Rico Isaacs

Journal Editor, Central Asian Survey

Rico Isaacs

Professor of International Politics, University of Lincoln, UK

Research interests:

Authoritarianism, Nationalism Studies, Populism, Central Asia and Political Theory


Rico Isaacs is currently serving as editor of the leading peer-reviewed journal within the field of Central Asian Studies, Central Asian Survey. He is also a Professor of International Politics at the University of Lincoln. He joined the College of Arts Social Sciences & Humanities at the University of Lincoln in September 2019 having previously worked at Oxford Brookes University. 

His research interests lay at the intersection of authoritarianism, nationalism and populism with a specific focus on the post-communist space, especially in Central Asia. Specifically, his research concerns three areas: the formal and informal institutional basis of support for authoritarian rule; the construction and contestation of nation-building policies and discourses; and the relationship between populism and ecological crisis.

He is the author of Political Opposition in Authoritarianism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2022), Film and Identity in Kazakhstan (Bloomsbury, 2018) and Party System Formation in Kazakhstan (Routledge, 2011), as well as authoring several edited volumes, an Politics: An Introduction textbook (Routledge, 1997) and numerous journal articles. 

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