Dr Catherine Owen


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. 

I returned to China in April 2017 to take up a three month Visiting Fellowship at Fudan Development Institute, Shanghai.

I speak fluent French, German and Russian, and intermediate Mandarin Chinese.