Professor Rebecca Kay

  • Professor of Russian Gender Studies (Central and East European Studies)

telephone: 01413302847
email: Rebecca.Kay@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Research Biography

Social Support and Migration in Scotland:
I am currently PI of a large ESRC funded research project exploring Social Support and Migration in Scotland (SSAMIS) which started in November 2013, and will run for four years. The project aims to study perspectives and experiences of 'social security' amongst migrants from Central Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union in Scotland, and how experiences of 'social security' (used in a holistic sense to mean the ways migrants make themselves socially, economically, personally and culturally secure in a new environment) impact upon longer term intentions regarding settlement in Scotland. A further aim of the project is, through its long-term and deep engagement with migrant communities, to deliver new and original empirical data which will prove to be of benefit not only in terms of its academic contribution, but also through its practical and policy relevance. As part of the project we have thus prioritised a participatory action research element. See the Project Website for further details, like us on Facebook: ssamisproject, or follow us on Twitter @ssamisproject.

Social Security, Care and the Withdrawing State in Rural Russia:
My most recent previous project explored intersecting issues of care, welfare and social security in the context of a Siberian village. This was funded in 2009-10 by a grant from the British Academy. The project involved a detailed study of the gendered nature of experiences and practices of care, welfare and social security in contemporary Russia, and the ways in which people draw on a variety of state/non-state, formal/informal resources in order to create forms of material and social security for themselves and others. For more details please visit the project page

Gender, Identity and Socio-Economic Transformations:
I have been interested in studying gendered experiences of socio-economic, cultural and political transformation in contemporary Russia since the early 1990s. My doctoral research focused on women's experiences in the early years of post-Soviet transformation and considered women's engagement with grassroots women's organisations as a means of negotiating these gendered transformations. Perhaps inevitably, questions emerged from this research regarding the impacts of gender on men's lives and experiences. My next project, considered the lives and concerns of men in provincial Russia.

I am a founder member and former co-convener of the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network.

Research Interests

  • Care, Welfare and Social Security 
  • Migration, especially from Central and Eastern Europe to Scotland
  • Ethnographic and participatory research
  • Gender politics and identity 
  • Russian culture and society

Grants

 

 SSAMIS logo

I am currently PI of a large ESRC funded research project exploring Social Support and Migration in Scotland (SSAMIS) which started in November 2013, and will run for four years.

The project aims to study perspectives and experiences of 'social security' amongst migrants from Central Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union in Scotland, and how experiences of 'social security' (used in a holistic sense to mean the ways migrants make themselves socially, economically, personally and culturally secure in a new environment) impact upon longer term intentions regarding settlement in Scotland.

A further aim of the project is, through its long-term and deep engagement with migrant communities, to deliver new and original empirical data which will prove to be of benefit not only in terms of its academic contribution, but also through its practical and policy relevance. As part of the project we have thus prioritised a participatory action research element.

See the Project Website for further details.‌

Follow us on twitter @ssamisproject; Like us on Facebook ssamisproject

Supervision

Postgraduate Supervision

I greatly enjoy postgraduate supervision and will be happy to consider proposals from students interested in pursuing postgraduate research related to any of my areas of experience. The department of Central and East European Studies has a policy of joint supervision and I am pleased to be involved in the supervision of students where I can offer either methodological or thematic insight in collaboration with colleagues. I am currently supervisor to 5 PhD students.


Currently supervised PhD topics include:

  • Exploring the socio-legal aspects of low-level corruption: A study of informal economic transactions of long-term local residents and migrants in Scotland and Hungary. Fanni Gyurko (co-supervised with Helen Hardmann and Moya Flynn, CEES)
  • Liberating the Eastern Slave’ - the role of the Zhenotdel (Women’s Bureau) of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in Central Asia of the 1920s’. Anne McShane (co-supervised with Maud Bracke, History)
  • Language Preservation and Social Integration amongst Russian-Speaking Families in Scotland. Nina Ivashinenko (co-supervised with Moya Flynn, CEES and Hazel Crichton, Education)
  • The Influence of Japanese Popular Culture on Russian Youth Subcutural Communities. Natalia Khalymonchik (co-supervised with Moya Flynn, CEES and Francesca Stella, Sociology)
  • Gendered Everyday Experiences of Welfare and Neoliberalism in the Czech Republic. Amy Watson (co-supervised with Moya Flynn and Clare McManus, CEES)

PhD theses successfully defended:

