Colin Knox, PhD

Professor, Professor of Public Policy

  • 53 Kabanbay Batyr, Astana


  • 659 Citations
  • 13 h-Index
1986 …2019
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Professional Information

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.

Education/Academic qualification

Public Management

External positions

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public service Social Sciences
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community Social Sciences
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Research Output 1986 2019

Bureaucrats, authoritarianism, and role conceptions

O'Connor, K., Knox, C. & Janenova, S., 2019, In : Review of Public Personnel Administration.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
role conception
civil servant
4 Citations (Scopus)
civil service

Combatting corruption in Kazakhstan: A role for ethics commissioners?

Janenova, S. & Knox, C., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Public Administration and Development.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

moral philosophy
political activity

Combatting Corruption in Kazakhstan: A role for ethics commissioners?

Knox, C. & Janenova, S., Oct 1 2019, In : Public Administration and Development. p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Development Evaluation in Authoritarian States

Knox, C., Sep 2019, In : Development Policy Review. p. 1-20 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Scopus Award 2019 for the Best Paper by Elsevier Central Asia

Saltanat Janenova (Recipient) & Colin Knox (Recipient), Dec 12 2019

Prize: Honorary award