Michael Rochlitz

MSc London, PhD Lucca

Associate Professor in the Economies of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Michael is Associate Professor in the Economies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia at the Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, and a Governing Body Fellow at St Antony’s College.

In his research, he investigates the interrelation between political institutions, economic development, and societal change, with a regional focus on Russia, the former Soviet Union, and China. His work has been published, among others, in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Comparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Economy, Economic Systems, Post-Soviet Affairs, Russian Politics, Eurasian Geography and Economics, Osteuropa, and the Russian Journal of Economics.

Before joining the University of Oxford in September 2023, he worked as Professor of Institutional Economics at the Faculty of Business Studies and Economics at the University of Bremen from April 2019 to August 2023, as research fellow at the Department of Sociology at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich from April 2017 to March 2019, as assistant professor at the School of Politics at HSE Moscow from September 2014 to February 2017, and as post-doc at the Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at HSE Moscow from September 2013 to June 2014.

Michael completed his PhD in Economics at IMT Lucca in 2013, during which he was a visiting researcher at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies in London, and research assistant at the London School of Economics (October 2010 to June 2011). From September 2012 to April 2013, he was a visiting lecturer at Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg. Before my PhD studies, he completed an MSc in Development Economics at SOAS (University of London), and an MA in Development Studies at Sciences Po Paris.