Principal Investigator
2015 - 2018

CASPIAN is a doctoral training to produce the next generation of experts on the Caspian region in order to establish, and make sustainable, a network of excellence. This will be achieved through an integrated PhD programme on the Caspian that boosts the researchers’ theoretical, empirical and administrative skills, a thing that will make them extremely competitive for employment in both academic and non-academic sectors but also confident and knowledgeable enough to start their own projects. The training will enhance the research skills of the ESRs while also giving them a first-hand experience with a partner operating in a different environment, thus learning how to apply their skills to different fields and sectors. We expect our network and training to become a leading voice on issues related to the Caspian region both in academia and other sectors. The project encompasses the introduction of joint PhD programs in Caspian studies. A total of 15 PhD students have been admitted to the program. Non-academic actors will engage the students as interns for enhancing their practical skills and capabilities in working with non-governmental sector, especially in working with non-academic research institutions.

Partners: Dublin City University (overall coordination), Ghent University (Universiteit Gent), Tallinn University of Technology (Tallinna Tehnikaülikool), Oxford Brookes University, University of Saint Andrews,  Universidade de Cohimbra ‒ Centro de Estudios Sociais and the Forschungsstelle Osteuropa at Universität Bremen..

Number of research fellows at Ghent University’s Department for Conflict and Development Studies under this project: 2.