Research Student: Christopher Fermor
United in Diversity? Europe, priorities, and the exercise of Russian Federation power 2008-2016 (provisional)
After completing my first degree in Modern Languages (French and Spanish) at Balliol College, University of Oxford, I worked for 14 years in the NGO sector, including seven years in international human rights organisations.
I then completed an M.A. International Relations (University of Leeds, 2011-12), awarded Distinction. After a further three years in the charity development field, I began my PhD, researching Europe-Russia relations, awarded a University Research Scholarship.
What motivated me to undertake PhD study?
I am motivated, fundamentally, by a desire to engage with socio-political dynamics underlying human suffering, played out in domestic and international political realms – in this work with specific reference to the interface between Europe and Russia.
What makes me passionate about my subject?
Russia-Europe relations will remain of significant importance in the development of international relations. Engaging with the dynamics of conflicting interests, and differing perspectives within European political thought, will aid in the evaluation of approaches to ongoing crises.