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I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research on Local Action Initiatives (CERAL), Faculty of Law, Political and Social Sciences, University of Paris 13-Sorbonne Paris Cité (Paris, France) and Principal Investigator of the project “Contested Global Governance, Transformed Global Governors? International Organisations and “Weak” States” (GLOBALCONTEST) funded by the French National Research Agency (ANR) from June 2016 to November 2019.

Since April 2016, I am also an Associate Leading Research Fellow at the Laboratory for Social Anthropological Research (LSAR), Tomsk State University (Tomsk, Russia).

Prior to this, I have been an Associate Professor at the Department of World Politics at the same university. In 2013-2015, I was a Marie Curie Fellow at the Department of Politics (University of Sheffield, UK). I was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute (Florence, 2011-2013). At the EUI, I was also associated with CARIM-East (Consortium for Applied Research on International Migration) – two-year network research project on migration processes and policies in the Eastern Partnership countries and Russia funded by the European Commission. In 2010-2011, I was a City of Paris Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for International Studies and Research (CERI – Sciences Po, Paris). In 2006-2007, I was an InBev-Baillet Latour Visiting PhD Researcher at the Institute for International and European Policy, Catholic University of Leuven (KUL, Belgium).

I have received my MA in Sociology and Social Anthropology from Central European University (Budapest, 2006), my BA/MA in International Relations (2005) and my PhD in History (2009) from Tomsk State University (Russia).

My research interests include international organizations, global (migration) governance, production and transfer of expert knowledge, EU-Russia cooperation on migration issues, migration policies in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

I have published widely, in particular, in Global Governance, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, European Journal of Migration and Law, European Foreign Affairs Review. I have presented my work at major academic conferences and at seminars for practitioners organised by OSCE, International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD), Doctors of the World. I have contributed to policy reports on challenges and prospects of the EU-Russia Visa Dialogue (for the European Commission and the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum) and on links between environmental changes and migration in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (for the UK Government Office for Science and the World Bank).


Professional service and membership

Article reviewer for “Europe-Asia Studies”, “Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies”, “Ethnicities”, “International Migration”, “International Journal of Refugee Law”, “Migration Studies”

Book reviewer for Palgrave


Member, British International Studies Association (BISA)

Member, Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), Harvard University, Cambridge

Member, European Society for Central Asian Studies (ESCAS)