  • Katy Turton , Forgotten Lives: The role of Ana, Ol'ga and Mariia Ul'ianova in the Russian Revolution, 1864-1937. 2004
  • Courtney Bain, Entrepreneurship in Russia: Patterns and Problems of its Development in the Post-Soviet Period. 2006
  • Vikki Turbine, Women's perceptions of human rights and rights-based approaches in everyday life: a case study from provincial Russia. 2007
  • Francesca Stella , Lesbian identities and everyday spaces in contemporary urban Russia. 2009
  • Jackie Kirkham, A Comparative Study of Voluntary/Non-Governmental Sector Provision of Health Services in Romania and the Republic of Moldova. 2010
  • Rebecca Reynolds, Natural Resources, Ethnicity and Conflict in the Ferghana Valley, Kyrghyzstan. 2011
  • Eleanor Bindman, The European Union and Human Rights NGOs in Russia during Putin's Second Term. 2012
  • Holly Porteous, Representations of Women in Contemporary Russian Culture. 2014
  • Taulant Guma, Negotiations of social security welfare and risk amongst migrant populations from former socialist countries residing in Glasgow2015
  • Poppy Kohner, Performing Violent Identities: challenging the script of victims and perpetrators of violence. 2016

Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

  • Honours Option: Social History and Cultural Politics in Twentieth Century Russia
  • Honours Option: Cultural Politics and Social Diversity in Contemporary Russia and Post-Socialist Europe

Postgraduate Teaching

Within Central & East European Studies:

  • MSc Option: Gender and Society in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia (Semester 2)
  • Contributes to:
    • Research Methods for Studying Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia (Semester 1)
    • Thematic Issues in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (Semester 1)

Beyond Central & East European Studies:

  • Critical Perspectives on Securities and Vulnerabilities (Global Securities)

Publications

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Jump to: 2016 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2002
Number of items: 27.

2016

Phipps, A. and Kay, R., (Eds.) (2016) Languages in Migratory Settings: Place, Politics, and Aesthetics. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781138911970

2014

Kay, R. (2014) Relationships, practices, and images of the local state in rural Russia. Social Analysis, 58(3), pp. 56-72. (doi:10.3167/sa.2014.580305)

Phipps, A., and Kay, R. (2014) Languages in migratory settings: place, politics and aesthetics. Language and Intercultural Communication, 14(3), pp. 273-286. (doi:10.1080/14708477.2014.936228)

Varyzgina, A., and Kay, R. (2014) Perceptions of poverty in small-town Russia. Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, 22(3), pp. 269-287. (doi:10.1080/0965156X.2014.988498)

Varyzgina, A., and Kay, R. (2014) Vospriiatie bednosti v malom gorode Rossii = Perceptions of Poverty in Small-town Russia. Zhurnal issledovanii sotsial'noi politiki, 12(4), pp. 555-568.

2013

Ivashinenko, N., Kay, R., Korchagina, I., Kulikova, A., Migranova, L., Prokofeva, L., Soldatkin, A., Satre, A.-M., Teodorovich, M., and Varyzgina, A. (2013) Partisipatornyi podkhod v povyshenii kachestva zhizni naseleniia = Партисипаторный подход в повышении качества жизни населения. Nizhny Novgorod University Press: Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow.

Kay, R. (2013) 'She's like a daughter to me': insights into care, work and kinship from rural Russia. Europe-Asia Studies, 65(6), pp. 1136-1153. (doi:10.1080/09668136.2013.778566)

2012

Kay, R. (2012) Managing everyday (in)securities: normative values, emotional security and symbolic recognition in the lives of Russian rural elders. Journal of Rural Studies, 28(2), pp. 63-71. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2012.01.018)

Kay, R., Shubin, S., and Thelen, T. (2012) Rural realities in the post-socialist space. Journal of Rural Studies, 28(2), pp. 55-62. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2012.03.001)

Kay, R., and Morrison, A. (2012) Evidencing the social and cultural benefits and costs of migration in Scotland. Project Report. COSLA Strategic Migration Partnership, Glasgow.

2011

Kay, R. (2011) (Un)caring communities: processes of marginalisation and access to formal and informal care and assistance in rural Russia. Journal of Rural Studies, 27(1), pp. 45-53. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2010.11.002)

Kay, R. (2011) Kto znaet chto takoe bednost: vzaimoponimanie kak pervyi etap razvitiia effektivnogo participatornogo podkhoda [Who knows what it means to be poor: mutual understanding as the first step in developing an effective participatory approach]. Vestnik Nizhegorodskogo Universiteta im. N.I. Lobachevskogo, 21(1), pp. 39-44.

