Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Governance and Public Policy at Carleton University, Ottawa. Member of the Valdai Discussion Club Advisory Board.
Previous positions: Fellow of St. Peter's and Nuffield Colleges in Oxford, Visiting Professor at Berkeley University, Institute for International Relations (USA), taught at Warsaw University, Poland (1977-1989) and Queen's University (1990-1993) in Kingston, Ontario. Editor-in-Chief of a 21-volume series on “Local and Regional Development in Poland and Eastern Europe“ (1986-1989) and co-editor of 12 books.
Director of four large-scale projects on regional development, unemployment insurance, labor market and social policies, expert for youth at risk project in Russia, a member of a Canadian Official State delegation to Russia in 2003.
Selected publications: “New Europe. The Impact of the First Decade, Volume 1: Trends and Prospects”; “Theory and Practice of the Civil Society in Russia”, “Basics of Local Governance”, “NATO Looks East”, “Ukraine: Social and Economic Transformation”, “The Worst is Over?”, “Democracy Without Liberalism”, “Unemployment Insurance in Canada“ (all are co-edited). He is also the author of many chapters in books and articles in professional journals.
Received the Russian Federation’s Order of Friendship from President Dmitry Medvedev (2009).