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Denis Zubalov

  • Denis Zubalov has been at HSE University since 2014.

Education and Degrees

  • 2014

    PhD in Linguistics
    University of Cyprus
    Thesis Title: A Sociolinguistic Investigation of the Processes of Language Shift/Language Maintenance: The Case of Pontic Greeks in Cyprus

  • 2014

    PhD in Linguistics
    University of Cyprus, English Studies

  • 2008

    MA in Linguistics
    Thesis Title: Language and Ethnic Identity of Pontic Greeks in Cyprus

  • 2008

    MA in Applied Linguistics
    University of Essex, Language and Linguistics

  • 2007

    BA in English Language and Literature
    University of Cyprus, English Studies

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

"Sociolinguistic Perspectives" International Summer School: University of Copenhagen, Denmark (7-12, June 2010).

‘Establishing effective writing centres’. Higher School of Economics, MIS&S, NES Skolkovo. Moscow, Russia. (30th November – 2nd December, 2015).

‘Marketing of Master’s programmes’ Higher School of Economics, Voronovo Education Centre, Russia (21-22, March, 2018).

‘Effective strategies of professional development in academia’ Higher School of Economics, Voronovo Education Centre, Russia (8-10, February, 2019).

'Multilingual Cities' University of Manchecter, Manchester, UK (summer-autumn 2019). 

Awards and Accomplishments

  • 3rd Best Teacher in Higher Education in Russia. 

    Contest for the best young teachers in higher education, Moscow, Russia.

  • Best Teacher – 2020, 2019

Young Faculty Support Program (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "Future Professoriate" (2019-2020)

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers

Courses (2018/2019)

Courses (2016/2017)

Massive Open Online Courses HSE


Massive Open Online Courses HSE

Coursera online platform

Introduction to Multilingual and Multicultural Education


2020: Member of the Editorial Board, Frontiers in Communication.https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/communication/sections/culture-and-communication


HSE, School of Psychology grant 2020-2022: project "Plurilingual Intercultural Creative Keys (PICK)". Research group member.

HSE, School of Foreign Languages grant 2020-2021: project "Digitalisation of Higher Education as a Result of the Pandemic" (Project's academic supervisor and research group member. Project leader - Arina Barasiy).

HSE, Young Faculty Development Programme 2019-2020: project "Development and positioning of a module for foreing (English-speaking students) and ways of its promotion (Project leader - Denis Zubalov). 

Presidential Grants Foundation 2019-2020: project "Mosaics of native languages of the Russian Federation" (in collaboration with the Federal National Cultural Autonomy of Greeks of Russia).

RGNF (Russian Humanities Research Fund) Grant 2016-2018 : project "Languages of Moscow" (in collaboration with the Institute of Linguistics, RAS).


  • 2021
    Language Ideologies, Identity and Authenticity in Minoritised Greek-speaking Communities (Westminster). Presentation: Greekness reclaimed: language, culture, identity of the Greek diaspora in Russia
  • 2020
    eSTARS: Transformation of Education to Meet Global Trends of the Digital Economy (Москва). Presentation: Digitalisation of Higher Education as a Result of the Pandemic
  • 2019
    University Public Engagement with Urban Multilingualism: A Conversational Conference (Манчестер). Presentation: Dynamic multilingualism: The city of Moscow
  • Current Discourses on Language Policy and Planning in Turkic Speaking Countries (Фрайбург). Presentation: Language policy in Russia: New opportunities or new challenges?
  • Language Maintenance and the Development of Linguistic Diversity in Cyberspace: Context, Policy, Practice (Якутск). Presentation: Linguistic and ethnic identity revival of the Greeks in Russia
  • Multidisciplinary Approaches in Language Policy and Planning (Toronto). Presentation: The Language Policy Question in Russia: What Challenges Need to Faced Today
  • 2nd World Congress: East-West: The intersection of Cultures (Kyoto). Presentation: Multilingual Identity in Multicultural Russia
  • 2018
    The Modern Language Association (MLA) Annual Convention: Language Change: Global (Im-)migration and Linguistic Insecurity (Нью Йорк). Presentation: Keeping Balance between Language Maintenance and Language Policy in a Russian School with a Georgian Ethno-cultural Component in Moscow
  • 2nd International Connect Malaysia (Connect’M) Conference 2018: Language & Literacy in Multilingual Societies (Джохор Бару). Presentation: Home language use in a multilingual classroom: Why not conform to the language policy? The case of the Moscow school with a Georgian ethno-cultural component

  • XIX Апрельская международная научная конференция (Москва). Presentation: Languages of Moscow: Linguistic diversity of a mega-city
  • East & West Event 2018 (Санкт Петербург). Presentation: Russian women on Tinder

