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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 ethnic conflict and violence and the politics of natural resources, especially in authoritarian settings. Over the years my research has developed along the following tracks:

1. Ethnic conflict, irredentism and separatism in the post-Soviet space, particularly in Central Asia and the Caucasus. His 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 2020.

2. Transitions from authoritarian rule and in competitive authoritarianism, regime stability and resilience, and social contention. 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 co-edited 'Authoritarian stability in the South Caucasus: Voting preferences, autocratic responses and regime stability in Armenia and Georgia' with Koba Turmanidze, published with Routledge in 2018).

3. Energy 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' is forthcoming in 'Cities. International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning' (97C, 2020). 

4. My most recent work revolves around the study of Asian inter-connectedness in the form of aid (south-south cooperation), 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 2020.

5. I am also interested in two areas of the scholarship of teaching and learning, 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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