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Bettina Renz

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Dr Bettina Renz is Associate Professor at the School of Politics & IR. She obtained her MA and MSc in Russian Studies at the University of Edinburgh and completed her PhD at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham in 2005. She has previously lectured at King's College London at the Royal Air Force College and was an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Birmingham's European Research Institute.

Administrative roles:

  • Double-MA Option (Konstanz, Mannheim) Convenor
  • Associate Editor; Political Studies and Political Studies Review

Teaching Summary

Dr Renz's teaching interests are in the broad areas of international security and strategic studies. With a background in Russian studies her teaching centres on developments in contemporary Russia.… read more

Research Summary

Bettina Renz's major research expertise is Russian security and defence policy in the post-Cold war era. She has published widely on military reforms, civil-military relations, military operations… read more

Selected Publications

Dr Renz is keen to take on PhD students who are interested in any area of Russian foreign, defence and security policy as well as contemporary strategy and airpower

PhD students supervised

  • Nataliya Danilova - War commemoration in Russia and in the UK (completed 2012)
  • Francesca Silvestri - US-India relations during the Cold War
  • Valentin Schneider - German Prisoners of War in Normandy, 1944-1948
  • Filippo Boni - Civil-military relations in Pakistan
  • Jana Jonasova - The strategic roles of PMSCs during Iraq war Phase IV operations
  • Maria Burczynska - European air forces and coalition operations
  • Andrew North - Combatants in the 21st century

Dr Renz's teaching interests are in the broad areas of international security and strategic studies. With a background in Russian studies her teaching centres on developments in contemporary Russia. Her teaching is informed by research carried out into contemporary Russian security and defence policy involving regular research visits to Russia. Having taught defence studies at RAF Cranwell until her appointment at Nottingham in 2007 Dr Renz is also interested in contemporary war and strategy with a focus on the use of air power. Dr Renz is a graduate of the King's Institute for Learning and Teaching and is a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. She was awarded a Chancellor Award for her contribution to the quality of teaching at the University of Nottingham in 2012.

Undergraduate Modules

  • Understanding Global Politics
  • Problems in Global Politics
  • Global Security
  • Airpower and Modern Warfare

Postgraduate Modules

  • Russia in the World Today
  • Strategy and Security

Current Research

Bettina Renz's major research expertise is Russian security and defence policy in the post-Cold war era. She has published widely on military reforms, civil-military relations, military operations other than war and the perception and response to 'new' security threats in contemporary Russia, including a monograph on the 'securitisation' of Russian domestic politics with Manchester University Press in 2006. Dr Renz also has an active interest in contemporary war and strategy and in the role of airpower in modern conflict in particular.

Dr Renz has extensive experience in collaborating with networks of scholars both in the UK and internationally, as well as in knowledge-exchange with non-academic audiences. She has previously worked with, guest lectured, or disseminated research findings, for example, at the UK Defence Academy, the Swedish Defence Research Agency, the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, the Finnish National Defence Academy, the NATO Defence College, and Chatham House.

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