I am currently studying for a PhD at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. My PhD research concerns the governance of innovation in different regions of Russia in the period of transformation after the end of the Soviet Union. My broader research interests include comparative innovation systems, institutional economics, industrial strategy, technological development and federalism.
Before starting my postgraduate studies, I worked on local governance and social development issues as a Junior Professional Associate in the World Bank, Washington DC, USA (2007-2008) and before that, as a Consultant in the World Bank’s office in Moscow, Russia (2006 – 2007).
My mother tongue is English. In addition, I know Russian and French fluently and have a basic knowledge of Spanish and Bengali.
Alongside my studies, I have been working in various roles. From July 2013 to January 2014, I undertook a secondment in the UK’s Department of Business Innovation & Skills. I was part of the Research Funding team and worked on the follow-up to the 2015/2016 spending review and the subsequent allocation of the UK science and research budget. The secondment was organised and funded by UCL. From May to July 2014, I did a part-time internship funded by CEELBAS at the online digital commons, openDemocracy Russia.
Since March 2014, I have also been a part-time research fellow at the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge (ISSEK) in the Higher School of Economics, Moscow.
Since September 2014, I have been an associate editor of the Journal of Economic Policy Reform.
In my spare time, I enjoy yoga and hiking. I am a qualified Walking Group Leader in the UK (since 2013) and I continue to build up my experience in hiking and leading groups in the hills and mountains since attending a training course for the Mountain Leader award scheme in 2009. Much of my walking since 2008 has been with the Oxford University Walking Club (OUWC), where I continue to lead on trips and drive minibuses (at 62mph on motorways).