Honorary Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen

Ivan Kozachenko is a sociologist and honorary research fellow at the University of Aberdeen. He completed MA (Cum Laude) and a BA in Sociology at the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Ukraine. He obtained his PhD in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen in 2013, where he was awarded a Target Doctoral Scholarship, College of Arts and Social Sciences. The dissertation, ‘Eastern Slavic Diasporas in the UK: the Making of Communities’, explored tensions between national and supra-national identities within post-Soviet diasporas in the United Kingdom and impacts of information and communication technology on community-making practices.

He is currently working on the project funded by the EPSRC Communities and Cultures Network+.

The project seeks to consider the role played by social media for contemporary social movements in Ukraine during the ongoing crisis. The research explores competing pro-Russian and pro-European social movements and the ways in which national belonging is articulated by them within online public spaces.

Ivan’s research interests include diaspora and migration studies, social movements, post-Soviet societies, nationalism and social impacts of information and communication technology.


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    Honorary Research Fellow, University of Aberdeen