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Economies of Central and Eastern Europe

Project run by CEELBAS Postdoctoral Research Fellow Richard Connolly, based at CREES, Birmingham: profile, publications and contact details

Economies of Central and Eastern Europe: Knowledge-based Economies and Societies

This strand of the CEELBAS agenda focuses on the development of knowledge-based and high-technology industries across the Emerging Europe region (defined here to include the post-socialist economies). Like other emerging market economies across the world, the Emerging Europe region has yet to develop the range of knowledge-based and high-technology activities that are a feature of advanced economies. As such, moving up the value-added chain of production constitutes a key challenge confronting the region, particularly in light of the largely negative demographic pressures that the region is projected to experience, as well as the negative legacies associated with the impact of the still ongoing global financial-economic crisis. Thus, the task of developing strong and competitive knowledge-based and high-technology industries is one of the main research areas on the CEELBAS agenda. So far, only a few countries have succeeded in developing significant capacities in this area, with most economies of the region focusing on low- and medium-technology activities or in the export of primary, unprocessed materials. Therefore, identifying the primary constraints on the development of knowledge-based activities should help contribute to the wider debate of how relatively underdeveloped economies can modernize and become important actors in the global economy.

Outline of Research Project

Research Poster (click to enlarge):

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Furthering the Agenda: Research

Dr Richard Connolly was appointed CEELBAS Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES), University of Birmingham. He is responsible for research, workshops and other academic activities in the field of ‘Economies of Central and Eastern Europe: Knowledge-based Economies and Societies’ as part of the CEELBAS program. Richard has a background in the political economy of the post-socialist region with BA and MA degrees in political science from the University of Essex, and a PhD – funded by CEELBAS - in political economy from the Centre for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Birmingham.

As Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Richard focuses on issues relating to development of knowledge-based industries across the Emerging Europe region (see: Postdoctoral Research Project Outline). In particular, his research is concerned with issues related to the modernization and diversification of the Russian economy. However, as part of his research project, Richard also intends to carry out research on the Serbian economy. While his overall research focuses primarily on the economies of the Emerging Europe region, developments within the region are always placed in a comparative context, primarily with reference to other emerging market regions of the world economy.

In addition to issues relating to the development of knowledge-based industries across Emerging Europe, Richard is also interested in: the place of the Emerging Europe region in the international economy, particularly on trade and capital flows across the region; the impact of the global financial-economic crisis on the region; the political economy of the Russian Federation; the causes of institutional development in emerging economies; and the development of emerging market economies in comparative perspective.

Links:

European Association for Evolutionary Political Economy Research Area on Structural and Institutional Change in Eastern Europe