DPhil in Area Studies (Russian and East European Studies)
Alex is a DPhil candidate at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford. He is researching family networks in Russian banking under the supervision of Professor Christopher J Gerry. His research relies on novel ways of using, combining, and automating open data from finance and beyond, such as creating natural language processing algorithms to extract and disambiguate named entities from text. He is currently investigating applications of network analysis in banking and implementing them in his project.
Prior to his DPhil, Alex completed a dual MSc in Public Administration and Government from LSE and Peking University, graduating with distinction and receiving a Prize for Best Dissertation from the Department of Government at LSE, where he researched factionalism and regionalism in Russian banking using geospatial analysis and text mining. His undergraduate degree was a magna cum laude BSc in Economics (Finance) at UIBE in Beijing, China. Alex is an experienced educator in the fields of data analysis, financial modelling, and second language instruction. He is an avid China-watcher and read Chinese politics and public policy at Peking University. He continues his studies of Mandarin and French at Oxford.
Family networks in Russian banking, Network analysis