There are six of us in the team:

Dr. Sirke Mäkinen, principal investigator

Sirke works as  a University Lecturer in Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Helsinki. When the project started she was a University Researcher in International Relations at the University of Tampere. Her research interests comprise higher education, geopolitics, foreign policy; and in particular questions such as how Russia constructs and represents herself in the world and what are the implications thereof for world politics . E-mail, Academic profile and publications:,



Iuliia Gataulina, researcher

Iuliia is a PhD researcher in the project. She has graduated from the Master’s degree programme in Cross-Border International Relations (CBIR) with a double degree from both the University of Tampere and St. Petersburg State University. Her research focused on the domestication of Nordic gender policies in the Russian context. For her PhD, Iuliia explores politics and governance of higher education: the doctoral research focuses on neoliberal changes and strategies in the context of post-soviet Russian universities joining the pan-European Bologna process. Specifically, Iuliia explores how such important for cooperation notions as “quality of education”, “inclusion”, and “internationalisation” are assembled within Russian higher education. E-mail


Dr. Anni Kangas, researcher  (Anni’s photo by Jonne Renvall)

Anni is University Lecturer in International Relations at Tampere University.  Her research interests comprise themes such as  Russia in international relations and world politics,  urbanization in world politics and the ”rise” of global cities, and the role of popular culture and art in international relations and world politics. Anni is also the principal investigator in a research project on Migration and Politics of Sexuality “Making Spaces of Justice Across the East-West Divide”, funded by the Kone Foundation, see E-mail:

Dr. Dmitry A. Lanko, researcher

 Dmitry  is Associate Professor with the Department of European Studies at St. Petersburg State University, Russia. His primary research interest is regionalism in international politics with particular focus on the Northern Dimension Area. Since 2003 he has been working with the Cross-Border International Relations Double-Degree Programme operated jointly by the St. Petersburg State University, the University of Tampere, and the Petrozavodsk State University as lecturer and also as coordinator, convener and, recently, programme co-chair. E-mail:


Dr. Svetlana Shenderova, researcher

 Svetlana has more than 30 years of academic, administrative and consulting experience in higher education. In particular, she has worked in in nine Russian universities and has studied of EU-Russian joint programmes as a Key Expert II for the EU Delegation to Russia. Svetlana concentrates her research on comparative higher education studying supra/regional/national policies and university governance (internationalisation focus), their institutional environments and transaction costs of implementation. As the EDUneighbours researcher Svetlana investigates institutional arrangements and transaction costs of Finnish-Russian double degrees in the context of national internationalisation policies.

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Dr. Gleb Yarovoy, researcher

Gleb is a project researcher and cross-border cooperation project manager at the University of Eastern Finland. When the project started, he was an associate professor at Petrozavodsk State University. He holds a Candidate of Science degree in International Relations. Yarovoy has studied dynamics of cross-border cooperation in both Finnish-Russian and, wider, EU-Russian borderlands. His recent research activities dealt with the participation of different types of actors in programming and implementing cross-border cooperation programmes on the EU-Russian border. E-mail:

In addition to the above introduced members of the team, there are three partners in the project: Dr. Nelli Piattoeva (Tampere University), Dr. Katalin Miklóssy (University of Helsinki) and Prof. Larisa Deriglazova (Tomsk State University).