Dr Irina Kuznetsova

Dr Irina Kuznetsova

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor

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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


  • Geographies of Russia in a Global and Regional Context
  • Work, Migration and Alternative Economies
  • Tutorials and Study Skills for Geographers
  • Fieldwork Project Design
  • Geography and Planning Research (dissertations)
  • Advanced field trip (Tokyo, Dubai)  
  • Urban lives (MSc Urban Planning, Dubai)

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, Basheva, O, Kuznetsova, I & Korunova, V 2021, The Russian Urban Sustainability Puzzle: How Can Russian Cities Be Green? Emerald Points, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1108/9781839826306


Kuznetsova, I, Garapshina, L & Mukharyamova, L 2021, 'Between withdrawal and resistance: parents strategies in navigating preschool education in Russia for children with developmental disabilities and autism', Journal of Children’s Services. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-08-2020-0051

Sigona, N, Kato, J & Kuznetsova, I 2021, 'Migration infrastructures and the production of migrants' irregularity in Japan and the United Kingdom', Comparative Migration Studies, vol. 9, no. 1, 31. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40878-021-00242-4

Kuznetsova, I 2021, 'The feminist geopolitics of Donbas: the role of art in challenging bordering', Region: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia , vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 61-83. <https://muse.jhu.edu/article/840705>

Mukharyamova, L, Saveleva, Z, Kuznetsova, I & Garapshina, L 2021, 'Аутизм в России: противоречивое поле диагностики и статистики', Journal of Social Policy Studies, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 437-450. https://doi.org/10.17323/727-0634-2021-19-3-437-450

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

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Kuznetsova, I & Round, J 2021, Migrants’ Islamic practices in Russian cities: coping in “cities of exception”. in M Laruelle & J Schmoller (eds), Cultures Of Islam: Vernacular Traditions and Revisionist Interpretations across Russia. Central Asia Program, The George Washington University, Washington , pp. 95-101. <https://www.centralasiaprogram.org/cultures-islam-vernacular-traditions-revisionist-interpretations-russia>

Kuznetsova, I, Mogilevskii, R, Murzakulova, A, Abdoulbaetova, A, Wolters, A & Round, J 2021, Migration and COVID-19: Challenges and Policy Responses in Kyrgyzstan. in M Laruelle & B Radjabov (eds), COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND CENTRAL ASIA: Crisis Management, Economic Impact, and Social Transformations. Central Asia Program, The George Washington University, pp. 149-158. <https://www.centralasiaprogram.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Laruelle-ed-Covid-and-Central-Asia-2021-Final-1.pdf>

Round, J & Kuznetsova, I 2021, The Struggle for Formal Work: The Everyday Experiences of Russia’s Central Asian Labour Migrants. in R Turaeva & R Urinboyev (eds), Labour, Mobility and Informal Practices in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe : Power, Institutions and Mobile Actors in Transnational Space. 1 edn, BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies, Routledge, Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 19-35. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003176763-2

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.

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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.

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