Coordination of Young Researchers and Researcher, IOS (until Dec. 2023)



Ekaterina Mikhailova is a Political Geographer working at the crossroads of Post-Soviet Area Studies, Border Studies and Governance.

Ekaterina studied Public Administration at Lomonosov Moscow State University and holds a doctorate in Human Geography from the Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences. Before joining IOS, Ekaterina worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Eastern Finland (Finland, 2018-2019), University of Geneva and Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (both in Switzerland, 2020-2022).

As a Postdoctoral Researcher at the IOS Regensburg, Ekaterina examines comparatively how post-Soviet borders in selected countries – Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan and Ukraine, Belarus and Russia – have been oscillating between conflict and cooperation in practice, border-related narratives and imaginaries produced by elites and borderlanders.

In addition to her research project, Ekaterina coordinates the KonKoop junior research group and plays a central role in creating a database of knowledge-production centres for Peace and Conflict Studies in Eastern Europe.

Research Interest
  • sovereignty
  • territorial identiy
  • centre-periphery relations
  • border communities
  • Post-Soviet / post-colonial
  • Post-Soviet borders
  • Central Asia
Main publications
Mikhailova, Ekaterina; Garrad, John (eds). Twin Cities across Five Continents: Interactions and Tensions on Urban Borders. London: Routledge, 2022

Mikhailova, Ekaterina. Broadcast. An essay for the Volumetric Sovereignty forum. Part 1: Cartography vs. Volumes. Society and Space, 2019

Mikhailova, Ekaterina; Garrad, John (eds). Twin Cities: Urban Communities, Borders and Relationships over Time. London: Routledge, 2018


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 Ekaterina Mikhailova at IOS

Home Institution
IOS – Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies