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Dr Neil Collins


Name: Dr Neil Collins


Role: Professor Emeritus

Academic Unit: Government and Politics

Currently, professor of Politics at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan and PI on a Horizon 2020 project on cultural and scientific diplomacy. A recent book, co-authored with David O'Brien (UCC PhD), Everyday Politics of China, MUP. Previous posts at Ulster, Liverpool, Birmingham and City University New York.

Thematic Expertise

Political Corruption; Cultural Diplomacy; Public Policy

Geographical Expertise

China, Central Asia, Ireland

Relevant Projects

Project Title: European Leadership in Cultural, Science and Innovation Diplomacy (EL-CSID) project "693799 EL-CSID" (Horizon 2020)

Project Investigator on Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded project on the Common Agricultural Policy in Ireland and UK (grant No. W103031989)

Project Investigator on EU DGVI project on changing farm economies, jointly undertaken with institutes in UK, Greece and Ireland (contract No. 8001ct910303)

Partner in European Election Study (coordinated by University of Mannheim)


Collins & Bekenova (2017). ‘European cultural diplomacy: diaspora relations with Kazakhstan’. International Journal on Cultural Policy 23 (6): 732-750, DOI: 10.1080/10286632.2017.1343309

Collins & Bekenova (2018). ‘Digital diplomacy: success at your fingertips.’ Place Branding and Public Diplomacy. First published on-line 19th January, DOI: 10.1057/s41254-017-0087-1

Collins & Bekenova (forthcoming). ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You: Media Portrayal of the EU in Kazakhstan’, Europe-Asia Studies.

Neil Collins and Kristina Bekenova, (2016), "Fuelling the New Great Game: Kazakhstan, energy policy and the EU", Asia Europe Journal, Vol. 14, No 1, pp.1-20.

Niamh R. Collins and Neil Collins, (2016), "Ibn Khaldun and regime change: the cycle of power", African Politics and Policy, vol. 2, no.1, pp.17-31


Centre for Global Development