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Project coordinator Dr. Anastassia Zabrodskaja is currently a professor of Estonian as a Second Language at Tallinn University, in the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School. She also works as a senior research fellow in sociolinguistics at the Institute of Estonian and General Linguistics at the University of Tartu. Her scholarly interests include ethnolinguistic vitality and the identity of Russian-speakers in the Baltic countries, Estonian linguistic landscapes, and Russian–Estonian language contact and code-switching. Anastassia is an experienced trainer in cross-cultural communication. Her recent publications include the Peter Lang volume Dimensions of Sociolinguistic Landscapes in Europe: Materials and Methodological Solutions (2015), co-edited with Mikko Laitinen, and a special issue of Sociolinguistic Studies, Post-Soviet identities: ethnic, national, linguistic, and imperial” (August 2015), co-edited with Martin Ehala. In 2016 appeared the Peter Lang volume Sociolinguistic Transition in Former Eastern Bloc Countries: Two Decades after the Regime Change, co-edited with Marián Sloboda and Petteri Laihonen.

Contact details:
Email: anastassia.zabrodskaja....at....tlu.ee
Telephone: +37255659113

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Project principle investigator in Russia Dr. Natalya Kosmarskaya is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Central Eurasian Studies, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow). Her areas of research are Ethnic and Diaspora Studies, Migration Studies, Urban Sociology and Central Asian Studies. Within these broad disciplines, she focuses on the following research topics: post-Soviet migration to Russia, Russian-speakers’ positions in the newly independent states, trajectories of ethnic/social identity change in the post-Soviet (urban) context, adaptation of immigrant/minority communities and their relationships with receiving populations, ethno-cultural stereotypes, and memories of the Soviet past.
N. Kosmarskaya has published extensively on the above-mentioned topics in Russian and in English (over 70 publications, including two books). For recent publications, see: https://ivran.academia.edu/NatalyaKosmarskaya

Contact details:
Email: kosmarskis....at....gmail.com
Telephone: 7-909-633-53-75

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Project principle investigator in Finland Dr. Olga Davydova-Minguet holds a tenure track researcher position at the Karelian Institute of the University of Eastern Finland. Her research interests lie in transnational and border studies, and consist of the production of memory, ethnicity, nationality and gender in transnational contexts caused by migration. She has researched the post-Soviet immigration to Finland, the formation of the Russian-speaking minority in the country, and identity politics in transnational contexts. Her recent publications deal with the politics of memory and ethnicity in the Republic of Karelia in Russia (e.g. Voitonpäivän juhla Sortavalassa: juhlinnan ja muistin politiikkaa rajakaupungissa), as well as with the gendered precarious labour market in the Finnish border region of North Karelia.

In the Finnish team, two other members are involved: Dr. Pirjo Pöllänen and Teemu Oivo, M.Sc.

Contact details:
Email: olga.davydova-minguet....at....uef.fi
Telephone: +358504333735 

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Project principle investigator in Moldova Prof. Conf. Irina Caunenco, PhD in psychology, is the chief researcher and head of the inter-ethnic relations division of the Center for Ethnology, Institute of Cultural Heritage, Academy of Sciences of Moldova, and a lecturer at the Faculty of Psychology and Social Work, ULIM.
Scientific interests: the psychology of inter-ethnic relations in transforming societies, ethnic groups’ identities in the post-Soviet space, the ethnic identities of different age groups, inter-cultural relations and ethnic minorities’ identities. She has experience in training intercultural dialogue.
Prof. Irina Caunenco teaches courses in ethnic identity psychology, and the psychology of inter-ethnic relations. In 2015 she edited two chapters, “The psychology of ethnic groups’ identity in a transforming society” and “An empirical research on the ethnic identities of young people”, in the multi-authored monograph “Identity in the system of ethno-psychological and ethnological science in the Republic of Moldova” (co-authors N. Caunova and N. Ivanova), Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Institute of Cultural Heritage, Chisinau, “Elan Poligraf”, 2015, 292 p.

Contact details:
Email: caunencoi....at....mail.ru
Telephone: +373 9503314

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Project principle investigator in France Dr. Olga Bronnikova is an Associate Professor in Russian history and geography at the Université Grenoble Alpes. She is also a member of Eur'Orbem (Université Paris Sorbonne). Her research interests lie in the geography of migrations from post-Soviet countries, as well as studies on the Russian empire and the building of contemporary national narratives by countries of the former USSR. In addition to her publications on Russian migrants' political mobilization in France and the UK, she has written on subjective temporalities and the building of national history/memory among Russian migrant groups (2016). She is co-editing a collective volume on the perceptions of the Russian Revolution in the peripheries of the Russian empire (to be published in 2017).

Bella Ostromooukhova is also involved in the French team.

Contact details:
Email: bronnikova.olga....at....gmail.com
Telephone: +33625326297

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Project principle investigator in Poland Dr. Andrzej Wierzbicki is currently a professor at the University of Warsaw, in the Institute of Political Science. His scholarly interests include theories of nations and nationalism, ethnopolitics in Central Asia and Russia, politics and orthodoxy in the post-Soviet area, social policy, the political and economic integration of post-Soviet states and Polish-Russian relations. A. Wierzbicki has been a visiting lecturer at universities in Kazakhstan (in Almaty and Astana) and Russia (St. Petersburg and Moscow). He mostly publishes in Polish and Russian. His recent publications in English: The “New Russian Nationalism” as a Challenge to Modernization in Russia, in: K. Cordell, K. Jajecznik (ed.), The Transformation of Nationalism in Central and Eastern Europe, Warsaw 2015, Determinants and Challenges of Social Policy, in: S. Sulowski, J. Zaleśny (red.), and Polish Politics After The Transformation. Condition and Prospects of Development, “Studia Politologiczne” 2014, vol. 31.

Contact details:
Email: awierzb....at....onet.eu; awierzbicki....at....uw.edu.pl
Telephone: +48 604 212 910