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Dr Lidia Kuzemska

Former Research Student

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Ph.D. thesis: Bordering and Othering of Internally Displaced People from Donbas in Ukraine.

Research Interests: Forced Migration; Displacement; Citizenship Policies; Refugees; Migration Policy; Humanitarianism; EU Asylum and Migration; EU Neighborhood Policy; Borders / Walls.

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Research Interests

I am passionate about:

- how people/groups/nations construct what unites and divides them within and beyond the state borders;

- how it impacts on politics of belonging, citizenship, and borders;

- migration trends & policies, & why people decide to move/stay/return.

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Publications & Blogs:

Kuzemska, L., Szelenei, N., Douhaibi, D. (2022) (eds) Migration, Asylum and Refuge during a Pandemic: Perspectives of Migrants, Researchers and Practitioners. Refugee Review, vol. V. Available at https://espminetwork.com/refugee-review-volume-v/  

Kuzemska L. (2021) What works for the IDPs? Mapping Good Practices on Internal Displacement Management in Europe and Central Asia Region. RID Working Paper No 3. Researching Internal Displacement. Available at https://researchinginternaldisplacement.org/working-papers/what-works-for-idps-mapping-good-practices-on-internal-displacement-management-in-europe-and-central-asia-region/ 

Kuzemska, L. (October 23, 2021) Who are the 'Internally Displaced Persons'? Routed Magazine. Available at https://www.routedmagazine.com/internally-displaced-persons-idps 

Kuzemska, L. (May 10, 2021) How useful is 'State in Smartphone' for the IDPs in Ukraine? Refugee Law initiative. Available at https://rli.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2021/05/10/how-useful-is-state-in-smartphone-for-the-idps-in-ukraine/

Follis, K., Kuzemska L. (April 16, 2015). REDUX: THE ‘EURO’ IN EUROMAIDAN, IN HINDSIGHT. Allegra Lab. Available at: https://allegralaboratory.net/the-euro-in-euromaidan-in-hindsight/

Kuzemska, L. (October 28, 2012). Prospects for Public Sociology in Ukraine. Global Dialogue. Available at: http://globaldialogue.isa-sociology.org/prospects-for-public-sociology-in-ukraine/

Kuzemska, L. (2011). Public Sociology: The Evaluation of Feasibility of M.Burawoy’s Thesis. Visnyk of the Lviv University. Sociology Series. 2011. Issue 5. P. 178–187. In Ukrainian. Available here

Kuzemska, L. (2010). Comparative Evaluation of the Socially Disputed Aspects of Scientist Career. Visnyk of the Lviv University. Sociology Series. 2010. Issue 4. P. 297–306. In Ukrainian. Available here

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2022, February 4-5 UniGR-CBS Conference 2022: Border Renaissance (University of Greater Region - Centre for Border Studies)

Paper presented: 'Many-Faced border between Ukraine and the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas'. Program available here 


2021, October 28-29 Fifth International Conference on Border Studies: Everyday Borders (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas).

Paper presented: 'Counter Bordering & Othering: Internally Displaced Persons as Borderworkers in Ukraine'. Program available here


2021, September 30 Migrant and Minority Activism: Between protect movements and everyday engagement (ZOiS Berlin and EASA Anthropology of Social Movements Network).

Paper presented: How are the Internally Displaced Persons from the occupied territories of Ukraine challenging Corona Borders?’ Program available here


2021, September 29 Workshop ‘Comparative Forced Migration and Refugee Studies – reflexive, postcolonial, international’ (FFVT and Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies, Osnabruck University).

Paper presented: Ethnic dimension of forced displacement in seven post-Soviet secessionist territories.Program available here


2021, September 24 Healthcare on the Move. 3rd workshop of Doctors within Borders (Lancaster University and University of Glasgow).

Paper presented: Corona Borders in Healthcare: case of Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine’. Program available here


2021, July 2 Neuchatel Graduate Conference 2021.

Paper presented: 'CoronaBorders: Amplifying Inequalities for the IDPs in the occupied territories of Ukraine’. Program available here


2021, May 6 Association for the Studies of Nationalities World Convention.

Paper presented: 'At Home, But Homeless: Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine Search for Home'.  Watch presentation. Program available here 


2015, June 11 Postgraduate workshop on migration “Reframing the Migration Debate” (University of Sheffield).

Paper presented: ‘Framing Forced Internal Migration Debate in Ukraine: State and Civil Society Responses to Internally Displaced Persons Humanitarian Crisis. Watch or read the presentation.  


2015, June 6-7 Platform Ukraine conference (University College London).

Paper presented: ‘Bordering’ and ‘Othering’ of the Donbas in post-Euromaidan Ukraine public discourse. Watch or read the presentation.


2014, July 1 8th annual Intellectual Party/Summer Conference (Lancaster University).

Paper presented: Immigration and a Nation-State: Working Together of Against?” 


2014, April 23-24  15th Annual UACES Student Forum Research Conference (Aston University Birmingham).

Paper presented: “The externalization of the EU immigration policies to Ukraine: following the example of Central Eastern European countries?” Available here


2013, June 30-July 1  7th Lancaster University Summer Conference.

Paper presented: Schengen visa regime: materiality and symbolism of barriers’ 


2012  All-Ukrainian National scientific conference ‘Current problems of public sociology’.

Paper presented: “РУХ НАЗУСТРІЧ І ВСУПЕРЕЧ: АКТУАЛЬНА МОДЕЛЬ РОЗВИТКУ ПУБЛІЧНОЇ СОЦІОЛОГІЇ В УКРАЇНІ” (Move towards and against the current model of development of public sociology in Ukraine)


2011, June 27-29  Estoril Political Forum “The Future of the Free World” (XIX International meeting in political studies & Summer School), Estoril, Portugal). 

Additional Information

Research Affiliate with Internal Displacement Research Program

Affiliated with Migrancy Research Group 

Mentor at Connect Ukrainians Team.


Current Teaching

2020-2021: Graduate Teaching assistant for SOCL101 'Sociological Imagination'

Professional Role

Managing Editor at 'Refugee Review' journal 

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