Alena is a Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at Loughborough University. Prior to joining Loughborough, Alena worked as a Marie Curie Fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig, Germany. Alena’s research focuses on territorial borders, nationalism, and memory. She has particular interests in how large-scale socio-political transformations like nation- and state-building processes are experienced, interpreted and enacted in everyday life.
In 2014 she obtained a PhD in Social Sciences from Loughborough University with a thesis on the transformation of the Russian-Estonian border. Her research has been published in several journal articles and book chapters including the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Nationalities Papers and East European Politics and Societies. Alena has a strong interest in engaging with audiences through art collaborations. Drawing on her PhD research, she co-organised and curated a multi-media exhibition Welcome to European Union which was exhibited in Austria and the UK in 2013 and 2015 and won an Outstanding Artist award by the Austrian Federal Chancellery for Interdisciplinary.