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Co-Director of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, University of Birmingham

Richard Connolly is Senior Lecturer in Political Economy and Co-Director of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies at the University of Birmingham. His research centres on the political economy of Russia.

He is also Visiting Professor on the Master of Global Public Policy program at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration.

Dr. Connolly's research and teaching on the political economy of Russia focuses on industrial development and structural transformation, economic policy, trade and investment, and Russia's role in the wider global economy. He is currently working on a book exploring Russia's role in the global economy. Richard is a member of the Editorial Board for Eurasian Geography and Economics, and for the Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies.

Richard has presented his research to a wide variety of academic and non-academic audiences, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO), the Russo-British Chamber of Commerce (RBCC), and the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House). He has also commentated on Russian affairs for BBC and CNBC news.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Political Economy, University of Birmingham