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Ulrike is Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences. In 2012, she joined the University of Winchester from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), University College London, where she was Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2009-2011) in Migration and Diasporic Citizenship in Russia and Eastern Europe at the Centre for East European Language Based Area Studies (CEELBAS). Prior to this, Ulrike received her PhD from the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES) at the European Research Institute, University of Birmingham in 2008. 

She teaches Sociology modules on gender and sexualities, youth and social change, ideology, conflict and terrorism and is Programme Leader for the BA Sociology. 

In February 2017, she won the Student-Led Teaching Award for Best Delivered Module of the Year for her Gender and Sexualities Module.

In August and September 2017, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki.

In August 2018, she assumed the role of Faculty Postgraduate Research Students Coordinator.

Higher Education Teaching Qualification: Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA).

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Areas of expertise

Youth, women, gender and diasporas in Russia, Southern Caucasus and Eastern Europe.


Articles in journals


  • Ziemer, U. (2011) Ethnic Belonging, Gender and Cultural Practices: Youth Identities in Contemporary Russia. Stuttgart: ibidem Verlag.

Edited volumes

  • Ziemer, U. and Roberts, S.P. (eds) (2012) East European Diasporas, Migration and Cosmopolitanism. London: Routledge.

Book chapters

  • Ziemer, U. (2019) ‘Women Against Authoritarianism: Women’s Agency and Political Protest in Armenia’, in Ziemer, U. (ed.) Women’s Everyday Lives in War and Peace in the South Caucasus. London: Palgrave, pp. 71-100. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030255169

  • Shahnazarian, N. & Ziemer, U. (2019) 'The Politics of Widowhood in Nagorny Karabakh', in Ziemer, U. (ed.) Women’s Everyday Lives in War and Peace in the South Caucasus. London: Palgrave, pp.179-201. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030255169 
  • Ziemer, U. (2018) ‘Opportunities for self-realisation? Young women’s experiences of higher education in Russia’, in M.Ilic (ed.) The Palgrave handbook of women and gender in twentieth-century Russia and the Soviet Union. (pp.479-494). London: Palgrave.
  • Ziemer, U. (2016) 'Unsettled Identity Negotiations: The Armenian Diaspora in Krasnodar Krai', In K. Siekierski and S. Troebst (eds), Armenians in Post-Socialist Europe, Amsterdam: Boehlau Verlag.

  • Shahnazarian, N. & Ziemer, U. (2014) 'Young Soldiers' Tales of War in Nagorno Karabakh', in N. Kemoklidze, C.Moore, J.Smith and G. Yemelianova, Many Faces of the Caucasus, London: Routledge.

  • Ziemer, U. (2010) 'Krosskul'turnoe Polevoe Issledovanie: Etnograficheskaya Rabota i ee Vyzovy' ('Doing Cross-Cultural Fieldwork: Ethnography and Its Challenges'). In E. Omelchenko and G. Sabirova (eds) (2010), Peremena Mest: Poputnaya Sotsiologiya ('Changing Places: Sociology on the Way'), pp 69-80. Ul'yanovsk, Russia: Izdatelstvo Ul'yanovskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta.

Policy Briefs

Book reviews

  • Ziemer, U. (2016) Stella, F. (2015) Lesbian Lives in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia: Post-Socialism and Gendered Sexualities. London, Palgrave Macmillan, in Europe-Asia Studies, 68 (6). Read it online.
  • Ziemer, U. (2016) Zakharov, N. (2015) Race and Racism in Russia. London: Palgrave, in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity Vol 2 No. 4, 593-94. Read it online.
  • Ziemer, U (2014) Ja¨ppinen, M., Kulmala, M. & Saarinen, A. (eds) (2011) Gazing at Welfare, Gender and Agency in Post-Socialist Countries. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, in Europe-Asia Studies, 66:1, 173-17. Read it online.
  • Ziemer, U (2012) Companjen, L., Maracz, L. & L. Versteegh (eds) (2010) Exploring the Caucasus in the 21st Century. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, in Europe-Asia Studies, 64(10). Read it online.
  • Ziemer, U. (2010) Buckley, C.J., Blair A. Ruble & Erin Trouth Hofman (eds) (2008) Migration, Homeland and Belonging in Eurasia, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, in Europe-Asia Studies, 62 (2).

Public Engagement

Online media publications

Other media

2 Nov. 2023: Vulnerability and Resilience: Perspectives on Armenian Displacement. A virtual panel discussion between social scientists and Armenian activists about changing narratives of national belonging following the ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan and the displacement of 120,000 ethnic Armenians from Nagorno-Karabakh. The discussion was moderated by Dr Ziemer. The video of the discussion is available here.

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