Working to make government more effective

Alex was a researcher in the devolution team, where he focused on sub-national governance in England. 

Alex studied German, Russian and politics at university. He started his career as the Coordinator of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), and was subsequently Regional Manager for Europe and lead Russia analyst in the country forecasting unit at the Economist Intelligence Unit. He has been a visiting fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin and the Polish Institute for International Affairs in Warsaw, and has also worked at the Civic Assistance Committee in Moscow. Since 2017, he has been an Associate Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  

In 2014-16, Alex was a member of the Chatham House Council (the board of trustees). 

 

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10 MAY 2023 Interview

Helen Liddell

Baroness Liddell discusses entering government in 1997, the challenges of running the Scotland Office and transitioning from government to diplomacy.

02 FEB 2023 Report

Net zero and devolution

The UK government’s current top-down approach to net zero has hamstrung locally elected mayors’ efforts to deliver net zero.

07 OCT 2022 Interview

Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy reflects on his time as secretary of state for Scotland and as a junior minister

20 JUN 2022 Explainer

Devolution to Greater Manchester

In November 2014, a ‘devolution deal’ was agreed between the UK government and Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

23 MAY 2022 Explainer

Devolution to the North of Tyne 

In November 2018, a ‘devolution deal’ was reached between the UK government and the leaders of Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland councils.

27 APR 2022 Explainer

Local elections 2022

On 5 May, local elections will take place in England, Scotland and Wales.

13 APR 2022 Explainer

Devolution to South Yorkshire

The South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority has four constituent councils: Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.