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Imagining Development: A multidisciplinary and multilevel analysis of development policies and their effect in the post-socialist world

Grant Agreement Number: PIRSES-GA-2012-318961

 For general information about the network and its activities please contact the project leader 
Dr Abel Polese, ap(at) 

Previous events:

  • Polese, A., J. Morris and B. Kovacs (2016) “'States' of Informality in Post-Socialist Europe”, Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe 24(3) (special issue)
  • Morris, J. and Polese, A. (eds.) (2015) Informal Economies in Post-Socialist Spaces: Practices, Institutions and Networks, London: Palgrave

  • Special Issue: "Imagined" vs "real" nation-building: language and identity policies between theory and practice in Central Asia Volume 43, Issue 3, 2015

Project Summary

The main aim of the project PSDEV is to establish, maintain and make sustainable a world class research group with a focus on foreign and domestic development policies in post-socialist spaces. Thanks to its wide geographical and disciplinary focus, this project will provide an international and intercultural environment for a team of researchers to connect, reflect, come up with new findings and establish new collaborations in order to help them further their regional specialism and professional development. PSDEV will also contribute a significant body of knowledge in its own right. The research will explore the way development (be this local or national, political or social) in a series of post-socialist states has been conceived, implemented and applied to different political, economic and geopolitical realities across the region and the response that has generated from this implementation. This project is the first attempt to connect EU, CIS and Chinese institutions working on post-socialist transformation and will create the basis for a long term individual and institutional interregional and international collaborations.

 Main Activities and Goals

PSDEV has a set of training and networking objectives. In particular we will be using this project with the aim of:

  • Further training of researchers by secondment: researchers will be seconded to another research institution with a different culture, approach, disciplinary focus and will have to integrate into a new research team working on similar issues. This will allow further training by taking advantage of the host institution, its scholarly tradition and its facilities.
  • Engaging with network activities: this will involve a high degree of transfer of knowledge. In a first phase EU fellows will be seconded to a non-EU partner and integrate into a new research group. This will allow them to create even more opportunities for collaboration between the partners. In addition all researchers will join network activities (workshops and conference panels) so as to create a platform for discussion and dialogue between scholars, research groups, and research institutions.
  • Setting up the basis for institutional agreements between partners: it is our expectation that the research group created will continue well beyond this project. In this respect PSDEV is a way to start a long-term collaboration between the 6 involved partners and gradually invited new partners. Thanks to the meetings and interaction of researchers we will aim to create trust among institutions that will enable of the development of more formal institutional agreements between departments and schools in the future.
  • Creating bilateral and multilateral collaborations: by working with new research teams scholars will come in contact with colleagues with similar research interests. In addition to the network activities (joint workshops and publications) that will allow collaborations between researchers, we will also encourage collaboration between institutions.
  • Producing new research findings and publications. By bringing people, from significantly different places and with different disciplinary experiences, to discuss a common theme, we hope to encourage comparisons and collaborations never attempted before. PSDEV should be a fertile ground for new insights into political and social transformations targeting not exclusively an academic audience but also the general public.


Tallinn University, Estonia

University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Universite de Fribourg, Switzerland

University of Latvia, Latvia

National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia

Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Renmin University of China, People’s Republic of China

Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, South China Business College, People’s Republic of China