Abel Polese


Research Interests

Social Sciences

Institutional Contact

Tallinn University, Institute of Political Science


Abel Polese is a senior researcher at Dublin City University and Tallinn University. He is mainly interested in informal and alternative mechanisms of governance and theory and practice of development. In addition to his academic work, he has been involved in development projects in the former USSR and South East Asia, with a growing interest in the Middle East. His project “Sustainable Development in Cultural Diversity” received the Global Education Award by the Council of Europe in 2011. He his co-editor of Studies of Transition States and Societies and has authored a number of resource tools and scientific articles in 9 languages. His most recent books are: Informal Economies in Post-Socialist Spaces: Practices, Institutions and Networks, (Palgrave) that he co-edited with Jeremy Morris and Nation-Building and Identity in the post-Soviet Space: New tools and approaches (Ashgate) that he co-edited with Rico Isaacs.