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Aadne Aasland is a senior researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR) at the Oslo and Akershus University College for Applied Sciences. He received his PhD in Russian and East European studies from the University of Glasgow in 1994, having written his dissertation on Russian ethnic identity and ethnopolitics in Latvia. As a researcher Aasland has been engaged in many projects on living conditions and welfare in Russia and other post-Soviet countries. He has also written extensively on migration and integration issues and on social inclusion and exclusion of ethnic minorities. Recently Aasland was leader of an international project on network governance in Russia resulting in, among others, articles in special sections of East European Politics and Demokratizatsiya and the book Governance in Russian Regions (Palgrave, 2018). Currently he is working on a project on local government reform in Ukraine.

Elena Bogdanova has been a research fellow at the Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR), Saint Petersburg, since 2001. She received the degree of Candidate of Sciences in sociology (equivalent of PhD) in 2006. Currently she is working as a lecturer at the European University at St. Petersburg, assistant professor at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, and visiting lecturer at the University of Eastern Finland. She has published nearly forty articles, one of which won the International Sociological Association’s worldwide competition for young sociologists in 2014. Her research interests include the anthropology and sociology of law, justice and regulative systems, Soviet society and postsocialist transformations, and qualitative methods. She is one of the editors of the book Communism and Consumerism: The Soviet Alternative to the Affluent Society (Brill, 2015). She is currently working on the book Complaints to the Authorities in Russia: Tradition and Legal Modernization (Routledge).

Linda J. Cook is a professor of political science and Slavic studies at Brown University and an associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University. Her research interests include the politics of the Russian Federation and Eastern and Central Europe, comparative welfare states, NGOs, and political representation of labor and women. Cook is lead researcher for the project “Social Policy in the Russian Federation: Directions, Policy Processes, Outcomes, Prospects,” funded by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, as well as a participant in several projects on welfare and politics in Russia and a member of the International Advisory Board, Center of Excellence, Aleksanteri Institute for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is the author of Postcommunist Welfare States: Reform Politics in Russia and Eastern Europe (Cornell University Press, 2007), as well as recent articles in Voluntas, Europe-Asia Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, and Voprosy gosudarstvennogo i munitsipal’nogo upravleniia (Issues of state and municipal administration). She is currently working on a book manuscript tentatively titled Welfare after Communism in Russia and Poland: Inclusion and Exclusion.

Leo Granberg is a sociologist and Professor Emeritus at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki (Finland), and is also affiliated with the Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University (Sweden). Since the end of the 1990s he has specialized in social and economic change in the Russian countryside. He was a scholar at the Finnish Centre of Excellence – Russian Choices of Modernisation (2012–2017). In 2005–2013 he held the position of Professor of Rural Studies in Social Sciences at Ruralia Institute, University of Helsinki. His recent research has focused on local action and social change in Russia and the European Union. He has coedited Metropolitan Ruralities (with Kjell Andersson, Stefan Sjöblom, Peter Ehrström, and Terry Marsden; Emerald Group Publishing, 2016) and Evaluating the European Approach to Rural Development: Grass-Roots Experiences of the LEADER Programme (with Kjell Andersson and Imre Kovách; Ashgate, 2015).

Laura A. Henry is associate professor of government and legal studies at Bowdoin College. Her research investigates Russia’s post-Soviet transformation, focusing on state-society relations, environmental politics, and the interaction of transnational and local nonstate actors. Henry’s current work compares the diverse responses of NGOs from the BRICS states to global governance initiatives. Henry is the author of Red to Green: Environmental Activism in Post-Soviet Russia (Cornell University Press, 2010) and the coeditor of Russian Civil Society: A Critical Assessment (M. E. Sharpe, 2006). Her work has appeared in Post-Soviet Affairs, Environmental Politics, Global Environmental Politics, and Europe-Asia Studies, among other journals. She has been a Watson Foundation Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar. Her research has received support from the National Security Education Program, the Social Science Research Council, and the International Research and Exchange Board.

