Alena V. Ledeneva

University College London, UK (UCL)
Alena V. Ledeneva

Alena V. Ledeneva is Professor of Politics and Society at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, UK. She studied Economics at the Novosibirsk State University (1986) and Social and Political Theory at the University of Cambridge (Newnham College, M.Phil.1992; Ph.D.1996). She’s been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at New Hall, Cambridge in 1996-1999; a Senior Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University (2005); a Simon Professor at the University of Manchester (2006) and a Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, Paris (2010). She was a Valdai Discussion Club participant in 2005-2007. She is author of a number of books How Russia Really Works (Cornell University Press, 2006); Unwritten Rules (Centre for European Reform, 2001); Russia’s Economy of Favours (Cambridge University Press, 1998) and many articles, as well as co-editor of Bribery and Blat in Russia (Macmillan, 2000) and Economic Crime in Russia (Kluwer Law International, 2000). Her expertise is on Russian cases in London courts, corruption; informal economy; economic crime; informal practices in corporate governance; role of networks and patron-client relationships in Russia and other post-communist societies.