Centre of Arctic and Siberian Exploration

Социологический институт Российской академии наук
Centre of Arctic and Siberian Exploration

Oksana Parfenova

Oksana A. Parfenova, PhD in Sociology (kandidat nauk, 2017

CURRENT ADDRESS:  Saint Petersburg, Russia

E-mail: oksana.parfenova@gmail.com;


04/2017 –  PhD in Sociology, Saint-Petersburg State University (Theme of PhD thesis: Social Care for the Elderly in Modern Russia);

09/2009 – 06/2011 – European University at St. Petersburg, postgraduate student;

09/2008-06/2009 – European University at St. Petersburg, MA in Sociology  

09/2006-06/2008 – Novosibirsk State University, Philosophy Department, MA in Philosophy

09/2002-06/2006 – Krasnoyarsk State University, Department of Mathematics, BA in Mathematics 

CURRENT RESEARCH INTERESTS:care for the elderly; social policy; social exclusion, biographical method, gender theory


2017– present, researcher, Federal Center of Theoretical and Applied Sociology
of the Russian Academy of Sciences”, St. Petersburg.

06/2014 – present,sociologist,State Information and Methodological Center “Family”, St. Petersburg.

02/2010 – present – St. Petersburg, managing editorof Laboratorium: Russian Review of Social Research, a peer-reviewed journal on qualitative research in the social sciences to be published by the Center for Independent Social Research (St Petersburg).

09/2011 – 06/2012– teacher, University of Culture and Arts (St. Petersburg). Course: Sociological Discourse analysis.

02/2009 – 09/2009 St. Petersburg, Center of Social Assistance to Families and Children, sociologist


Grigoryeva Irina, Sizova Irina, Parfenova Oksana, Petuhova Irina. Social Policy, Elderly Wellbeing and Care. 2018. Proseedings 5th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences & Art SGEM 2018.



Grigorieva, I., Parfenova O., Petukhova I. 2018. Employment and Social Exclusion  of the Elderly (Review of the European Conferences). Sociological Studies, 4: 157–159.

Parfenova O. 2017.  Social Services for the Elderly: Formal and Informal Rules and Practices[In Russian]The Journal of Social Policy Studies15(4), 573-588.   DOI: 10.17323/727-0634-2017-15-4-573-588.

Parfenova O.A. 2017. Gender Aspect in the Social Service of the Elderly. [In Russian)]In the collection: Social Services for Families and Children: Scientific and Methodological Collection, Saint Petersburg, No. 11. Pp. 153-157

Oksana A. Parfenova. 2016. Positioning  of Senior Citizens as a Vulnerable Group in Modern Russia: the Official and Public Discourse[In Russian], St. Petersburg University Review. Series 12: Psychology. Sociology. Pedagogy, N 1: 79–87. 

Oksana Parfenova. 2015.  The Sociologist Working in State Social Services: the Nature, Challenges and Opportunities Facing Them in Russia [In Russian]. The Journal of Social Policy Studies,  13 (4):547-562. (in co-author with Aleksandr Malyshev).

Parfenova O.A. 2017. Leisure Club for the Elderly as a Tool for Social Integration [In Russian]. In the Conference Proceedings: Practices of care in modern society. Materials of the All-Russian Scientific and Practical Conference. Pp. 197-201

Oksana Parfenova. 2016. About People of the “Third Age”. [In Russian]. Book review. The Journal of Social Policy Studies,  14(4):547-562.


10/2018 “Health as a Key Indicator of Social Exclusion of the Elderly in Modern Russia” ”. Paper presented at the Conference “Elderly patient: Quality of Life” (Moscow, Russia)

03/2018  “Job 4.0: Opportunities for Elderly People and Migrants”. Paper presented at the Conference “Aging Workforce: Older Workers and Immigrants as New Pillars of Western Economies” (Prague,Czech Republic).

12/2017″Discourses on Aging and Old Age in the Post-Soviet Space”.Paper presented at the Conference of SPAS (St. Petersburg Association of Sociologists)(St. Petersburg, Russia).

11/2017– “A Leisure Club for the Senior Citizens as an Instrument of Social Integration.”Paper presented at theRussian Scientific Conference “XI Kovalevsky readings “Global social transformations of the XX – early XXI centuries” (St. Petersburg, Russia).


12/2018 – Qualification enhancement programme on academic publication (Scopus and Web of Science), Prague Institute for Qualification Enhancement, Czech Republic.

09/2017 – Training School “Constructions of Old Age Exclusion”, Camerino University, Ancona, Italy, COST CA15122 .

06/2010 – 06/2012 – (Re)vision of Social Policy in Post-Soviet Space: ideologies, actors and cultures.A series of teaching seminars and summer schools for teachers and graduate students from regional institutions of higher education in the CIS and Baltic states arranged by the Center for Social Policy and Gender Studies with support of HESP Regional Seminar for Excellence in Teaching.

08/2010 – Summer seminar “Welfare State: For or Against?, co-organized by Inliberty and the Free University of Tbilisi, Georgia


06/2017 – 12/2018 – researcher,the Russian Science Foundation (project №14-18-03434): “Models of the Interaction between Society and the Elderly: a Study of Opportunities for the Social Inclusion; Supervisor: Irina Grogor’eva.

02/2009- 09/2010 – Involvement  in the project “Private life in Russia”, Supported by: European University at St Petersburg, Gender program, Ford Foundation.

03/2010 – 05/2010 – Professional Mobility of Graduates of EU Gender program. Co-Supervisor. Supported by: European University at St. Petersburg


2010 – Third award of the Galina Starovoitova’s competition of Young Scientists’ Works on Social Sciences,“Galatea”, “LGBT organization “Exit”: Coming out into Society and New Forms of Dialogue”


Native language: Russian

Foreign Languages: English – intermediate.