  • Linguistic Unity and Linguistic Diversity in a Polyethnic Statе (Москва). Presentation: Greeks of Moscow: e pluribus unum or unity in linguistic and cultural diversity
  • Globalizing Sociolinguistics (Leiden). Presentation: Urban Multilingualism: The Case of Moscow
  • 2017
    The i-Mean 5th International Conference: Meaning in Social Interaction (Бристоль). Presentation: Language as an inextricable part of ethnic identity construction: The case of Georgian adolescent group in Moscow
  • Spacial Boundaries and Transitions in Language and Interaction: Perspectives from Linguistics and Geography (Цюрих ). Presentation: Crossing boundaries: the role of language and space in (re)shaping identity of ethnic Georgian teenagers in Moscow
  • Approaches to Migration, Language and Identity (Лозанна). Presentation: Migrants’ homeland, language, ethnic and cultural self-perception: The case of teenage Georgian students in Moscow
  • International Symposium on Monolingual and Bilingual Speech (Ханья). Presentation: Monolingual language policy in a bilingual school: the case of the Moscow school with a Georgian ethno-cultural component
  • Языковая политика: общероссийская экспертиза (Москва). Presentation: Языковая политика в семьях греков из стран бывшего СССР постоянно проживающих на Кипре
  • 2016
    Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance and Development. HOLM 2016 (Берлин). Presentation: The Role of the Home Language in the Secondary School with a Georgian Ethno-Cultural Component in Moscow
  • The Impact of Socio-Political Transformations on Language and Identity (Тбилиси). Presentation: Is Identity Important? A Sociolinguistic Investigation of Students in the Moscow School with a Georgian Ethno-Cultural Component
  • Language, Indexicality and Belonging (Оксфорд). Presentation: 'The Language of My Enemy is My Mother Tongue': Turkish in the Community of Pontic Greeks in Cyprus
  • XVII APRIL INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC CONFERENCE ON ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT (Moscow). Presentation: Politics, Language Ideology and Identity: The Case of Pontic Greek Immigrants in Cyprus
  • European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2016) (Дублин). Presentation: The Linguistic and Socio-cultural Transition of Students in the Moscow Secondary School with a Georgian Ethno-cultural Component
  • Political Dimensions in Education: Memory, Identity and Cultural Representations (Nicosia). Presentation: Migration and identity transformation of young Pontic Greeks in Cyprus and Georgians in Russia
  • 2015
    Culture in society, between groups and across generations (Москва). Presentation: To Be or Not to Be: National and Ethnic Cultural Values Transmission Patterns within the Community of Pontic Greeks in Cyprus
  • The Magic of Innovation: New Trends in Language Research and Teaching Foreign Languages (Москва). Presentation: Internal and External Factors Influencing Language Choice in Cross-cultural Communication
  • The i-Mean 4th International Conference: Language and Impact (Ворвик). Presentation: Intra-communal Language Policy: The Impact of Language Use on the Construction of Ethnic and Cultural Identity of Pontic Greeks in Cyprus
  • Transcultural Urban Spaces: Where Geography Meets Language (Берн). Presentation: Multilingual Moscow: A Sociolinguistic Investigation
  • Language. Culture. Translation. Communication (Москва). Presentation: Cultural and Communication Patterns of Pontic Greeks in Cyprus and Russia: Identifying Differences and Similarities
  • The Politics of Teaching and Learning Languages (Лондон). Presentation: A Georgian Teacher in a Russian School with a Georgian Ethno-cultural Component: Strategies and Mismatches in Language/Culture Preservation
  • 2014
    Language Policy and Language Conflicts in Contemporary World (Москва). Presentation: Language and Ethnos: Compromise or Conflict? The Case of the Turkish Language within the Pontic Greek Community in Cyprus
  • Visible and Invisible Borders: Language Use Expressing Group Belonging and Change in the Georgian Greek Community. Presentation: We and They: Inter- and Intra-communal Ethno-linguistic Borders. The Case of Pontic Greeks in Cyprus
  • Sociolinguistics Symposium 20: Language / Time / Space. Presentation: The Russian Language Demands in the Greek Cypriot Job Market: The Case of Pontic Greeks
  • 2013
    Internal seminar at the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Russian State University for the Humanities. Presentation: Transitional Sociolinguistic Processes in the Community of Russian Greeks in the North Caucasus
  • 19th International HSE Annual April Conference (Москва). Presentation: Языки Москвы: Языковое разнообразие мегаполиса
  • 2012
    Sociolinguistics Symposium 19: Language and the City. Presentation: A Sociolinguistic Reformatting of the Pontic Greek Community in a Russian Post-Soviet Town
  • 2011
    International Conference: The Collapse of the Soviet Union: Twenty Years on. Presentation: Russian Language – Greek Identity: The Case of Pontic Greeks in Russia
  • Relocating Cultures International Conference. Presentation: Mother Land, Historical Mother Land or Host Country? A Sociolinguistic Investigation of the Pontic Greek Community in Russia
  • 2010
    International Summer School 2010: Sociolinguistic Perspectives. Presentation: Language Contact: Shift or Maintenance? The Case of the Pontic Greek Community in Cyprus and Russia
  • Linguists of Tomorrow - The 1st International Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics at the University of Cyprus. Presentation: A Sociolinguistic Overview of the Pontic Greek Community in Russia
  • The Russian Language Outside the Nation: Speakers and Identities. Presentation: Language and Identity: Where are the Meeting Points? The Case of the Pontic Greek Community in Cyprus
  • 2009
    The 19th International Symposium on Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Presentation: The Status of Russian as an Intra-communal Language within the Pontic Greek Community in Cyprus
  • 2008
    Languages for Intercultural Dialogue. Presentation: Foreign Language Needs of Pontic Greek Students in the State Educational System in Cyprus
  • The 3rd Language at the University of Essex International Postgraduate Conference. Presentation: Language and Identity of Pontic Greeks in Cyprus
  • 2007
    The 3rd International Conference on Modern Greek Dialects and Linguistic Theory. Presentation: Language Attitudes among Russians of Greek Origin towards the Linguistic Variety in the Cypriot Greek Speech Community




