UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)




Each academic runs a project on behalf of FRINGE and is responsible for a range of outputs relating to their project, including workshops and publications. Friends of FRINGE are a network of individuals who help with the forward planning of the centre, the editing of the FRINGE series and the evaluation of new project proposals.

Director: Peter Zusi
Founding Director: Prof Alena Ledeneva
Coordinator: Akosua Bonsu  


Dr Tim Beasley-Murray, Senior Lecturer in European Thought and Culture, UCL SSEES
Dr Michal Murawski, Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, Queen Mary University 
Dr Tomas Cvrcek, Lecturer In Economics, UCL SSEES
Dr Filipa Figueira, Teaching Fellow in Economics and Business, UCL SSEES
Dr Maria Rubins, Senior Lecturer in Russian Literature, UCL SSEES
Dr Titus Hjelm, Reader in Sociology, UCL SSEES
Dr Diana Georgescu, Lecturer in Transnational/Comparative South-east European Studies, UCL SSEES
Dr Eric Gordy, Senior Lecturer in Southeast European Politics, UCL SSEES
Dr Udo Grashoff, DAAD Francis L. Carsten Lecturer in Modern German History, UCL SSEES
Dr Philippa Hetherington, Lecturer in Modern Eurasian History, UCL SSEES


  • Clementine Cecil, Executive Director, Pushkin House.
  • Dorothy Feaver, Producer, editor & writer, BBC
  • Lucy Ash, Presenter BBC Radio Current Affairs
  • Bo Rothstein,  Professor of Government and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government and Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College.
  • Adrian Stone, Director, Alaco
  • Dr. Charlotte Shaw, Head of Research, Phenomen 
  • Dr Ilya Permyakov, Director, Phenomen 
  • Ruth Mandel, Vice-Dean International, Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences, UCL
  • Pete Duncan, Senior Lecturer in Russian Politics and Society, UCL
  • Colin Marx, Lecturer in Land Planning and Management, UCL Bartlett 
  • Dr. Stephanie Bird, Lecturer in German & Director of UCL School of European Languages, Culture & Society, UCL SELCS
  • Prof. Jan Kubik, Professor & SSEES Director
  • Prof. Tamar Garb, Professor in the History of Art & Director of UCL Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Dr Gemma Angel, UCL IAS Junior Research Fellow (2015/2016)
  • Dr Laurent Dissard, UCL IAS Junior Research Fellow (2015/2016)
  • Dr Ellen Filor, UCL IAS Junior Research Fellow (2015/2016)
  • Dr Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed, UCL IAS Junior Research Fellow (2015/2016)
  • Professor Stuart Elden, UCL IAS Visiting Senior Research Fellows (2015/2016)
  • Rilka Dragneva-Lewers, Reader in Law, Development and Regional Integration. 
  • Magda Buchczyk, Senior Research Associate, University of Bristol.
  • Ruzica Simic Banovic, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb
  • Bernhard Reinsberg, Post-doctoral Research Associate, Cambridge 
  • Anastassia Forquenot De La Fortelle, Professor of Russian and Literature, UNIL, University of Lausanne
  • Egle Rindzeviciute, Lecturer Criminology Sociology, Kingston University, London 
  • Dace Dzenovska, Associate Professor in Anthropology of Migration, Oxford
  • Rossen Djagalov, Assistant Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies, New York University 
  • Sven Horak, Assistant Professor of Management, St. John's University, New York
  • Vesna Popovski, Research Officer at London School of Economics, Research on South Eastern Europe
  • Saadi Lahlou, Professor, Department of Social Psychology, London School of Economics 
  • Mayfair Yang, Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Yoshiko Herrera, Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Caroline Humphrey, Professor of Collaborative Anthropology (2006-2010), University of Cambridge
  • Nicolette Makovicky, Lecturer in Russian and East European Studies, Oxford University.
  • Tom StottorEditor of History and Politics, I.B.Tauris Publishing House
  • Jessica Pisano, Associate Professor of Politics, New School NYC
  • Magda Raczynska, Head of Literature
, Polish Cultural Institute London
  • Lesya Myata, PR and Project Coordinator (Russia), Calvert22
  • Dr. Stevphen Shukaitis, Senior Lecturer in Culture & Organization, University of Essex
  • Dr. Klara Kemp-Welch, Lecturer in 20th Century Modernism, The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Laurence Cockcroft, Professional career as Development Economist, Former chairman of Transparency International (UK), author of 'Global Corruption: Money, Power and Ethics’ (2012) and co-author of 'Unmasked: Corruption in the West’ (2016)