About us

Development and Transition is a joint project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Europe and the CIS and the London School of Economics (LSE). It aims to be a forum for policy-oriented discussions and debates about the nature, evolution and challenge of development and transition in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and also in Turkey.

Our aim is to discuss and think differently about policy frameworks by bringing together a variety of viewpoints and analytical approaches from practitioners and researchers to explore and explain the core issues and problems, and to extract the best practices.

James Hughes, Editor

James Hughes is a Professor of Comparative Politics and Director of the Conflict Research Group at the London School of Economics (LSE). He has written extensively on transition issues in Eastern Europe and the CIS region, including European enlargement, Russian Federalism, interethnic relations and national and ethnic conflict. He is the author of more than 50 academic books, articles, and chapters. His most recent books are (ed) EU Conflict Management(Routledge, 2010), and Chechnya: From Nationalism to Jihad (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007). Professor Hughes is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast and received his Ph.D. from LSE.

Ben Slay, Executive Editor

Ben Slay is Senior Economist for UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS. In this capacity he advises UNDP senior management on economic development and transition issues, as well as supporting UNDP country offices with priority projects and initiatives in these areas. (His research is available through the Office of the Senior Economist.) His publications include: The Polish Economy: Crisis, Reform, and Transformation (Princeton University Press); Demonopolization and Competition Policy in Post-Communist Economies (Westview Press); and the co-edited volume Beyond Transition: Development Perspectives and Dilemmas (Ashgate Publishers). Other publications work include serving as editor of the M.E. Sharpe journals Problems of Economic Transition (2002-2008) and Russian and East European Finance and Trade (1993-1998). He holds doctoral and masters degrees in Economics and Russian and East European Studies from Indiana University, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California.

Gwendolyn Sasse, Deputy Editor

Gwendolyn Sasse is a Professorial Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford and University Reader in Comparative Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations and the School for Interdisciplinary Area Studies. Prior to her 2007 arrival in Oxford she was Lecturer (since 1999) and Senior Lecturer (from 2005) in the European Institute and the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the LSE. Her recent publications include the following: The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition, and Conflict, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007; Europeanization and Regionalization in the EU’s Enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe. The Myth of Conditionality, London: Palgrave, 2004 (co-authored with J. Hughes and C. Gordon); ‘Ukraine: The Role of Regionalism’,Journal of Democracy, 21, 3, 2010, pp. 99-106; ‘The Politics of Conditionality: The Norm of Minority Protection before and after EU Accession’, Journal of European Public Policy, 15, 6, 2008, pp. 842-60; ‘The European Neighbourhood Policy: Conditionality Revisited for the EU’s Eastern Neighbours’, Europe-Asia Studies, 60, 2, 2008, pp. 295-316.

Peter Serenyi, Managing Editor

Peter Serenyi is Editor and Regional Publications Manager at UNDP’s Bratislava Regional Centre. He is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis and Columbia University, where he earned a Masters in International Affairs. He worked for 10 years as a journalist in Moscow, Budapest, and London. His work has appeared in The Economist, Euromoney, the International Herald Tribune, and other publications.