As a Lecturer, Dr Kushnir is involved with a range of modules and research activities at Nottingham Institute of Education. Dr Kushnir’s aim across all of her teaching is to equip students with the core subject knowledge and encourage students to develop critical thinking and understanding of a politicised and complex nature of the link between education and the social order.
Dr Kushnir joined the Nottingham Institute of Education in 2018. She previously worked at the University of Sheffield as a University Teacher in Social Policy and a Research Associate on the EU funded Jean Monnet MIGRATE project. She also taught online at Nazarbayev Intellectual Schools in Kazakhstan. Prior to that, Dr Kushnir had been teaching and supervising students on UG and PG Programs in Education and Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh. Dr Kushnir also completed her PhD at Edinburgh. Her project was focused on analysing the process of the recent higher education reform in Ukraine (i.e. the Bologna reform) and examining Bologna as a case of Europeanisation in the post-Soviet context.
Dr Kushnir’s primary research interests are:
- The Bologna Process;
- Education policy and politics in the context of globalisation;
- Post-Soviet transition;
- Social justice.
Prior research projects:
- Free University Nottingham (funded by NTU Research Sandpit fund, 2018-2019)
- The voice of inclusion in the midst of the neoliberalist noise in the Bologna Process (funded by NTU SPUR fund, 2018)
- The relationship between the ‘migrant crisis’ and EU integration (employed for an EU funded Jean Monnet project 'MIGRATE', 2017-2018)
- Looking for ‘rigour’, ‘discipline’ and ‘systematic’ in the Ukrainian ‘pedagogical sciences’: a textbook analysis (2017-2018)
- Moving from Cold to Sustainable Peace in Ukraine: Local Capacities for Reform (supported by the United Nations House of Scotland, 2015)
- The Bologna Reform in Ukraine: Learning Europeanisation in the Post-Soviet Context (funded by (1) University of Edinburgh CHSS Full Award, and (2) Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship, 2012-2016)
- Gender (In)Equality in Higher Education in Ukraine (funded by the Open Society Foundation research grant, 2012)
- Associate Fellow of Higher Education Academy
- Co-founder of the Ukrainian Educational Research Association in 2015 and co-developer of this Association until 2018.
Articles in academic peer-reviewed journals
Kushnir, I. (2016). The Role of the Bologna Process in Defining Europe. European Educational Research Journal, 15.5, 1-12. Before publishing, this paper received Best Paper Award at the EERA Emerging Researchers’ Conference in Sep, 2015.
Articles for a wider audience
Kushnir, I., Kaliyeva, L., Yershova, Y. (2018). Another step towards inclusive education: SEN support in Kazakhstan. The blog of the Institute of Education, Nottingham Trent University
Kushnir, I., Yershova, Y., Kaliyeva, L., and Amirova, B. (2018). What are the limits of gender equality? Lessons from international studies. The blog of the Institute of Education, Nottingham Trent University
Kushnir, I., Yertay, C., and Tulesheva, A. (2018). How high-achieving students choose their career path. The blog of the Institute of Education, Nottingham Trent University
Kushnir, I., Tlekkyzy, D. and Medetbek, A. (2017). Good pre-university schooling for a good university: lessons from Kazakhstan. Blog of Education Trends