Nigel Swain graduated in Social and Political Sciences at the University of Cambridge in 1973. His PhD, also from Cambridge, examined the social and economic forces underlying Hungary's relatively successful collectivisation of agriculture. In the 1980s he worked outside the academic sector as a computer programmer and systems analyst, but returned to university life after the Berlin Wall was breached.
- Visiting fellowship (10 months) (Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 2003)
Other Personal Distinctions
- Invitation to act as external advisor for international agrarianism research project (Research Centre for Economic and Social History of East Central Europe, European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) - Germany, 2007)
- Invitation to participate in international research project on collectivisation (Central European University, Budapest and Berliner Kolleg für Vergleichende Geschichte Europas, 2006)
- Invitation to participate in Balzan research project (Birkbeck College, London, 2005)