Senior Lecturer in International Development, University of Birmingham
Over 25 years' experience of engagement with Eastern Europe, especially Russia and Ukraine, as researcher, consultant, trainer, policy advisor and visiting faculty focusing primarily on public administration and city government. I have had substantial experience also in Kazakhstan,Moldova and Romania, and have also worked in Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and Hungary. My involvement in the reform of Russian Federal relations over many years led to my more recent research interest in the comparative structure and governance of empires.
In analysing the structure and functioning of Russian and post-communist governance I have drawn on my background in organizational behaviour and in the relationship between power, culture and strategy.
Jul 02, 2020 13:46 pm UTC| Politics
By securing victory in a national vote on constitutional changes, Vladimir Putin could now remain president of Russia until 2036 if he chooses to stand again. After 20 years in power, the narrative of Russias chaotic 1990s...
Jan 05, 2017 19:40 pm UTC| Insights & Views
The ceasefire in Syria brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran has opened the way to peace talks in Kazakhstan between the Syrian government and opposition. The Kazakh president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, will play peacemaker and...