International Research Laboratory for Migration Studies

South Ural State University
Office 509, Main University Building
76, Prospect Lenina
Tel.: +7 351 267 92 15; +7 351 267 91 25
E-mail: nikonovaoi[at]susu[dot]ru

Philippe Bertrand, PhD National Engineering School of Saint-Étienne (France)

Head of the Laboratory

Jeff Sahadeo

Ph.D., Professor
Carleton University (Canada)

Marina Samodurova, PhD, Associate Professor 	South Ural State University

Deputy Head of the Laboratory

Olga Nikonova

Ph.D., Associate Professor
South Ural State University


The International Research Laboratory for Migration Studies was established under Project 5-100 to support interdisciplinary research on migration in the region and incorporate it into university curricula.


Migration has always been one of the fundamental processes in human history. The contemporary migration crisis places historical migration studies at the top of the agenda. Further, the crisis highlights the necessity of an in-depth exploration of migration flows, mass migration management, humanitarian medical aid, transportation, and social adaptation. Historically being at the centre of different migration routes, the Urals region is a unique place for studying the past and present of human mobility.  The interdisciplinary Laboratory for Migration Studies is the first research group that brings together specialists from social sciences and humanities to bridge historical analysis with the most pressing challenges of contemporary migration.


  • Memorandum of Understanding between South Ural State University and Carleton University on collaborative Eurasian migration studies;
  • Organisation of international conferences in collaboration with the University of Basel (Russian-Swiss academic conference on colonisation in the Urals and Siberia during the XVII-XX centuries, June 2016; international seminar on transcontinental and transnational migration in the Russian Empire and the USSR during the XIX-XX centuries, September 2016);
  • Participation in the international workshop “Management and Experiences of Migration in Modern East European History” at Basel University, September 2018;
  • Research monograph on migration in post-Soviet states (“Interrogating Illiberal Peace in Eurasia. Critical Perspectives on Peace and Conflict, Rowman and Littlefield, 2018) written by the head of the laboratory Prof. Jeff Sahadeo.


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