Russian and East European Studies

Expansion of REES Language Training (East European languages)

Dr. Anna Pleshakova has been awarded a CEELBAS grant for the project ‘Expansion of REES Language Training (East European languages)’. This project aims at the development of REES courses in four East European languages: Polish, Czech, Serbian and Ukrainian, using the resources available through the CEELBAS language repository and collaboration with UCL and other CEELBAS partner-universities and beyond. For further information, please email

Economic transition and inequalities in health in the Russian Federation, 1998-2008: John Fell OUP Research Fund: Apr 08 - Mar 09

In the 1990s Russia experienced a deep economic recession, culminating in the crisis of 1998, and profound systemic change. Real GDP dropped by 40 %, whereas poverty, inequality, alcohol consumption and psycho-social stress increased. Due to the crisis and the lagged impacts of adverse health conditions, the rates of many important illnesses rose substantially. Real spending on health declined and the direct costs to the population of medical care and medicines rose. Exclusion from medical care of the low income population increased.

'Re-making the Gorale: Regional Identity, European Union cultural policy and new models of 'entrepreneurial' citizenship in the Carpathian borderlands’: AHRC Early Career Fellowship Award: June 11-Feb 12.

Dr Nicolette Makovicky has been awarded an AHRC Early Career Fellowship for the project 'Re-making the Gorale: Regional Identity, European Union cultural policy and new models of 'entrepreneurial' citizenship in the Carpathian borderlands'. The fellowship will run from June 1, 2011 until February, 2012.

Dr Anna Pleshakova

REES Head of Language Studies and Teaching Fellow

I am engaged in research in the fields of cognitive linguistics, cognitive poetics, critical discourse studies, multimodal communication studies and cultural studies, especially on multimodal analysis and conceptual integration/blending analysis of Russian media discourse. My interests range from meaning construction in (multimodal)  discourse, analysis of metaphor, counter-factuality, viewpoint and meta-parody in media discourse to the use of cognitive linguistics methods  in interdisciplinary research and interdisciplinary learning in social sciences and humanities.

Professor Roy Allison

Professor Roy Allison
Professor of Russian and Eurasian International Relations

I joined the School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies (SIAS) in 2011 from a Readership in International Relations at the London School of Economics. I was a doctoral student and an ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at St. Antony's College, Oxford; a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham (1987-99) and Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) (1993-2005).

Coalitional Presidentialism Project


The project is motivated by the surprising sustainability of multiparty presidentialism in Africa, Latin America, and postcommunist Europe.

Despite predictions to the contrary, presidents have been remarkably successful at winning legislative support from fragmented legislatures. The project has two principal objectives: (1) to identify the tools that presidents use to govern in concert with multiparty legislatures and (2) to assess the effects of these tools on horizontal accountability in new democracies.


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