Dr Richard Connolly

Associate Fellow


Dr Richard Connolly is director of the consultancy, Eastern Advisory Group, and a senior honorary fellow at the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the University of Birmingham. He is a specialist on the Russian economy.

His research interests include economic policy, the development of the defence and energy industries, industrial development, the impact of Western sanctions on the Russian economy, and Russia’s role in the global economy.

His most recent books are Russia’s Response to Sanctions, published by Cambridge University Press in 2018, and the Very Short Introduction to the Russian Economy, published by Oxford University Press in 2020. He is currently working on a book entitled Russian Economic Power, scheduled for publication by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in 2021.

Dr Connolly has acted as a consultant to a wide range of public- and private-sector organisations, including government ministries and militaries in the UK, US, and other European countries, NATO, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), as well as private sector companies from across the world.