London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Helen Hardman

Dr Helen Hardman is a researcher on Russia, Central and Eastern Europe and specialises in comparative politics using qualitative methods. From 2008 to 2010 she was the primary researcher on the ‘Pilot Judgments’ project at London Metropolitan University. Her forthcoming monograph, based on her doctoral thesis, is on democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe, 1988-1991, and will appear in Manchester University Press’s autumn 2011 catalogue. The book is supported by archival research, which she conducted in Hungary, Poland and Russia, and interviews she conducted in Belgrade, Budapest, Moscow and Warsaw. From 2007 to 2008 she was a lecturer in Russian and East-Central European politics for the Political Science and EURUS departments at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Between 2005 and 2007 Helen was the course provider on computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software, QSR N6, for the Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University. From 1999 to 2006 Helen was Regional Specialist on the Former Yugoslavia, Hungary, Poland and Romania at the Bodleian Library, Oxford University. She has a B.A. in Russian (Oxford University), an M.A. in Slavonic & East European Studies (University College London) and obtained her doctorate in Politics (Oxford University) in 2007.


Recent publications:

Helen Hardman, ‘The Validity of a grounded theory approach to democratization studies’ Qualitative Research (accepted for publication, forthcoming).  Samples of project coding

Helen Hardman, Gorbachev’s export of Perestroika to Eastern Europe, Perspectives on Democratic Practice series (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012)


Helen Hardman, Gorbachev’s battle for Perestroika in Central and Eastern Europe: Democratisation reconsidered, Perspectives on Democratic Practice Series (Manchester: Manchester University Press, forthcoming)

Philip Leach, Helen Hardman, Svetlana Stephenson and Brad Blitz, Responding to Systemic Human Rights Violations: An analysis of ‘Pilot Judgments’ of the European Court of Human Rights and their Impact at National Level (Antwerp: Intersentia, 2010)  

Articles, conference papers and chapters in books:

Philip Leach, Helen Hardman and Svetlana Stephenson, ‘Can the European Court’s Pilot Judgment procedure help resolve systemic human rights violations? Burdov and the failure to implement domestic court decisions in Russia’, Human Rights Law Review, 10:2 (2010)

Helen Hardman, ‘Tackling systemic human rights violations: the ECtHR’s pilot judgment procedure’ EHRAC Bulletin Summer (2010)

Helen Hardman, (Self-?) Censorship of the Internet in Russia, paper presented at the conference ‘Safety and Security in a Networked World: Balancing Cyber-Rights and Responsibilities’, Oxford Internet Institute, Oxford University, September 2005.

Stephen Coleman, Elizabeth Frazer and Helen Hardman, ‘Democratic Culture and the Internet’ in Krzysztof Piech (ed), The Knowledge Based Economy in Transition Countries (London: SSEES-UCL Press, 2004).

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