Dr Irina Kuznetsova

Dr Irina Kuznetsova

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Birmingham Fellow

Contact details

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


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

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.

Kuznetsova, I & Round, J 2018, 'Postcolonial migrations in Russia: the racism, informality and discrimination nexus', International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-08-2018-0131

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

Kuznetsova, I & Round, J 2014, 'Communities and social care in Russia: the role of Muslim welfare provision in everyday life in Russia's Tatarstan region', International Social Work, vol. 57, no. 5, pp. 486-496. https://doi.org/10.1177/0020872814536417

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

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.

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.

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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.