Kay, R. (2011) Social security, care and the "withdrawing state" in rural Russia. In: Jäppinen, M., Kulmala, M. and Saarinen, A. (eds.) Gazing at Welfare, Gender and Agency in Post-socialist Countries. Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 145-169. ISBN 9781443825818

Kay, R., and Oldfield, J. (2011) Emotional engagements with the field: a view from Area Studies. Europe-Asia Studies, 63(7), pp. 1275-1293. (doi:10.1080/09668136.2011.592283)

2008

Kay, R., and Kostenko, M. (2008) Men in crisis or in critical need of support? Insights from Russia and the UK. In: Flynn, M., Kay, R. and Oldfield, J. (eds.) Trans-National Issues, Local Concerns and Meanings of Post-Socialism: Insights from Russia, Central Eastern Europe and Beyond. University Press of America: Lanham, MD., pp. 101-123. ISBN 978-0-7618-4055-8

2007

Kay, R. (2007) Caring for men in contemporary Russia: gendered constructions of need and hybrid forms of social security. Focaal: European Journal of Anthropology, 50, pp. 51-65. (doi:10.3167/foc.2007.500105)

Kay, R. (2007) "In our society it's as if the man is just some kind of stud": men's experiences of fatherhood and fathers' rights in contemporary Russia. In: Kay, R. (ed.) Gender, Equality and Difference During and After State Socialism. Series: Studies in central and eastern Europe. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK, pp. 125-145. ISBN 9780230524842

Kay, R. (2007) Introduction: gender, equality and the state from Socialism to Democracy. In: Kay, R. (ed.) Gender, Equality and Difference During and After State Socialism. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 1-17. ISBN 9780230524842

2006

Kay, R. (2006) Men in contemporary Russia: the fallen heroes of post-Soviet change? Ashgate: London. ISBN 0754644855

Kay, R. (2006) Men in crisis or in critical need of support? insights from Russia and the UK. Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 22(1), pp. 90-114. (doi:10.1080/13523270500508510)

2005

Kay, R. (2005) Grassroots women's activism in post-Soviet Russia: surviving social change together? In: Mikula, M. (ed.) Women, Activism and Social Change. Series: Routledge Research in Gender and Society. Routledge (Part of Taylor and Francis): London, pp. 99-116. ISBN 9780415479837

2004

Kay, R. (2004) Grassroots women. Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 1(1),

Kay, R. (2004) Meeting the challenge together? Russian grassroots women's organisations and the shortcomings of Western aid. In: Kuehnast, K. and Nechemias, C. (eds.) Post-Soviet Women Encountering Transition: Nation Building, Economic Survival, and Civic Activism. Woodrow Wilson Center Press: Washington DC, USA, pp. 241-261. ISBN 0801879183

Kay, R. (2004) "...Takie sportivnye devchonki - kak malchiki!" o vospitanii detei v postsovetskoi Rossii. In: Ushakin, S. (ed.) Semeinye Uzy: Modeli Dlia Sborki. Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie: Moscow, Russia, pp. 146-170. ISBN 5867932818

Kay, R. (2004) Working with single fathers in Western Siberia: a new departure in Russian social provision. Europe-Asia Studies, 56(7), pp. 941-961. (doi:10.1080/1465342042000294310)

2002

Kay, R. (2002) A liberation from emancipation? Changing discourses on women's employment in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. In: Fawn, R. and White, S. (eds.) Russia After Communism. Frank Cass: London, pp. 51-72. ISBN 0714652938

Kay, R. (2002) A liberation from emancipation? changing discourses on women's employment in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 18(1), pp. 51-72. (doi:10.1080/13523270209696368)

This list was generated on Fri Dec 2 22:14:04 2016 GMT.
Number of items: 27.

Articles

Kay, R. (2014) Relationships, practices, and images of the local state in rural Russia. Social Analysis, 58(3), pp. 56-72. (doi:10.3167/sa.2014.580305)

Phipps, A., and Kay, R. (2014) Languages in migratory settings: place, politics and aesthetics. Language and Intercultural Communication, 14(3), pp. 273-286. (doi:10.1080/14708477.2014.936228)

Varyzgina, A., and Kay, R. (2014) Perceptions of poverty in small-town Russia. Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, 22(3), pp. 269-287. (doi:10.1080/0965156X.2014.988498)

Varyzgina, A., and Kay, R. (2014) Vospriiatie bednosti v malom gorode Rossii = Perceptions of Poverty in Small-town Russia. Zhurnal issledovanii sotsial'noi politiki, 12(4), pp. 555-568.

Kay, R. (2013) 'She's like a daughter to me': insights into care, work and kinship from rural Russia. Europe-Asia Studies, 65(6), pp. 1136-1153. (doi:10.1080/09668136.2013.778566)

Kay, R. (2012) Managing everyday (in)securities: normative values, emotional security and symbolic recognition in the lives of Russian rural elders. Journal of Rural Studies, 28(2), pp. 63-71. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2012.01.018)

Kay, R., Shubin, S., and Thelen, T. (2012) Rural realities in the post-socialist space. Journal of Rural Studies, 28(2), pp. 55-62. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2012.03.001)

Kay, R. (2011) (Un)caring communities: processes of marginalisation and access to formal and informal care and assistance in rural Russia. Journal of Rural Studies, 27(1), pp. 45-53. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2010.11.002)

Kay, R. (2011) Kto znaet chto takoe bednost: vzaimoponimanie kak pervyi etap razvitiia effektivnogo participatornogo podkhoda [Who knows what it means to be poor: mutual understanding as the first step in developing an effective participatory approach]. Vestnik Nizhegorodskogo Universiteta im. N.I. Lobachevskogo, 21(1), pp. 39-44.

