Perspectives into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

With the unfolding events following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, our expert researchers are sharing their insight and research commentary on issues affecting Ukraine and the rest of the world - including international sanctions, migration and displacement and the economy.

Find out more about our experts covering the crisis

NameTitleArea of focus
Jenny Allsopp Birmingham Fellow
(Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology)
Youth migration
Social policy of migration and asylum
Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay Professor of Economics Leadership in times of conflict
John Bryson Chair in Enterprise and Economic Geography Cyber security
National security
International relations
Economy of war
Tereza Capelos Director of the Institute for Conflict Cooperation and Security Determinants of political judgements
Role of emotions and values on radicalisation
Political trust, cooperation and conflict
Civic engagement and media use
David H Dunn Professor in International Politics Security policy
Use of force in diplomacy
Nuclear and arms strategy
NATO and European securoty
Sara Fregonese Associate Professor of Political Geography Urban conflict
The role of cities in geopolitics
Charlotte Galpin Associate Professor in German and European Politics National identity
EU citizenship
Tim Haughton Reader in European Politics Politics of Central and Eastern Europe
Party politics
Political campaigning in Eastern Europe
Karen Schouw Iversen Teaching Fellow in Development Cooperation Humanitarian aid provision
Jenny Phillimore Professor of Migration and Superdiversity Forced migration
Border laws
Immigration protocol
Patrick Porter Professor of International Security and Strategy Power politics
Causes and consequences of decline in power
Foreign and defence policies
International security
Nando Sigona Chair of International Migration and Forced Displacement Refugees
Migration governance
Asylum seekers
Immigration and identity
Graham Timmins Reader in International Politics European integration
Foreign policy role of the EU
EU-Russia politics
Mark Webber Professor of International Politics Security policy
International summitry
Nick Wheeler Professor of International Relations Trust and international relations
International conflict
International security
Trust between nuclear armed states
Kataryna Wolczuk Professor of East European Politics Relations between EU and post-Soviet states
Integration in post-Soviet space
Nationalism and national identity in post-communist countries
Cultural politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
Foreign, security and development policy
Stefan Wolff Professor of International Security Negotiations in war
International diplomacy
International security

UK government's response to refugee crisis is too little, too confused, too slow

Professor Nando Sigona

The UK, despite government rhetoric of "generosity" has been underwhelming and out of step with the rest of Europe in relation to supporting Ukrainian refugees.

Read the full article in the Birmingham Brief

Refugees walking along railroad tracks

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Response to Ukraine crisis must protect women and children

Dr Sandra Pertek, Professor Jenny Phillimore
14 March 2022

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Professor Sara Jones, Dr Maren Rohe
21 March 2022

Support for staff and students from the University of Birmingham 

We understand that the situation in Ukraine and Russia may be distressing for our staff and students, particularly those with family, friends or other connections who may be affected. We are closely monitoring the situation and are reaching out to members of our community who are directly impacted, including those currently working and studying in the wider region, to offer and provide support. If you are concerned regarding any staff or students who may be in the region or affected, then please let us know as a matter of urgency. We also strongly encourage all staff and students to follow the latest Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) advice.

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