Emma Rimpilainen

Emma Rimpilainen

Area Studies (2015 cohort)

My MPhil thesis examines the outcomes of the armed conflict in Donbas, Eastern Ukraine. More specifically, I am interested in internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the problems internal displacement causes for Ukraine, a state that is already struggling with both economic and political crises.

My expertise is related to questions of nationality, ethnicity, political identities, and historical memory, as they manifest in Russo-Ukrainian relations. Following the choice of my thesis topic, I have also started looking more generally at forced displacement, especially in the Post-Soviet context. Researching these themes in the current political situation is unfortunately very topical, but the roots of the issues go further back than the crisis in Donbas.

Previously I completed Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Helsinki, Finland.