Kay, R., and Oldfield, J. (2011) Emotional engagements with the field: a view from Area Studies. Europe-Asia Studies, 63(7), pp. 1275-1293. (doi:10.1080/09668136.2011.592283)

Kay, R. (2007) Caring for men in contemporary Russia: gendered constructions of need and hybrid forms of social security. Focaal: European Journal of Anthropology, 50, pp. 51-65. (doi:10.3167/foc.2007.500105)

Kay, R. (2006) Men in crisis or in critical need of support? insights from Russia and the UK. Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 22(1), pp. 90-114. (doi:10.1080/13523270500508510)

Kay, R. (2004) Grassroots women. Portal: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 1(1),

Kay, R. (2004) Working with single fathers in Western Siberia: a new departure in Russian social provision. Europe-Asia Studies, 56(7), pp. 941-961. (doi:10.1080/1465342042000294310)

Kay, R. (2002) A liberation from emancipation? changing discourses on women's employment in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, 18(1), pp. 51-72. (doi:10.1080/13523270209696368)

Books

Ivashinenko, N., Kay, R., Korchagina, I., Kulikova, A., Migranova, L., Prokofeva, L., Soldatkin, A., Satre, A.-M., Teodorovich, M., and Varyzgina, A. (2013) Partisipatornyi podkhod v povyshenii kachestva zhizni naseleniia = Партисипаторный подход в повышении качества жизни населения. Nizhny Novgorod University Press: Nizhny Novgorod and Moscow.

Kay, R. (2006) Men in contemporary Russia: the fallen heroes of post-Soviet change? Ashgate: London. ISBN 0754644855

Book Sections

Kay, R. (2011) Social security, care and the "withdrawing state" in rural Russia. In: Jäppinen, M., Kulmala, M. and Saarinen, A. (eds.) Gazing at Welfare, Gender and Agency in Post-socialist Countries. Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 145-169. ISBN 9781443825818

Kay, R., and Kostenko, M. (2008) Men in crisis or in critical need of support? Insights from Russia and the UK. In: Flynn, M., Kay, R. and Oldfield, J. (eds.) Trans-National Issues, Local Concerns and Meanings of Post-Socialism: Insights from Russia, Central Eastern Europe and Beyond. University Press of America: Lanham, MD., pp. 101-123. ISBN 978-0-7618-4055-8

Kay, R. (2007) "In our society it's as if the man is just some kind of stud": men's experiences of fatherhood and fathers' rights in contemporary Russia. In: Kay, R. (ed.) Gender, Equality and Difference During and After State Socialism. Series: Studies in central and eastern Europe. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, UK, pp. 125-145. ISBN 9780230524842

Kay, R. (2007) Introduction: gender, equality and the state from Socialism to Democracy. In: Kay, R. (ed.) Gender, Equality and Difference During and After State Socialism. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 1-17. ISBN 9780230524842

Kay, R. (2005) Grassroots women's activism in post-Soviet Russia: surviving social change together? In: Mikula, M. (ed.) Women, Activism and Social Change. Series: Routledge Research in Gender and Society. Routledge (Part of Taylor and Francis): London, pp. 99-116. ISBN 9780415479837

Kay, R. (2004) Meeting the challenge together? Russian grassroots women's organisations and the shortcomings of Western aid. In: Kuehnast, K. and Nechemias, C. (eds.) Post-Soviet Women Encountering Transition: Nation Building, Economic Survival, and Civic Activism. Woodrow Wilson Center Press: Washington DC, USA, pp. 241-261. ISBN 0801879183

Kay, R. (2004) "...Takie sportivnye devchonki - kak malchiki!" o vospitanii detei v postsovetskoi Rossii. In: Ushakin, S. (ed.) Semeinye Uzy: Modeli Dlia Sborki. Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie: Moscow, Russia, pp. 146-170. ISBN 5867932818

Kay, R. (2002) A liberation from emancipation? Changing discourses on women's employment in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. In: Fawn, R. and White, S. (eds.) Russia After Communism. Frank Cass: London, pp. 51-72. ISBN 0714652938

Edited Books

Phipps, A. and Kay, R., (Eds.) (2016) Languages in Migratory Settings: Place, Politics, and Aesthetics. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781138911970

Research Reports or Papers

Kay, R., and Morrison, A. (2012) Evidencing the social and cultural benefits and costs of migration in Scotland. Project Report. COSLA Strategic Migration Partnership, Glasgow.

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