Emily Ferris

Senior Research Fellow, Russian and Eurasian SecurityInternational Security


Emily Ferris is a Senior Research Fellow in the International Security Studies department at RUSI, specialising in Russian domestic politics. Emily has a particular interest in Russia's military and civilian infrastructure including its railways, road and port systems, and the role this plays in advancing Russia's political ambitions in the Indo-Pacific region, as well as deployed in conflict zones such as Ukraine. She also researches domestic political administrations in Russia's Far East, and Russia's military and political relationship with Belarus.

Before joining RUSI in 2018, Emily worked at Control Risks - a London consultancy firm - as a Russian security and politics analyst, advising clients conducting business in Russia and other Eastern European countries. She has worked and travelled extensively across Russia.

She holds a BA in Russian from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Organised Crime and Terrorism from University College London, where she specialised in Russian organised crime. She speaks Russian and Hebrew and has a good working knowledge of German.

Related programme

Evolving Security of Russia and Eurasia Programme

This research programme analyses Russia’s strategic thinking, political change and its global and regional ambitions.

External publications

Discontent, Discussion, Dissemination: Mounting Grievances in Russia’s Security Services Leading Up to February 24 - PONARS Eurasia
Emily Ferris, PONARS Eurasia Policy Memo, 06 March 2022

Chapter: 'Evaluating Russia’s Railway Infrastructure—Geography, Demography and Kremlinology', by Emily Ferris in Sustainable Rail Transport 4: Innovate Rail Research and Education, Editors: Dr. Marin Marinov, Dr. Janene Piip, Springer International Publishing, 2022

'The Friendlier Face of Putinism',
Foreign Policy, Emily Ferris, 07 January 2021

'Orthodox Measures' 
Europe's Edge, CEPA, Emily Ferris, 01 December 2020

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