Dr Alena Pivavarava

Lecturer in International Business and Economics

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Department:Economics and International Business

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Business, management and leadership , Economics , International Business

Dr Alena Pivavarava is a lecturer in International Business and Economics at the Business School. She has recently completed her PhD in Management and International Business at the Aston Business School; her doctoral project investigated the effect of state-business relations on investment decisions of EM firms. Her research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of international investment strategies, network economics and political science. Her research expertise extends to creating the time-continuous econometric models on large longitudinal datasets. She is particularly keen on developing and applying novel modelling strategies and creating new data.


Currently, Alena is developing techniques to capture and model the transmission and influence mechanisms in state-business networks. She is designing the data and SNA techniques to map the configuration and evolution of overlapping state-business networks across the countries. Her particular interest is to model the influence effects within the regional and global networks and how those the internationalisation strategies of MNEs, and also the economic development and change in the institutional ad regulatory environments of host countries.

She has also held a number of postdoctoral fellowships: as Research Associate at the University of Cambridge (Cambridge Judge Business School) and PDRA at the University of Oxford (Department of Politics and International Relations), where she investigated the change in global governance of capital markets with applied network analysis. As a Research Fellow at the Centre for Business Network Analysis (the Greenwich University), she was writing Python codes for the extraction of the data on innovation networks of hi-tech firms and constructing an SQL database for the "Online innovation networks: a multilevel perspective" project. Prior to academic roles, she was a leader of the consulting projects on launching new ventures and reconstructing enterprises across East European countries.

Research interests

  • Network Analysis (SNA) applications for interdisciplinary studies
  • Longitudinal databases and advanced statistical modelling
  • International Business Strategies
  • State-Business Relations
  • Political Power and Economic Networks
  • Industrial Groups and Business Networks
  • Innovation Network and Regional Clusters
  • Transitional and Institutional Economics


  • PhD in International Business and Management (Aston Business School)