Professor Rebecca Kay

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

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

Biography

I joined the University of Glasgow in 1999 as Lecturer in Central and East European Studies. I was promoted to my current position of Professor of Russian Gender Studies in 2006. 

In 2006-09 I was head of Central and East European Studies and in 2010-2015 I was co-founder and co-convenor of the Glasgow Refugee, Migration and Asylum Network (GRAMNet). I currently convene the Migration and Mobilities research group

I have written extensively on issues of migration, social security, care, welfare and gender in Russia and Scotland and offer undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and PhD supervision in all these areas.

I am a member of the Scottish Government's Expert Advisory Group on Migration and Population

I am a member of the Advisory board to Migration Policy Scotland

 

 


Research interests

Research Interests

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

Research Biography

Social Support and Migration in Scotland:
I have recently led a large ESRC funded research project exploring Social Support and Migration in Scotland (SSAMIS) which ran between November 2013 and November 2018. The project studied 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. Through its long-term and deep engagement with migrant communities, to deliver new and original empirical data the project aimed to provide insights of benefit not only in terms of its academic contribution, but also through its practical and policy relevance. A key part of the project was its participatory action research element. This has led to a range of community based initiatives, policy engagements and reports for policy and practice. 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 first externally funded project considered the lives and concerns of men in provincial Russia. For more details visit the project page


Publications

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2019

Boswell, C., Bell, D., Copus, A., Kay, R. and Kulu, H. (2019) UK Immigration Policy After Leaving the EU: Impacts on Scotland's Economy, Population and Society. Other. Scottish Government, Edinburgh.

2018

Kyambi, S., Kay, R. , Boswell, C., Taggart, K. and Porteous, H. (2018) Choices Ahead: Approaches to Lower Skilled Labour Migration After Brexit. Project Report. Centre on Constitutional Change.

Kay, R. and Flynn, M. (2018) Introduction: migrant experiences of emotional and material (in)security: post-socialist perspectives. Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 7(1), pp. 5-15. (doi:10.17467/ceemr.2018.06)

Kay, R. and Trevena, P. (2018) (In)security, family and settlement: migration decisions amongst Central and East European families in Scotland. Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 7(1), pp. 17-33. (doi:10.17467/ceemr.2017.17)

2017

Flynn, M. and Kay, R. (2017) Migrants’ experiences of material and emotional security in rural Scotland: implications for longer-term settlement. Journal of Rural Studies, 52, pp. 56-65. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.03.010)

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)

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Number of items: 32.

Articles

Kay, R. and Flynn, M. (2018) Introduction: migrant experiences of emotional and material (in)security: post-socialist perspectives. Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 7(1), pp. 5-15. (doi:10.17467/ceemr.2018.06)

Kay, R. and Trevena, P. (2018) (In)security, family and settlement: migration decisions amongst Central and East European families in Scotland. Central and Eastern European Migration Review, 7(1), pp. 17-33. (doi:10.17467/ceemr.2017.17)

Flynn, M. and Kay, R. (2017) Migrants’ experiences of material and emotional security in rural Scotland: implications for longer-term settlement. Journal of Rural Studies, 52, pp. 56-65. (doi:10.1016/j.jrurstud.2017.03.010)

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

Boswell, C., Bell, D., Copus, A., Kay, R. and Kulu, H. (2019) UK Immigration Policy After Leaving the EU: Impacts on Scotland's Economy, Population and Society. Other. Scottish Government, Edinburgh.

Kyambi, S., Kay, R. , Boswell, C., Taggart, K. and Porteous, H. (2018) Choices Ahead: Approaches to Lower Skilled Labour Migration After Brexit. Project Report. Centre on Constitutional Change.

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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Grants

 

 SSAMIS logo

I have recently led a large ESRC funded research project exploring Social Support and Migration in Scotland (SSAMIS) which ran between November 2013 and November 2018.

The project studied 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.

Through its long-term and deep engagement with migrant communities, to deliver new and original empirical data the project aimed to provide insights of benefit not only in terms of its academic contribution, but also through its practical and policy relevance. A key part of the project was its participatory action research element. This has led to a range of community based initiatives, policy engagments and reports for policy and practice. 

See the Project Website for further details.‌

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

 

Previous externally funded projects

Social Secuirty, Care and the 'Withdrawing State' in Rural Russia: A Case Study from Altai Krai (British Academy 2009-2010)

Understanding Men, Masculinity and Identity In Post-Soviet Russia (Leverhulme Trust 2002-2004)

 


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 6 PhD students.


Currently supervised PhD topics include:

  • Understanding ‘lived citizenship’: A study of Roma in Scotland. Blair Biggar (co-supervised with Robert Gibb, Sociology)
  • National scripts of family life and state action in the context of post-socialist migration. Sonja Ruottunen (co-supervised with Ammon Cheskin, CEES and Maud Bracke, History)
  • Gender Inequality and Women’s Negotiation of Public and Private Spaces in Contemporary Georgia. Sopio Davituri (co-supervised with Francesca Stella and Robert Gibb, Sociology)
  • African and Czech Perspectives on African Identity: The influence of multimedia depictions and portrayals of sub-Saharan Africans on social cohesion in the Czech Republic, Gareth Storrie (co-supervised with Mirna Solic and Jan Culik, School of Modern Languages and Cultures)
  • The experience of fathers in Immigration detention in the UK, Kate Alexander (co-supervised with Sarah Craig, School of Law)
  • 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, 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
  • Amy Watson, Gendered Everyday Experiences of Welfare and Neoliberalism in the Czech Republic. 2016
  • Ruth McKenna, Russia in Scottish media and popular discourse: the impact on Russian migrants in Scotland. 2018
  • Anne McShane, 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’. 2019
  • Nina Ivashinenko, Language Preservation and Social Integration amongst Russian-Speaking Families in Scotland. 2019
  • Natalia Khalymonchik, The Influence of Japanese Popular Culture on Russian Youth Subcutural Communities. 2019

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:
    • Thematic Issues in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (Semester 1)

Research datasets

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2018

Kay, R., Flynn, M., Shubin, S., Trevena, P., Porteous, H., Needler, C. and Tkach, O. (2018) Experiences of social security and prospects for long term settlement in Scotland amongst migrants from Central Eastern Europe and Former Soviet Union 2014-2016. [Data Collection]

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