Armine Ishkanian is an Associate Professor and the Programme Director of the MSc in International Social and Public Policy (ISPP). 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, 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. It considerts how these affect the ability of movements to affect and shape policy debates and processes. The second project examines civil society responses to contemporary migration in Greece, focussing on solidarity movements. It explores the transnational dimensions of those responses, whether and how those responses have become a space for forging transnational solidarity, and the challenges involved. The third project, which builds on her long-standing research in Armenia, examines the shifting dynamics of state- civil society relations in post-revolution Armenia. She welcomes enquiries from potential PhD students to work on topics in her areas of interest.
She convenes the following course –‘SA4G8 Social Movements, Activism and Social Policy'.
Armine’s research has been published in a wide range of journals including: Critical Social Policy, Central Asian Survey, Democratization, Diaspora: a Journal of Transnational Studies, Europe Asia Studies, Journal of Civil Society, Journal of International Development, Social Politics, 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 private philanthropic foundations as a means of disseminating research findings and creating platforms for multi-stakeholder discussions. She is currently a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Calouste Gulbenkian Translation Series.
She is a Research Associate at the LSE Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit and an Associate of the LSE International Inequalities Institute.