Marianna Poberezhskaya

Marianna Poberezhskaya

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Politics and International Relations


Marianna Poberezhskaya is a Lecturer in International Relations with teaching responsibilities on the BA (Hons) International Relations and BA (Hons) Politics. Marianna is the module leader for 'Media, Power and Politics'.

Career overview

Prior to joining NTU Marianna completed a Postdoctoral Lecturing Fellowship at the University of East Anglia (School of Political, Social and International Studies). She received her PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham in Autumn 2013. She has two Bachelor (Hons) degrees in Communication Studies from Altay State University (Russia) and Appalachian State University (USA), as well as an MA in International Relations from Nottingham Trent University.

Before embarking on doctoral studies Marianna worked as a journalist and studied politics and media in Russia, the United States and the UK. In 2013 and 2014 she was invited to act as a Social Science instructor and to lead an MA module 'Environmental Politics' at the Open Society Foundation Pre-Academic Summer School at the University of Bilgi (Turkey). Overall, during her time at the University of Nottingham and the University of East Anglia Marianna has taught on the following modules:

  • Undergraduate, 1st year: Power and the State (Introduction to Comparative Politics), Introduction to European Politics, Media, Society and Power, Understanding Media Cultures;
  • Undergraduate, 2st year: Media, Culture and Society in Modern Russia (module leadership), Global Security, Global Journalism (guest lecturer);
  • Undergraduate, 3st year: Analysing Media Discourse, Russian Politics (guest lecturer), Russia and Its Neighbours (guest lecturer).

Research areas

Marianna is actively engaged in research and over the 2013-2014 year she published two articles, one in the high-impact peer-reviewed journal Public Understanding of Science and one in the peer-reviewed journal Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media. For Digital Icons Marianna was also invited to act as an Associate Editor.

She has a book contract with Routledge (British Association for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies series) to turn her PhD thesis into a monograph. Furthermore, Marianna's research on climate change discourse has evolved into a large-scale collaborative project with researchers from Trinity College Dublin and the University of Exeter. By combining research interests this group of scholars has initiated a large scale study of Russian media coverage of climate change (based on the text-mining methodological approach).

With a lecturer from Manchester Metropolitan University Marianna is also researching the political discourse that has evolved around the exploration of the Russian Arctic. The project has resulted in the submission of research articles and the organisation of the panels on Energy Security at international conferences. Marianna has also been involved in a collaborative project on shale gas development in the UK.

External activity

  • The International Studies Association
  • The British International Studies Association
  • The European International Studies Association
  • The British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies
  • The Media Communication and Cultural Studies Association

Marianna is also an Associate Editor for the journal Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and previous sponsors include:

  • Michael Cowan Scholarship, School of Politics and IR, University of Nottingham
  • Global Supplementary Grant, Open Society Scholarship Program
  • Woodson-Horine International Scholarship, Appalachian State University
  • Adam P. Kephart Scholarship, Appalachian State University
  • School of Politics and IR, University of Nottingham
  • British International Studies Association
  • British Association of Russian and Eastern European Studies
  • International Studies Association
  • Graduate School, University of Nottingham
  • CSSGJ Postgraduate Research Grant, University of Nottingham

Current and previous collaborators include:

  • Dr Olga Khrushcheva, Manchester Metropolitan
  • Dr Constantine Boussalis, Trinity College Dublin
  • Dr Travis Coan, University of Exeter
  • Professor Mathew Humphrey, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Sarah O’Hara, University of Nottingham.



Poberezhskaya, M. (2015) Communicating Climate Change in Russia: state and propaganda. Routledge – (forthcoming).

Poberezhskaya, M. (2014) 'Media Coverage of Climate Change in Russia: governmental bias and climate silence' Public Understanding of Science (doi: 10.1177/0963662513517848): 1-16.

Poberezhskaya, M. (2014) 'Climate change communication in Russia and new media', Digital Icons: Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media, 11: 37-50.

Poberezhskaya, M. (2014) 'The European Union influence over the media discourse on renewable energy sources in Russia', in T. Hashimoto (ed.) At the Crossroads: Transition as the Institutionalization of a new European Society, Leiden: Brill – (forthcoming).


Poberezhskaya, M. (2014) 'The climate, 'pirates' and Russia's international image', Ballots and Bullets blog, 10 January 2014, at .

O'Hara, S., Humphrey, M., Jaspal, R., Nerlich, B. and Poberezhskaya, M. (2013) 'Public Perception of Shale Gas Extraction in the UK: How People's Views are changing?' Scribd, 21st March 2013.

Poberezhskaya, M. (2012) Book Review: 'Laura A. Henry, Red to Green: Environmental Activism in Post-Soviet Russia,' Political Studies Review, 10 (3).

O'Hara, S., Humphrey, M., Jaspal, R., Nerlich, B. and Poberezhskaya, M. (2012) 'Shale gas extraction in the UK: what the people think,' Scribd, 29th June 2012.

O'Hara, S., Humphrey, M. and Poberezhskaya, M. (2012) 'Shale Gas and Fracking in the UK: What do the People Think?' YouGov – Cambridge, 27th April 2012.

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Press expertise

  • International Relations
  • Environmental Politics
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Communication
  • Russia
  • Russian Media
  • Political Communication
  • Arctic Politics