Dr Catherine Owen
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
I am British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, 2017 - 2020.
External impact and engagement
I am Research Associate at UK based think tank, the Foreign Policy Centre.
I am a trustee of two charities: the Global Centre in Exeter, UK and the Erayim Aid Trust, a UK based charity which supports the various project of a women's organisation in Bishskek, Kyrgyzstan.
I completed my PhD in October 2014 at the University of Exeter. The project was entitled 'Obshchestvennyi Kontrol'' (Public Scrutiny) from Discourse to Action in Contemporary Russia: The Emergence of Authoritarian Neoliberal Governance' and examined discourses of civic engagement in governance during the Putin era. It argued that the limited opportunities for civic engagement in governance in Russia can be seen as examples of 'authoritarian neoliberal governance', which combines policies of outsourcing, decentralisation and privatisation with mechanisms which aim to retain a high level of state control.
Between 2013 and 2015, I worked on the ESRC-funded project at Exeter, 'Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia', in the capacity of Research Administrator/Associate Research Fellow. Between August 2015 and January 2017, I was Lecturer in Central Asian Studies in the Department of History and Civilization, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi'an, China, where I remain affiliated as a Visiting Professor. In September 2020, following the completion of my British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, I will take up a position as Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Exeter's Penryn campus.
I have held Visiting Fellowships at the European University at St Petersburg (2012), Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai (2017), the St Petersburg branch of the Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (2018), and the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki (2019).
I speak fluent French, German and Russian, and intermediate Mandarin Chinese.