Dr Irina Kuznetsova

Dr Irina Kuznetsova

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Birmingham Fellow

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School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Irina Kuznetsova's research expertise includes areas of migration, forced displacement, health, and critical urbanism. Her recent projects focus on social consequences of population displacement in Ukraine, Russia, Rwanda, Nigeria and Japan, including mental health and well-being, and the impact of migration on rural communities.


BA and MA in Sociology, PhD - Kazan Federal University, Russia



  • Russia in a Global Context BA
  • Planning methods and Techniques MA
  • Tokyo field trip for 3rd year BA students

Postgraduate supervision

Irina Kuznetsova is a sociologist and social geographer. She has led and participated in various applied and academic studies founded by regional bodies in Russia and also the European Commission, Open Society Institute, MacArthur Foundation, Russian Foundation for Humanities and others.


Migration, city, social inclusion, health, social policy, ethnic relations, religion, superdiversity


Recent publications


Ermolaeva, P, Ermolaeva, Y, Kuznetsova, I, Basheva, O & Korunova, V 2020, 'Environmental issues in Russian cities: towards the understanding of regional and national mass media discourse', Russian Journal of Communication, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 48-65. https://doi.org/10.1080/19409419.2020.1729464

Kuznetsova, I & Mikheieva, O 2020, 'Forced displacement from Ukraine’s war-torn territories: intersectionality and power geometry', Nationalities Papers, vol. 48, no. Special issue 4, pp. 690-706. https://doi.org/10.1017/nps.2020.34

Kuznetsova, I 2020, 'To help ‘brotherly people’? Russian policy towards Ukrainian refugees', Europe-Asia Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2020.1719044

Kuznetsova, I 2019, 'Internally displaced people from south-east of Ukraine: civil solidarity and volunteering', Neprikosnovennyi Zapas, vol. 123, no. 1, pp. 33-42. <https://www.nlobooks.ru/magazines/neprikosnovennyy_zapas/123_nz_1_2019/article/20837/>

Kuznetsova, I & Round, J 2019, 'Postcolonial migrations in Russia: the racism, informality and discrimination nexus', International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, vol. 39, no. 1/2, pp. 52-67. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-08-2018-0131

Kuznetsova, I 2019, 'Social and environmental 'sustainability through changes' of Russian mega-cities: the search for theoretical and methodological approaches', Monitoring Obshchestvennogo Mneniya: Ekonomichekie i Sotsial'nye Peremeny, vol. 150, no. 2. https://doi.org/10.14515/monitoring.2019.2.04

Ermolaeva, P & Kuznetsova, I 2018, 'Obshchestvennye otsenki sotsial’’no-ekonomicheskikh posledstviy izmeneniya klimata po materialam Respubliki Tatarstan', Moscow University Herald - Geography Series, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 33-41. <http://vestnik5.geogr.msu.ru/jour/article/view/382/363>

Kuznetsova, I 2018, 'REFUGEES FROM UKRAINE IN RUSSIA:MIGRATION POLICY AND EVERYDAY LIFE: BEZHENTSY IZUKRAINY:MIGRATSIONNAYA POLITIKA IPOVSEDNEVNOST’', Journal of Social Policy Studies, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 577. https://doi.org/10.17323/727-0634-2018-16-4-577-594

Savelyeva, Z, Mukharyamova, L & Kuznetsova, I 2018, 'Social'naja spravedlivost' v zdravoohranenii: opyt i ocenki rossijan', Mir Rossii, vol. 27, no. 3, pp. 154-179. https://doi.org/10.17323/1811-038X-2018-27-3-154-179

Kuznetsova, I & Mukharyamova, L 2017, 'Ravenstvo i spravedlivost’ v otnoshenii zdorov’ya: k poisku analiticheskikh instrumentov otsenki', Journal of Social Policy Studies, vol. 15, no. 4, pp. 651-659. https://doi.org/10.17323/727-0634-2017-15-4-651-659

Round, J & Kuznetsova, I 2016, 'Necropolitics and the migrant as a political subject of disgust: the precarious everyday of Russia’s labour migrants', Critical Sociology, vol. 42, no. 7-8, pp. 1017-1034. https://doi.org/10.1177/0896920516645934

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Hamann, H, Heisserer, U, Kabira, N, Kusche, I, Kuznetsova, I, Liedl, P, Schonberg, T & Ventura, CAA 2020, Dynamic cities and rigid laws? Reflections on the role of law(s) in creating livable cities. in Laws: Rigidity and dynamics . World Scientific.

Kato, J, Kuznetsova, I & Round, J 2019, The nature of ‘illegal’ migration in Japan and the United Kingdom. The impact of attitudes towards migrants, social cohesion and future challenges. in ‘The nature of ‘illegal’ migration in Japan and the United Kingdom: the impact of attitudes towards migrants, social cohesion and future challenges’: IRiS Working Paper Series, No. 35/2019. Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS), University of Birmingham. <https://superdiversity.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/iris-node-wp-4-2019-1.pdf>

Round, J & Kuznetsova, I 2018, States of exception in a super-diverse city: the compromised mobility of Moscow’s labor migrants. in M Laruelle & C Schenk (eds), Eurasia on the move. Interdisciplinary approaches to a dynamic migration region. Central Asia Program, The George Washington University, pp. 107-119. <http://centralasiaprogram.org/publications/memos-and-ebooks>

Kuznetsova, I 2017, Dangerous and Unwanted: Policy and Everyday Discourses of Migrants in Russia. in A Pikulicka-Wilczewska & G Uehling (eds), Migration and the Ukraine Crisis A Two-Country Perspective. E-International Relations, Bristol, England , pp. 149-163. <http://www.e-ir.info/2017/04/28/dangerous-and-unwanted-policy-and-everyday-discourses-of-migrants-in-russia/>

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Dr Kuznetsova provided consultancy for GIZ and European Asylum Office and presented her recent projects internationally including Columbia University, Chatham House, UNDP, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre amongst others.