In her research, Daria focuses on the integration of forced migrants and factors influencing the process in a host country. Daria has recently received her PhD in International Relations at the University of St Andrews. Her thesis, entitled “Forced Migration and Host Country Integration: A Case Study of Syrian Armenians in Armenia and Lebanon (2011-2016)”, employed an interdisciplinary comparative approach and focused on the impact of forced migration on integration, and socio-cultural, legal and economic aspects of the process. Methodologically, the analysis drew on Social Identity theory, Migration and Diaspora studies, and the concept of nostalgia. The research included fieldwork in Lebanon and Armenia. Daria’s second sphere of academic interest is Russian foreign policy in the Middle East, especially Syria.
Education and professional experience:
BA in Sociology and Economics, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosow Moscow State University (2010).
MA in Politics, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosow Moscow State University (2012).
MA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Edinburgh (2012).
While studying for her BA, Daria worked in the Russian-Arab Business Council; helped to organise Russian-Syrian business forums and International Political Conferences in Moscow. She has visited Syria a number of times from 2009. This has included an intensive Arabic course in Damascus University and research in 2012, when she collected information for her MA dissertation on Russian-Syrian relations. In 2013 Daria spent one semester in Alexandria, where she improved her Arabic and knowledge of Islamic Studies and taught English to Syrian child refugees.
Migration, repatriation and integration; migration and identity change; Christian identity in the Arab States; government politics towards religious minorities; politics of the Middle East, especially Syria; Russian foreign policy; authoritarian regimes and democratisation.