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Dr Anastasia Ryabchuk

Dr Anastasia Ryabchuk
Centre for Social Change; South African Research Chair in Social Change
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

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MPhil, University of Cambridge

PhD, Kyiv National University


Dr Anastasiya Ryabchuk received her MPhil from the University of Cambridge and her PhD from Kyiv National University (co-tutelle with Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris). Her research interests include labour and the labour movement in post-soviet societies and in comparative perspective, homelessness and urban marginality, and visual research methods.

Anastasia worked as a senior lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the National University of "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" (Ukraine), courses taught: Social problems in Ukraine, Urban marginality, In-depth interviewing, Public sociology, and Social anthropology. During her work in Kyiv she was coordinator of "Labor and the labor movement in Ukraine: archive and research project" in cooperation with the International Institute of Social History (Amsterdam), and completed a Ukrainian translation of Pierre Bourdieu's and Loic Wacquant's book "An invitation to reflexive sociology".

She is a member of the editorial board of Debatte: journal for contemporary Central and Eastern Europe ( ) and co-founder of Medusa publishing house (Kyiv, Ukraine).

As a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Johannesburg, Anastasia has conducted research on the 2014 National Elections, and on Worker Advice Offices in South Africa. She is also finalizing her book project, "Bankrupt: workers' experiences of post-soviet deindustrialization" (to be published by Ibidem Verlag in 2017).


Forthcoming. Ryabchuk, A. 'The unmet need for worker centres in South Africa: results of community advice offices survey', in South African Review of Sociology, 2017.

Forthcoming. Ryabchuk, A. 'Voter abstention in South African 2014 elections: beyond the apathy argument'. Transformation, 2016, No.92.

2015. Ryabchuk, A. 'Handicapped class analysis in post-soviet Ukraine, and a push for revision', East European Politics and Societies, and Cultures, Vol.29, No.3, pp.685-698.

2014. Ryabchuk, A. 'Homelessness in Ukraine: structural causes and moral evaluation', Debatte: journal for contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, Vol.22, Issue 3, pp.288-306.

2014. Ryabchuk, A. 'Right revolution: hopes and perils of the Euromaidan protests in Ukraine', Debatte: journal for contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, Vol.22, Issue 1, pp.127-134.

2012. Ryabchuk, A. 'Nostalgia for the past or claim-making for the future: the case of Ukrainian professional public sector workers', AFP Working Papers. Vol. 2, pp. 61-71. 

2012. Ryabchuk, A. 'Changing fields, changing habituses: symbolic transformations in the field of public service in post-soviet Ukraine', in: B. Wagoner, E. Jensen and J. Oldmeadow (eds). Culture and social change: transforming society through the power of ideas. Charlotte, NC: Info Age Publ., pp. 275-295. 

2012. Ryabchuk, A. and Onyshchenko, N. 'From communism to capitalism, from production to consumption: the case of the Bilshovyk plant and shopping center in Kyiv', Radical history review. Vol. 114, pp. 29-37.

2012. Ryabchuk, A. 'Perpetuation and transformation of the split-household strategy of labour migrants: the case of a Carpathian village', EMECON: Employment and economy in Central and Eastern Europe. Vol. 1, 10p. (online access at: 

2010. Ryabchuk, A. 'La culture du "bomj": reponse critique a l'approche culturaliste a partir d'une etude ethnographique en Ukraine', in: P. Bruneteaux et D. Terrole (eds). L'arrière-cour de la mondialisation: ethnographie des pauperisés. Paris: Editions du croquant, pp. 353-375.

2009. Ryabchuk, A. 'The implications of adaptation discourse for the post communist working class', Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, Vol.17 (1). pp. 55-64.

2008. Ryabchuk, A."What a wealth of data is waiting to be exploited!": social scientists use of World Bank's poverty reports on Ukraine. Published in: Naukovi Zapysky NaUKMA, Vol.83, pp.36-40. 

2007. Ryabchuk, A. 'Nostalgia and Solidarity: Social Suffering in Post-Communist Societies', in: S. Fischer, H. Pleines and H. Schroeder (eds), Movements, migrants, marginalization: challenges of societal and political participation in Eastern Europe and the enlarged EU. Stuttgart: Ibidem Verlag, pp. 213-222. 

2007. Ryabchuk, A. 'Work in the shadow: experiences of homelessness among casual workers in construction industry', Naukovi Zapysky NaUKMA. Vol. 70, pp. 72-76.