Dr Katya Braginskaia

Dr Katya Braginskaia

Dr Katya Braginskaia
Senior Research Associate

G.03, 3 Priory Road,
11 Priory Road, Clifton, Bristol
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Telephone Number (0117) 954 5565

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Personal profile

I am Leverhulme Early Career Fellow and a member of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship.

I have worked at the University of Bristol since 2015 on a series of academic projects which explore the role of religious minorities in welfare provision, integration and community engagement. 

My current research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, considers how minority faith groups participate in refugee integration and welfare support in England and Scotland. This is a three-year project (2018-2021) which examines the ways in which Muslim and Jewish communities develop a variety of initiatives to support newcomers in the context of devolved social policies, local mobilisation, and government approaches to developing community sponsorship programmes. 

Previously, I was Research Associate on Public Faith and Finance project (2015-2016) and examined how religious organisations from across different faith traditions provide financial assistance, campaign to reform financial services and advocate alternative faith-based and ethical finance products. I was also Co-Investigator on the follow-up project funded by ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (2016). Subsequently, I developed a keen interest in impact activities and collaborative research and I worked as Senior Research Associate on the AHRC-funded Connected Communities project ‘Co-Creating Cities and Communities’ (2017), together with Keri Facer in the School of Education. The project focused on researching and bringing together co-produced projects between universities and communities interested in creating flourishing cities, engaged citizens and sustainable urban environment.

Before coming to Bristol, I was based at the University of Edinburgh, where I worked as a researcher on the ESRC-funded project ‘Radicalisation and Violence: the Russian Dimension’ (2008-2009) and wrote my doctoral thesis entitled 'Muslim Councils in Britain and Russia: challenges of cooperation and representation in contrasting institutional contexts’.

I am the UK correspondent for EUREL network, an online portal providing information and news about religion and legal affairs in Europe since 2018.

Jointly with Oliver Kearns, I am currently Pathway 2/Research Staff Representative for SPAIS. If you are a P2/Research member of staff and have any concerns within the School, please get in touch via email.


My research interests include comparative approaches to the study of religious pluralism and integration, minority faith activism and representation of refugees and religious minorities in the national and local settings. 


My teaching interests are in politics and sociology of religion. I am currently convening and teaching Religion and Politics in the West (3rd year undergraduate unit). In 2018 I have co-convened an MSc unit on Religion Ethnicity and Value Change and convened and taught Ethnic Politics (3rd year undergraduate unit). Previously, I taught undergraduate units on Comparative Politics in University of Bristol (2017) and University of Edinburgh (2013).

Fields of interest

Comparative approaches to integration and community participation, minority faith activism and refugee welfare

Latest publications

  1. Braginskaia, K & Facer, K, 2017, ‘Universities, Cities & Communities: Co-Creating Urban Living’. University of Bristol
  2. O'Toole, T & Braginskaia, K, 2016, ‘Public Faith and Finance: Faith responses to the financial crisis’. University of Bristol
  3. Braginskaia, K, 2012, ‘'Domestication’ or ‘Representation’? Russia and the Institutionalisation of Islam in Comparative Perspective’’. Europe-Asia Studies, vol 64., pp. 597-620
  4. Braginskaia, K, 2010, ‘State approaches to Muslim integration in Russia, France and Britain in comparative perspective’. in: Roland Dannreuther, Luke March (eds) Russia and Islam: State, society and radicalism. Routledge, pp. 44-62

Full publications list in the University of Bristol publications system

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