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;
Prior research projects:
- Reintroducing the homelss in Nottingham to education and training (funded by NTU Research Sandpit fund, 2019)
- The role of education in sustainable development (funded by NTU QR fund, 2019)
- Free University Nottingham (funded by NTU Research Sandpit fund, 2018)
- 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)
- Fellow of the 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., 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.
Articles for a wider audience
Strumia, F., Kilkey, M. and Kushnir, I. (2019). The lessons the EU learnt from the migrant crisis [in Italian]. Huffington Post Blog of Strumia, F.
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 TrendsSee all of Dr Iryna Kushnir's publications...