UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Professors Mark Galeotti and Anne White elected to Academy of Social Sciences

14 October 2021

Alongside four other UCL academics, Professor White and Professor Galeotti of SSEES have been made Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences, in recognition of their work addressing some of the major challenges facing communities, society, places and economies.

Mark Galeotti and Anne White

The Academy of Social Sciences Fellowship comprises 1,400 social scientists from academia, private and third sectors. New Fellows are recognised after an independent peer process for the impact of their cross-disciplinary work and their wider contributions to the social sciences for public benefit.

Professor Mark Galeotti, Honorary Professor, was elected in connection to his work on contemporary Russia, about which he has published numerous books including The Vory (Yale University Press, 2018) and We Need to Talk about Putin (Ebury Press, 2019). His next book, The Weaponisation of Everything (Yale University Press), is a study of the changing nature of modern conflict and will be published in February 2022. He is also working on a survey of Russia’s military since 1991 and a deep dive into the security and intelligence services and their impact on Russian politics and society.

Professor Galeotti said: “It is obviously always affirming to receive the recognition of my peers. As an interdisciplinary scholar whose work sprawls across politics, history, criminology and security studies, it is especially encouraging to be welcomed into the Fellowship, recognising that the study of society in all its forms is often by necessity something best approached from an eclectic perspective.

“At a time when artificial boundaries are too often being erected between the quantitative and the qualitative, between this theoretical school and that, it is important that the Academy of Social Sciences continues to uphold a British tradition of combining scholarly rigour with openness and imagination.”

Professor Anne White (UCL Slavonic & East European Studies - SSEES) has been researching and teaching social change and migration in Central and Eastern Europe since the 1980s, focusing particularly on Poland and Russia. Her work straddles sociology, anthropology, politics, history and geography and she created and continues to organise/run? the Polish Migration Website, a hub for international multidisciplinary migration studies research.

Professor White said: “I’m grateful to BASEES, the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies, for my nomination to the Academy. As a migration researcher, I’m particularly happy to have been elected to the Fellowship. Social scientists need to club together to present evidence-based arguments to the public and dispel the migration myths peddled by too many politicians and journalists.”