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AREA METHODS VIRTUAL TOUR:

REFLECTIONS ON FIELDWORK IN EASTERN EUROPE AND RUSSIA

This guide is designed to assist postgraduate students in their research projects on Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. This is a Learning Space where you can find ideas and possible approaches to challenges you encounter during the research process. We were convinced that postgraduate students need easy-to-access sources that bridge the gap between research methods textbooks and the ‘realities’ of the research process.

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WHO WE ARE / OUR CASE STUDIES & METHODS

We are or were CEELBAS postdoctoral research fellows

Ulrike Ziemer spent eight months in Krasnodar (Russia) for her doctoral research on the complex processes of identity formation and cultural experiences amongst young people from ethnic minorities in contemporary Russia. As postdoctoral research fellow she spent two months in Rostov (Russia) and one month in Nagorno Karabakh conducting research on transnationalism and diasporic youth. Read More... Ulrike Ziemer
Charlie Walker Charles Walker spent six months in Ul’ianovsk (Russia) for his doctoral research on the changing nature of working-class youth transitions in the post-Soviet context. He followed up this study with two additional case studies in Saint Petersburg, Russia (2 months) and in Vilnius, Lithuania (2 months). Read more...
Richard Connolly spent two months between Moscow (Russia), Tartu (Estonia) and Tallinn (Estonia) conducting research on the relationship between economic structure and institutional development. This research involved a number of interviews with leading figures from government, the Estonian Central Bank, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), political parties and business organisations. Read more... Dr Richard Connolly
Robert Pyrah Robert Pyrah has conducted extensive historical, archive-based research in Poland, Ukraine and Austria. Robert spent twelve months in Vienna (for earlier doctoral work), and subsequently spent several months in total in Warsaw and L’viv, with additional research visits to manuscript collections in Katowice and Wrocław, Poland. Read more..
Nat Copsey conducted extensive field research using qualitative methods (primarily interviews and focus groups) for political science in Poland (Warsaw and Lublin) in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008; and in Ukraine (Kyiv and Lviv) in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In an initial research project in both Poland and Ukraine, he was investigating the question of the relationship between informed public opinion and the making of foreign policy, and, in a subsequent project he looked at Poland's capacity to influence the EU policy agenda. Read more... Nat Copsey

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