The Centre for Energy Ethics is set to say farewell to one of our long-term members; Dr Leyla Sayfutdinova is taking up a Senior Lecturer post at the University of Glasgow based in Central and East  European Studies (CEES) subject group. CEES is renowned for its world-class learning and research on the former socialist countries of the Balkans, Baltic States, the Caucasus, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia (especially Central Asia) and Russia.

“My three years at the CEE in St Andrews were a great time of learning and growth as an academic and a person. The CEE has been a welcoming and warm home throughout these troubled years which included a pandemic and two wars. I am grateful to each and every person I worked with during this time” said Leyla. “I take with me many warm memories and great relationships. Most of all, I want to thank Mette High, who made all of this possible. Thank you, Mette, for believing in my project on Baku before I could formulate it properly and for your continued support. I look forward to collaborating with CEE in my future role as an affiliate member.” 

Leyla has been an involved and influential member of the Centre for Energy Ethics since her arrival at the University of St Andrews at the end of 2020, having taught on our Golden Dandelion prize-winning course, written a blog post on the Flame Towers of Baku and presented at numerous seminars, conferences, and workshops. Leyla was also a co-organiser of the Ukraine: Energy in the Spotlight series in 2022 and the Energy Cafe series in 2023.

We at the CEE would like thank Leyla for all her time and dedication. We wish her all the best for this wonderful new chapter in her career and look forward to collaborating with her in the future.