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Timur Alexandrov

Timur Alexandrov

Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation

PhD (University of Cambridge)

Professional experience

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.

Previous appointments

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

Research interests

Public sphere and civil society; social enterprise; community development; cultural and architectural anthropology; ethnography; visual studies and photography.

Selected publications

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)

Contact details

Timur Alexandrov
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG

Tel: +44 (0)1223 765382

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