My research focuses on International Political Economy with a particular emphasis on the resource curse and the governance of natural resources. It is often argued that well-functioning institutions can reduce patronage and corruption in resource-rich countries. In my research, I focus specifically on how transparency reforms affect the relationship between natural resources and development. My published work analyzes the causes and consequences of transparency reforms in all resource-rich countries (with a special focus on Eurasia and the Middle East) using both qualitative and quantitative methods, combining comparative case studies with statistical analyses. I find that transparency reforms can often be misleading, a phenomenon I call ‘mock transparency’. My results show that governments carry out transparency reforms selectively in order to maintain and attract foreign direct investment while leaving embedded corruption networks intact. On this topic, I published refereed journal articles in Energy Policy (Impact Factor: 4.039), Resources Policy (Impact Factor: 2.695), Europe-Asia Studies (Impact Factor: 0.842), Eurasian Geography and Economics (Impact Factor: 1.104), Communist and Post-Communist Studies (Impact Factor: 0.722), and most recently in Extractive Industries and Society (Impact Factor: 1.312).
My current research focuses on a book manuscript named ‘The Transit Curse’. In this book, I am developing a new theoretical concept called ‘the transit curse’, which explores the largely ignored geopolitical dynamics of the resource curse and highlights the increased vulnerability of energy transit countries in Eurasia. On this topic, I have recently published a research article in Geopolitics (Impact Factor: 1.852).