Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation
PhD (University of Cambridge)
Dr Alexandrov manages the project ‘Reimagining churches as community assets for the common good’ at Cambridge Judge Business School. This innovative research in the church context will provide an understanding of the relationship between communities and wider use of church buildings as well as the contribution that churches make to the common good. The project will determine community values, needs and opportunities that can be used in the most effective way to ensure a win-win outcome for communities and sustainable future of historic church buildings.
Timur Alexandrov has a PhD in Sociology from the University of Cambridge. In his thesis he analysed local forms of civil society and community development practices in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. His research findings define cultural articulations of civil society concerned with solidarity, reciprocity, and mutual trust.
Dr Alexandrov has extensive experience in communications, public relations and digital content production in academia and the NGO sector. Previously, he worked in an Integrated Civil Society project at the UN Headquarters in New York. He also collaborated with regional partner organisations and managed public relations for USAID development projects in Central Asia, and for film producers.
Awards & honours
- Cambridge Trust-Open Society Full Doctoral Scholarship, 2011
- US State Department Edmund S. Muskie Full Master’s Fellowship, 2008
Public sphere and civil society; social enterprise; community development; cultural and architectural anthropology; ethnography; visual studies and photography.
Alexandrov, T. (2018) “Ethno-cultural associations in Kazakhstan: the Soviet footprint and resources for civil society.” Cambridge Journal of Eurasian Studies, (2): 1–20 (DOI: 10.22261/cjes.pdxwgc)
Alexandrov, T. (2017) “Gap.” In: Ledeneva, A. (ed.) The global encyclopaedia of informality: understanding of global and cultural complexity: vol.2. London: UCL Press, pp.47-51 (DOI: 10.14324/111.9781787351899)
Alexandrov, T. (2017) “‘Shaking hands with money’: the phenomenon of gap in modern Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.” Europe-Asia Studies, 69(6), 897-920 (DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2017.1355965)