Colin Knox

Position: Visiting Professor

Education Background:

PhD in Public Policy from Queen’s University Belfast

Research Areas

Public sector reform in developed and developing countries; local government; and public policy evaluation and the politics of divided societies.

Research Output

Contact information

Dr. Colin Knox
Visiting Professor
Graduate School of Public Policy




Colin Knox joined the Graduate School of Public Policy as Professor of Public Policy in 2016. Dr Knox received his doctorate in public policy from Queen’s University Belfast, one of the Russell Group Universities in the United Kingdom. His fields of research include: public sector reform in developed and developing countries; local government; and public policy evaluation. He has also written widely on the politics of divided societies.

Prior to joining Nazarbayev University, Dr. Knox worked at Ulster University in the United Kingdom where he taught modules (Public Administration and Governance, Research Methods and Contemporary Issues in Public Policy) on the Masters in Public Administration Programme. He also led a team which designed the Professional Doctorate Programme (D.Gov) aimed at senior officials working in the public sector.

Dr. Knox also spent 8 years as a practitioner working in local government in the UK prior to joining academia. 


Recent publications

Book chapters

Knox, C. (2018). Comparative Policy Reforms, pps 918 – 923In: Farazmand, A. (eds) Global Encyclopaedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance. Springer, Cham

Knox. C. (2019) Public Sector Reforms in Centra Asia in Global Encyclopaedia of Public Administration, Public Policy and Governance (Farazmand, A ed.). Palgrave Macmillan.

Knox, C. (2019) Public Management Reforms: One-Stop Shops to Digital Government, in Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics 1 – 20. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.629 (with S. Janenova).

Knox, C. (2021) Depicting Public Servants in Authoritarian Regimes pps 1411- 1428 In The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant (Sullivan, H., Dickinson, H. and Henderson, H. eds). Pagrave Macmillan (with S. Janenova).

Knox, C. (2022) Intrastate Government in Central Asian autocracies in A Modern Guide to Local and Regional Politics (Copus, C, Kerley, R. and Jones, A, eds) pages 46-64 Edward Elgar.

Knox, C. (2023) Kazakhstan and the OECD: In search of legitimacy in Elgar Companion to the OECD (Fabrizio, F. and Radaelli, C. eds). Edward Elgar. (with S. Janenova)

Knox, C. (2023) Social Injustice in Consolidated Authoritarian Regimes in Social Justice in a Turbulent Era (Craig, G.ed). Edward Elgar (with S. Janenova and H. Ha).

Knox, C. (2023) Philanthropy and World Conflict in Encyclopaedia of Non-Profit Management, Leadership and Governance. (Kearns, K. and Wang, W. eds). Edward Elgar.

Knox, C. (2023) Party Patronage in Kazakhstan in Political Patronage in Asian Bureaucracies (Peters, G., Knox, C. and Byong-Seob, K. eds). Cambridge University Press (with S. Janenova)

Knox, C. (2023) Political Patronage in Asian Bureaucracies in Political Patronage in Asian Bureaucracies (Peters, G., Knox, C. and Byong-Seob, K. eds). Cambridge University Press (with G. Peters).


Knox, C. (1994) Community Relations and Local Government, Centre for the Study of Conflict, University of Ulster, 230pps ISBN 1859230601 (with J. Hughes, D.Birrell, S.McCready)

Knox, C. (1998) Partnership Governance in Northern Ireland: The Path to Peace, 269 pps, ISBN: 1-86076-104-6. Dublin: Oak Tree Press (with J. Hughes, M. Murray & J. Greer).

Knox, C (2000) Peace Building in Northern Ireland, Israel and South Africa: Transition, Transformation and Reconciliation, 246 pps. London: Macmillan Press, ISBN: 0-333-68189-4 (with P. Quirk).

Knox, C, (2002) Informal Justice in Divided Societies: Northern Ireland and South Africa, London: Palgrave/Macmillan, 241 pps. London: Macmillan Press, ISBN: 0-333-97236-8 (with R. Monaghan).

Knox, C. (2007) Devolution and Constitutional Change in Northern Ireland. Manchester: Manchester University Press 302pps (with P. Carmichael and R. Osborne).

Knox, C. (2010) Devolution and the Governance of Northern Ireland, 310 pps. Manchester: Manchester University Press, ISBN: 978-0-7190-7436-3.

Knox, C. (2015) The Economics of Schooling in a Divided Society: The Case for Shared Education ISBN: 9781137461865, 208 pages. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (with Vani Borooah).

Knox, C. (2016) Public Policy, Philanthropy and Peacebuilding in Northern Ireland  ISBN: 978-1-137-46268-8, 285 pages. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan (with Padraic Quirk).        

Knox, C. (2023) Political Patronage in Asian Bureaucracies. Cambridge University Press (with G. Peters and B-S. Kim eds)

Journal Articles

Knox, C. (2021) Development evaluation in authoritarian states. Development Policy Review 39 (1): 121 – 134.    doi: 10.1111/dpr.12470

Knox, C. (2021) Bureaucrats, Authoritarianism, and Role Conceptions. Review of Public Personnel Administration 41 (2): 358-383 DOI: 10.1177/0734371X19888009 (with K. O’Connor and S. Janenova).

Knox, C. (2021) Innovative Work Behaviors and Networking across Government International Review of Administrative Sciences. DOI: 10.1177/00208523211017654 (with M. Demircioglu and T. Hameduddin).

Knox, C. (2022) “Good Enough” Governance in the Post-Soviet Eurasia.  Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. 24 (4): 329-359 (with O.Baris and R. Pelizzo)

Knox, C. (2022) Variegated Accountability: Devolved Public Accounts Committees in the UK.  Parliamentary Affairs (with H. Foster)

Knox, C. (2022) The ‘Eyes and Ears of Parliament’: devolved public accounts committees in the UK. The Journal of Legislative Studies, DOI: 10.1080/13572334.2022.2079860 9 (with H. Foster)

Knox. C (2022) Open Government and Citizen Empowerment in Authoritarian States. Journal of Eurasian Studies 13 (2): 156 – 171 (with B. Kurmanov)

Knox, C. (2022) Corruption, public procurement and political instability in Kazakhstan, Central Asian Survey, DOI: 10.1080/02634937.2022.2072811 (with Z. Khamitov and G. Junusbekova)

Knox, C. (2023). Does bureaucratic performance vary across authoritarian regimes? Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, 45 (1) 16-36 (with S. Janenova)

Knox, C. (2023) Sobriety, human dignity and public morality: ethical standards in Kazakhstan. Public Money & Management, 43 (2): 156-164 (with R. Pelizzo).