Emeritus Professor Philip Hanson

Emeritus Professor Philip Hanson

Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies
Emeritus Professor of the Political Economy of Russia and Eastern Europe

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POLSIS (CREES) - School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

It is with great sadness that the University of Birmingham sadly notes the passing away of Professor Philip Hanson OBE, a long serving colleague in the Centre for Russian and East European Studies. Phil was an outstanding authority and one of the foremost Western scholars on the Soviet, Russian and East European economies.

Author of The Rise and Fall of the Soviet Economy (2003); The Consumer in the Soviet Economy; Advertising and Socialism; Trade and Technology in Soviet-Western Relations; Western Economic Statecraft and From Stagnation to Catastroika; co-author, The Comparative Economics of Research, Development and Innovation in East and West. Co-editor, Regional Economic Change in Russia; Alexander Zinoviev as Writer and Thinker and Transformation From Below. Journal articles on technology transfer, economics of transition. 

Consultant on the Russian and Baltic economies for the Economist Intelligence Unit and Oxford Analytica. Visiting Professor, University of Michigan, 1977; Senior Mellon Fellow, Harvard University, 1986/87; Senior Economic Affairs Officer, UN ECE, 1991-92; Distinguished Fellow, RFE/RL Research Institute, Munich, 1992; Visiting Professor, Institute of Economic Research, Kyoto, 2000 and (from 2003) Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs Russia and Eurasia Programme.  Awarded an OBE for services to Soviet and Russian Studies 2011.  


Papers Available Here:

  •  Chatham House Briefing Paper 'On Europe's Fringes: Russia, Turkey and the European Union' (2011).
  • 'Russia and the World Trade Organization' Development and Transition (2011).
  • 'Putin Again' (with James Nixey, Lilia Shevsova and Andrew Wood), Chatham House Report (2012).
  • 'Russia's Inward and Outward Foreign Direct Investment: Insights into the Economy,' Eurasian Geography and Economics, 51: 5 (2010): 632-53
  • Philip Hanson, 'The Information Problem in Sovietological Economics,' paper for round-table on 'The Life and Death of the Socialist Economic System', BASEES Conference, Cambridge, 28-30 March, 2009.
  • Background text for a presentation at the BASEES 2009 Conference, Cambridge, in the plenary session (28 March 2009) on '1989 in the Soviet Union -- Memory and Legacy'.
  • The Resistible Rise of State Control in the Russian Oil Industry Eurasian Geography and Economics, vol. 50 no. 1 (2009), pp.14-27
  • 'Big Business and the State in Russia', with E Teague, Europe-Asia Studies, vol 57, no 5, July 2005, pp 667-680

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