Current research

Self-Censorship in Post-Socialist Journalism

British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grants, 2017-18
Together with Ilya Yablokov, University of Leeds

The project aims to provide critical insights into the relationship between media freedom and political and cultural forces in different post-socialist contexts. Whilst previous research has suggested that self-censorship is a response to state pressures and coercion, our study aims to produce a more nuanced and comprehensive account. We take into consideration cultural, social and historical aspects influencing attitudes to authorities and professional ethics, alongside economic aspects including commercial pressures, online journalism and business influences. The project will provide a first in-depth analysis of the complex and multiple factors affecting media freedom within different post-socialist nations, based on primary research in Russia, Hungary, Latvia and former Eastern Germany.

Philanthropic Practices of the UK and Russian Superrich

I am comparing super-rich Brits and Russians engaged in large-scale projects in civil society, charity and/or arts philanthropy. My aim is to identify the similarities and differences between one of the newest and one of the oldest capitalist societies. I see philanthropy as a vehicle to regulate intra-elite power relations and elite cohesion as well as to legitimise social inequality.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, 2015-2017, University College London

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