakhishvili teaches at Ilia State University and leads a program of social psychology at master as well as doctoral levels. Nino Javakhishvili publishes internationally, as well as locally. Main findings and recommendations of Professor Javakhishvili were provided to such governmental and nongovernmental agencies, as: The Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia, The Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia, State Social Welfare Agency, World Bank, USAID, SIDA, UNIFEM/UN Women, UNFPA, EBRD and others. Research Interests: Social and Personality Psychology, Prejudice, Gender Equality, Gender Based Violence.

Dr Davit Aprasidze

Dr Davit Aprasidze graduated from Ivane Javakhishvili State University Faculty of International Law and International Relations in 1998.

Received his PhD degree in political science from the University of Hamburg in Germany in 2003. At different times, was Dean of School of Arts and Sciences and Dean of school of graduate and doctoral programmes. Has worked at Georgian Public Broadcaster, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Internal Affairs. Additionally, has experience of working in non-governmental organizations. Is consultant to the regional office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation. Was awarded Fulbright scholarship to conduct research at Duke University, North Carolina, US in 2009-2010. Was a research fellow at the Institute for Peace Studies and Security Policy, Hamburg, Germany during 2000-2004. Research Interests: post-Soviet transformation, democratization, political institutions, foreign policy decision making.

Professor David Darchiashvili

Professor David Darchiashvili – after graduation from the history department, Tbilisi State University, in 1991 he defended candidate dissertation and started lecturing in modern history of Russia. In parallel, in 1993-2004, Darchiashvili worked at the Caucasus Institute for Peace, Democracy and Development, as a researcher.Getting interested in theory of international relations and civil-military relations, he participated in numerous international projects and conferences dedicated to those fields. In 2002 he defended another PhD dissertation in the field of political science. In 2002-2003 he visited Caucasus-Central Asia Institute, SAIS, John Hopkins University, Washington DC. As a visiting Fulbright scholar. Darchiashvili is a full professor at Ilia State University since 2005. In 2004-2008 he was an executive director of the Open Society Georgia Foundation. In 2008-2016 he was a member of the Georgian Parliament.

Professor Dimitri Japaridze

Professor Dimitri Japaridze - From 2006 Dimitri Japaridze was engaged in the academic sector as Associate Professor of Economics at Ilia State University. In 2012 he became a full Professor.

In 2008-2009 he had managed the Academy of Sports and in 2009-2010 was elected as a Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law. For many years, he had pursued various trainings and qualification programs in business, banking, finance and trade fields in the 20 European and US universities. He is also successful participant of various EU projects. In 2013 he was awarded scholarships to conduct research at Cambridge University and in 2015 at Kentucky State University. In 2016 he was an invited researcher at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in New York. Prof Japaridze has also participated in many international conferences as a keynote speaker. At present he serves as Director of the Institute of Economics and Business at Ilia State University and a Speaker of the Representative Council. Research Interests: The spheres of his primary research interests are SMEs, Entrepreneurship, Tourism, Strategic Management, Development Economic, Rural Development, EU Economic Integration, Global Political Economy, Economy of the South Caucasus, etc.

Dr Natalia Pevnaya

Dr Natalia Pevnaya graduated from the Faculty of Journalism at Tbilisi Iv. Javakhishvili State University in 1984.

Since 1986 to 2006 worked as teacher at the Russian Language Department and the Department of Russian Language and Literature Teaching Techniques (Pushkin State Pedagogical Institute in Tbilisi, S-S Orbeliani State Pedagogical University, Ilia Chavchavadze State University). Since 2006 to the present time works at the Ilia State University as a teacher of the Language Centre at the Department of Art and Science. Dr Pevnaya earner her PhD in Slavic languages with a specific research over ‘fluctuation of a constant’ in 2004 (The Concept of ‘Loneliness’ in Modern Russian Language). She has participated in numerous trainings and courses on actual problems in teaching modern Russian as a foreign language. Research Interests: Connection of the human mind with language, mental procedures for generating and perceiving speech, modeling the cognitive process of categorization and conceptualization of the modern world.

Dr Nino Pavlenishvili

Dr Nino Pavlenishvili graduated from the Faculty of Physics, Tbilisi State University, defended her PhD in Physics and Mathematics.

