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Professor, International Politics, University of Exeter

I teach and research on international relations and peace and conflict studies, with an additional strand of research focusing on the politics of authoritarian states. In regional terms, most of my research has explored post-Soviet politics, notably in Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

During 2019-2022 I was on secondment as an ESRC-AHRC Fellow at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in London. I am also a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London.

I completed my PhD in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics, and subsequently worked in political risk analysis in the private sector. I spent several years working for the Brussels-based think-tank, the International Crisis Group, in their research programmes in Central Asia and in South Asia (Sri Lanka). Before joining the University of Exeter in September 2013 I was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford.


  • –present
    Senior lecturer, Politics, University of Exeter