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Irina Busygina

  • Irina Busygina has been at HSE University since 2016.

Education, Degrees and Academic Titles

  • 2008
  • 2002

    Doctor of Sciences*

  • 1992

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD)

  • 1988

    Degree in Geography
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • 1988

    Degree in Geography
    Lomonosov Moscow State University

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.
* Doctor of Sciences
A post-doctoral degree called Doctor of Sciences is given to reflect second advanced research qualifications or higher doctorates in ISCED 2011.

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2020, 2018, 2012, 2011

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Teaching Experience

Department of Applied Politics, National Research University – Higher School of Economics

  • Modern Political Science: Introduction to Comparative Politics (in English)
  • Political Geography
  • Regional Political Studies

Free University of Berlin

- Module “Eastern European Politics” (in English)

Department of Comparative Politics, School of Political Science, Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), 1999 – 2017

  • Political Geography and Geopolitics;
  • Regional Politics;
  • Comparative Federalism;
  • Political Geography of Post-Soviet Space
  • Political System of Germany and the European Union

Double Diploma Program (MGIMO and the Free University of Berlin)

- Economic and Politics in Germany (in German)

University of Helsinki, Summer School FRRESH, Orilampi (Finland), August 2016

  • Coercion vs. Authority: Russia and the EU in Conflict for Common Neighborhood

South Kazakh State University. Chimkent, October - November 2013

            - Political Modernization of the State under Globalization

University of Kent (Great Britain) and Higher School of Economics: dual diploma program. Moscow, September - October, 2011, 2012, 2013

Regensburg University. Regensburg, Germany. June 2011

            Russian Politics under Presidents Putin and Medvedev (in German)

Seoul National University, Seoul, May 26, 2011

Modernization in Russia and its possible effects of foreign policy towards Europe and Asia

State University – Higher School of Economics, 2010-2011.

            German politics

            Geopolitics: Theoretical Approaches

CA Regional Seminar “Re-Thinking Politics in Central Asia: Comparative Studies”, American University in Central Asia, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, October 30 – November 1, 2008

  • Doing Research on Regional Politics
  • Regional politics: doing research in Europe and Russia
  • What is “Territorial Justice”? How to measure effectiveness of regional policy? 

Institute for East European Studies, Free University of Berlin (joint program with MGIMO)

  • Federalism and Regionalism in West European Countries in Comparative Perspective (in German) (2005)

Department of Political Science, University of Regensburg, Germany

  • Russian Federalism (2005)

Department of Geography of Russia, Moscow State University

  • Comparative Federalism (2004, 2003)

Higher School of Economics, Moscow

  • Federalism and Regionalism in West European Countries in Comparative Perspective (2003)

School of Political Science, University of Bergen, Norway

  • Russian Politics (2001)


Editorial board membership

  • Member of Editorial Board

    “Russian Politics” (Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands, and Boston, USA)

    “Baltic Region” (Kant University, Kaliningrad, Russia)

    “Vestnik of Perm State University: Series “Political Science” (Perm, Russia)

    Expert Group Membership

    Research Council of the Russian Academy of Science, The problems of ethnic relations and nationalism

    Member of the Board, Association of European Studies, Russia

    Expert, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC)

    Expert, Carnegie Endowment, Moscow

  • 2019: Member of the Editorial Board, Russian Politics.

  • 2017: Member of the Editorial Board, Балтийский регион (Baltic region).

  • 2015: Member of the Editorial Board, Вестник Пермского университета. Серия: Политология.


Recent Presentations (2017-2016)

Russia: Current Trends in Domestic and Foreign Policy and Presidential Elections 2018. Research seminar, Swedish Institute of International Affairs. Stockholm, October 18, 2017 (How to Rationalize Russia’s Foreign Policy)

Presentation of the book (Irina Busygina. (2017). Russia-EU Relations and the Common Neighborhood: Coercion Versus Authority, UK: Routledge) and discussion. German Council of International Relations, Berlin, October 11, 2017

How Europe Is Changing? German-Russian Exchange. September 30, 2017, Sankt-Petersburg (European Idea: Values or Institutions)

Rethinking Methodological Challenges, Summer Symposium, August 24-25, Langevik (Finland) (Contexts in Russian Studies)  

A Global Look at Russia: Regional and International Dynamics in Politics and Economy, International conference, Helsinki, August 23 (Russia as Seen from the EU)

Global neoliberal capitalism: development, the limits of possible and crisis of the model, ita economic and political alternatives. Research seminar, Higher School of Economics, Moscow, June 29, 2017 (Neoliberal capitalism and the problem of inequality)

Societies and Elites of the Baltic Countries: New Trends and Challenges. Roundtable. Kaliningrad State University, Kaliningrad, June 9, 2017

Spatial Changes: The Goals of Regions and Municipalities. International conference, Higher School of Public Administration. Kaliningrad, June 8-9, 2017 (Strategic Planning of Spatial Development: The Role of Regions and Localities)

Politics and Governance in Russia: Comparative Perspectives, International conference, University of Helsinki, June 1-2, 2017 (Territorial Dimension of Russian Politics: Regional Governance and Federal Control, discussant)

Sustainable Development: Human and Institutional Capital in the Eastern Partnership Countries and Russia. International conference, Chatham House, London, May 31, 2017 (Sustainable development and institutional capital in Russia’s regions)

Public discussion «Russian Regions: New Political Reanimation or Further Decay», Moscow, Sakharov Center, May 21, 2017 (Decentralization in Russia: Is There Demand From the Regions?)

