Personal profile

Description of research and teaching

Marina Khmelnitskaya is a visiting research fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki. She was previously a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre of Excellence “Choices of Russian Modernisation” hosted by the Aleksanteri Institute. She also held visiting fellowships at King’s College Russia Institute and at the University of the West of England. She received her doctorate from the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford and was a junior research fellow at the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College and a senior member of the Common Room of St Antony’s College. 

Dr Khmelnitskaya’s research is about the policymaking process in authoritarian regimes, specifically focusing on Russia and in comparison with other countries, including China and Turkey. Analysing different aspects of national economic, social and local policymaking in Russia – including areas of housing policy and housing finance, strategies of social and economic development, family policy, social benefits and urban development – her research has examined different modes of the policy process (evolutionary change and paradigmatic shifts) and conditions under which they occur, the choice of policy instruments, the role of policy experts and the politics of expertise, the budget formation, public participation, and the role of ideas and discourses in the exercise of flexible authoritarian governance.  

Her single- and co-authored articles have been published in Post-Communist Economies (2014, 2017), Russian Politics (2017), Europe-Asia Studies (2021a, 2021b), Democratizatsiya: the Journal of Post-Communist Democratization (2023), Communist and Post-Communist Studies (forthcoming), Russian Analytical Digest (2017, 2020), Housing Finance International and other journals. She is the author of “The Policy-Making Process and Social Learning in Russia” (Palgrave Macmillan 2015) and chapters in several edited volumes, including “The Russian Budget” (Routledge 2018), “Social Distinctions in Contemporary Russia” (Routledge 2020) and “Russian Modernisation: A New Paradigm” (Routledge 2021). She is currently working on two co-authored book projects. The first one analyses the politics of social policymaking in China and Russia and the second one examines the choice of policy instruments by authoritarian governments of Russia and Turkey.

Dr Khmelnitskay is also a member of Urbaria: Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies.  

Fields of Science

  • 6160 Other humanities
  • Russian and Eurasian Studies
  • 5171 Political Science
  • Public policy
  • Social Policy
  • Housing policy
  • Authoritarian Politics

International and National Collaboration

Publications and projects within past five years.