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Post-Soviet Tensions: A Training Programme in Post-Soviet Affairs for Early Career Researchers.

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Marie Curie Actions (MCA) are a funding instrument for researcher training and mobility under the “People” Programme of the EU Seventh Framework Programme. "Post-Soviet Tensions" is an Initial Training Network (ITN) under the Marie Curie Actions.

About the Project

The main aim of this project is to create the next generation of experts on post-Soviet affairs and make them competitive for employment in both the public and private sector.

This will be made possible thanks to a highly-targeted training in this research programme that will enhance participants' research skills, together with a first-hand experience with a partner operating in a market environment, where the researchers will learn about the applicability of their skills to different fields and sectors.

The above activities will also assist the establishment, and sustainability, of an interdisciplinary and intersectorial research and training environment on post-Soviet affairs that we expect to become a leading voice on issues related to post-Soviet affairs, both in academia and the private sector.

The project started on May 1st 2013 and will last for four years.


"Tensions” is a term to be understood in a broad sense in the post-Soviet context, where tensions may be latent, dormant, managed and contained, or erupting. They may also be political, social, domestic and international. We will examine tensions in different contexts, regions, segments of the society and between different actors. Tensions between the state and the citizens, ethnic groups and states, states and non state actors, and between different ethnic, social or economic groups.

The PhD fellows will register in the university and will be governed by the regulations, including language requirements, of that university (in principle, the doctoral thesis can be submitted in English in all our partner universities but course work language has to be negotiated with the university). They will undertake coursework within their host university, typically during their first year. In addition all the PhD students will meet at workshops, summer and winter schools and conferences two to three times per year, where more specialised and collective graduate training will be undertaken.

All students are required to undertake fieldwork in the region. In addition doctoral students, will spend time in one of the private sector partners (to specialise in one of the following: consulting for the public and private sector, information and publishing, social research for private companies). They are expected to complete their Doctoral studies in early 2017.


This Initial Training Network is Funded by a FP7/Marie Curie ITN action and coordinated by Dublin City University, School of Law and Government.


Full partners:

Dublin City University (Coordinator)
University of Oslo, Department of Literature, Area Studies and European Languages
University of St Andrews, School of International Relations
Forschungsstelle Osteuropa - Research Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen
Tallinn University, Institute of Political Science and Governance
University of Warsaw, Institute of International Relations

Associate partners:

Caucasus InterConnect (the Netherlands)
GeoWel Research (Georgia)
Ibidem Verlag (Germany)
Levada Centre (Russia)
SIAR Research (Kyrgyzstan)
Transitions Online (the Czech Republic)
Office for a democratic Belarus (Belarus)

Published Dec. 5, 2013 10:14 AM - Last modified Apr. 16, 2020 5:43 PM