Natalia Moen-Larsen is currently working on a PhD project in which she examines the discursive construction of ‘refugees’ in the Russian context.
Her analysis focuses on newspaper representations of refugees from Ukraine and refugees from Middle East and North Africa. It is possible to identify several different competing discourses that give meaning to the category “refugee”, these discourses define what it means to be a refugee, how refugees see themselves, and how Russians see them.
Moen-Larsen also does research on inter-ethnic tension and nationalism in Russia. She has published articles about the development and political use of new media (internet, blogosphere, social networks) in Russia and Russian female migrants in Norway. Other research areas are migration, culture, values, ethnic/national identities, nation building, patriotism and Russia’s demographic issues.
From 2015, Moen-Larsen is also a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo.
2009 MA of Sociology at the University of Oslo
2022 - Senior Research Fellow, NUPI
2015 - PhD Candidate, UiO
2013 - Research Fellow, NUPI
2011 Junior Research Fellow, NUPI
2010 Intern, NUPI
2010 Seminar leader, Institute of Sociology, UiO
Publications All publications
“Victims of Democracy” or “Enemies at the Gates”? Russian Discourses on the European “Refugee Crisis”Publication : Article | 2022
With over one million people arriving in Europe as refugees, the UN Refugee Agency declared 2015 “the year of Europe’s refugee crisis.” This article1
Publication : Article | 2020
This article maps the unexplored terrain of representations of refugees in Russian media, using discourse theory and the concepts of subject position1
Publication : Book review | 2018
Moen-Larsen reviews Migrant Workers in Russia. Global Challenges and the Shadow Economy in Societal Transformation edited by Anna-Liisa Heusala, Kaar1
Publication : Article | 2020
The armed conflict in South-East Ukraine has brought a massive increase in refugees in the Russian Federation. This article examines the meaning-maki1
Projects All projects
Research project | 2012 - 2015 (Completed)
The project aims to create an arena for learning and dialogue between MA and PhD students with an interrest in the North Caucasus and give them an opportunity to establish contact with scholars workin...
Events All events
EventTue 6 Dec 2022Time: 09:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: NUPI/Live stream to Facebook and YouTube
For years the Kremlin has been promoting conspiracy theories to legitimize its actions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the regime itself became the target of such theories.
Articles All articles
3 Jan 2022
What is the role of Russia, the Arctic and Asia in global politics? How are these societies developing? How do international trade, innovation and po1