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Dr Victoria Hudson

Research Fellow


Victoria Hudson is British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (January 2016-2019) in the Department of War Studies, researching for a project entitled ‘Russia’s Renewal of Cultural Influence and Attraction Abroad: A Comparative Study of Audience Receptivity to Russian Soft Power in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Estonia’.

The study builds upon her doctoral research at University of Birmingham, where she successfully completed a thesis on the civilisational aspects on Russian soft power in contemporary Ukraine. In addition to engagement with the relevant bodies of IR and critical security theory, the thesis also demanded a significant tranche of fieldwork to be completed in-country, which entailed conducting surveys and focus groups across four cities of Ukraine, in addition to expert interviews in Moscow. During this time, Victoria also enjoyed a fruitful visit to the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, within the framework of the ESRC’s Overseas Institutional Visit initiative.

Research interests:

  • Ideology, nationalism, identity
  • Russia, Ukraine, Europe
  • Soft power and public diplomacy
  • Communication , mediaDiscourse theory and analysis


PhD, Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES), University of Birmingham (2014)

MA Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham (2008) 

MSc Security Studies, University of Wales Aberystwyth (2003)

BSc German and European Studies, Aston University. Birmingham (2002) 


Victoria has previously taught at University of Birmingham, University of Leicester and Aston University, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Modules included International Security, Introduction to Politics, Security and Defence Policy of the EU, Russian Politics, Russian Translation, Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods and Comparative Politics. As Teaching Fellow at Aston University in 2013-2014, she was also course convenor for a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules.


Russian: Advanced

German: Fluent

French: Advanced

English: Native

Ukrainian: Basic


  • (2017): 'Russia's soft power in the post-Soviet space' in Natasha Kuhrt and Valentina Feklyunina (eds.): Assessing Russia's soft: A Report. King's College London and NewcastleUniversity. Available here 

  • (2015): ‘Forced to Friendship’? Russian (Mis-)Understandings of Soft Power and the Implications for Audience Attraction in Ukraine, Politics, Special Issue: The Soft Power of Hard States, edited by Michael Barr and Valentina Feklyunina, Volume 35, Issue 3-4, pages 330–346, November.

  • (2015): ‘The Russian Orthodox Church under Patriarch Kirill’ OpenDemocracy / CEELBAS Frontlines II: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture, 31st March. Available here
  • (2014): ‘The Quest for an Ideal Youth in Putin’s Russia I. Back to Our Future! History, Modernity and Patriotism according to Nashi, 2005-2012’by Ivo Mijnssen.Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society. Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, 2012, In: Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 66(6).
  • (2014): ‘Despite the Rumble of Russian Tanks the Main Weapon in Ukraine is Information’, The Conversation, 18th March. Available here
  • (2009): ‘Sovereign Democracy as a Discourse of Russian Identity’ in Philipp Casula and Jeronim Perovic (eds.): Identities, Discourses and Politics: The Foundations of Russia's Stability, ibidem-Verlag, Stuttgart.

Grants and Honours [selected]


British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship at King’s College London



Marie Curie FP7 International Staff Exchange – Institute of Europe (RAS) Moscow   

Recipient of ‘ASTONishing Academic’ award at Aston University for teaching quality

Grant from university’s School Research Fund to attend IPSA World Congress (£1,634.35).



CEELBAS grant for international research visit for project with HSE in Moscow (£1,356)         



ESRC grants for fieldwork and language training in Russia and Ukraine (£3560+£2190)

ESRC-funded research visit to Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki (£3,160)



CEELBAS / ESRC +3 Studentship for PhD studies (£50,000)



Studentship for Master’s Degree from the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales Aberystwyth (£4,000)

German Embassy Prize for the best graduation dissertation in German at Aston University

European Studies final year departmental prize from Aston University



 DAAD scholarship for a German language course in Germany (€1,000)

 Scholarship for Liberal Arts summer university at ECLA in Berlin (€3,000)


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