Dr Richard Connolly

Dr Richard Connolly

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

Contact details

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8219
Fax
+44 (0)121 414 3423
Email
r.connolly@bham.ac.uk
Address
School of Government and Society
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Richard Connolly is Senior Lecturer in Political Economy. His research and teaching are principally concerned with the political economy of Russia.

Feedback and office hours

Office Hours:

  • Tuesday 10-12
  • Thursday 11-12

Qualifications

  • PhD Political Economy, University of Birmingham 
  • MA Political Science, University of Essex 
  • BA Political Science, University of Essex 

Biography

After completing his doctorate at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies in 2009, Richard was appointed CEELBAS Postdoctoral Research Fellow until 2011, carrying out research on knowledge-based economic development in Russia and the wider post-socialist region. He was appointed Lecturer in Political Economy in October 2011, and Co-Director of CREES and Senior Lecturer in Political Economy in 2014. He is also an Associate Fellow on the Russian and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, and is Visiting Professor on the Master of Global Public Policy program at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration in Moscow.

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 the relationship between Russia's role in the global economy and its system of domestic political economy.

Richard is Editor of the journal, Post-Communist Economies, and 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 range 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), and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He has also provided analysis on Russian affairs for various television and radio channels, including the BBC and CNBC.

Teaching

Postgraduate supervision

Currently supervising PhD research in the following areas:

  • Oil MNCs and the State (Friane Aurora)
  • Institutional Change in the Russian Nuclear Power Industry (Judith Perera)
  • Energy and Russian Foreign Policy (Ingerid Opdhal)

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
  • Role of the State in Promoting Economic Development 

Research

Research and academic Interests 

  • Political and Economic Development in Russia 
  • Technological and Industrial Development in Russia 
  • Russia's Role in the Global Economy

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, and is a member of the Editorial Board for Eurasian Geography and Economics, and for the Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies. 

Publications

Book

Connolly, R. (2012) Economic Structure and Social Order Development in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe, London and New York: Routledge

Selected articles and book chapters 

Connolly, R. (2016) ‘Towards Self Sufficiency? Economics as a Dimension of Russian Security and the National Security Strategy of the Russian Federation to 2020,’ NATO Defence College Research Review, No. 197, Rome: NATO Defence College

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

Connolly, R. (2016) ‘The Empire Strikes Back: Economic Statecraft and the Securitisation of Political Economy in Russia,’ Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 67, No.2, pp.135-67

Connolly, R. and M. Bradshaw(2016) ‘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.

Connolly, R. (2016) (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.

Connolly, R. (2015) ‘Troubled Times: Stagnation, Sanctions and the Prospects for Economic Reform in Russia,’ Chatham House Russia and Eurasian Programme Research Paper, London: Royal Institute for International Affairs.

Connolly, R. (2015) (in German) ‘Russlands politische Antwort auf die »economic statecraft« des Westens [Russia’s Policy Response to Western Economic Statecraft], Russland Analysen, June, No. 277.

Connolly, R. (2015) ‘The Impact of EU Sanctions on Russia,’ in I. Dreya and J. Luengo-Cabrera (eds.) On Target?  EU Sanctions as Security Policy Tools, Report No.25, September, Paris: EU-ISS.