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Dr Samuel Rogers

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Professional biography

I am a post-doctoral researcher at The Open University on the ERC-funded project Re-orienting development: The dynamics and effects of Chinese infrastructure investment in Europe (REDEFINE). REDEFINE will examine what China’s rise means for how we understand global development and, specifically, Europe’s place in it. More information is available here: 

Previously, my doctoral research critically engaged with the political economy of Hungary in the post-2010 period. I analysed the extent to which ideological and policy changes affected the capitalist institutions and dominant business networks established in the 1990s and 2000s. I investigated two empirical cases of large scale capital inflows emanating from Russia and China to illustrate these changes.

Research interests

I analyse capitalist development in the post-socialist space with a particular focus on:
1. the political economy of illiberalism
2. infrastructure projects and their implications for (inter)national development
3. rent-seeking behaviour

Teaching interests

My teaching interests include those around my principal research interests:

- Political economy (of post-socialist Europe)

- Infrastructure development

- Chinese capital investment

- Russian foreign policy



I co-supervise Mr. Haggai Kanenga at The Open University. Mr. Kanenga is working towards a PhD in Sino-Zambian relations and was previously a Lecturer at the University of Zambia


I have taught the following courses:


Associate Lecturer, University of the West of England (UWE) | 2018

Rise of the Global Economy | | MSc programme, University of the West of England (2018/19). Unit co-convener with Dr. Susan Newman (UWE)

Focus: Governance and the Global Political Economy; the state and the emergence of the GPE; financial and non-financial actors in the GPE; neoliberal governance in contemporary capitalism

Output: Composed and delivered lectures; compiled unit reading list and developed exam questions; undertook marking duties; remained in constant contact with students via email; liaised with colleagues and administrative staff; attended school meetings; participated in school events.

Learning outcomes: A critical understanding of the actors and institutions that have played a role in establishing the global economy; An ability to critically analyse the ideas, concepts and approaches that have shaped the development of the global economy; A critical appreciation of how particular regions/countries have contributed to the development of the global economy; An understanding of the complex range of activities and industries, both legal and illicit, that have contributed to the development of the global economy


Output and duties with all units: formative and summative essay and exam marking; weekly Office Hours; pastoral care provision; regular meetings with unit owners; maintenance of accurate administrative records; support to colleagues; timely replies to student queries via email

Russian Politics | | BSc programme (Second Year), University of Bristol (UoB) | 2018/19

Focus: From Gorbachev to Putin with special focus on electoral mechanisms and reform, foreign and domestic policy, oligarchy, industrial relations and future trajectories

Learning outcomes: Demonstrate understanding of the distinctive features of Russian politics and political development since the early 1990s; Demonstrate understanding of the social bases of Russian politics, such as nationalism, classes and elites, civil society and the state; Analyse the relationship between the evolution of the political system and other processes of social change; Critically engage with the scholarly literature on Russia, incl. debates and controversies surrounding Russian politics and society and the nature of the Russian political regime

Issues in World Politics | | BSc programme (First Year), UoB | 2016/17 & 2018/19

Focus: Broad focus including international relations, the nature of identity, violence, inequality, feminist theory, nuclear weapons, neoliberalism, and conflict prevention

Learning outcomes: Knowledge at an introductory level about world politics; An ability to synthesise, interpret and apply critical thinking to information and ideas about world politics; An ability to present an argument about world politics clearly in written form; An ability to reference written material in a scholarly manner.

Comparative Government and Politics | | BSc programme (First Year), UoB | 2017/18

Focus: Study of political institutions, theory, and concepts across seven case study countries with a comparative analysis of transitions to democracy

Learning outcomes: Read and understand some of the key literature on comparative politics; Demonstrate familiarity with key ideas used in the literature on comparative politics; Be able to compare the political experiences of different countries; Be able to write an essay that frames an explanation of political outcomes; Have a working knowledge of key institutions of government; Have a working knowledge of politics in the country cases

Thinking Politically | | BSc programme (First Year), UoB | 2017/18

Focus: Thematic introduction to key themes in political science and international relations with a focus on methodological practice in higher education

Learning outcomes: Identify key debates in Political Science/International Relations; Critically engage with central research themes in Political Science/International Relations; Demonstrate critical thinking regarding conceptual, theoretical, and empirical issues in Political Science IR; Demonstrate writing and presentation skills required for Higher Education



The emergence of the ‘rentocrat’ (2023)
Rogers, Samuel
New Political Economy, 28(5) (pp. 744-757)

Illiberal capitalist development: Chinese state-owned capital investment in Serbia (2022)
Rogers, Samuel
Contemporary Politics, 28(3) (pp. 347-364)

Fidesz, the state-subsumption of domestic business and the emergence of prebendalism: capitalist development in an ‘illiberal’ setting (2020)
Rogers, Samuel
Post-Communist Economies, 32(5) (pp. 591-606)

Hungarian authoritarian populism: a neo-Gramscian perspective (2020)
Rogers, Samuel
East European Politics, 36(1) (pp. 107-123)

China, Hungary, and the Belgrade-Budapest Railway Upgrade: New Politically-Induced Dimensions of FDI and the Trajectory of Hungarian Economic Development (2019)
Rogers, Samuel
Journal of East-West Business, 25(1) (pp. 84-106)