Is an Associate Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations. 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.
Dr Renz’s teaching interests are in the broad areas of international security and strategic studies. With a background in Russian studies her teaching centers 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.