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Research at St Andrews

Matteo Fumagalli


Matteo Fumagalli
Postal address:
School of International
Arts Building The Scores
St Andrews
United Kingdom


Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 464030

Research overview

My research interests lie at the intersection of the study of identities, ethnic conflict and violence and the politics of natural resources. I have conducted research in the post-Soviet space (especially Central Asia and the South Caucasus) and East Asia (esp. Myanmar, Laos, South Korea, and Bangladesh). Over the years my research has developed along the following tracks:

  1. Identities, diasporas and conflict in the post-Soviet space, particularly in Central Asia and the Caucasus. My work on Uzbek minorities in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan (Ethnic Conflict in post-Soviet Central Asia: Exit, voice and loyalty among Uzbek minorities) is forthcoming with Routledge in 2022. An article on ‘Identity through difference: liminal diasporism and generational change among the Koryo Saram in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’ will be published in Vol. 20.2 of the European Journal of Korean Studies in 2021.
  2. Comparative authoritarianism. My monograph on ‘Laos. The making of an internationalised state’ is under contract with Cambridge University Press.  I have recently completed a project on with colleagues at the Caucasus Resource Research Center in Tbilisi (Georgia), published as a special issue of the Caucasus Survey (‘Taking partly free voters seriously’, 2017 vol. 5. N. 3). I have also co-edited 'Authoritarian stability in the South Caucasus: Voting preferences, autocratic responses and regime stability in Armenia and Georgia' with Koba Turmanidze, published by Routledge in 2018.
  3. Energy, mega-projects and climate change. I have published on various aspects related to energy politics and the international relations of natural resources, climate change and economic development, the rise of resource nationalism in the smaller but resource-rich economies at China’s borders, the resource nexus, and global energy and environmental governance. The article 'Luang Prabang: climate change and rapid development' has recently been published in 'Cities. International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning' (97C, 2020). A chapter on ‘The BRICS, energy security and global energy governance’ was published in SY Kim (ed) The BRICS and the Global Economy’ (2020).
  4. Inter-Asian connections. My most recent work revolves around the study of Asian inter-connectedness in the form of development assistance, logistics, trade and investment. I am especially interested in the policies of China and Korea towards South-East Asia (especially Myanmar) and Central Asia and the effects of ODA on inequalities.  My monograph New Silk Roads, Growing inter-Asian connections: South Korea’s Quest for Energy and New Markets in Central Asia is forthcoming with Palgrave in 2022. An article on ‘Myanmar in 2019: The Lady and the Generals redux?’ was published in ‘Asia Maior’, Vol. XXX, 2020.
  5. I am also interested in two areas of the scholarship of teaching and learning and pedagogical innovation, namely how innovations in ICT affect student learning (online and blended learning) and the contribution of experiential learning to the study of conflict and conflict management.

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