Hi! My name is Alexandrina Vanke.
I am a researcher holding a PhD in Sociology from the University of Manchester where I completed my doctoral project on the lived experiences of working-class communities in Russia’s post-industrial cities.
Drawing on the results of that project, I am currently writing my book titled The Urban Life of Workers in Post-Soviet Russia: Engaging in Everyday Struggle for Manchester University Press.
I also hold a position of a Research Fellow at the Federal Centre of Theoretical and Applied Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
My research interests include critical social theory, class and gender, social feelings and imaginaries, everyday inequalities and grassroots initiatives in urban space. I have more than 10 years of research experience and specialise in the application of qualitative methods of interdisciplinary social research, including interviews, participant observation, ethnography, and creative and arts-based approaches. I was trained to apply thematic, narrative, visual and discourse analysis. You can find my publications here.
In 2009, I graduated from the Sociological Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, in 2010 obtained a master’s degree from the Department of Political Sciences and Sociology of the European University at St. Petersburg. In 2013, I defended my Candidate’s thesis entitled Semantics of the Masculine Body in the Space of Social Distinctions at the Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences and earned the degree of Candidate of Sciences in Sociology.
Earlier I taught courses Discourse Analysis in Sociology and Sociology of Collective Actions at the State Academic University for Humanities (Moscow), and Sociology of Mass Communication at the Russian State University for the Humanities (Moscow).
I am a member of the British Sociological Association and the St. Petersburg Association of Sociologists, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.