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Senior Lecturer, School of Slavonic & East European Studies

December 7th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Civil Society
Geographical Expertise - Region: Europe
Languages: Czech, English, French, Russian
Field of Work: Academia, Author/Novelist
City: London
Country: UK
Continent: Europe


 Sean HanleyDr Sean Hanley is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. His principal areas of expertise are in the politics of Central and Eastern Europe and he has specialist interests in Czech politics, the centre-right, the emergence of new populist parties and the political representation of older people in Eastern Europe

He studied Russian and French at the University of Leeds before completing postgraduate degrees in East European politics at the University of Birmingham. He joined UCL in 2003 having previously lectured at Brunel University, West London.

He has published widely on Central and East European politics in academic journals as well as engaging with policymakers and business users. He has briefed UK ambassadors to the Czech Republic and writes regularly on Eastern Europe for publications from the Economist Intelligence Unit and Oxford Analytica. He has authored briefings and articles on the region for Chatham House and commented on events in the region for ABC Radio and Bloomberg and The Economist podcasts.

He is author of The New Right in the New Europe: Czech Transformation and Right-Wing Politics, 1989-2006 and also writes a regular blog on Central and East European affairs at

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