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Associate Professor, International Development, School of Government, University of Birmingham

Over 30 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.


  • 1989–present
    Senior Lecturer, International Development


  • 1986 
    Brunel University, Management
  • 1982 
    University of Bristol , French and Russian


  • 2016
    ‘Imperialism' and 'Federalism': The Ambiguity of State and City in Russia, in U.Sadioglu and K. Dede(eds.) Handbook of Research on Comparative Politics and Reformation in Local Governments, Hershey, IGI Global, pp.354-373
  • 2016
    Decentralization and Localism: beyond Saxons and Normans? , Regional Innovations 1:2016. Pages 5-12
  • 2013
    East, West, Rome's best? The imperial turn. , Global Discourse, 3(1), 34-47.
  • 2012
    Environmental mainstreaming: The organisational challenges of policy integration., Nunan, F., Campbell, A., & Foster, E. Public Administration and Development, 32(3), 262-277.

Professional Memberships

  • British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies