Irina Kosterina

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Free Happy People co-founder and advisor. Sociologist, gender expert, trainer, specialist on the community development and ‘mindful activism’.


2012 – PhD in Sociology (thesis on masculinities)

2001 – Graduated, Specialist in Culturology, Faculty of Culture and Art, Ulyanovsk State University

Biography and work experience 

2001 – 2008 Leading sociologist in research center ‘Region‘, lecturer of social studies, Ulyanovsk State University, Ulyanovsk, Russia.

From 2009 Irina has been a programme coordinator ‘Gender and Democracy’ in Heinrich Böll Stiftung.

2013-2015 – assistant professor of Master programme ‘Public Politics and Human Rights’ and ‘Sociology of Public Sphere’, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.

Director and executor of more than 40 projects on local communities development, resolution of social problems, gender equality, peacekeeping, democratic values and human rights defense in different regions of Russia, especially the North Caucasus, in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.


Author of more than 50 publications in scientific, and social and political journals.

Kosterina I. Modernization, Patriarchy, and the Life of Girls in the North Caucasus Region // Girlhood Studies, 8, no. 2 (Summer 2015): 71-85

We are not taught by the past, we are living in it. Discussion with Sergey Ushakin (in Russian).

Kosterina I. Young Married Women in the Russian Countryside: Women’s Networks, Communication and Power // Europe-Asia Studies Volume 64, Issue 10, 2012

Kosterina I. Love, North Caucasus style

Kosterina I., Andreeva J. The Construction of ‘Marginality’ and ‘Normality’. In Search of a Collective Identity Among Youth Cultural Scenes in Sochi in ‘Cultural diversity in Russian Cities: The Urban Landscape in the post-Soviet Era’ (ed. by Cordula Gdaniec). Berghahn Books, 2010