Armine Ishkanian is Interim Executive Director of the Atlantic Fellows for Social and Economic Equity programme at the International Inequalities Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy. Her research examines the relationship between civil society, democracy, development, and social transformation. She has examined how civil society organisations and social movements engage in policy processes and transformative politics in a number of countries including Armenia, Egypt, Greece, Russia, Turkey, and the UK.
She is currently working on three projects. The first project examines the politics of intersectionality and anti-austerity activism in the UK and explores how activists’ subjectivities and experiences of intersecting inequalities (e.g., class, disability, race, sexuality) shape the ways in which they organise and mobilise. The project examines the relationship between the internal dynamics of movements and external mobilization. The second project examines civil society responses to contemporary migration in Greece, focusing on solidarity movements. It explores how solidarity volunteers challenge traditional humanitarian practices and create alternative forms of action. Her third project, which she is now developing, will examine the relationship between right-wing populism and collective action. Specifically the project will seek to explain the emergence and policy impact of counter-movements, such as the transnational anti-gender movement.
Armine’s research has been published in a wide range of journals including: Critical Social Policy, Democratization, Europe Asia Studies, Journal of Civil Society, Journal of International Development, Social Politics, Sociological Review, and Voluntas. She is the author of two books: Democracy Building and Civil Society in Armenia (2008) and The Big Society Debate: A New Agenda for Social Welfare? (co-edited with Simon Szreter 2012). In 2016 she received the Best Article Award from the International Society for Third Sector Research for her article “Surreptitious Symbiosis: Engagement Between Activists and NGOs” (published in the Voluntas and co-authored with Marlies Glasius).
She also is one of the co-editors of the openMovements section on openDemocracy which publishes critical and empirically-based articles on social movements and new expressions of social and cultural transformations. Through her research she also engages with a number of foundations as a means of disseminating research findings and creating platforms for multi-stakeholder discussions. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Armenian Diaspora Survey project and has previously had research and knowledge exchange projects funded by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the Heinrich Boell Stiftung, and the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
She welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students to work on topics in her areas of interest.