UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Gary Lawson

Gary Lawson

Gary Lawson

Gary studied Economics and Politics at SOAS, University of London (1986) and obtained an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management in 1991. After a career in financial services and healthcare, he returned to academia to study Russian and Post-Soviet Politics and obtained an MA with Distinction from UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies in 2018. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Principal Supervisor - Professor Anne White, Subsidary Supervisor - Professor Alena V. Ledeneva

Email: gary.lawson.17@ucl.ac.uk

Present status: MPhil candidate

Working title of thesis:   The Bitterest Pill: The Politics and Practice of Contraception in Post-Soviet Russia.

Research:  Focusing on contraception within contemporary Russia, Gary's research examines the motivations for, responses to and consequences of the politicisation of reproductive healthcare, given both the demographic echoes of the country's 20th century history and its contemporary social and political discourse.

His MA dissertation was titled “Have Contemporary Russian Pronatal Policies Evolved More to Address the Nation’s Housing Needs Than its Demographic ‘Crisis’?” He has also written on informal fertility practices in Russia, the demographic prognosis for Russia’s Closed Cities (ZATO), post-Soviet brain drain to Russia from Central Asian states and comparative corruption in healthcare in Russia, Ukraine, Germany and the UK.

Conferences: 2019 - British Association of Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) Annual Conference, Robinson College, Cambridge.  

Presentation: Russia’s Contemporary Pronatalism. The Evolution of Policy Priorities: from Demographic ‘Crisis’ to Housing Needs.

Seminar Series Affiliation: Politics and Sociology Seminar series

Research Blog: https://articleseven.wordpress.com 
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/gary_lawson7 
Academia.edu: https://ucl.academia.edu/garylawson 
Twitter: @lawsongary