John Heathershaw

Kazakhstan | Kyrgyzstan | Tajikistan | Uzbekistan

John Heathershaw is Professor of International Relations at the University of Exeter. His research addresses conflict, security, and development in global politics, especially in Central Asia. He is author of Post-Conflict Tajikistan (Routledge, 2009), Dictators Without Borders (Yale, 2017), The UK’s Kleptocracy Problem (Chatham House, 2021) and over 30 peer-reviewed journal articles including in International Studies Review, the European Journal of International Relations, the Journal of International Relations and Development, the Review of International Studies, and the Journal of Democracy. John is currently the principal investigator of a research project which seeks to identify the characteristics of kleptocratic enabling networks via an analysis of the data of the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. In 2021/22, he was a senior fellow of British Academy studying relations between postcommunist elites and British professional service providers.

Heathershaw has previously been on the faculty of the American University in Central Asia, the London School of Economics, Kings College London, and the University of Notre Dame. Prior to entering academia, Heathershaw was a research analyst at the Ministry of Defence and an aid worker in West Africa and Central Asia. He has been and continues to be educated in history, international relations, and theology, including at Aberystwyth, London School of Economics, the University of Notre Dame, and Bristol Baptist College.