Armine Ishkanian

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Dr Armine Ishkanian is Lecturer in NGO management at the London School of Economics. Her research interests include NGOs; civil society; social policy; gender; globalisation; and anthropological approaches to development in post-socialist countries particularly in the Caucasus and Central Asia. She recently completed an ethnographic research project in Armenia on the role of NGOs during the post-Soviet transition that was funded by the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) and which included research with donor agencies, government officials, oligarchs (i.e., business magnates), as well as NGOs.

Armine Ishkanian has conducted research on poverty in and labour migration from post-Soviet states. Currently she is also conducting research on diasporic NGOs and their 'homeland' partners. Publications


"Working at the Local-Global Intersection: The Challenges Facing Women in Armenia's Nongovernmental Organization Sector" in Post-Soviet Women Encountering Transition: Nation-Building, Economic Survival, and Civic Activism (Woodrow Wilson Press, 2004) Copub: Johns Hopkins University Press Price: $55.00 ISBN 0-8018-7918-3

"Armenians," in the Encyclopaedia of Sex and Gender: Men and Women in the World's Cultures. Edited by Carol R. Ember and Melvin Ember. New York: Kluwer/Plenum Publishers along with the Human Relations Area Files at Yale University, pp. 265 - 273, 2004, ISBN# 0-3-6-47770-X

"Gendered Transitions: The Impact of the Post-Soviet Transition on Women in Central Asia and the Caucasus," in Central Eurasia In Global Politics: Conflict, Security And Development. Edited by Mehdi Parvizi Amineh & Henk Houweling. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. ISBN 90 04 12809 3

"Mobile Motherhood: Armenian Women's Labor Migration in the Post-Soviet Period." in Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies, V. 11, N. 3. pp. 383 - 415 ISSN 1044-2057

Dec. 2004 "Diaspora and Global Civil Society: The Impact of Transnational Diasporic Activism on Armenia's Post-Soviet Transition in Central Asia and the Caucasus: Transnationalism and Diaspora. Edited by Turaj Atabaki and Sanjyot Mehendale. London: Routledge Curzon.


"Is the Personal Political? How Domestic Violence Became an Issue in Armenia's NGO Sector in the Late 1990s" (June 1, 2003). Berkeley Program in Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies. Available at: 1 - 37.

"Importing Civil Society?: The Emergence of Armenia's NGO Sector and the Impact of Western Aid on Its Development." Armenian Forum: A Journal of Contemporary Affairs, Volume 3, No. 1 (2003), pp. 7 - 36, ISSN# 1091-4714

"Promoting Local Approaches to Global Problems: A Reply to My Interlocutors." Armenian Forum: A Journal of Contemporary Affairs, Volume 3, No. 1 (2003), pp. 69 - 75, ISSN# 1091-4714

"Women in Armenia." In Women's Issues Worldwide Series. Edited by Lynn Walter. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2003, pp. 33-44, ISBN# 0313-31855-7.


  • Armenian [Spoken: Fluent (Broadcast); Written: Fluent]
  • Russian [Spoken: Intermediate; Written: Intermediate]

Summary of research interests and expertise: Ms Ishkanian's research interests include post-Soviet transitions in the Caucasus and Central Asia, the role of NGOs, global civil society and human rights. She is also interested in poverty and the impact of poverty reduction strategy papers in the Caucasus and Central Asia as well as labour and sex trafficking, and migration from post-Soviet states to the west.

Experience keywords: NGOs; Global Civil Society; Human Rights; Poverty and PRSP; Development Issues; Migration; Armenia; Caucasus; Central Asia


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