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Andrian Vlakhov

  • Andrian Vlakhov has been at HSE University since 2018.


  • 2013

    Master's in Anthropology and Ethnology
    European University in St. Petersburg

  • 2012

    Saint Petersburg State University

  • 2010

    Saint Petersburg State University

Continuing education / Professional retraining / Internships / Study abroad experience

2013–2016: PhD program in Anthropology at Peter the Great Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography

2016: Visiting Research Fellowship, Lapin Yliopisto / University of Lapland (Rovaniemi, Finland)

2013: Visiting Research Fellowship, Aleksanteri Institute (Helsinki, Finland)

Awards and Accomplishments

Young Faculty Support Program (Group of Young Academic Professionals)
Category "New Lecturers under 30" (2019-2020)

Professional Associations Membership

2017 – present: European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA)

2014 – present: International Arctic Social Sciences Association (IASSA)

2013 – present: Association of Polar Early Career Researchers (APECS)

Field Research

2014–2019: Svalbard archipelago (Barentsburg, Pyramiden, Longyearbyen, Ny-Ålesund)

2011–2020: Barents Region, Russian North and European Arctic (Murmansk and Arkhangelsk Oblasts, Republic of Karelia, northern Norway, Finland and Sweden)

2016–2017: urban fieldwork for Strelka bureau (Vladivostok, Kaliningrad, Saransk, Yaroslavl, St. Petersburg, Moscow)

2008–2010: Arkhangelsk Oblast (Pinezhsky District)

Student Term / Thesis Papers

Full list of of student term / thesis papers

Courses (2019/2020)

Courses (2018/2019)

Courses (2017/2018)





Article Bakhrushin S. V. Yasak (fur tribute) in Siberia in the seventeenth century (1955) / Пер. с рус.: R. T. Jones, A. Vlakhov. // Alaska Journal of Anthropology. 2016. Vol. 14. No. 1-2. P. 41-70.


Chapter Vlakhov A., Lempinen H. Crossing & Bridging Borders in the Euro-Arctic North, in: The Arctic Yearbook 2015. , 2015. P. 452-455.



  • 2019
    Arctic Frontiers 2019: Smart Arctic (Тромсё). Presentation: Online at the world's end: how the advancing telecom technologies impact Svalbard communities
  • Arctic Science Summit Week 2019 (Архангельск). Presentation: Post-industrial development of Russian mining towns in Svalbard: a community study
  • XI Сибирские чтения «Энергия Арктики и Сибири: ресурсы, технологии, инфраструктура» (Санкт-Петербург). Presentation: Арктические моногорода в российско-скандинавском приграничье: особенности локальной идентичности и функционирования индустрии
  • Arctic-FROST Early Career Reunion Meeting 2019 (Сидар-Фолз). Presentation: Resource extraction in the Russian-Nordic borderland: how the Arctic extractive companies develop sustainable approaches
  • Transculturality in Eastern and Western Contexts (Трир). Presentation: На краю Европы: русско-скандинавские культурно-языковые связи в постсоветскую эпоху
  • 2018
    NSF Arctic-FROST Annual Conference: Co-constructing Sustainability in the Arctic: Collaboration among regional and local governments, Indigenous organizations and researchers in sustainable development in the Arctic (Juneau, AK). Presentation: Challenges of post-industrial tourism development in the Arctic company towns: the case of Barentsburg, Svalbard
  • 2017
    17th Annual Aleksanteri Conference Russia’s choices for 2030 (Helsinki). Presentation: Resource extraction in the Russian-Nordic borderland: how the Arctic extractive companies develop sustainable approaches
  • International Conference of Arctic Social Sciences IX (ICASS IX) (Умео). Presentation: Symbolic boundaries in the borderless space: mobility and telecommunication in Svalbard
  • International Conference of Arctic Social Sciences IX (ICASS IX) (Умео). Presentation: Barentsburg, a Russian town in Svalbard: new input for Arctic social science?
  • International Conference of Arctic Social Sciences IX (ICASS IX) (Умео). Presentation: Barentsburg, a Russian town in the Norwegian land: from decay to success
  • Svalbard and the Humanities (Tromsø). Presentation: Russian Settlements on Svalbard in Transition: A Longitudinal Community Study (2013-17)
  • 2016
    16th Annual International Aleksanteri Conference: Life and Death in Russia (Helsinki). Presentation: When Wars Go North: Refugee Crisis in the Russian Arctic
  • 24th World Congress of Political Science of International Political Science Association (IPSA) (Познань). Presentation: When Ice Thickens: Cross-Border Cooperation Between Russian and Norwegian Arctic Communities in the New Political Conditions
  • Arctic Circle Assembly (Рейкьявик). Presentation: The 2014–2016 Refugee Flows in the Russian Arctic: How the Global Impacts the Local

Conferences before 2018

Employment history

Has been at HSE since 2018.

2014–2017: Junior Research Fellow, European University at St. Petersburg, Dept. of Anthropology

2016 – present: Associate Research Fellow, RAS Institute of Sociology

Timetable for today

Full timetable

Discovering Russia from the Inside and Out

At the end of February, the HSE IGITI Research Centre for Contemporary Culture hosted a roundtable entitled ‘Field Studies in Russia: A Country Familiar and Foreign’. Roundtable participants talked about field work methods and standards, research challenges, and ways to solve them. The participants also discussed the extent to which it is possible to apply international experiences and approaches to field work in Russia as well as ways to study Russia from within and without.

Night Descends upon HSE at Pokrovka

HSE University hosted its long-awaited student festival ‘Night’ at its building on 11 Pokrovsky Boulevard Thursday. Featuring 12 hours of lectures, games, master classes, music, and conversation. It was a night no students, lecturers or guests had any time for sleep.