Elena Bogdanova has been a research fellow at the Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR), Saint Petersburg, since 2001. She received the degree of Candidate of Sciences in Sociology (equivalent of PhD) in 2006. Currently she is working as a lecturer at the European University at St. Petersburg, assistant professor at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, and visiting lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland. She has published nearly forty articles, one of which won the International Sociological Association’s worldwide competition for young sociologists in 2014. One of the recent publications was devoted to the research of acoustic community of the Russian countrisude. Her research interests include the anthropology and sociology of law, justice and regulative systems, Soviet society and postsocialist transformations, and qualitative methods. She is one of the editors of the book Communism and Consumerism: The Soviet Alternative to the Affluent Society (Brill, 2015). She is currently working on the book Complaints to the Authorities in Russia: Tradition and Legal Modernization (Routledge).
Olga Brednikova works as a senior researcher at the Centre for Independent Social Research. She collaborates with European University at SPb. Sphere of research interests is migration and borders, everyday life, the neighborhood in metropolises, qualitative methodology.
In the project Olga works as coordinator and as researcher for the 1st and for the 2nd workpackages. Together with Virpi Kaisto they investigate Finnish-Russian borderland, in particular transborder practices and phenomenon of neighborhood in Imatra and Lappeenranta (Finland), Svetogorsk and Vyborg (Russia). Also she investigates practices of neighborhood in St.Petersburg.
PhD, Assistant Professor Olga Davydova-Minguet holds a tenure track position at the Karelian Institute of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies of the University of Eastern Finland. Davydova-Minguet’s main research interests fall, to a large degree, within the intersection of migration, cultural and transnational studies. She has studied immigration of Russian-speakers to Finland since the beginning of 2000s. Currently, she is involved in several research projects, which concentrate upon the transnational politics of memory in the border areas of Finland and Russia, media use of the Russian-speakers in Finland and the images of Russia in Finland. She teaches courses at the UEF and supervises doctoral dissertations.
Virpi Kaisto is a Junior Researcher at Karelian Institute in University of Eastern Finland. She is currently working on my PhD study focusing on the Finnish-Russian border area from the perspective of local inhabitants. In this project, she is studying the Finnish-Russian border area as a cross-border neighbourhood together with Olga Brednikova. They have made observations and carried out interviews in Finnish border towns of Imatra and Lappeenranta, and Russian border towns of Svetogorsk and Vyborg.
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DSSc Pirjo Pöllänen is a researcher of Social Policy, at University of Eastern Finland. Pöllänen has studied welfare state policy, gender issues and migration since late 1990’s. In recent years she has been concentrating on neo-liberal policy and auterity politics in different contexts like neo-liberal university politics, hollowing out welfare state in Finland, austerity in migration policy and finnish-Russian realtions in everyday level in post Crimean era. Currently, she is working with in three projects, which all are dealing with migration and every day neighbourhood in Finnish-Russian border area in region of North Karelia. Her methodological frame lies on everyday ethnography. Her thesis (2013) written in Finnish was about transnational family life and transnational care of Russian immigrant women in border area in North Karelia.
Olga Tkach holds a PhD in sociology and works as a senior researcher at the Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR) in St. Petersburg, Russia. Her current research interests include migration and mobility, domestic work and home, various aspects of everyday life. In the project, she studies neighbourhood produced by the inhabitants of multi-story newly-built houses in St. Petersburg.
Lilia Voronkova – is social anthropologist, founder and leader of art-science department at the Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR), Saint Petersburg(since 2011); researcher, curator of educational and research projects in urban development. Fellow of The German Chancellor Fellowship by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation with the research project: “Transdisciplinary projects: in the intersection between social sciences and arts”. Curator of several art-science exhibitions in St. Petersburg and Berlin (https://www.pachenkovivoronkova.com/art-science), author of the interdisciplinary edutainment project CityCult. Since 2015 one of the organizers of international public-art festival “Art-Prospect”.