Svetlana Stephenson is a Senior Professor in Sociology in the School of Social Sciences and an internationally recognised sociologist studying social transformation and social control in a comparative context. She is chair of the School of Social Sciences Research Ethics Review Panel and convener of the University’s Interdisciplinary Research Forum.
Svetlana began her career at the Russian Centre for Public Opinion Research (now the Levada Centre) and as a Leverhulme Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Essex. She joined London Metropolitan University in 2002. Among her books are the award-winning Gangs of Russia. From the Streets to the Corridors of Power, Cornell University Press, 2015; Crossing the Line. Vagrancy, Homelessness and Social Displacement in Russia, Ashgate, 2006 and Youth and Social Change in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, (Routledge, 2012).
Svetlana Stephenson is a Senior Professor in Sociology and holds a PhD in Sociology from the Institute of Sociology, the Russian Academy of Sciences. Svetlana began her career at the Russian Centre for Public Opinion Research (now the Levada Centre) and as a Leverhulme Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Essex. She joined London Metropolitan University in 2002.
Among her books are Gangs of Russia. From the Streets to the Corridors of Power, Cornell University Press, 2015 (selected by the Times Higher Education as a book of the week, and awarded the 2015 Alec Nove Prize by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies), Crossing the Line. Vagrancy, Homelessness and Social Displacement in Russia, Ashgate, 2006 and Youth and Social Change in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, Routledge, 2012 (co-edited with Charles Walker). In February 2018 Svetlana was selected by Current Sociology as their “Sociologist of the Month” for her article, “It takes two to tango: The State and organized crime in Russia”.
Stephenson, S. (2015). Gangs of Russia: from the streets to the corridors of power, New York: Cornell University Press; Winner of the Alexander Nove Prize, awarded by the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) for scholarly work of high quality in Russian, Soviet and post-Soviet studies
Walker, C., Stephenson, S. (eds) (2012), Youth and social change in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, London and New York: Routledge.
Leach, P., Hardman, H., Stephenson, S. and Blitz, B. (2010), Responding to Systematic Human Rights Violations: an Analysis of ‘Pilot Judgements’ of the European Court of Human Rights and their Impact at National Level, Intersentia.
Stephenson, S. (2006), Crossing the Line. Vagrancy, Homelessness and Social Displacement in Russia, Ashgate, Aldershot.
Stephenson, S. (1998) Detskaya besprizornost’: sotsialniye aspekti (po materialam sociologicheskogo issledovaniya v Moskve 1997-1998) [Street children: Social Aspects. The Results of a Moscow Survey, 1997-1998]. INION RAN, Moscow.
Stephenson, S. (1997) Bezdomnie v sotsialnoi strukture bolshogo goroda [The Homeless in the Urban Social Structure]. INION RAN, Moscow.
Stephenson, S. (2020) “A ritual civil execution”: Public shaming meetings in the post-Stalin Soviet Union, Journal of Applied Social Theory, forthcoming
Stephenson, S. (2019) Gangs and governance in Russia: the paradox of law and lawlessness, Global Crime, Vol. 20, No. 2, 115-133
Stephenson, S. (2017) It takes two to tango: the state and organized crime in Russia, Current Sociology, Vol. 65, No. 3, pp. 411-426
Stephenson S. (2016), Russian bandit gangs, their moral code and practices of violence, Mir Rossii, Vol. 25, no 1, pp. 35–54
Stephenson, S. (2016), Russlands echte Kerle. Die Gang als Lebensform und Politikmodell [Russia's real guys. The gang as a life form and policy model] , OSTEUROPA, vol. 66, no 5, pp.3-17.
Stephenson, S. (2015), Zhisn’ po poniatiiam. “Real’nye patsany” i ikh moral’nye pravila [Life on the basis of the “notions”. The “real lads” and their moral rules], Neprikosnovennyi Zapas, No.5 (1103), http://magazines.russ.ru/nz/2015/103/9s.html
Stephenson, S. (2014), Отвъд съпротивата: размисли върху руската улична младеж [Beyond Resistance: Some Reflections on Russian Street Youth], Critique and Humanism, Vol. 43, No. 1-2, pp. 159-171.
Stephenson, S. (2012) The violent practices of youth territorial groups in Moscow, Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 64, No.1, pp.69-90.
