Research in the UK
My academic interests are in the material and visual expressions of cultures, places, and spaces. My PhD thesis was conducted at the University of Manchester and explored the idea and meaning of home and homemaking in the context of migration. By looking at the organisation of the domestic life and interiors of the homes of Russian migrants in the UK, this research explored the ways in which both Russian identity and the feeling of belonging to a homeland were created and maintained. This research was published as a book 'Material Cultures, Migrations, and Identities' (Palgrave 2015) that focuses on theoretical and methodological aspects of researching Russian migrants homes framed around three themes: homemaking and decorating practices, clothing and dressing practices, and food and cooking practices.
My current research explores representations and meanings of home from the perspective of the users of the online renting service AirBnB.
university teaching expertise
I teach and convene a range of UG/PG modules on Social Research methods, in particular social research methodologies and qualitative research methods; modules on social and urban identities, sociology of communication and visual culture, and culture, media, and migration.
research and expertise keywords
Homes and Homemaking Cultures, Material Culture, Homes and Migration, Migration, Identity, International Higher Education, Cultural Geography, Qualitative Social Research, Qualitative Analysis, Visual Sociology, Visual Studies, Interview Analysis, Data Analysis, Social Research, Academic Writing, Research Methodology, Methodology, Russia, UK.
regions of expertise
USSR, former USSR, Russia, Russian-speaking migration to the UK / USA / Western Europe; Great Britain, London, Oxford, North-West of England
11/04/2018 ‘The Study of Diasporic Identities through Home-Making Practices’. Presented at BSA Annual Conference 2018 as part of Race, Ethnicity and Migration special event. Northumbria University.
06/2017 Material cultures, migrations, and identities: Researching home of Russian migrants communities in the UK, presented at International Workshop on Researching Home and Migration: Questions, Methods, Prospects. An International Workshop within the ERC HomInG project, 5-6 June, 2017, Trento. Presentation video recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTVElML5Aq4&t=1s
04/2017 "Cosy Room in Charming Flat". The construction of Home and non-Home on AirBnB, presented at the British Sociological Association Conference, 4-6 April, 2017, Manchester. Presentation slides: https://vimeo.com/211333743
08/2015 National Food and Russiannness in Immigration, presented at the 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association August 28th, 2015, Prague.
07/2015 Researching migrants’ homes: the atmospheres of Russianness, presented at the Atmospheres Conference, July 1-2, 2015, the University of Manchester
Platform Ukraine podcasts: social research in the post-socialist space, UCL SSEES, 17 December 2014
Video recording of the presentation at QM Teaching and Pedagogy Conference (June 2013) in Cardiff .
April 28, 2019 Интервью для Реальное Время: «В Англию переезжает в два раза больше женщин, чем мужчин»
November 1, 2015 Interview to Russia News Agency Lenta.ru: «В новом доме они строят маленькую Россию»
October 22, 2015, Research University - Higher School of Economics, video interview: «Взять сувенир из России на память!»