Areas of interest:

  • sociology of medicine;
  • medical anthropology;
  • study of pain and disease;
  • rural studies;
  • age studies;
  • neighbor studies.

Ph.D in Sociology, Specialist Researcher at the Department of Anthropology of the European University at Saint Petersburg.

Graduated with honours from the Contemporary Social Analysis MA program at the Department of Sociology of the St. Petersburg School of Social Sciences and from Humanities at the National Research University Higher School of Economics with an MA in sociology in 2015. Graduated from the graduate programme of the Department of Sociology of the Saint Petersburg School of Social Sciences and Area Studies at the Saint Petersburg campus of the National Research University Higher School of Economics. Completed graduate studies at the Higher School of Economics in 2019 with a Ph. D in Sociology.

Academic publications (selection)

Galkin K. A. Kogda rabota ne zakanchivayetsya. Professional’nyye roli i otnosheniye k pomoshchi v nerabocheye vremya u molodykh sel’skikh vrachey [When work never ends. Professional roles and the attitude to help provided during off-hours among young rural doctors]. In: Monitoring obshchestvennogo mneniya: ekonomicheskiye i sotsial’nyye peremeny 2019, No. 3.

Galkin K. A. Professional’naya identichnost' molodykh vrachey v gorode i v sele: zhiznennyye strategii i povsednevnyye praktiki (na primere Sankt-Peterburga i Leningradskoy oblasti) [The professional identity of young doctors in city and countryside: life strategies and everyday practices (with case studies from Saint-Petersburg and Leningrad Oblast')]. Doctoral dissertation. National Research University Higher School of Economics. 2018.

Galkin K. A. Professiya, soobshchestvo i povsednevnost' v narrativakh molodykh sel’skikh vrachey [Profession, community and everyday life in narratives of young rural doctors]. In: Vestnik Nizhegorodskogo universiteta im. NI Lobachevskogo. Seriya: Sotsial’nyye nauki 2018. No. 3 (51)

Galkin K. A. Vospriyatiye boli v professional’noy identichnosti molodykh vrachey [Pain perception in the professional identity of young doctors]. In: Vestnik Sankt-Peterburgskogo universiteta. Seriya 12. Sotsiologiya 2018. Vol. 11, No. 3

Galkin K. A. Kar’yernyye strategii molodykh sel’skikh vrachey Leningradskoy oblasti: narrativnyy analiz [Career strategies of young rural doctors in Leningard Oblast'. A narrative analysis]. In: Perm University Herald. Philosophy. Psychology. Sociology. 2018. No. 1.

Participation in conferences and seminars:

Regular open urban seminar at the Centre for Independent Social Research «Social Studies in Neighbouring». 7 November 2019, Moscow. Paper: When to call for the neighbors? Neighbour help, communication, interactions and boundaries among rural private pensioners with chronic illnesses.

The Aleksanteri Conference. «Technology, culture, and society in the Eurasian Space» (23−25 October 2019, Helsinki). Paper: The role of online illness communities for elderly people: between interactions and knowledge.

XX International April Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development. 9−12 April 2019, Moscow. Paper: Good or bad? Local community values and strategies of professional positioning among young rural doctors.

IX Sociological Grushin Conference «Social Engineering: Sociology Changing the World» 20−21 March 2019, Moscow. Paper: Everyday life among old people in villages with chronic illnesses.

Genders Studies Programme Spring Workshop. «Suffering, Agency and Healthcare in Russia.» 26−27 April 2019, Saint Petersburg. Paper: The roles of doctors and medics in the daily lives of rural populations with chronic illnesses.

Fourth International Conference «The Anthropology of Fear.» 17−18 May 2019, Saint Petersburg. Paper: ‘I am afraid no one will come.' Fears of ageing villagers with chronic illnesses.

Medical Seminar, European University Saint Petersburg. 27 December 2018, Saint Petersburg. Paper: Chronic illness and daily life in the narratives of ageing villagers.

Breaking Down Barriers 2.0. International Disability Studies Colloquium at National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, coorganized by Journal of Social Policy Studies (NRU HSE), Indiana University at Bloomington, USA, Drew University at Madison, USA. 16−17 November 2018 Moscow. Paper: Chronically ill cancer patients in the daily lives of young rural doctors: modes of working.

XIX April Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development 10−13 April 2018, Moscow. Paper: The professional identity of young doctors in the context of rural communities (case study of Leningrad Oblast').

All-Russian Scientific-Practical Conference «Population Health in Russia: Institutional Problems and Individual Risks.» 8−9 June 2018, Saint-Petersburg. Paper: Does medical school teach doctors how to work in the countryside? Integration problems in the medical profession through the prism of rural daily life.

International Academic Conference «Labor and Society in the Realities of the 21st Century». 16−17 March 2017, Saint-Petersburg. Paper: Career strategies of young doctors and teachers in Saint-Petersburg.

XI All-Russian Yu. Levada Memorial Conference «Contemporary Russian Society and Sociology», 24−25 April 2017, Moscow. Paper: Professional identities of young doctors: daily practices and work-related instability.

Conference «Alarming Society». 1−2 December 2017, Saint Petersburg. Paper: Profession, community, and daily life. Professional identity of young country doctors.

Media publications:

Vrach sredi chuzhikh. ‘Zemskim doktoram' prikhoditsya vybirat' mezhdu professionalizmom i avtoritetom. [A doctor among strangers. ‘Country doctors must choose between professionalism and authority']. Delovoy Peterburg, 19.1.2019

O.V. Sobolevskaya. Vrachi vseobshchey praktiki. Kakovo professional’noye samochuvstviye sel’skikh doktorov [General practitioners. Professional self-appraisals of country doctors]. Scientific-educational portal IQ, National Research University Higher School of Economics, 27.03.2018.

Population ageing: equipped environment vs familial community

The study explores various ageing conditions for older people in different locations in Russia. It is typical for Russian senior citizens to mistrust retirement communities. They do not rely upon the state (public health care, pensions or mandatory pension savings), but upon their personal situation. They are attracted by the idea of retiring their own way, of providing for their own needs, and of organising a retirement hobby that might be profitable and at the same time fulfilling. The majority prefer to retire with the family, relying upon the support of family ties and the support of relatives.

At the same time, attitudes of senior citizens to their own old age are changing. In this situation, new meaning falls to the conditions necessary for life as determined by senior citizens. It becomes important to understand what is more important for the elderly: the presence of an environment equipped with all the necessary assistance, planned occupations, hobbies and communication, as in retirement communities, or the presence of family ties and close people who offer support in difficult times, as well as the opportunity of independently organizing one’s environment and providing for one’s needs.

The existing theoretical conceptualizations of aging are not constructed from the vantage of basic life needs, their combination, and their particularities. If one takes the basic needs of a person into account, it becomes necessary to describe what ageing is at its essence and how the elderly formulate their projects of it, as shaped by various frames of institutions or family life.

Research will be performed in three different locations, each of which are assumed to present differing environments for ageing. Research methods include biographical interviews with elderly people with chronic diseases, participant observation (conversation with informants during walks demonstrating everyday problems faced in a place and through its infrastructure); expert interviews.

The study confirms that the most significant predictors for a choice of community-reliance and an individual project of aging are active involvement in family and community, job availability and the absence of serious (chronic) diseases, as well as strong social ties in the community where the elderly person lives. Predictors that explain the choice of an institutional project of aging would include the presence of chronic illness, the absence of family involvement, weak social ties with the local community and an absence of work or occupational activity.