London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Svetlana Stephenson

Dr Svetlana Stephenson is Senior Lecturer in International Sociology at London Metropolitan University.  She researched human rights and social justice in Russia and Eastern Europe, as well as disadvantaged social groups and youth violence in that region. Her consultancy work included advising the Department of International Development on juvenile justice in Russia and the World Bank on poverty in Russia. She also worked with the International Labour Organisation on child labour in Russia, and prepared a report on Youth and Violence in Moscow for the Council of Europe. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the European Journal of Homelessness. 

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Stephenson, S., The dog that could not bark, in R.Sollund, ed., Speciesism
and Ecological Crime, Nova Publishers, forthcoming.

Stephenson, S. (2008), Searching for home. Street youth and organized
crime in Russia, in D.Brotherton and M.Flynn, eds, Globalizing the
Streets. Cross- Cultural Perspectives on Youth,
Social Control, and Empowerment, New York: Columbia University Press,

Stephenson, S. (2008). Russian gangs, in D.Brotherton and L.Kontos, eds.
Encyclopedia of gangs, Greenwood Press, pp. 214-216.

Stephenson, S. (2006), Crossing the Line. Vagrancy, Homelessness and
Social Displacement in Russia, Ashgate, Aldershot.

Stephenson, S. (2003), Street children in Moscow: using and creating
social capital. In T.Horowitz, B. Kotik-Friedgut, S. Hoffman (eds.) From
Pacesetters to Dropouts: Post-Soviet Youth in Comparative Perspective (New
York: The Rowan and Littlefield.

Stephenson, S. (2003) Homelessness in Russia: the mechanisms of social
displacement, in R Bradshaw , N Manning and S Thompstone (eds), After the
Fall: Central and Eastern Europe since the Collapse of Communism,
St.Petersburg - Nottingham, Olearius Press, 174-192

Herrmann, P., Stephenson, S. and Geoghegan, M. (2002), New citizenship by 
new ways of economic integration, Social Work in Europe, vol.9, No.2,

Stephenson, S. (2002) Child labour in the Russian Federation,
International Labour Organisation working paper, Geneva

Stephenson, Svetlana Street children in Moscow: using and creating social capital. The Sociological Review, Vol.49, No. 4, pp.530-547, 2001

Stephenson, Svetlana Civil society and its agents in the postcommunist world - the case of the Russian voluntary sector, Social Policy Review, No.12, pp. 272-294, 2001.

Stephenson, Svetlana The abandoned children of Russia: from "privileged class" to "underclass". In Webber, S. and Liikanen,I. eds. Education and Civic Culture in Post-Communist Countries. Palgrave, Basingstoke and SSEES, London, pp.187-203, 2001

Stephenson, Svetlana Prostitution and young people in Russia. In D.Barrett et al., eds., Youth Prostitution in the New Europe, Russell House Publishing, pp. 108-126, 2000


Stephenson, S. and Danilova, E. (2009), Down to Earth. De-temporalization
in capitalist Russia, Radical Philosophy, 159, pp. 33-37

Conference Paper

31 August - 3 September 2005 / Krakow
Presented a paper, "Searching for Home: Street Youth and Organised Crime in Russia" at the annual conference of the European Society of Criminology

Publications in Russia

Stephenson, S. (forthcoming), Rebiata s nashego dvora.
Podrostkovo-molodyozhnie gruppirovki v Moskve [The guys from our
courtyard. Street territorial groups in Moscow], Ethnographic Review ,

Stephenson S. (forthcoming), Ulichnie subkultury v Moskve [Street
subcultures in Moscow], in D. Gromov, ed. Molodyozhnie subkulturi Moskvy.

Stephenson, S. (2006), Kazanskii Leviathan: Molodyozhnie Territorialnie
Gruppirovki i Problema Sotsialnogo Poriadka [The Kazan Leviathan: Youth
Street Gangs and the Problem of Social Order], Otechestvennie Zapiski,
vol. 30, No.3, pp. 97 - 110.

Stephenson, S. (2006), Bezdomnost’ [Homelessness], The Russian
Encyclopedia, Moscow: Russian Encyclopedia.


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