Stephenson, S. (2011), The Kazan Leviathan. Russian street gangs as agents of social order, The Sociological Review, Vol. 59, No.2, pp.324-347.
- Walker, C. and Stephenson, S. (2010), Youth and social change in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Journal of Youth Studies, Vol. 13, No. 5, pp. 521-532.
- Stephenson, S. (2001) Street children in Moscow: using and creating social capital. The Sociological Review, Vol. 49, No. 4, pp.530-547 ; also published in Croatian in Croatian Journal of Social Policy (2006, vol.13, issue 2)
- Stephenson, S. (2000) Public beliefs in the causes of wealth and poverty and legitimisation of inequalities in Russia and Estonia, Social Justice Research, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 83-100.
- Burgoyne, C., Routh, D. and Sidorenko-Stephenson, S. (1999) Perceptions, attributions and policy in the economic domain: a theoretical and comparative analysis. International Journal of Comparative Sociology , Vol. 40, No.1, pp.79-93.
- Kim, B.-Y.and Sidorenko-Stephenson, S.(1999) Economic experience and market commitment in the 1996 Russian Presidential elections. Europe-Asia Studies, Vol. 51, No. 3, pp. 467-482.
- Mason, D.S. and Sidorenko-Stephenson, S. (1999) Nostalgic and statist, yet pro-market and pro-Yeltsin: public opinion in Russia, 1991-1996. Slavic Review, No 56, pp. 699-717.
- Marshall,G., Roberts, S. and Sydorenko, S. (1995) Intergenerational social mobility in communist Russia, Work, Employment and Society, No. 9 , pp. 1-27, reprinted in G. Marshall, Repositioning Class, Sage, London, 1997.
- Mason, D.S and Sydorenko, S. (1990) Perestroyka, social justice and Soviet public opinion, Problems of Communism, November – December, pp.34-44, reprinted in Urban, M., ed., Ideology and System Change in the USSR and East Europe, St Martins, New York, 1992.
Stephenson, S., Decker, S., Irwin-Rogers, K., Rostami, A., and Van-Hellemon, E. (2019) European street gangs and urban violence, in Handbook on Global Urban Health, London: Routledge.
Stephenson, S. (2019) State and private violence in Russia, in Hall, T. and Scalia, V., eds. A Research Agenda in Global Crime, Edward Elgar, pp. 122-132.
Stephenson, S. and Zakharova E. (2017), Criminal community, youth street organizations and illicit territorial regulation in Moscow and Tbilisi, in Chiodelli F., Hall T. and Hudson R., eds. Corrupt Places: The Illicit in the Governance and Development of Cities and Regions, London: Routledge, pp.74-92..
Stephenson, S. (2017), The Normal lads, in Ledeneva, A., ed. The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, London: UCL Press.
Stephenson, S. (2014), “The Lad is Always Right”: Street Youth Groups in Russia as Local Elites. in The Subcultures Network eds., Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp.235-250.
- Stephenson, S. (2014), Social divisions in Russia, in S.White, R.Sakwa and H.E.Hale, eds., Developments in Russian Politics 8, London: Palgrave MacMillan.
- 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, pp.78-92.
- Stephenson, S. (2008), Russian gangs, in D.Brotherton and L.Kontos, eds. Encyclopedia of gangs, Greenwood Press, pp. 214-216.
- Stephenson, S. (2008), The dog that could not bark, in R.Sollund, ed., Global Harms. Speciesism and Ecological Crime, Nova Publishers, pp.151-166; also published in Russian in the Russian Journal of Social Policy Research (2010, Vol. 8, issue 2).
- 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, pp. 174-192.
- Stephenson, S. (2001) 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.
- Stephenson, S. (2000) Civil society and its agents in the postcommunist world – the case of the Russian voluntary sector, in Dean, H., Sykes, R. and Woods, R., eds., Social Policy Review 12, pp 272-294, Newcastle: Social Policy Association.
- Sidorenko-Stephenson, S. (2000) Prostitution and young people in Russia. In D.Barrett with E.Barrett and N.Mullenger, eds., Youth Prostitution in the New Europe. A Growth in Sex Work, Russell House Publishing, pp. 108-126.
- Stephenson, S. and Khakhulina, L. (2000) Russia: changing perceptions of social justice. In D.S. Mason, J.R. Kluegel et al., eds. Marketing Democracy: Changing Opinion About Inequality and Politics in East Central Europe. Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 77-97.
