Katja Doose

Katja Doose

Research Fellow

Contact details

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


  • Master degree in Teaching Russian Studies and History at High School level


After her graduation from the University of Dresden, Katja Doose worked for three years in Tashkent/Uzbekistan as the Head of Office for the German Academic Exchange Service. She subsequently did her PhD at the Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen on the societal and political impacts of the 1988 Armenian Earthquake. Since May 2017 Katja Doose has worked as a research fellow on a Soviet climate sciences project in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.


Research interests

History of the Soviet Union, Soviet environmental history, Disaster Research, History of Science, Climate Change 


‘Governing through Aid in the Cold War. Humanitarian Interventions after the 1988 Earthquake in Armenia’, in J. Laycock and F. Piana (ed.), Aid to Armenia on the place of Armenia in histories of humanitarianism (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2019) (in press)

'Green Nationalism? The ecological transition of Soviet Armenia, 1969-1991‘, Ab imperio 1, (2019).

Tektonik der Perestroika. Das Erdbeben und die Neuordnung Armeniens, 1985-1998 (Köln: Böhlau Verlag, 2019)

With Oldfield, J., ‘Natural and anthropogenic climate change understanding in the Soviet Union 1960s-1980s’, in M. Poberezhskaya and T. Ashe (ed.), Climate Change Discourse in Russia. Past and Present (London: Routledge, 2018)

‘The Armenian Earthquake of 1988: A perfect stage for the Karabakh conflict’, Europe Asia Studies 70:6 (2018).

‘Spitak – the last petrified Soviet utopia’, in T. Harutunyan (ed.), Yerevan. An Architecture guide. (Berlin: DOM Publishing house, 2017).

Doose, Katja (2018) Reclaiming Political Legitimacy. The Ecological Concessions of the Armenian Communist Party after 1988. Ab imperio.(accepted)

Conference Report: „Contemporary environmental history of the Soviet Union and the successor states, 1970-2000. Ecological globalization and regional dynamics“, 18.03.2015, Paris, in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 12.05.2015, http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/tagungsberichte/id=5965.

Conference Report: „Catastrophes in Eastern Europe from the 18th Century until today.“ 21.02. 22.02.2013. Tuebingen, in: H-Soz-u-Kult, 10.04.2013, http://hsozkult.geschichte.hu-berlin.de/tagungsberichte/id=4750

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