Dr Kushnir is involved with a range of research and teaching activities within the Nottingham Institute of Education and beyond, cooperating with colleagues from other universities in the UK and internationally. She is a qualitative researcher with an interdisciplinary research background. Dr Kushnir also contributes to UG and PG teaching and supervision at Nottingham Institute of Education. Her 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 research expertise combines:
- Higher education;
- Education policy;
- Post-Soviet transition;
- Social justice
Articles in academic peer-reviewed journals
Kushnir, I. and Spowart, L. (2021). University teacher development courses in the UK neoliberal higher education context. Education in the North, 28.2, 164-170.
Kushnir, I., Kilkey, M. and Strumia, F. (2020). EU integration in the post 'migrant crisis' context: learning new integration modes? European Review, 28.2, 306-324.
Kushnir, I. (2020). Forced migration and education. Education in the North, 27.1, 141-147.
Fimyar, O. Kushnir, I. and Vitrukh, M. (2019). Understanding Ukrainian pedagogical sciences through textbook analysis of four ''Pedagogy' textbooks. European Educational Research Journal, 18.5, 499-512.
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)
Prodromidou, A., Gkasis, P., Kushnir, I., Kilkey, M. and Strumia F. (2019). ‘Introduction’. In Prodromidou, A. and Gkasis, P. (ed.) Along the Balkan Route: The Impact of the Post-2014 ‘Migrant Crisis’ on the EU’s South East Periphery. Berlin: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung.See all of Dr Iryna Kushnir's publications...