Before joining the Democracy Institute, Andrew Cartwright was a Co-Director of the Center for Policy Studies. He joined CEU from the University of Liverpool, UK in 2002.
He holds a PhD in law from the University of Warwick. His doctoral research was a history of land and agrarian reforms in Romania and a case study of the implementation of post-socialist restitution laws. After working for the Charity Law Unit, University of Liverpool, he continued researching rural property relations in Romania with a post-doctoral position at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle/Saale, Germany.
Since beginning at CEU, Andrew has carried out research on the rural transition in several post-socialist countries, including the development of private land ownership in Mongolia, emerging land markets in Ukraine and Kazakhstan, rural civil society in Romania, the implementation of the EU’s cohesion policy in rural Hungary and most recently, the implications of demographic changes for rural land use in central and eastern Europe. His current research concentrates on economic and legal problems in left behind areas.