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Galina Yemelianova

Senior Lecturer in Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham

A Historian of the Middle East by background, Galina M.Yemelianova has been researching and teaching history and contemporary politics in the Middle East and Muslim Eurasia for more than two decades. Since 2008, she has headed the University of Birmingham Research Group on the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Between 1996 and 2010 Dr Yemelianova successfully managed and conducted eight large research projects on the history and contemporary ethno-religious situation in various regions of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, funded by the British Academy, The Leverhulme Trust, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Nuffield Foundation, the European Commission and the British Council. Her research was based on extensive field-work in Muslim-populated region of the former Soviet Union. Her research team included academics from the Caucasus, Central Asia and Russia.

Since April 2010 Dr Yemelianova has led and managed an international project ‘Innovative Teaching and Research through Academic Partnership’ between the University of Birmingham and the Kazakh-British Technical University (KBTU, Almaty, Kazakhstan), funded by the British Council.

Beyond academia, Dr Yemelianova regularly consult government and international organisations, as well as think-tanks, particularly on political, ethno-national and religious dynamic in Central Asia, the Caucasus and Muslim-populated regions of Russia.

Dr Yemelianova has provided regular interviews and expert comments to relevant TV and radio programmes ( Television News, Sky News, Radio 1’s World at One, BBC World Service) andperiodicals(see link to her latest interview to newspaper PULSE in January 2012), as well as interviews to radio and TV programmes and periodicals in Bulgaria, Kazakhstan and Russia and Sweden.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham