Since September 2020, Michael Richter is a doctoral researcher (PhD candidate) in the team of Prof. Dr. Michael Rochlitz (Professorship of Institutional Change) at the University of Bremen within the EU Innovative Training Network (ITN). He is also a research fellow at the Centre for East European Studies at the University of Bremen. Previously, he finished his postgraduate degrees in European interdisciplinary studies at the College of Europe, in economics and politics at the University College London (UCL), and in international relations at the Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow. He also holds a Bachelor degree in international management from ESB Business School in Reutlingen and Jagiellonian University in Cracow. During his studies, he collected practical experience at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Moscow, the Polish Embassy in Russia, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Germany, and Ecolab in Poland. His main research focus is on informal adaptation mechanisms of companies to asymmetric economic shocks and sanctions, particularly in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.