Irina Shirobokova is a PhD student at the Environmental psychology program. She is specializing in political anthropology, urban geography and transdisciplinary research with the focus on spatial justice, uneven development, collaborative methods and embodied knowledge production.
She holds BA in sociology and MA in political geography from Saint Petersburg State University. She started her career as a part of the interdisciplinary team Urban Lab engaging with various research and urban planning projects from neighborhood scale to strategic development of the cities.
She was a research fellow in Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig, Germany, 2016 and at the New School for Social Research, New York, 2019.
She is Research fellow at the Center for Independent Social Research (CISR), St. Petersburg since 2011 https://cisr.pro/en/team/irina-shirobokova/
She is currently a leading researcher and coordinator of the international art-science project Female Arctic devoted to women visibility and empowerment in Russian industrial Arctic. It is a collaborative project developed jointly with different initiatives in Russian Arctic and Nordregio (international research center for regional development and planning in Nordic countries), https://nordregio.org/research/female-arctic-empowering-young-women-in-the-industrialized-russian-north-femarc/
She is a part of ERA.NET research project Estates After Transition that studies recent urbanization processes in post-socialist housing estates in Germany, Estonia and Russia https://www.estatestransition.org/.
She is also a part of two research projects dedicated to uneven geographical development: Enhancing liveability of small shrinking cities through co-creation with University of Applied Sciences Erfurt, Germany, Aalto University, Finland, Institute of Geography Russian Academy of Science and Urban Margins, Global Transitions: Everyday Security and Mobility in Four Russian Cities, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, CISR.