With a Phd in Psychosocial Studies from Birkbeck (University of London), and a background in Russian Studies, much of my research is preoccupied with the discursive and psychosocial dynamics of transitional and post-transitional societies, often focusing on the former Eastern Bloc. Another, connected strand of my work examines violence and misogynist, anti-feminist and anti-LGBTQ violence. My 2-year Horizon 2020 project at Malmö University entitled The child as cipher for a politics of ‘traditional values’ in the anti-gender movement: A comparative study of Russia and Germany commenced in September 2021.