Dr Till Spanke

Dr Till Spanke

PhD graduate

Department of International Relations

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English, German, Russian
Key Expertise
State building, Russian foreign policy, de facto states, democratisation

About me

I’m a German, English and Russian speaking PhD candidate at the International Relations department of the London School of Economics and Political Science. My research explores questions of state and institution building in de facto states, Russian foreign policy and the provision of education services in areas of limited statehood. I apply both quantitative and qualitative research methods including interviews, case comparisons, time series cross-sectional panel data and survival analysis. Previously, I have published blog articles on Russia’s relations with South Ossetia and Icelandic party politics. In 2017/2018 I was awarded the Goodwin Scholarship by the LSE for my PhD research.

Research topic

The role of patron states in the state and institution building processes of de facto states

Teaching experience

IR202 Foreign Policy Analysis (International Relations Department, LSE 2016-18)

Academic supervisor

Professor Tomila Lankina


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Expertise Details

State building; Russian foreign policy; de facto states; democratisation; Abkhazia; South Ossetia; mixed methods; time series cross-sectional panel data; survival analysis