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Irina Busygina

Research Fellow, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies

Professor Irina Busygina is a Research Fellow at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University (USA).

Until 2022, she worked as a Professor of Comparative Politics at the Department of Political Science and International Relations (Higher School of Economics at Saint Petersburg, Russia) and headed the Center for Comparative Governance Studies.

Her research interests include comparative federalism and decentralisation, Russian domestic and foreign policy, and Russia-EU relations. Her latest publications include “Authoritarian Federalism and Decentralization: The Lessons from Post-Soviet Countries.” UK: Routledge, 2024; “Regional Leadership on Post-Soviet Eurasia”. UK: London, NY, 2023; “Center-regional relations in Russia”. In: Routledge Handbook of Russian Politics and Society. Ed. by Graeme Gill. UK: Routledge, 2023; “Ready to Protest? Explaining Protest Potential in Russian Regional Capitals.” Regional and Federal Studies published online January 2023; “Pandemic Decentralization: COVID-19 and Principal–Agent Relations in Russia.” Problems of Post-Communism, Published online: 14 Sep 2022; “Russia, Post-Soviet Integration, and the EAEU: The Balance between Domination and Cooperation”, Problems of Post-Communism, 2021. Published online September 1; “Russia-EU Relations and the Common Neighborhood: Coercion Versus Authority.” UK: Routledge, 2018.

She has been a visiting scholar at the Davis Center, Harvard University, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki (Finland), Uppsala Centre for Russian Studies (Uppsala University, Sweden), State University of New York (Binghamton, NY, USA), Centre for East European Studies (University of Regensburg, Germany), Slavic Research Centre (University of Hokkaido, Japan), Faculty of Political Science (University of Bergen, Norway).

Busygina is a member of the Executive Committee, PONARS Eurasia in Washington, a member of the Academic Advisory Board at the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS) in Berlin and a member of Scientific Advisory Board, of the Leibniz Science Campus “Eastern Europe – Global Area” (EEGA) in Germany.