Knott, Eleanor

Dr Eleanor Knott  


Position held

LSE Fellow in Qualitative Methodology


Experience keywords:

Ethnic identification; Post-Soviet domestic and international politics; kin-state politics; nationalism and citizenship policy; qualitative methods and research design (interviews, political ethnography)

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Crimea; Moldova; Romania; Russia; Ukraine


French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; German [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; Romanian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Russian [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Intermediate]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press

Contact Points



Knott, Eleanor (2018) Identity in Crimea before annexation: a bottom-up perspective In: Kolstø, Pål and Blakkisrud, Helge, (eds.) Russia Before and After Crimea: Nationalism and Identity, 2010–17. Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9781474433853

Knott, Eleanor (2018) Perpetually ‘partly free’: lessons from post-Soviet hybrid regimes on backsliding in Central and Eastern Europe East European Politics, 34 (3). 355-376. ISSN 2159-9165

Knott, Eleanor (2018) Beyond the field: ethics after fieldwork in politically dynamic contexts Perspectives on Politics. ISSN 1537-5927 (In Press)

Knott, Eleanor (2018) Strategy, identity or legitimacy? Analysing engagement with dual citizenship from the bottom-up Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. ISSN 1369-183X


Knott, Eleanor (2017) Nationalism and belonging: introduction Nations and Nationalism, 23 (2). 220-226. ISSN 1354-5078

Knott, Eleanor (2017) Is Russia hacking democracy? New Statesman (2 Jan 2017) Blog entry

Knott, Eleanor (2017) Quasi-citizenship as a category of practice: analyzing engagement with Russia’s Compatriot policy in Crimea Citizenship Studies, 21 (1). 116-135. ISSN 1362-1025

Dunleavy, Patrick and Goes, Eunice and Leeper, Thomas J. and Knott, Eleanor and Hertner, Isabelle and Brown, Stuart A. and Göpffarth, Julian (2017) UK general election preview: what to look out for as Britain goes to the polls LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (7 Jun 2017) Blog entry

Knott, Eleanor (2017) The extra-territorial paradox of voting: the duty to vote in extra-territorial elections Democratization, 24 (2). 325-346. ISSN 1351-0347

Knott, Eleanor (2017) Contesting regimes of post-communist citizenship restitution: analysing UK media coverage of ‘paupers’ passports’ Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 6 (1). 75-97. ISSN 2300-1682


Knott, Eleanor and Popșoi, Mihai (2016) Our man in Moldova openDemocracy (10 Oct 2016) Blog entry

Knott, Eleanor (2016) Michael Gove is arguing the UK should be like states that want to join the EU LSE Brexit (20 Apr 2016) Blog entry


Knott, Eleanor (2015) Everyday nationalism: a review of the literature Studies on National Movements, 3. ISSN 2295-1466

Knott, Eleanor (2015) Do Crimeans see themselves as Russian or Ukrainian? It’s complicated The Monkey Cage (3 Dec 2015) Blog entry

Brett, Daniel and Knott, Eleanor (2015) Moldova's parliamentary elections of November 2014 Electoral Studies, 40. 438-441. ISSN 0261-3794

Knott, Eleanor (2015) Identity politics and kin-state relations from the bottom-up in Crimea and Moldova LSE Department of Government Blog (3 Jul 2015) Blog entry

Brett, Daniel and Knott, Ellie and Popșoi, Mihai (2015) The ‘billion dollar protests’ in Moldova are threatening the survival of the country’s political elite LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (21 Sep 2015) Blog entry

Knott, Eleanor (2015) Following the Riga summit, more realism is required over what the EU can offer its eastern partners LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (1 Jun 2015) Blog entry

Knott, Eleanor (2015) What does it mean to be a kin majority? Analyzing Romanian identity in Moldova and Russian identity in Crimea from below Social Science Quarterly, 96 (3). 830-859. ISSN 0038-4941

Knott, Eleanor (2015) Generating data: studying identity politics from a bottom–up approach in Crimea and Moldova East European Politics and Societies, 29 (2). 467-486. ISSN 0888-3254


Brown, Chris and Sasse, Gwendolyn and Economides, Spyros and Lankina, Tomila V. and Hughes, Jim and Knott, Ellie (2014) Crimea referendum – our experts react LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (17 Mar 2014) Blog entry

Brett, Daniel and Knott, Eleanor (2014) 2014 Presidential Romanian elections: Where do we go from here? South East Europe Blog (19 Nov 2014) Blog entry

Knott, Eleanor (2014) Who has seized power in Crimea? Euro Crisis in the Press (27 Mar 2014) Blog entry

Brett, Daniel and Knott, Eleanor (2014) The Moldovan Elections of 2014 are more than about Putin or the EU: Corruption, Poverty and Parties South East Europe Blog (17 Dec 2014) Blog entry

Fix, Liana and Knott, Eleanor (2014) In Crimea, time for pressure, not acceptance: why we cannot lose sight of the Crimean Tatars DGAPkompakt (16). 1-6. ISSN 2198-5936

Knott, Eleanor (2014) It is in Vladimir Putin’s interest to ensure there is a lasting ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) (8 Sep 2014) Blog entry

Knott, Eleanor (2014) Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine’s signing of EU co-operation agreements marks their transition from ‘post-Soviet’ to ‘European’ states LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) (30 Jun 2014) Blog entry

Knott, Eleanor and Brett, Daniel (2014) Victor Ponta’s surprise defeat in Romania’s presidential elections could add more volatility to the country’s turbulent party system LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (19 Nov 2014) Blog entry

Knott, Eleanor (2014) Not all ethnic Russians in Crimea have a political affinity with Moscow LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) (4 Mar 2014) Blog entry

Rinnert, David and Knott, Eleanor (2014) The Ukraine crisis has complicated Moldova’s political situation ahead of signing an Association Agreement with the EU LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) (5 Jun 2014) Blog entry


Knott, Eleanor (2013) Moldova is at the crossroads between Russia and the EU ahead of the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) (15 Oct 2013) Blog entry

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