Dr Natasha Danilova

Dr Natasha Danilova


Dr Natasha Danilova
Dr Natasha Danilova

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Office hours (Autumn 2019): Monday, 3-4 pm and Friday, 3-4 pm
Department of Politics and International Relations
Room 34, Edward Wright Building
Dunbar street
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, AB24 3QY


Dr Natasha Danilova joined the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Aberdeen in 2014. Dr Danilova gained a BA (Distinction) in Sociology from Perm State Technical University (1998), then an MA in Sociology from the European University St Petersburg (2000), and later, a PhD in Sociology (kandidat nauk) (2003) jointly from Saratov State Technical University and The European University St Petersburg (Russia). From 2003 to 2008, Dr Danilova lectured on sociological theory, research methods in social science, gender studies and social policy at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (St. Petersburg campus). In 2012, Natasha Danilova completed a PhD in Politics at the University of Nottingham. Between 2011 and 2014, Dr Danilova taught global politics, political theory, research methods in Politics and IR, international security, politics and security in the former Soviet states, Russian/Soviet history and the politics of war memory at the University of Nottingham (both in the UK and Malaysia Campuses), and at the University of Exeter (Cornwall Campus).

In 2016, Dr Danilova completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, and has achieved the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK.


Research Interests

My broader research interests lie in the fields of International Relations and Critical Military Studies. In particular, I study the politics of war memory (memorialisation, commemoration, media representations of modern conflicts), gender and war, art/aesthetics and war, veterans’ politics and society-military relations, militarism and militarisation, (in)security and identity politics in Britain, Russia and other former Soviet states. 

Current Research

My doctoral research looked at the discourses and practices of war commemoration in the UK and Russia. In particular, it examined the representations of British and Russian military fatalities in mass media, physical and virtual memorials, and war-related ceremonies. This project considered the politics of war commemoration as an instrument of regulating society-military relations, fostering national belonging and attracting public support for the armed forces and contemporary military operations. The findings of this research outlined in my book, The Politics of War Commemoration in the UK and Russia (Palgrave, 2015). 

Research Grants

I am currently working on a series of publications based on my recent research project, 'War Commemoration, Military Culture and Identity Politics in Scotland' (Jan 2017-Jan 2018), which was funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland (RG13890/70560). This project analysed visual and narrative manifestations of Scottish military culture through an investigation of commemorative rituals (i.e. WWI commemoration), artistic encounters with wars, military museums in Scotland. Kandida Purnell  and Emma Dolan have worked as Project Research Assistants, and are currently working as co-authors on a joint publication project. See updates regarding the project: https://twitter.com/scot_war 

Previously, I was co-investigator of the AHRC-funded 'Hero Project', 2015-16 (AH/M006271/1), which explored the role of a hero in modern Britain. Working with Abbie Garrington (University of Newcastle, principal investigator) and Berny Sebe (University of Birmingham, co-investigator), I studied the public perceptions of modern heroes, and also explored the concept of military heroism. 

Post-Doctoral Bursary in the Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Nottingham (2012-2013)

Overseas Research Scholarship for a PhD programme, University of Nottingham (2008-2011)



Teaching Responsibilities

PI1518 Introduction to Politics and International Relations (Gender in Global Politics)

PI3069 Political Research in the 21st century

PI4575 Soviet Successor States in Global Politics

IR4014/PI4071 Dissertation (UG)  

IR5001 Theories and Concepts in International Relations (PG) (Feminist IR) 

IR5901 MSc Dissertation (PG)

PI5516 MRes Research Methods (PG)

Areas of potential UG supervsion: I would be keen to supervise dissertations relating to various aspects of gender politics and Feminist IR, war and memory, art and war, identity politics in Britain, Russia and other Eurasian states.   

Areas of potential PhD supervision: critical military studies and Feminist IR; gender and war; politics of war memory; art, aesthetics and war; militarisation and militarism; society-military relations; veterans’ politics; heroes and heroism, identity politics in the UK; regional politics and (in)securities in Russia and other Eurasian states.    

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Peer-review: Armed Forces & Society, International Feminist Journal of Politics, Critical Military Studies, Memory Studies, Critical Studies on Security, Journal of Post-Soviet and Soviet Politics and Society, Gender, Place and Culture Journal, Political Studies Review, Europe-Asia Studies, and Problems of Post-Communism 

Admin Responsibilities

Go Abroad Tutor for PIR, Friday, 2-3 pm in a room F34, Edward Wright Building (no prior appointment/email required)

Student Recruitment and Experience Committee

Personal Tutor