Ethnicity, nationalism and state-formation in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and post-Soviet space.
Diasporas, minorities, kin-states and their impact on geopolitics of their regions.
Conceptual, empirical and normative questions about citizenship, borders and national self-determination in contemporary Europe.
The changing context of minority politics.
BRITISH ACADEMY (UK)
September 2004 - June 2005
Ethnic politics in post-communist Europe and a new research agenda for studies of ethnicity
BRITISH ACADEMY (UK)
September 2010 - September 2012
Centre for Russsian, Central aand East European Studies
Project: KINPOL: Observatory on Kin-State Policies
External: University of Glasgow
This research platform brings together a network of practitioners and academic researchers with expertise in kin-state policies, their nature and limits as well as relations between kin-states, kin-minorities, homelands and international organisations
Project: Borders, sovereignty and self-determination in contemporary Europe
For some, the European Union and the broader framework of European security and human rights have lowered the threshold and costs of independence. Others look beyond the nation-state model in which sovereignty is pooled and shared at multiple levels. Neither the states nor the EU as a whole have developed consistent normative and legal principles for dealing with these challenges. The project, which will include the disciplines of political science, international relations and law, addresses these linked issues, through new conceptualizations and approaches to borders and self-determination in contemporary Europe.
Professor Simon Maskel
Project: Pilot Project: Computational and Holistic Social Science for Understanding Conflict
This project seeks to develop an holistic understanding of conflict that spans the physical and social sciences with a view to building decision support tools that help to make good strategic decisions related to conflict (for example, radicalisation).