Dr Tatiana Argounova-Low

Dr Tatiana Argounova-Low
Dr Tatiana Argounova-Low
Dr Tatiana Argounova-Low

MA, MPhil, PhD

Senior Lecturer

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+44 (0)1224 273591
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G15, Edward Wright Building Department of Anthropology University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3QY, UK

School of Social Science


MA Linguistics, Yakutsk University, Russia

MPhil, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

PhD, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


  • MA Languages 
    1986 - Yakutsk University 
  • MPhil Anthropology 
    1995 - University of Cambridge 
  • PhD Anthropology 
    2001 - University of Cambridge 

Internal Memberships

Head of Department

Anthropology Society Liaison Staff Rep

School Equality & Diversity Committee  

School Teaching and Learning Committee

School Postgraduate Committee





Research Overview

Themes: roads, narratives and roads, movement, mobility, migration, long-distance driving, winter roads, drifting

Regional: North, Russian North, Siberia, Sakha, Yakutia, Evenki, reindeer herding communities

Current Research

Roads and narratives
This project approaches roads as social phenomenon that offer economic and social opportunities. People travel along roads for work and leisure and each road and each journey can be narrated. In this project I investigate the relationship between roads and narratives.

Long-distance driving:

Much driving in the North happens on winter roads that exist only for a short period of time. These roads are difficult and treacherous, always fluctuating, always changing. This project studies the work of truckers who drive long distances to deliver goods to the northern settlements of Sakha (Yakutiia). I investigate the concept of road as experienced by these road-users. The project focuses on drivers' navigation and driving skills, knowledge of routes, and engagement with the road.  

Driving and drifting in urban space:

This project is based on study of driving practices in the city of Yakutsk, north-eastern Siberia. I investigate the spatial concept of road through performance of driving and various practices that road-users employ in the city. The project studies emerging car-cultures in post-socialist environment with its car fetishism and appreciation of speed and mobility. The project focuses on use of cars, street games, racing, and notions of risk. The project discusses the post-Soviet production of space where cars, money, and speed are important elements for expression of individual freedom.

Funding and Grants

Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship (2003-2005) "Indigenous and Diaspora Identities in Post Soviet Siberia"

British Academy Small Research Grants (2004-2005) "Remembering Lost Connections: the Past and Present of Two Native Siberian Villages"


Teaching Responsibilities

AT4026 Roads: Mobility, Movement, Migration

AT4009 Anthropology of the North

AT1501 Introduction to Anthropology

AT2010 Key Debates in Anthropology

SL3504 Global Challenges

AT5029 Supervised Reading

AT5531 Research in Social Anthropology 




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