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Research Interests

In recent years I have focused on two research topics. First is research into the sociology of elites, power and social inequality, and, second, comparative research into media and journalism in post-communist Europe. 

Rich Russians

My book Rich Russians: From Oligarchs to Bourgeoisie (Oxford University Press 2018) looks at the top 0.1 percent in Putin's Russia. It is built around stories, picked from a sample of 80 interviews which I conducted with multimillionaires and billionaires, their spouses and their children. The chapters discuss their family histories, biographies, lifestyles, how they see their role and position on top of Russian society – as entrepreneurs, philanthropists, wives, heirs, etc. – and how they relate to the West. 

Reviews appeared, for example, in the Financial Times and in The Guardian

In a follow-up project, a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, I compared the practices of British and Russian philanthropists. Findings from this research have been published in a special journal issue on the super-rich (2019) and a book chapter of a volume which I co-edited (2019). 

I discussed gender-related question in more detail in a 2018 book I co-edited.

Post-communist journalism and self-censorship 

The second strand of my research deals with post-communist journalism, which I carry out together with Ilya Yablokov from the University of Leeds. This research started in Russia and then expanded to Eastern Europe. We have just completed a special issue for the European Journal of Communication on self-censorship and professional ethics in the former Eastern Bloc. It includes our article on self-censorship in Hungary and Latvia, the research for which was funded through a small research grant from the British Academy. 

An updated version of our first co-authored article was republished in a volume on Mass Media in the Post-Soviet World (2018). 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Manchester

Award Date: 6 Jun 2012


  • HM Sociology
  • elites
  • social inequality
  • Russia
  • philanthropy
  • wealth
  • media
  • journalism
  • self-censorship
  • bourgeoisie
  • billionaires
  • DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
  • elites
  • intelligentsia
  • PG Slavic, Baltic, Albanian languages and literature
  • Russian


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