Elisabeth Schimpfössl is a sociologist/Russianist and author of Rich Russians: From Oligarchs to Bourgeoisie, published by Oxford University Press in 2018. Elisabeth’s current research focuses on philanthropy, both in Russia and the United Kingdom. She has also conducted research on media and journalism in Eastern Europe, with a focus on self-censorship. Elisabeth has a doctorate from the University of Manchester and is lecturer in sociology and policy at Aston University, Birmingham. Prior to pursuing a PhD, she worked in development cooperation under the Austrian Foreign Ministry.