Andrei Semenov

Senior Researcher, Candidate of Political Science, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science, Perm State University

Contact: andreysemenov [at]

Research Interest

Comparative politics, new institutionalism, political institutions, political participation, social movements, contentious politics, public sphere

University Education


Candidate of Science Degree in Politics, Perm State University. Thesis: "Institutionalisation of the Public Sphere: the Case of Tyumen Region"


Specialist diploma in Politics (with excellence), Tyumen State University, Department of Political Science

Work Experience


Senior Researcher, Center for Comparative History and Politics Studies; Assistant Professor, Department of Political Sciences, Perm State National Research University


Department of Modern History and International Relations, Tyumen State University, Head of Department


Department of Modern History and International Relations, Tyumen State University, Senior Lecturer


Department of Political Science, Tyumen State university, Assistant

Peer-Review Journals (selected)


Semenov A. Grassroots Urban Mobilization in Russia // Darieva T., Neugebauer C. (eds.) Urban Activism in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Strategies and Practices. DOM Publishers, 2020: 22-29.


Against the stream: political opposition in Russian regions during 2012-2016 electoral cycle // Democratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization. 4(25). 481-502.


When do Political Parties Join Protests? A Comparative Analysis of Party Involvement in “For Fair Elections” Movement // East European Politics. 32(1). pp.81-104.


From economic crisis to political? Dynamics of contention in Russian Regions (2008-2012) // Austrian Journal of Political Science. 45(4). pp. 33-43.


Nelaeva, G.A. and Semenov, A.V., 2016. EU-Russia Rivalry in the Balkans: Linkage, Leverage and Competition (The Case of Serbia) // Romanian Journal of European Affairs. 16(3), p.16-56.


Political Mobilisation in the Russian Regions: “For Fair Elections!” Campaign Analysis // Political Science. 2014. №4. pp.75-90.  (in Russian)

Edited Volumes (selected)


Political Opportunity Structure: Internal and External Conditions for Ethnic Mobilization // Balancing Claims: Ethnic REgional Autonomies, State Integrity. and Ethnic Minority Rights. Ed. by P.Panov. Moscow: Political Encyclopedia, 2017. pp. 140-165. (in Russian)


Civic Protests in Tyumen Region: December 2011–September 2012 // Systemic and Non-Systemic Opposition in the Russian Federation. Civil Society Awakens? Ed. by C.Ross. Ashgate, 2015. pp.179-198.


Book chapter, The Protest That Has Not Became a Movement (Yet) // Civic and Political in Russian Societal Practices / ed. by S V.Patrushev. M. ROSSPEN, 2013. pp.438-447.  (in Russian)


Book chapter, Region's Public Sphere: Institutions and Practices // Symbolic Space of Post-Soviet Russia: Dynamics, Institutional Environment, Actors / Ed. by O. Malinova. Moscow, Russian Association for Political Sciences. pp.  с. 243-258.  (in Russian)


Book chapter, Institutional Practices and Institutional Order of Regional Public Sphere // Citizens and Political Practices in Contemporary Russia: Reproduction and Transformation of Institutional Order / Ed. by S.Patrushev. Moscow, Russian Association for Political Sciences.  (in Russian)

Сonferences (selected)

June 10-12, 2017

Second Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies "Reflecting on Nation-Statehood in Eastern Europe, Russia and Eurasia", University of Tartu, Estonia

September 2-5, 2016

World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research Annual Conference, Boston, USA

June 12-14, 2016 

Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies "Europe under Stress: The End of a Common Dream?", University of Tartu, Estonia

June 5-7, 2015

Social Movements Today in Russia and the World: the issues of Human agency and Politization, Smolny College, Russia

March 28-30, 2015

BASEES Annual Conference, Cambridge University, United Kingdom

October 22-24, 2014

XIV Alekasnteri institute Conference “Restructuring State and Society in Russia”, University of Helsinki, Finland

October 2-3, 2014

Workshop “(Dis)Satisfaction with Democracy and Citizens’ Involvement in Post-Communist Europe, Södertörn University, Sweden

April 17-18, 2014

Electoral Processes and Identities in Russia and Germany. Perm State National Research University, Russia

March 28-29, 2014

Second Interdisciplinary Conference on Social Protest, Kent University, United  Kingdom

June 28-20, 2012

International Conference “State and Civil Society in Russia'', University of Dundee, United Kingdom

November 22-24, 2012

IV All-Russian Congress of Political Scientists, Moscow, Russia

October 23-25, 2012

IV All-Russian Sociological Congress, Ufa, Russia

Professional Associations

Since 2007

Russian Political Science Association (RPSA), coordinator of RPSA Research Committee on Institutional Studies

Since 2016

World International Network for Institutional Research (WINIR)

Since 2014

International Studies Association (ISA)

Since 2016

International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)

Professional Training 

October 2017

Research Centre for East European Studies at Bremen University, Hans Koschnik Scholarship 2017, Bremen, Germany

September - December 2015

Uppsala Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Uppsala University, Sweden, Guest Researcher

July-August 2014

Grand Strategy in Context: Institutions, People and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy, The Center for Civic Engagement, Bard College,  USA


French for the High School Teachers, Tyumen State University, Tyumen

October 10-23, 2011

Globalisation: Theoretical, Political and Socio-Cultural Aspects. Institute of Sociology, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow


Program «Comparative Study of Everydaylife», Saint-Peterburg State University

July 26 — August 2,  2009

Changing Europe Summer School, Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Kyiv, Ukraine


Program «Rethinking Project of Modernity», Saint-Peterburg State University