Jeremy Morris

Associate professor

Jeremy Morris


My research interests include informal economy, class, precarity and postsocialism more generally. I use ethnographic approaches to understand ‘actually lived experience’ and personhood in the former Soviet Union. My current research addresses two key debates in social research. It evaluates the transformative power of neoliberalism on the public and private identities of people in Russia and helps theorize this experience within the context of postsocialism and globalisation.

Before coming to Aarhus I worked at Birmingham 2005-2016 and previously taught at the universities of Durham, Nottingham and Sussex. At Birmingham I was co-director of the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies

With extensive in-country experience and knowledge of contemporary Russia, having lived and worked there in the 1990s, my research lies at the confluence of anthropology, sociology, area and cultural studies. I received research funding to investigate the negotiation of worker identity under postsocialism (British Academy), and a Marie Curie grant looking at alternative approaches to development in the post-socialist region.  

My books include: Everyday Postsocialism: Working-class Life Strategies in the Russian Margins (Palgrave, 2016); The Informal Postsocialist Economy: Embedded Practices and Livelihoods (Routledge 2014) and Informal Economies in Post-Socialist Spaces: Practices, Institutions and Networks (Palgrave 2015).

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