Civil Society Disability Organising in Russia
Philippa holds an MSc with Distinction in Social Policy (Research) from the LSE and a BA in Modern Languages (French and Russian) from the University of Oxford. She has previously worked as a researcher at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency, Policy Lab at the UK Cabinet Office, and NGOs based primarily in Russia and the UK.
Her PhD looks at civil society action around disability in present-day Russia. In particular, it is concerned with exploring how individual civil society actors experience the intersections between dominantly legitimised understandings of disability and civil society. Both of these are hegemonically (mis)understood as tied to extra-political, medical, charitable roles. How do actors instrumentalize this restrictive legitimacy, and what happens when its bounds are exceeded?
Civil society, critical disability studies, human rights, post-Soviet space, qualitative research methods
Supervisors: Dr Armine Ishkanian, Dr Tania Burchardt