- Stephenson, S. (2000) The Russian homeless: old problem, new agenda. In S. Hutton and J.Redmond, eds, Poverty in Transition Economies. Routledge, London, pp.14-34.
- Mason, D.S. and Sidorenko-Stephenson, S. (1999) Changing public perceptions and the crisis of confidence in the state: the Yeltsin legacy. In Smith G.B., ed. State-Building in Russia: The Yeltsin Legacy and the Challenge of the Future. M.E.Sharpe, Armonk and London, pp. 155-176.
- Burgoyne, C, Roberts, S., Routh, D. and Sydorenko, S.(1994) Loose morals and drunkenness: explanations for success and failure in East and West. In G. Antonides and van Raaij, W.F., eds., Integrating Views on Economic Behavior. Erasmus University, Rotterdam, pp. 264-279.
- Stephenson, S. (2012), The poetry and prose of Russian elections, Radical Philosophy, 173 (May-June), pp.2-7.
- With Walker, C. (2010) Co-editor of the special issue of the Journal of Youth Studies, Vol. 13, No.5.
- Leach, P, Hardman, H. and Stephenson, S. (2010), Can the European Court’s Pilot Judgment Procedure help resolve systemic human rights violations? Burdov and the failure to implement domestic court decisions in Russia, Human Rights Law Review, 10:2, 346-359
- Stephenson, S. and Danilova, E. (2009), Down to Earth. De-temporalization in capitalist Russia, Radical Philosophy, 159, pp. 33-37
- Hallsworth, S. and Stephenson, S. (2008), A tale of two utopias, Criminal Justice Matters, Vol. 74, no.1, pp.24-25.
- Stephenson, S. (2007), Homelessness and social transformation in Russia, Social and Demographic Change and Homelessness, FEANTSA, August, pp.19-20.
- Herrmann, P., Stephenson, S. and Geoghegan, M. (2002), New citizenship by new ways of economic integration, Social Work in Europe, Vol. 9, No.2, pp.23-37.
- Stephenson, S. (2002) Child labour in the Russian Federation, International Labour Organisation working paper, Geneva.
- Sidorenko-Stephenson, S. (2000) Elite and lumpen-proletariat of the streets: the differing destinies of Moscow street children, Prism, The Jamestown Foundation monthly on Post-Soviet Affairs, No.4, Part 4.
- Sidorenko-Stephenson, S (1999) Legal reform and human rights in Russia: key developments and actors. Papers in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights, 22, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex.
- Sidorenko-Stephenson, S. (1998) Russian children and their rights. Newsletter of the British-Russian Law Association, April, pp. 3-5.
- Khakhulina, L. and Sidorenko-Stephenson, S. (1998) Inequality and justice. Sociological Research, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp.38-49.
- Sidorenko-Stephenson, S. (1997) Market values and non-market institutions: implications for transition, Security and democracy in transition societies. Conference proceedings. University of Essex: Forum on Central and Eastern Europe, pp. 367-368.
- Mason , D.S., Orkeny, A. and Sidorenko-Stephenson, S. (1997) Increasingly fond memories of the grim past, Transition, Vol. 3, No 5 , pp.15-19.
Publications in Russian
- Stephenson, S. (2015), Zhisn’ po poniatiiam. “Real’nye patsany” i ikh moral’nye pravila [Life on the basis of the “notions”. The “real lads” and their moral rules], Neprikosnovennyi Zapas, No.5 (1103)
- Gromov, D. and Stephenson, S. (2009) Patsanskie pravila. Na materialakh moskovskogo regiona, 1980-2000 gody. [The Gangs' Rules. Analysis of the materials from the Moscow region, 1980s-2000s], in D.V Gromov, ed. Molodyozhnie Ulichnie Gruppirovki. Vvedenie v problematiku, Moscow: Institut Etnologii i Antropologii RAN, pp.94-123.
- Stephenson, S.A. (2009) Rebiata s nashego dvora. Ulichnie podrostkovo-molodyozhnie kompanii Moskvy [The Guys from our courtyard. Street youth groups in Moscow], in D.V.Gromov and M.Yu Martynova, eds. Molodyozhnie subkultury Moskvy, Moscow: Institut Etnologii i Antropologii RAN, 195-223.
