There are six of us in the team:

Dr. Sirke Mäkinen, principal investigator

Sirke works as University Researcher in International Relations at the University of Tampere. Her research interests comprise higher education, geopolitics, foreign policy; and in particular questions such as how Russia constructs and represents herself in the world and what are the implications thereof for world politics . E-mail, Academic profile and publications:,



Iuliia Gataulina, researcher

Iuliia is a PhD researcher in the project. She has graduated  from the Master’s degree programme in Cross-Border International Relations (CBIR) with a double degree from both  the University of Tampere and St. Petersburg State University.  Her research focused on the domestication of  Nordic gender policies in the Russian context. For her PhD, Iuliia studies why and how a transfer of norms and policy models related to higher education takes place in Russia-EU cooperation. Her case is the Bologna process in Russia. E-mail:



Dr. Anni Kangas, researcher  (Anni’s photo by Jonne Renvall)

Anni is University Lecturer in International Relations and Academic Director of the Master’s Degree Programme Leadership for Change at the Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University.  Her research interests comprise themes such as  Russia in international relations and world politics,  urbanization in world poltics and the “rise” of global cities, and the role of popular culture and art in international relations and world politics. Anni is also the principal investigator in a research project on Migration and Politics of Sexuality “Making Spaces of Justice Across the East-West Divide”, funded by the Kone Foundation, see E-mail:



Dr. Dmitry A. Lanko, researcher

 Dmitry  is Associate Professor with the Department of European Studies at St. Petersburg State University, Russia. His primary research interest is regionalism in international politics with particular focus on the Northern Dimension Area. Since 2003 he has been working with the Cross-Border International Relations Double-Degree Programme operated jointly by the St. Petersburg State University, the University of Tampere, and the Petrozavodsk State University as lecturer and also as coordinator, convener and, recently, programme co-chair. E-mail:



Dr. Svetlana Shenderova, researcher

 Svetlana  is an experienced researcher, expert and consultant in higher education internationalisation, policies, university governance and study programme management in Russia, Post-Soviet Countries, Finland, EU, Israel and China.

E-mail:; Academic profiles and publications: Svetlana Shenderova: LinkedIn, Svetlana Shenderova: ResearchGate, Svetlana Shenderova:, Svetlana Shenderova:



Dr. Gleb Yarovoy, researcher

Gleb holds a Ph.D. degree in International Relations. He is an associate professor at Petrozavodsk State University. Yarovoy has studied dynamics of cross-border cooperation in both Finnish-Russian and, wider, EU-Russian borderlands. His recent research activities dealt with the participation of different types of actors in programming and implementing cross-border cooperation programmes on the EU-Russian border. E-mail:



In addition to the above introduced members of the team, there are three partners in the project: Dr. Nelli Piattoeva (Tampere University), Dr. Katalin Miklóssy (University of Helsinki) and Prof. Larisa Deriglazova (Tomsk State University).