Dr Richard Connolly

Dr Richard Connolly

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

Contact details

+44 (0)121 414 8219
+44 (0)121 414 3423
Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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


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


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

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 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), 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 provided analysis on Russian affairs for various television and radio channels, including the BBC and CNBC.


Undergraduate courses taught

  • The Russian Economy: From Plan to Market (3rd Year)
  • The Political Economy of Energy and Energy Security (3rd Year)

Postgraduate courses taught

  • European Emerging Markets: Economic Transformation and Development of Ex-Communist Countries
  • Rising Powers and Global Order

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 and academic Interests 

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

Other activities

Other professional appointments 

  • Member of Editorial Board for Eurasian Geography and Economics
  • Member of Editorial Board for Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies 
  • Member of the British Association for Slavic and East European Studies (BASEES)
  • Member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House)
  • Member of European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES)
  • Member of EU-Russia Collaborative Research Network



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. (forthcoming, 2014) ‘Economic Modernisation in Russia: The Role of the World Trade Organisation,’ Perspectives on European Politics and Society, Vol. 15

Connolly, R. (forthcoming, 2014) ‘Game Changer? The Transformation of Global Gas Markets and the Future of the EU-Russia Energy Relationship,’ in R. Fiorentini and G. Montani (eds.) Supranational Political Economy and the European Union, London and New York: Routledge

Connolly, R. (2013) ‘Russia, the Eurasian Customs Union and the World Trade Organisation,’ in K.Wolczuk and R. Dragneva (eds.), Eurasian Economic Integration: Law, Policy, and Politics, Northampton: Edward Elgar Press 

Connolly, R. (2013) ‘Economic Growth and Strategies for Economic Development in Russia,’ Russian Analytical Digest, July, 2013, No.133; also published in German language as:  ‘Russlands Finanzielle Verwundbarkeiten,' [Strategies for Economic Development in Russia] Russland Analysen, August, No. 238

Connolly, R. (2013) ‘State Industrial Policy in Russia: The Nanotechnology Industry,’ Post-Soviet Affairs, Vol.29, No.1, pp.1-30

Connolly, R. and P. Hanson (2012) ‘Russia’s Accession to the World Trade Organization: Commitments, Processes, and Prospects,’ Eurasian Geography and Economics, Vol. 53, No.4, pp. 479-501

Connolly, R. and N. Copsey, (2012) ‘The Economic Crisis and Ukraine’s Integration with the European Union,’ in V. Feklyunina and S. White (eds.) The International Economic Crisis and the Post-Soviet States, London and New York: Routledge

Connolly, R. (2012) ‘Climbing the Ladder? High-Technology Industrial Exports in Emerging Europe,’ Eurasian Geography and Economics, Vol. 53, No.3, pp.356-379

Connolly, R. (2012) ‘The Economic Significance of Russia’s Accession to the World Trade Organisation,’ Report for the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament, Brussels: European Parliament

Connolly, R. (2012) ‘The Determinants of the Economic Crisis in Post-Socialist Europe,’ Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 64, No.1, pp.35-67

Connolly, R. (2012) (in Russian) ‘Экономические отношения России и ЕС: навстречу «Партнерству для модернизации?’ [Towards a Partnership for Modernization? Russia-EU Economic Relations], Вся Европа [All Europe], Vol. 63, Европейский учебный Институт При МГИМО (У) МИД России [Moscow: MGIMO European Studies Institute]

Connolly, R. (2011) ‘Financial Constraints on the Modernization of the Russian Economy,’ Eurasian Geography and Economics, Vol. 52, No.3, pp.428-459

Connolly, R. and A. Aivaizian, I. Andrievskaya, and H. Penikas, (2011) (in Russian) ‘Выявление системно значимых финансовых организаций: обзор методологий,’ [Modelling Systemically Important Financial Organizations: a Survey of Methodologies], Dyengi i Kredit [Money and Credit], No.8, 2011, Moscow: Central Bank of Russia