Petra Alderman (prev. Desatova) is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Leadership for Inclusive and Democratic Politics at the University of Birmingham. Her research interests include leadership and governance, forms and techniques of state power, authoritarianism and its resilience, elections and electoral violence, nation branding and political branding/marketing. Petra’s geographical focus in on Southeast Asia and she has an extensive fieldwork experience in Thailand. She holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the University of Leeds and is a regular host on the Nordic Asia Podcast series, where she interviews fellow Asia researchers and specialists about their research work and publications.