I am currently working on my doctoral research project Working-Class Life and Struggle in Post-Soviet Russia at the Department of Sociology of the University of Manchester.
My PhD research aims to examine working-class life and political struggle in post-Soviet Russia contextualized by the expansion of international neoliberal politics. This is characterized by precarity and social insecurity of underprivileged social groups, by domination of the global market, and the emerging role of the nation state and a global ruling class. I hope that my research will promote a greater understanding of the transformations in the Russian working class before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union and explain the specific changes of the social standing of Russian workers, their lifestyle and political culture against the background of global socio-economic transformations. I also hope that my PhD project will illuminate the specific traits of Russian political and economic regimes to further define the principal differences between neoliberalism in Russia and other nation states.