Having completed his PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, Timur Alexandrov has joined the project ‘Reimagining churches as community assets for the common good’ at Cambridge Judge Business School. In his thesis he analysed local forms of civil society and community development practised in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, where he conducted fieldwork. As part of his PhD, Timur analysed social practices of religious organisations, including churches and mosques, in creating capacities for civil society development and sustaining communities and social networks. His research findings define cultural articulations of civil society concerned with solidarity, reciprocity, and mutual trust. Timur has published in peer-reviewed publications, including The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality.
In the post-doctoral project on re-imagining churches in England, Timur Alexandrov examines community values and perceptions of church buildings, and explores new ways of measuring the success of churches’ work in their local communities. This innovative project in the church context will help understand how community values can be used in the most effective way to ensure the sustainable future of historic church buildings.
Prior to joining Cambridge Judge Business School, Timur was employed by the Cambridge Department of Sociology to develop research project websites, produce academic video and photo materials, and advise on communication aspects of research dissemination.
Before coming to Cambridge, Timur Alexandrov worked in an Integrated Civil Society project at the UN Headquarters in New York. He also managed public relations for USAID development projects in Central Asia, and for film producers.