Later she graduated from the School of International Relations and Law (concentration on IR), Georgian Institute of Public Affairs and was awarded with Cum Laude Diploma. Nino was doctorate student at the Department of Political Science/IR, Illinois State University (USA). Since 2011 she is part of Ilia State University first as an assistant professor and then associate professor of Political Science. Nino has significant teaching experience (10 years at the Physics Department, TSU and 7 years at the Political Science Department, ISU). She delivered the course of Ethnic Conflicts in Comparative Perspective at University of Helsinki, Finland. Research Interests: Field of Political Science/IR, specifically, ethnic conflicts, conflict transformation, resolution and peace process.

Corvinus University of Budapest

Dr Sándor Gallai

Sándor Gallai is an Associate Professor at the Corvinus University of Budapest, where he also serves as the Director of the Institute for Political Science.

He teaches various courses in political science; his seminar on the East Central European post-communist transformation is one of the two compulsory courses offered to the CEERES students at Corvinus. Besides teaching, he also worked for three different think tanks in various positions. His main fields of research are governance and public policy, post-communist transformation, East Central Europe political systems, and the political impacts of migration.

Dr Zoltan Balazs

Professor of Political Science (Corvinus University of Budapest) and Senior Research Fellow (Political Science Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences).

His main research interests are axiology in political theory, literature and politics, conservative political philosophy, and the thought of Aurel Kolnai. He publishes in English and Hungarian. His most recent English monograph is The Principle of the Separation of Powers: A Defense (Rowan and Littlefield, 2016)

Dr Balázs Dobos

Research fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social Sciences (Budapest, Hungary).

Balázs Dobos obtained MA degrees in history and political science at the Eӧtvӧs Loránd University and PhD in political science at the Corvinus University of Budapest. Since 2007, he has been working as a research associate at the Centre for Social Sciences in Budapest. He teaches courses about 20th century political and social history, as well as courses on ethnic conflict and minority policies in East Central Europe at Corvinus. His research field mainly concerns the political and legal situation, political participation and representation of national and ethnic minorities through various channels in the region, in particular non-territorial cultural autonomies and Roma political mobilization.

Dr Katalin Farkas-Bede

Associate Professor, Corvinus University of Budapest, Institute for Political Science. Liaison Officer for IMCEERES at Corvinus.

Graduated from Eӧtvӧs Loránd University (M.A. in English and Spanish) and Central Missouri State University, USA (M.A. TESL). Holding the PhD since 2005 (Linguistics) though stated working for Corvinus in 1986. Her field is pragmatics: speech act theory and implicature, language behaviour in sociology, PDA, radicalism, dictatorships and the Anglosphere.

Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod

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Dr Irina Leonova

Director of the International Affairs Department, Lobachevsky University, Russia PhD (Candidate of Sciences) in Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Faculty of Social Sciences (Lobachevsky University).

She has Master Degree in Economics from the University of Calabria (Cosenza, Italy, 2006) and M.Sc. from the Bocconi University (Milan, Italy, 2007). Dr. Leonova has extensive experience in multinational companies and large-scale projects. First, from 2007 up to 2010 she worked as HR manager in the international company «Enel» (Italy): she was leading the recruitment for Russian market and doing the integration management within «Enel Russia» company. From 2010 up to 2015 as a Deputy Head of the Department of International Cooperation of the Transport Directorate of the Olympic Games, she was one of the key persons for cooperation with IOC experts on the organization of transport during the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014. As a head of international office at UNN from 2016 and as a head of the International Affairs Department from 2018 onwards she manages a number of projects in research and academic areas implemented by UNN in cooperation with international partners from all over the world. Her research fields are Sociology of Management, University Management, Cross-cultural management, International Relations, Change Management.

Roman Golubin

Candidate of Sciences in History and Political Sociology. Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Lobachevsky University.

Head of the Scientific School on Social Safety. Member of Russian Council for International Affairs. Participant of Tourism Education, Research, and Industry Outreach Seminar in Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute, University of Florida; participant of workshop Online and Distance Learning in College of Health and Human Performance, University of Florida.

Prof. Sergei Sudin

Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences for International Affairs, Professor in Sociology, Department of General Sociology and Social Work, Faculty of Social Sciences at the Lobachevsky University.

Active participant of all departments’ projects, including the Tempus project “Modernizing of Social Work Education in Russia” in collaboration with University of Siegen (Germany), Democritus University of Thrace (Greece) and Lincoln University (UK) (2009-2012). Participant of numerous assignments in Germany, Great Britain, France, Greece including funded by Eranet Mundus program and DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service).

KIMEP University

Dr. Jiri Melich

Dr. Jiri Melich is the Associate Professor, specializing in interdisciplinary comparative Politics and East-European studies.

He has also published in international prestigious journals on issues of post-communist transformation, Central Asian politics, and global affairs.