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    critical military studies and Feminist IR; gender and war; politics of war memory; art, aesthetics and war; militarisation and militarism; society-military relations; veterans’ politics; heroes and heroism, identity politics in the UK; regional politics and (in)securities in Russia and other post-Soviet Eurasian states.

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    Dr Natasha Danilova joined the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen in 2014. Dr Danilova gained a BA (Distinction) in Sociology from Perm State Technical University (1998), then an MA in Sociology from the European University St Petersburg (2000), and later, a PhD in Sociology (kandidat nauk) (2003) jointly from Saratov State Technical University and The European University St Petersburg (Russia). From 2003 to 2008, Dr Danilova lectured on sociological theory, research methods in social science, gender studies and social policy at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg campus). In 2012, Natasha Danilova completed a PhD in Politics at the University of Nottingham. Between 2011 and 2014, Dr Danilova taught global politics, political theory, research methods in Politics and IR, international security, politics and security in the former Soviet states, Russian/Soviet history and the politics of war memory at the University of Nottingham (both in the UK and Malaysia Campuses), and at the University of Exeter (Cornwall Campus).

    In 2016, Dr Danilova completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and has achieved the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.

    Research Profile

    My broader research interests lie in the fields of International Relations and Critical Military Studies. In particular, I study the politics of war memory (memorialisation, commemoration, media representations of modern conflicts), gender and war, art/aesthetics and war, veterans’ politics and society-military relations, militarism and militarisation, (in)security and identity politics in Britain, Russia and other former Soviet states. 

    Current Research

    My doctoral research looked at the discourses and practices of war commemoration in the UK and Russia. In particular, it examined the representations of British and Russian military fatalities in mass media, physical and virtual memorials, and war-related ceremonies with the findings outlined in my book, The Politics of War Commemoration in the UK and Russia (Palgrave, 2015). 

    Research Projects 

    I am currently working on a series of publications based on my recent research project, 'War Commemoration, Military Culture and Identity Politics in Scotland' (2017-2018), which was funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (RG13890/70560). This project analysed visual and narrative manifestations of Scottish military culture through an investigation of commemorative rituals (i.e. WWI commemoration), artistic encounters with wars, military museums, and education and remembrance nexus. Kandida Purnell  and Emma Dolan have worked as Project Research Assistants, and are currently working as co-authors on joint publication projects. See updates regarding the project: 

    Based on my experience of working as Co-investigator on the AHRC-funded 'Hero Project', 2015-16 (AH/M006271/1), I currently work on a series of collaborative publications relating to the political, gender and generational aspects of heroism in Western democracies.  


    Teaching Responsibilities:

    PI1518 Introduction to Politics and International Relations (gender in global politics)

    PI3069 Political Research in the 21st century

    PI4575 Soviet Successor States in Global Politics

    IR4014/PI4071 Dissertation (UG)  

    IR5001 Theories and Concepts in International Relations (PG) (Feminist IR)

    IR5901 MSc Dissertation (PG)

    PI5516 MRes Research Methods (PG)


    Dr Kandida Purnell, City University London; Art, Aesthetics and the Global War on Terror, 2018-19

    Dr Ekaterina Kolpinskaya, University of Swansea; The politics of heroes in Britain and the United States, 2018-19

    Dr Marianna Poberezhskaya, Nottingham Trent University; Media, Civil Society and Climate Change in Central Asia, 2018-19


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 13 - Climate Action

    Education/Academic qualification

    Arts & Social Sciences, PhD, University of Nottingham

    30 Sep 202512 Jul 2012

    Award Date: 12 Jul 2012


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