- Gromov, D.V., Stephenson, S.A. (2008), Patsanskiie pravila: normirovanie povedeniia v ulichnykh gruppirovkakh [Informal male rules: Norms of conduct in street youth groups], in M.Yu.Martynova and N.M.Lebedeva (eds), Molodie moskvichi. Krosskulturnoe issledovanie. Moscow , RUDN, pp. 427-456.
- Stephenson, S. (2008), Obychnie patsany. Podrostkovo-molodyozhnie gruppirovki v Moskve [“Ordinary guys” Street territorial groups in Moscow], Ethnograficheskoe obozrenie, No.1, pp.30-41.
- 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.
- Stephenson, S. (2000) Ulichniye deti i sotsialnii capital tenevikh gorodskikh soobschestv [Street children and the social capital of informal street communities], Sotsiologicheskii zhurnal, No.3/4, pp.87-97.
- Stephenson, S. (1998) Prichiny i posledstviya detskoi bezdomnosti [Causes and Consequences of Child Homelessness], Kuda idet Rossiya? Transformatsiya sotsial'noi sfery i sotsial'naya politika", 5yi mezhdunarodnyi simpozium 16-17 yanvarya1998, Delo, Moscow, pp. 196-199.
- Stephenson, S. (1997) Bezdomniye i alcohol - dilemmi marginalizatsii [The Homeless and Alcohol - Dilemmas of Marginalisation], Sociologicheskiye issledovaniya v Rossii, No. 2 , pp. 34-43
- Khakhulina, L., Saar A. and and Stephenson,S. (1997) Neravenstvo i spravedlivost’ [Inequality and Justice], Economicheskiye i socialnyje peremeny: Monitoring obschestvennogo mneniya, No.2, pp.40-44
- Khakhulina, L., Saar, S. and Stephenson,S. (1996) Predstavlenija o socialnoi spravedlivosti v Rossii i v Estonii: sravnitelnyi analiz” [Perceptions of Social Justice in Russia and Estonia: Comparative Analysis], Economicheskiye i socialnyje peremeny: Monitoring obschestvennogo mneniya, No. 6, pp. 19-26.
- Stephenson, S. (1996) O phenomene bezdomnosti [On the Phenomenon of Homelessness], SOCIS, No. 8, pp., 26-34.
- Sidorenko, S. (1996) Formirovaniye grazhdanskogo obschestva i izmeneniye obraza zhisni gorozhan [Creation of a Civil Society and Changes in the Urban Way of Life]. In Formirovaniye grazhdanskogo obschestva v Rossii. INION RAN, Moscow.
- Sidorenko-Stephenson, S. (1996) Moskovskiye bezdomnye” [The Moscow Homeless], Chelovek, No. 2, pp. 116-125.
- Khakhulina, L. and Sidorenko S. (1996) Predprinimatelskaya aktivnost naseleniya: usloviya i perspectivy” [Entrepreneurial Activities of the Population: Conditions and Prospects], Economicheskiye i socialnyje peremeny: Monitoring obschestvennogo mneniya, No. 5, pp. 34-40
- Sidorenko, S. (1995) Ob otnoshenii obschestva k besdomnym. [On the Public Attitudes to the Homeless]. In Trudnosti sotsialnogo obnovlenija Rossii (1993-1994). INION RAN, Moscow, pp.160-170.
- Sidorenko, S. (1995) Besdomnost: sozdaniye socialnogo dna [Homelessness as Social Exclusion] ,Sociologiya: socialnyye i gumanitarnyie nauki. Otechestvennaya i zarubezhnaya literatura, No. 3, pp. 140-149.
- Sidorenko, S.(1995) “Underclass”, ili sotsialnoye dno Rossii [Underclass, or Social Exclusion in Russia]. In Zaslavskaya , T. (ed.) Kuda idyot Rossiya. Alternativy obschestvennogo razvitiya. Aspect Press, Moscow, pp.179-183.
- Sidorenko, S. (1995) Moskovskiye bezdomnyje - pervyje shagi v izuchenii problemy [The Moscow Homeless- the First Steps in Studying the Problem], Economicheskiye i socialnyje peremeny: Monitoring obschestvennogo mneniya, No. 4, pp. 46-49.
Senior Professor in Sociology for the School of Social Sciences