  • Chapter Zoumpalidis Dionysios, Mazurova J. Ethnic Self-Perception of Georgian Teenagers in Moscow: Role of Language and Culture, in: Handbook of the Changing World Language Map (Living Edition). Cham : Springer, [б.г.]. doi Ch. 24. P. 1-13. doi
  • Chapter Zoumpalidis Dionysios. Multilingual Identity in Multicultural Russia: The Case of Georgian Teenagers in Moscow, in: Proceedings of the 2nd World Congress: East-West: The Intersection of Cultures Vol. 2: Proceedings of the 2nd World Congress: East-West: The Intersection of Cultures. Kyoto : Tanaka Print, 2019. P. 465-471.


Article Зубалов Д. Ю., Мазурова Ю. В. [Рец. на: / Review of:] D. Smakman, P. Heinrich (eds.). Urban sociolinguistics: The city as a linguistic process and experience. London: Routledge // Вопросы языкознания. 2018. № 5. С. 155-161. doi



Article Dionysios Zoumpalidis. Us and them: Inter- and intra-communal ethno-linguistic borders within the Pontic Greek community in Cyprus // STUF - Language Typology and Universals . 2016. Vol. 69. No. 2. P. 235-253. doi


Chapter Zoumpalidis Dionysios. Russian language - Greek identity: a sociolinguistic approach to the Pontic Greek community in Russia, in: Negotiating Linguistic, Cultural and Social Identities in the Post-Soviet World. Peter Lang, 2013. P. 227-246.


Chapter Dionysios Zoumpalidis. The status of ethnic and non-ethnic languages of Pontic Greeks in the north Caucasus, in: Linguists of Tomorrow: Selected Papers from the 1st International Postgraduate Conference in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012. P. 260-279.



Chapter Zoumpalidis Dionysios. Language and ethnic identity within the Pontic Greek community in Cyprus: a comparative perspective, in: Language at the University of Essex (LangUE) 2008 Proceedings. Colchester : University of Essex, 2009. P. 132-145.

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Challenges and Problems of Online Learning: Highlights From the Final Day of eSTARS 2020

eSTARS 2020, the international education conference organized by HSE University in partnership with the global educational platform Coursera, reached its conclusion on December 2. This year, which marked the annual event’s 3rd meeting, the conference was held entirely online for the first time.

The conference “Multilingual urban space: policy, identity, education” announces call for papers

Expedition to Primorsky Krai

As part of the HSE “Rediscovering Russia” program, seven first-year graduate students spent a week in Primorsky Krai. The field expedition, held in Vladivostok, was aimed at studying multilingualism, value orientations, migration, local identity, family and state language policies of the region.

Coursera Offers New Courses by HSE Lecturers

From late March and early April, HSE will offer four new coursers on Coursera  on intercultural communication, machine learning, computer vision, and stochastic processes.

HSE’s New Master’s Programme: Training Specialists in Language Policy

The first intake into this new Master’s programme will be in 2018 and its graduates will be able to work in the field of language policy. Denis Zubalov, Academic Supervisor of the programme 'Language Policy in the Context of Ethnocultural Diversity' told the HSE News Service all about what students will be studying, how urbanization is linked to language policy and what killer languages are.

IOE Study Published in Top-Rank International Journal

A recent paper by Denis Zubalov, an Associate Professor with IOE’s Graduate School of Education, has been published in Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford.

New Publication in an International Journal

An article by researcher at the Institute of Education Denis Zubalov has been published in STUF - Language Typology and Universals journal. It is an international journal, published in Germany, which is indexed in SCOPUS database.