Guest Researchers 2011

Christofer Berglund is Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, Uppsala University (2007 - ). He is affiliated with the Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies (UCRS). His dissertation project aims to increase the understanding of the boundaries of democratisation by identifying the mechanisms through which conflicts over political inclusion are being managed in the multi-ethnic state of Georgia. In this context, he regularly carries out field research in the Republic of Georgia and its ethno-regions. Christofer has been supported in this endeavour by grants from Sixten Gemzéus stiftelse, STINT, Byzantinska resefonden, Forskraftstiftelsen Theodor Adelswärds Minne and the Wallenberg foundation, among others. He has previously been a Visiting Researcher at the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies (summer of 2009 and spring of 2010). During March - August 2011, he was a Visiting Fellow at Ilia State University's International School for Caucasus Studies. Christofer teaches courses in International Relations and serves as a tutor for students writing Political Science theses on advanced level. As part of the Minor Field Study Committee, he also administers scholarships from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Daria Zubareva is a research and teaching assistant in Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia. She is working in the field of institutional economics and social capital. She is especially interested in how social and personal preferences influence economic and social outcomes. She is currently working on a project “Drivers and Citizens: the impact of social capital on traffic conditions in Russian cities”. It is an empirical study which analyzes how cooperative norms and civic culture affect traffic accidents and traffic jams in Russian cities. The project has been presented at a number of conferences and was published in conference proceedings. During her stay in UCRS Daria have finished a text of the paper and submitted it to a journal. She is staying at UCRS between 15 and 26 of September, 2011. Daria starts her PhD studies at LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, Italy after returning from Sweden.
Iurii Sheiko is a PhD candidate in theory and history of political science at the Political Science Department of the National University “Kyiv-MohylaAcademy”, Kyiv, Ukraine. His major field of scholar interests is a political theory, viz. concept of the political, contemporary theories of politics and power. The theme of Iurii’s PhD thesis is “Understanding the Political in Contemporary German Political Theories: Change of Paradigm”. Iurii has several scientific publications, including article “The Correlation between Power, Coercion, and Violence in Contemporary Theories of Power” (Kyiv, 2009) and a number of conference papers. At UCRS Iurii will stay between April 25 and May 15 and will conduct research on legitimacy of the political system in Ukraine. He will also investigate the most recent scientific researches within the field of the concept of the political.

Ruben Apressyan is a Head of the Department of Ethics at the Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of sciences, and Professor of Moral Philosophy at Lomonosov Moscow State University. He is the author of Eticheskiy Sentimentalism: Shaftesbury i Hutcheson (Ethical Sentimentalism: Shaftesbury and Hutcheson, 1986), Postizhenie dobra (Comprehending the Good, 1986), Ascenso a la moral (The Ascend to Morality, 1991), Eideia morali i bazovye normativno-ethicheskie programmy (The Idea of Morality and Fundamental Normative-Ethical Programs, 1995). With Abdusalam Gusseinov he published the textbook Etika (Ethics, which was in print 1998 to 2008). He is an editor of Etika: entsiklopedicheskii slovar (Encyclopedic Dictionary of Ethics, 2001) and over ten collections, among which two present discussions on the concept of public morality (2009) and Kant’s essay on the Right to Lie (2008). He is also an author of numerous articles on the history of ethics, theory of morality, normative and applied ethics, philosophical issues of power, violence and nonviolence, charity, and love. As a member of COMEST (the World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology, set up by UNESCO) since 2004 he has been involved in the development of Core Curriculum in Bioethics (2009) and reports on Ethical Implications of Global Climate Change (2009, 2010). He is a member of Russian National Bioethics Committee. In 2004–2010 he directed or co-directed international projects on the advancement of teaching Ethics and Environmental Ethics in higher education. During Spring Term 2010 he was a Visiting Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. Since 2011 he is also a member of Advisory Board, at Uppsala Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Ruben is staying at UCRS between April 13 and May 21.

Elena Filimonova is a researcher and Senior Lecturer at Belarus State University where she teaches ESL and English for Business, including advanced groups of students, creates course plans and conducts curriculum research.
Elena defended her MA in 2008 at Stockholm University, Institute of International Education. She also holds an MA in Political Science from Belarus State University (2003 – 2004). Elena has won several scholarships and has been a participant of multifarious summer schools in Belarus, Ukraine and Sweden. In 2008 she won the Erasmus Mundus Lot 6. Under the scope of this program, she worked at Deusto University (Spain) as a visiting scholar. During 2009 Elena worked at Shanghai University of Engineering and Science (China) as lecturer and researcher. Elena is the author of more than 20 publications, devoted to the educational problems. Currently she is writing a research proposal for PhD studies under the following topic: “Internationalization of higher education in a non – democratic context: the significance of the experience of Belarusian exchange students for national identity and democratization.” During her stay at UCRS, she will finalize her research proposal before finally submitting it. Elena will be staying at the UCRS between February 14 and March 1, 2011.