UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Platform Ukraine December Workshop

17 December 2014, 6:00 pm–8:00 pm

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Platform Ukraine


Room 431, UCL SSEES, 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW

Studying the Post-Socialist Environment: Research Methodology and Field-work


This workshop will be focused on theory and practice of social research in post-socialist space. The aim is to generate a discussion about the major challenges and difficulties of conducting social research and fieldwork in post-socialist, conflict and post-conflict environments.

Our speakers will identify and explore: challenges of elite interviews; main challenges of qualitative research in intense political environments such as Russia, Ukraine and Central Asia; dangers and obstacles of conducting fieldwork in conflict and post-conflict zones; issues around gender, positionality and ethics in qualitative research of post-soviet identity and culture; how conditions of fear and distrust can affect fieldwork; issues related to the insider/outsider position of the researcher and working with people coming from different generations and ethnic backgrounds; the importance of local language knowledge in fieldwork. Contributions from the audience about their experiences of fieldwork will be welcome.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr Joanna Szostek, Mellon Research Fellow, UCL SSEES
  • Dr Philipp Köker, Research Associate in Societal and Political Responses to Corruption in Europe, UCL SSEES
  • Dr Anna Pechurina, Leeds Beckett University

The event will be followed by a wine reception.