Dr Richard Connolly

Dr Richard Connolly

Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies
Director, CREES
Senior Lecturer in Political Economy

Contact details

Address
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Richard Connolly is director of CREES and senior lecturer in political economy. His research and teaching are principally concerned with the political economy of Russia and Eurasia.

Feedback and office hours

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday 10-12
  • Thursday 11-12

Qualifications

  • PhD Russian and East European Studies, CREES, University of Birmingham
  • MA Russian Politics, University of Essex 
  • BA Political Science, University of Essex

Biography

Dr Richard Connolly is senior lecturer in Political Economy and director of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Birmingham.

His research and teaching are principally concerned with the political economy of Russia. He is also an associate fellow on the Russia and Eurasia programme at Chatham House, visiting professor on the Master of Global Public Policy (MGPP) programme at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, and he is editor of Post-Communist Economies.

Dr Connolly has presented his research to a wide range of academic and non-academic audiences, including UK and US government officials, the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Organisation for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

Teaching

Postgraduate supervision

Currently supervising PhD research in the following areas:

  • Oil MNCs and the State
  • The Political Economy of Eurasian Integration
  • Domestic Sources of Russian Foreign Policy
  • The Development of the Russian Arctic

I am interested in supervising PhD students in the following areas:

  • Political Economy of Russia
  • Russia's Role in the Global Economy
  • Political Economy of Energy and Energy Producing States

Research

Research and academic Interests 

  • Political Economy of Russia
  • The Russian Defence Industry
  • The Russian Energy Industry
  • Russia and the Global Economy
  • Sanctions and the Russian Economy

Current projects

  • I am currently completing a monograph that examines how Western economic sanctions have shaped the development of political economy of Russia. This is scheduled to be published with Cambridge University Press in 2018.

Other activities

  • Associate Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House
  • Visiting Professor on the Master of Global Public Policy programme at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow
  • Editor of the journal, Post-Communist Economies
  • Member of the Editorial Board for Eurasian Geography and Economics, and for the Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies. 

Publications

R. Connolly and C. Senstad ‘Russian Rearmament: An Assessment of Defence-Industrial  Performance,’ Problems of Post-Communism, Vol.64, No.3, pp. 112-131, 2017

R. Connolly, ‘Towards a Dual Fleet? Industrial Capabilities and the Russian Maritime Doctrine,’ NATO Russian Studies Research Review, No. 3, Rome: NATO Defence College, 2017

R. Connoll .and C. Senstad ‘Russia’s Role as an Arms Exporter: Economic and Strategic Implications,’ Chatham House Russia and Eurasian Programme Research Paper, London: Royal Institute for International Affairs, 2017

R. Connolly, ‘The Empire Strikes Back: Economic Statecraft and the Securitisation of Political Economy in Russia,’ Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 67, No.4, pp.750-773, 2016

R. Connolly and M. Bradshaw, ‘Russian Natural Resources and the Global Economy: Review and Reassessment,’ Eurasian Geography and Economics, Vol. 57, No.6, pp. 479-501, 2016

R. Connolly and M. Bradshaw, ‘Barrels and Bullets: The Geostrategic Significance of Russia’s  Oil and Gas Exports,’ Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Vol.72, No.3, pp. 84-89, 2016

R. Connolly, ‘Towards Self Sufficiency? Economics as a Dimension of Russian Security and the National Security Strategy of the Russian Federation to 2020,’ NATO Russian Studies Research Review, No. 1, Rome: NATO Defence College, 2016

R. Connolly and P. Hanson, ‘Import Substitution and Economic Sovereignty in Russia,’ Chatham House Russia and Eurasian Programme Research Paper, London: Royal Institute for International Affairs, 2016

R. Connolly, (in Russian) ‘Безопасность превыше всего’ [Security Above All], Pоссия в глобальной политике [Russia in Global Affairs], November-December, pp.111-118, 2015; and (in English) ‘Security Above All,’ Russia in Global Affairs, No.1, January/March, 2016