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Dr. Iryna Lapshyna, photo: private

Dr. Iryna Lapshyna

Iryna Lapshyna

International Economics, labour migration, irregular migration, diaspora, development, Ukraine


Iryna Lapshyna has a Phd in International Economics. She is a lecturer at the Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv). Previously, Iryna was a Senior Researcher at COMPAS, University of Oxford where she worked on the project ‘Does immigration enforcement matter? Irregular immigrants and control policies in the UK’ funded by the ESRC (2016-2017).

She was also a grant holder of the British Academy and completed a project on the Ukrainian Diaspora in the UK and Poland (‘Do Diasporas matter? Exploring the potential role of Diaspora in the reform and post-conflict reconstruction of Ukraine’, 2015-2016).

Prior to this, she worked as national expert on an EU-funded FP7 project ‘Imagining Europe from the outside’ (2010-2013). From 2002 to 2014, she was Associate Professor at Lviv Academy of Commerce, Ukraine. Her research focuses on labour migration, irregular migration, individual perceptions and aspirations, diaspora, corruption and human capital development.

Since 2022 she is corresponding member of IMIS.  In 2022 she received a research grant from the Volkswagen Foundation to conduct research of the drivers of forced displacement from Ukraine in Germany.

Selected publications

  • (2022) The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Scope, Patterns and Future Development of Displacement. IMIS Working Paper 14/2022 (with F. Düvell)
  • (2022) Migration and diaspora at times of crisis: Public perceptions of emigrants in Ukraine (Springer, Oxford)
  • (2021) The Ukrainian (post)revolutionary process: diaspora mobilisations in the UK and Poland (in Finisterra);
  • (2020) Two Diasporas: Engagement and Disengagement with the homeland in the times of crisis’ (with F. Kalantzi, in: Central and Eastern European Migration Review)
  • (2019) Do diasporas matter? The growing role of the Ukrainian diaspora in the UK and Poland for the development of the homeland at times of war (in: Central and Eastern European Migration Review);
  • (2018) Does Immigration Enforcement Matter (DIEM)? Irregular Immigrants and Control Policies in the UK (with F. Düvell, M. Cherti) (on-line report);
  • (2018) 'We can only dream about Europe’: perceptions of Social Policy as a Driver of Migration Aspirations. The case of Ukraine, in: Journal of Social Policy Studies (with F. Düvell);
  • (2015) Migration, Life Satisfaction, Return and Development: The Case of a Deprived Post-Soviet Country (Ukraine), in: Migration & Development (with F. Düvell);
  • (2015) The EuroMaidan Protests, Corruption, and War in Ukraine: Migration Trends and Ambitions (with F. Düvell, Migration Source, MPI);
  • (2015) Corruption as a driver of migration aspirations, in: Economics & Sociology;
  • (2012) Transformational changes and challenges for human capital development, in: Economics & Sociology;
  • (2010) The Exchange of Human Capital between Ukraine and Poland: Analytical Assessment and the Ways to Avoid Asymmetry, in: Kryk et al. (eds), Ukraine and Poland: Selected Socio-economic Issues, Kyiv/Szczecin;
  • (2010) The State of Economics in Ukraine in Comparative Perspective: Current Situation, Outlook, and Prospects for Forming a New Professional Association, in: Economics & Sociology (with Z. Bochniarz, O. Stepanova);
  • (2008) Human capital development in Ukraine in the process of Euroitegration. National Institute for Strategic Studies, Lviv, 332 p.  [Монографія ‘Розвиток людського капіталу України в процесі поглиблення євроінтеграції’ Львів, НІСД.-2008.- с.332] [Ukrainian].