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Natalia Moen-Larsen is a senior research fellow in the research group on Russia, Asia and International Trade. Her research interests are culture and national identity, inter-ethnic tensions, migration, and nationalism. In addition, Moen-Larsen is interested in political communication, the use of traditional and digital media, and the spread of disinformation and misinformation in Russia.
Moen-Larsen holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Oslo. The PhD examines what three Russian national newspapers wrote about refugees from Ukraine who came to Russia in the spring of 2014 and refugees from the Middle East and North Africa who went to Europe during the "refugee crisis" in 2015. The thesis also discusses the connection between representations of refugees in Russian newspapers and notions of Russia's place in the world and about the West as Russia's adversary.
Moen-Larsen is the editor in chief of Nordisk Østforum, the Nordic journal for East European and Post-Soviet studies.
2022 PhD of Sociology at the University of Oslo
2009 MA of Sociology at the University of Oslo
2022 - Senior Research Fellow, NUPI
2015 - 2022 PhD Candidate, UiO
2013 - 2022 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
Brothers and barbarians: Discursive constructions of ‘refugees’ in Russian mediaPublication : Article | 2020
This article maps the unexplored terrain of representations of refugees in Russian media, using discourse theory and the concepts of subject position1
Migrant Workers in Russia. Global Challenges and the Shadow Economy in Societal TransformationPublication : 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
Putins propagandaproblemPublication : Op-ed | 2022
In this op-ed, Moen-Larsen and Gjerde write about the propaganda that has characterized the official Russian media coverage of the so-called “special1
Suitcase – shelling – Russia’: narratives about refugees from Ukraine in Russian media.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
Dialogue and learning across divides in North Caucasus (DLDNC )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
COVspiracy? COVID-19 conspiracy theories in Putin’s RussiaEventTue 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
How Russian press describes Ukrainian refugees2 Nov 2022
Pro-government Russian media report that Ukrainian refugees are fleeing from Ukrainian nazis to Russia. The newspapers write far less about millions1
Russia, Asia and International Trade3 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