Distributing Power and Money: Federalism and Decentralization in Germany and Russia. International seminar. Higher School of Economics, Sankt-Petersburg, April 7, 2017 (Federal Reforms in Germany and Russia: Actors and Outcomes)

Modern City: Authority, Management, Economy. Perm Polytechnic University, Perm, March 23-24, 2017 (City as a Project and Big Game)

On Revolutions: Causes, Promises, Consequences, German Association for East European Studies, Berlin, March 16-17, 2017 (“Colored Revolutions and International Order”)

Russia: The Faith of the Federation, Sakharov Center, Moscow, February 27, 2017 (The Projects of Reforms of Federalism in Russia: Possible and Impossible)

Horizons of World Economic Development in New Geopolitical Conditions, Moscow State University, Faculty of Geography, February 21, 2017 (Geopolitics of Great Powers: Neighborhood Policy of Russia and China)

The Problems of Political Trust in Russia, Center for Strategic Research, Moscow region, January 21, 2017 (The Problem of Trust, Reforms, and Non-Standard Institutions)

Power Politics and Foreign Policy in Russia – and Germany’s Russia Policy, SWP-DGO, Berlin, December 13, 2016 (The Determinants of Germany’s Russia Policy)

Research seminar, Center for Strategic Developments, Moscow, November 30, 2016 (Political Transformations and Non-Standard Institutions: The Cases of Poland, Spain, Chili and Southern Africa)

Research seminar, Center for Strategic Developments, Moscow, October 3, 2016 (Modernization Though Non-Standard Institutions (Germany After 1945))

October Readings – 2016. International conference «Russia’s Development in the Context of World Politics», Higher School of Economics, Saint-Petersburg, November 20-22, 2016 (Russia’s Approach to Foreign Policy: Is It Really Alternative to the EU’s?)

Public lecture «Global Cities: The Limits of “Usefulness”», Assembly of Young Political Scientists, Perm, September 27, 2016

Round Table “How to Teach European Union”, Assembly of Young Political Scientists, Perm, September 27, 2016

Chechnya in Russia: Nationalism and Statehood. Debates in Higher School of Economics, Sankt-Petersburg, June 8, 2016 (Chechnya and Russia: How the Equilibrium is Maintained?)

EU and Russia: in search of a new ‘modus operandi’, DGAP, Berlin, April 6, 2016 (On the EU Global Strategy)

«Federalism and Regionalism in Russia and Germany», International seminar, Higher School of Economics, Sankt-Petersburg, April 19, 2016 (State-Building and Constraints by Federalism: Comparative Analysis of Russia and Germany)

Public discussion “Russia’s political development: Who takes decisions”, “Helsingin Sanomat”, Helsinki, April 20, 2016

Research seminar, Aleksanteri institute, Helsinki, April 21, 2016 (Looking at Russia: Why Do Autocracies Impose Sanctions?)

“Conspiracy Theory: The Optics of “Genuine Knowledge”, International conference, Sankt-Petersburg, April 22-23, 2016 (Who said that we can’t do this: How Russia fights with “Western conspiracy”)

“What Remains Unknown about Russia?” XX anniversary of Aleksanteri Institute, Helsinki, April 28, 2016 (Russian puzzles: internal and external)

«Germany and Russia: To New Re-Loading?”, Public discussions, Kranichstein, Germany, April 28-30, 2016 (Values as basis for foreign policy: the cases of Russia and the EU)

Economic Theory and Political Science: Competition or Cooperation? Leontiev Readings, Sankt-Petersburg, February 12-13, 2016 (Inequalities in Economic Development: How Do Political Scientists Contribute to Economic Knowledge?)

Employment history

2004 - 2017 - Director, Center for Regional Political Studies,

Moscow State Institute of International Relations

1999- 2017 -  Professor, Department for Comparative Politics,

Moscow State Institute of International Relations

2003, 2010-2011 - Professor, Department of Applied Politics, National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow

1996 – 1999 – Head of Division for Regional and Social Problems,

Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences

1994 – 1996 – Senior Researcher, Institute of Europe

1992 – 1994 – Researcher, Institute of Europe



Visiting Positions

2015-2016 – Visiting Fellow, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland (Grant of the Finnish Academy of Sciences)

2014 – Visiting Researcher, Uppsala Center for Russian Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden

2014 – Visiting Researcher, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Finland

2006 – Visiting Professor, SUNY, Binghamton, NY, USA

2005, 2011 – Visiting Professor, University of Regensburg, Germany

2000 – 2001 – Research Fellow, Slavic Research Center, University of Hokkaido, Japan

2001 – Visiting Professor, University of Bergen, Norway

Timetable for today

Full timetable

Presentation of books by Michael Rochlitz, Alexander Libman and Andrey Starodubtsev, devoted to federalism in Russia and China

Center for Comparative Governance Studies is happy to arrange the presentation of two books on federalism in Russia and China

"Grazhdanin Politolog" about Populism in Europe and Russia

On November 7, the bar "Bachelor" hosted the second discussion of the sixth season of lectures under the topic "Populism in Europe and Russia: General Trends or Another "Special Way of Development".