Areas of interest:

  • sociology of power and gender studies;
  • prison and post-prison adaptation;
  • social disqualification;
  • urban studies;
  • Northern Caucasus.

Editor of the openDemocracy Russia.

Graduated with honors from Russian State University for the Humanities in 2013, performed fieldwork on urban regimes in the cities of the Moscow region. Graduated from the MA program at the French University College, Moscow, with a thesis in sociology dedicated to informal norms and rules in Russia’s female penal colonies.

Graduate of the MA program at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris.

Recipient of the scholarship from the Government of France for continued research, studied processes of post-carceral adaptation.

Combines academic work with work as a journalist and editor. Numerous publications in Russian and international media. Recipient of prizes in Russian and international journalism.

Academic publications:

Dvornikova T. Formirovaniye lokal’nykh rezhimov rosta i razvitiya v gorodakh Moskovskoy oblasti. Rossiya na peresechenii prostranstv i epokh [Formation of local modes of growth and development in the cities of the Moscow region. Russia at the crossroads of space and time]. In: Materialy Tret’yey mezhdunarodnoy nauchnoy konferentsii molodykh uchenykh. Moscow: Russian State University for the Humanities, 2014.

Dvornikovа T. «Les parcours post-carcéraux des femmes condamnées en Russie: le rôle des Centres d’adaptation sociale dans le processus d’insertion». In: The Journal of Power Institutions in Post-Soviet Societies [Online], Issue 19 | 2018, Online since 09 July 2019

Participation in conferences:

Fourth All-Russian Assembly of Young Political Scientists, Perm State National Research University. Perm, April 23, 2013.

The Future of Russian Cities and Local Politics. Heinrich Böll Foundation Roundtable on Urbanism. Strelka Institute of Architecture and Design, January 10, 2014, Moscow.

Heinrich Böll Foundation Workshop, Berlin, July 10, 2014.

Media publications:

Tatyana Dvornikova. Unemployment, Stigmatisation, and Social Control: What Convicted Women in the North Caucasus Face // Legal Dialogue. April 07, 2020

Татьяна Дворникова. Страшно выходить // Такие дела. 19.04.2019

Tatyana Dvornikova. No home, no work, no family: the difficulties of rehabilitation for Russia’s ex-prisoners // Opendemocracy. July 20, 2017

Татьяна Дворникова. «Мам, не переживай, годик посижу и выйду». Женская тюрьма в России: истории трех девушек, почти случайно попавших за решетку // Meduza. January 17, 2015

Penal colony providers: everyday life in urban settlements near penal colonies and their interaction with carceral institutions

This study is devoted to the phenomenon of the social ecosystems of urban settlements arising near penal labor camps and penitentiary complexes. Such structures began to take shape in Soviet times with the mass deployment of inmate labor for the exploitation of natural resources. Today’s situation is in many ways because of those earlier conditions, notwithstanding the redistribution of powers or financial and social responsibilities. This can occur because certain economic and social practices remain in use: for example, the use of prisoner labor to improve the surrounding residential areas; settlement of freed inmates in the place of their incarceration, as well the structural-functional character of the distribution of labor among the population.

The study analyses the relationship arising between population centres and penitentiaries as well as those between the different groups involved, including penitentiary employees, Federal Penitentiary Service pensioners, convicts, freed inmates living locally, representatives of nonprofits connected to the penitentiary (socially oriented NGOs, PMCs) as well others providing services to penitentiary employees (educational institutions, healthcare, retail, communal services). How do carceral and civilian spaces interact? How do the studied ecosystem’s different local groups communicate with one another? What shapes the borders between the penal colony and the adjacent settlement, how is it influenced by practices of commodity exchange, use of inmate labor, and the emergence of personal and family relationships? Are convicts integrated and dissolved into the social life of these settlements, and if so how? How does this proximity shape the identity of local populations? How do locals understand and identify themselves with penitentiaries?

The study attempts to critically readdress the metaphor of «the penal colony-based company town.» This metaphor is often used to discuss systems of this kind. It considers settlements near penal colonies — be they planned or organic — as spaces for social production, which in turn entails practices of using and appropriating symbols and spatial representations.