Natalia Mamonova is an Associate Research Fellow at the Global Politics and Security Programme at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI).
Natalia’s research interests primarily focus on contemporary grassroots politics in post-socialist Eastern Europe. She studies the political behaviour of ordinary people who live far from capital cities. Much of her work focuses on agrarian populism, rural social movements, food sovereignty, everyday (hidden) resistance, right-wing movements and state-society relations in post-socialist settings.
She is currently working on several research projects that aim to understand rural support for authoritarian populism and nationalist movements in post-socialist Eastern Europe ( Russia, Ukraine, Romania, eastern Germany). Natalia is the principal coordinator of the European team of the Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI Europe), which is a scholar-activist community that aims at understanding, resisting and building alternatives to regressive right-wing politics in the European countryside.
Natalia received her PhD degree in 2016 from the Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University, the Netherlands. After completing her PhD, she was a visiting researcher/lecturer at the University of Oxford, the New Europe College in Bucharest, and the University of Helsinki.
Two of her articles (‘Resistance or adaptation? Ukrainian peasants’ responses to land grabbing’ and ‘Naive Monarchism and Rural Resistance in Contemporary Russia’) received ‘The Best Article’ awards from Erasmus University in 2016 and 2017.