Colin Knox



Professor & Vice Dean for Academic Affairs

Education Background:

Ph.D., Public Policy, 1989, Queen’s University, Belfast (UK)

Research Areas

Public Sector Reform, Public Management, Public Policy Evaluation and Divided Societies, Public Councils in Kazakhstan, Civil society in Kazakhstan, Quality of Life and Well-being.

Contact information

Dr. Colin Knox
Professor of Public Policy
Graduate School of Public Policy
Room 4.017
Nazarbayev University
53 Kabanbay batyr Avenue
Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan 010000
Telephone: +7 7172 70 63 50

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. 

Publications (since 2018)

Peer-reviewed Articles

  1. ‘Public Councils in Kazakhstan: a case of emergent participative democracy?’ Central Asian Survey, 2018 Vol 37 (2): 305-321. (with Saltanat Janenova).
  2. ‘Public Sector Reforms in Eurasia’ International Journal of Civil Service Reform and Practice, 2018 Vol. 3 (1): 9 – 26.
  3. ‘Consolidating Peace: rethinking the community relations model’ Administration, 2018 Vol 66 (3): 7-31 (with Seamus McCrory).
  4. ‘Civil service reform in Kazakhstan: trajectory to the 30 most developed countries?’  International Review of Administrative Sciences 2019, Vol. 85 (3): 419-439 (with Saltanat Janenova).
  5. ‘Public Sector Reform in Central Asia and the Caucasus’ International Journal of Public Administration, 2019 Vol 42 (2): 168-178
  6. ‘‘‘Whatever you say, say nothing”: Teaching Public Administration in Northern Ireland’, Teaching Public Administration, 2019 Vol 37 (1): 107-120.
  7. Public Management Reforms: One-Stop Shops to Digital Government, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics 2019, 1 – 20. DOI: 10.1093/acrefore/9780190228637.013.629 (with Saltanat Janenova).
  8. Public Sector Reforms in Central Asia in A. Farazmand (ed.), Global Encyclopedia of Public Administration, Public Policy, and Governance, 2019 Springer International Publishing:
  9. ‘The e-government paradox in post-Soviet countries’ International Journal of Public Sector Management 2019, (with Saltanat Janenova)
  10. ‘Open government in authoritarian regimes’ International Review of Public Policy 2019, 1 (1): 65-83 (with Karl O’Connor and Saltanat Janenova) 
  11. ‘Combatting corruption in Kazakhstan: A role for ethics commissioners?’ Public Administration and Development (2019). DOI: 10.1002/pad.1873 (with S. Janenova).
  12. Depicting Public Servants in Authoritarian Regimes (2020). In: Sullivan H., Dickinson H., Henderson H. (eds) The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant. pp 1-19. Palgrave Macmillan. Online ISBN: 978-3-030-03008-7 (with S. Janenova)
  13. ‘Bureaucrats, Authoritarianism, and Role Conceptions’ Review of Public Personnel Administration (2021) 41 (2): 358-383 DOI: 10.1177/0734371X19888009 (with K. O’Connor and S. Janenova).
  14. “Good Enough” Governance in the Post-Soviet Eurasia (2021).  Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis. (with O.Baris and R. Pelizzo)
  15. Innovative Work Behaviors and Networking across Government (2021) International Review of Administrative Sciences. DOI: 10.1177/00208523211017654. (with M. Demircioglu and T. Hameduddin).
  16. ‘Sobriety, human dignity and public morality’: ethical standards in Kazakhstan (2021) Public Money & Management, 1-9 (with R. Pelizzo).
  17. Variegated Accountability: Devolved Public Accounts Committees in the UK (2021) Parliamentary Affairs (with H. Foster)


Book Chapters

  1. Quality Peace: Northern Ireland Case Study’ in M. Joshi and P. Wallensteen (eds.) Understanding Quality Peace: Peacebuilding after Civil War, Chapter 15, 2018: London: Routledge. pp 235-256.
  2. “Mayoral Governance: A View from the North” (2019)  pps 77- 88 in D. O’ Brion and E. O’Malley (eds.) Mayoral Governance. Dublin: Glasnevin Publishing.