- Loughlin, N. and Grimsditch, M. (2021). How local political economy dynamics are shaping the Belt and Road Initiative. Third World Quarterly, 42(10), pp. 2334–2352. doi:10.1080/01436597.2021.1950528.
- Loughlin, N. (2021). Beyond Personalism: Elite Politics and Political Families in Cambodia. Contemporary Southeast Asia: a journal of international and strategic affairs, 43(2).
- Loughlin, N. (2021). Chinese linkage, leverage, and Cambodia’s transition to hegemonic authoritarianism. Democratization, 28(4), pp. 840–857. doi:10.1080/13510347.2021.1888931.
- Loughlin, N. and Milne, S. (2021). After the Grab? Land Control and Regime Survival in Cambodia since 2012. Journal of Contemporary Asia, 51(3).
- Loughlin, N. and Norén-Nilsson, A. (2021). Introduction to Special Issue: The Cambodian People's Party's Turn to Hegemonic Authoritarianism: Strategies and Envisaged Futures. Contemporary Southeast Asia, 43(2), pp. 225–240. doi:10.1355/cs43-2a.
- Loughlin, N. (2020). Reassessing Cambodia's Patronage System(s) and the End of Competitive Authoritarianism: Electoral Clientelism in the Shadow of Coercion. Pacific Affairs, 93(3), pp. 497–518. doi:10.5509/2020933497.
- Loughlin, N. (2018). Review of Behind the Façade: Elections Under Authoritarianism in Southeast Asia. South East Asia Research, 26(1).
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Dr. Neil Loughlin is Lecturer in Comparative Politics at City, University of London. Neil’s main research interests include authoritarian politics and the political economy of development. He has published in journals such as Democratization, Third World Quarterly, and Journal of Contemporary Asia, on topics including post-conflict state-building, clientelism, authoritarian developmentalism, and the politics of land dispossession and resource extraction. Neil is currently completing his first monograph, provisionally titled: The Politics of Coercion: State and Regime Making in Cambodia since 1979. His new project focuses on how Chinese investment, including through the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is being mediated by local political economy dynamics in recipient countries, shaping political and developmental outcomes.
Most of Neil's work has focused on the Southeast Asia region, where he previously worked for a number of local and international NGOs as a human rights worker and development professional. In this capacity he has consulted for organisations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). He has written or provided comment for various international news outlets such as The Observer, The Guardian, The Nikkei, Global Post, Voice of America, and Radio Free Asia
At City, Neil convenes three modules: IP2037 Comparative Asian Politics, IP2033 Advanced Topics in Comparative Politics, and IP3017 Final Year Dissertation Project (with Dr Jimena Valdez). He has also contributed to SAM005 Qualitative Research Methods in Sociology (postgraduate). Before joining City, Neil was based at the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV), where he remains an Associate Fellow. He also taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules in comparative authoritarianism, Southeast Asian politics, and development at the University of Amsterdam and Leiden University. He has held fellowships at the University of Sydney and the University of Copenhagen. Neil completed his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at the University of London in 2019.
- Asia - East
- Asia - Southeast
Publications by category
- Loughlin, N. (2022). Cambodia–China Comprehensive Investment and Development Pilot Zone & Dara Sakor Seashore Resort. People's Map of Global China.