Barbara Piotrowska joined REES as a Teaching Associate from the Blavatnik School of Government (University of Oxford), where she worked as a Researcher on the History of UK Public Spending Control 1993-2015 project. From September 2020 she will be on a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at REES where she be working on her project 'Bureaucracy in the transition to democracy: testing a theoretical assumption' which will examine the question: Should bureaucratic personnel be overhauled during a democratic transition?
Barbara’s research concentrates on the operation of bureaucracies and authoritarian survival. Her doctoral research investigated the workings of a particular authoritarian bureaucracy: the East German Ministry for State Security (the Stasi). As a part of her dissertation, Barbara conducted research at the archives of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records (BStU) and constructed a dataset based on files of almost 300 informants of the Stasi. Her research revisits the question of the effects that destabilizing factors have on the control of authoritarian regimes and how the regimes counteract them using covert repression. Other papers address the issues of informant enrolment and their responsiveness to incentives.
Barbara holds a PhD and an MA in Political Science from the University of Rochester and an MSc in Economics and a BSc in Government and Economics, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science.