Nina Ivashinenko is a professor of economic sociology at the Lobachevsky State University in Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. She is the head of the joint UNN–ISEPN RAS laboratory “Studying the Quality of Life of the Population as the Basis of Social Management,” the head of the EON Research Center in Nizhniy Novgorod, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow. Her research interests are economic sociology, modeling of social and economic processes, poverty and social inequality, quality of life, the development of public organizations in Russia, transnational migration, and Russian diasporas. Among her published works are the edited volume Participatory Approach in the Improvement of Quality of Life of the Population (in Russian; Nizhniy Novgorod State University Press, 2013), the collective monograph The Taganrog Studies: Half a Century Later (in Russian; Ekonomicheskoe obrazovanie Press, 2017), and a chapter in the book Attitudes, Poverty and Agency in Russia and Ukraine (Routledge, 2016). She has also published in the journals Population, Journal of Studies of Social Policy, and Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe.

Daria Prisyazhnyuk is a senior lecturer in the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences at the National Research University–Higher School of Economics (Moscow). She holds a Candidate of Sciences degree in sociology (2012) on the transformation of the medical profession in the context of healthcare reform in Russia. Her main research interests cover Russian social policy, healthcare reforms, and the sociology of professions. Prisyazhnyuk was a participant in several research projects aimed at exploring the transformation of Russian social policy toward persons with disability, foster families, and pensioners. She is currently working on a project devoted to the professional cohesion of medical doctors in Russia.

Ann-Mari Sätre is associate professor of economics and senior lecturer in Eurasian studies at the Institute of Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University (Sweden). She is also international partner at the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Russian Studies at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. She specializes in the structure and performance of the Soviet/Russian economy. She received her doctoral degree from Stockholm University; her dissertation was published as Environmental Problems in the Shortage Economy: The Legacy of Soviet Environmental Policy (Edward Elgar Publishing, 1994). Her current research focuses on poverty, gender issues, and local development in Russia. She recently coedited a special issue of Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe on “Attitudes, Poverty and Agency in Russia and Ukraine.” Her latest monograph, written with Leo Granberg, is The Other Russia: Local Experience and Social Change (Routledge, 2017).

Boris Stepanov is Leading Research Fellow in the Research Centre for Contemporary Culture, Poletayev Institute for Theoretical and Historical Studies in the Humanities, National Research University–Higher School of Economics, Moscow. He is also Associate Professor of cultural studies at the same institution. His fields of research include cultural history of the humanities and studies of Soviet and post-Soviet culture, particularly the historical and urban sphere. Нe has conducted research on the history of Soviet and post-Soviet historical periodicals. He was coeditor (with Natalia Samutina) of the Russian-language volume Tsaritsyno: Attractions with History (Novoe literaturnoe obozrenie, 2014).

Svetlana Tulaeva is assistant professor at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Currently she is working as a researcher at Lapland University (Finland). She holds a Master of Arts degree from European University at St. Petersburg (2008), a Candidate of Sciences in sociology from Saint Petersburg State University (2011), and a PhD in legislative studies from University of Eastern Finland (2015). Her dissertation was devoted to natural resources management in Russia. Her research interests include environmental sociology, legal sociology, and corporate social responsibility. She has participated in international research projects related to sustainable development and published nearly 30 articles.

Maria Tysiachniouk holds a Master of Science degree in environmental studies from Bard College, a PhD in biology from the Russian Academy of Sciences, and a PhD in sociology from Wageningen University (Netherlands). Since 1994 she has been researching environmental movements in Russia. Since 2004 she has investigated the role of NGOs in global resource governance and published a book, Transnational Governance through Private Authority: The Case of Forest Stewardship Council Certification in Russia (Wageningen Academic Publishers, 2012), on the topic. In 2012 she began extensive research on transnational oil production chains in the Russian Arctic, focusing on the interactions between oil companies, NGOs, and indigenous communities. Tysiachniouk has authored more than 180 publications on topics related to transnational environmental governance, edited several books, and has fieldwork experience in several countries and regions. She is currently Chair of the Environmental Sociology Group at the Centre for Independent Social Research, Saint Petersburg (Russia).

Alla Varyzgina is a lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Lobachevsky State University of Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia. Her research interests are economic sociology, poverty and quality of life of the population, and the functioning of NGOs in Russia. Her publications include contributions to edited volumes The Taganrog Studies: Half a Century Later (in Russian; Ekonomicheskoe obrazovanie Press, 2017) and Attitudes, Poverty and Agency in Russia and Ukraine (Routledge, 2016), as well as articles that appeared in the journals Population and Debatte: Journal of Contemporary Central and Eastern Europe.