UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)

Dr Ben Noble

Dr Ben Noble

Lecturer in Russian Politics



Joined UCL
1st Sep 2017

Research summary

Ben's current research focuses on the law-making process during the legislative stage of policy-making in authoritarian regimes. His empirical work is centred on states of the former Soviet Union. He has other research interests, including the politics of criminal law policy-making in Russia, Russian regional politics, and budgeting dynamics in non-democratic states.

Ben received a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award in 2019-20 for a project looking at moments of legislative closure in non-democratic states. 

Teaching summary

Undergraduate courses (co-)taught:

SESS0006 Understanding and Analysing Data

SESS0017 Understanding Politics II: How Politics Works

SESS0030 Russian Politics and Society 

SESS0034 Researching Politics and Society

Postgraduate courses (co-)taught:

SEES0107 Understanding and Analysing Data

SEES0116 Political Analysis 


Ben completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2016, with a dissertation on the politics of lawmaking in contemporary Russia, which was awarded the Walter Bagehot Prize by the Political Studies Association. From 2015 to 2017, he held a Junior Research Fellowship at New College, Oxford. Since 2017, he has been a Senior Researcher at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow.