Igor Okunev

Igor Okunev
Ph.D. (Cand. Polit. Sc.) in Political Science, Associate Professor Center for Spatial Analysis in International Relations - DirectorSchool of Government and International Affairs - Faculty MemberInstitute for International Studies - Director of Center, Senior Research Fellow

Professorial Research Fellow & Director at the Center for Spatial Analysis in International Relations, Institute for International Studies, MGIMO University.

He received his B.A. (Specialist Degree) in Linguistics & Intercultural Communication from the St. Petersburg State University and M.A. in History from the University of Manchester, holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the MGIMO University.

In 2012-2019 — Assistant and Associate Professor at MGIMO Department of Comparative Politics, in 2012-2017 — Deputy Dean at School of Political Science. From 2019 — Professorial Research Fellow & Director at the Center for Spatial Analysis in International Relations.

He is the author of textbook on political geography and three monographs (Basics of Spatial Analysis, Capital Cities in a Critical Geopolitics Mirror, Geopolitics of Microstates, all in Russian). He has more than 100 peer-review publications in Russian and English on political geography, critical geopolitics, capital cities and federalism studies.

He is Co-Chair of the IPSA Research Committee on Geopolitics (RC-41), member of Russian Geographical Society and Association of Russian Human Geographers. He is the executive editor of an online version of journal Comparative Politics Russia (WoS). Visiting professor at St.Edward’s University (2017) and West Virginia University (2018, 2019). In 2014 he was awarded as the best young journalist in international relations by the Russian International Affairs Council, and in 2017 as the best international studies scholar by the Russian International Studies Association.