Victoria Tevlina - Senior Research Fellow at the Barents Institute

Victoria Tevlina’s main research project at the Barents Institute aims to produce a general comparative outlook on the growth and change of social welfare systems in Russia and Norway over the last two hundred years. This is a multicultural and multidisciplinary project in which she is analyzing the ideological context and material conditions for civic initiative and public policy aiming to implement various practices of modernisation and the furthering of wellbeing within the social sphere in Norway and Russian.
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Tevlina’s research focuses, among other, the partly diverse, partly similar, processes of creating and using legislation to attain social benefit. It compares the Scandinavian and Russian visions of a social state, and the ways in which the training of social workers has been directed and organised to attain welfare and economic growth. Developments in Russia are followed through the Soviet Era but emphasis is on pre- and post-Soviet conditions.Special attention is paid on the particularities of social assistance systems in the northern regions of Russia and Norway. Cross-border collaboration on welfare issues in the Barents Region is as a good example of trans-national integration seen in the context of the circumpolar north as well as globally.

In 1989 Tevlina Victoria graduated from the Faculty of History at Petrozavodsk State University. In 1990 she started work as a tutor and later continued as a senior lecturer at the Department of History, Economics and Law of the Northern State Medical University in Arkhangelsk. On November 1994 she has received her first PhD degree based on a dissertation analysing the international business in North-West of Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries. It especially explored the economical and social activity of Norwegian, Swedish, Holland, German and other businessmen during pre-Soviet industrialisation.

In 1997-2000 Tevlina served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Work and the head of the Department of Social Welfare. In 2000 she attained position of Associate Professor (Docent). Four years later she defended a second PhD dissertation to attain the Russian Grand Doctor of History. This was based on comparative research on the development of social welfare systems and social work education in Russia and some European countries in the 19th and beginning of 21st century.

In 2004-2005 she served as Director of the Centre of Social Innovations, and later as Professor at the Department of Social Welfare, both at the Pomor State University of Arkhangelsk. Beside the scholarly, teaching and administrative duties of these assignments she has managed some international projects: The International Social College (Sweden), Training of teachers and social workers to work with the young children (Norway), Socio-pedagogical training of teachers working at children’s homes (Sweden), Training of supervisors in the field of social work (Sweden).

Tevlina is supervising four MA students at the Pomor State University in Arkhangelsk during the final stage of preparation of their theses. The topics of these are:

  • The conditions of rehabilitation and adaptation of children with special educational needs resulting from practices of contemporary correcting schools in Russia.
  • Unemployment as an socio-economical phenomenon in Russia: 1990 to the early 2000s.
  • Welfare and poverty of families at risk in Russia: 1990 to the early 2000s.
  • Training and education in Social work in North-West Russia 1990-2007.

Current research projects include:

  • “The development of the social welfare system in Russia, from the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century,” partly funded by the President of the Russian Federation Individual Grant for research.
  • “Research of the historical conditions of the development of the social welfare systems in Norway and Russia” supported by a visiting researcher travel grant from the Research Council of Norway.


  • Tevlina, Victoria, “The system of social welfare of Russia in the second half of the 19th - the beginning of 20th century in comparison with Western countries,”Proceedings of the International Lomonosov’s conference (Arkhangelsk, 2007).
  • Tevlina, Victoria, “Characteristics of social policy of Russia throughout various historical epochs” Human Ecology (2006), – Appendix 4/2.
  • Tevlina, Victoria, “Integration of the Russian North into international system of social work and social work education in 1990s and beginning of 21st century,” in: The Materials of the scientific conference “International cooperation on the North of Russia in the epoch of Globalization” Arkhangelsk, 19-21 May 2005, Barents Journal (2006), vol.1, no. 4.
  • Tevlina, Victoria, “Social policy of Russia: the lessons from the past and future perspectives,” in: Russia in a globalizing world: The book of scientific articles […] ed. F. Sokolova, (Arkhangelsk, 2006).
  • Tevlina, Victoria, “The development of the social welfare system and social work education during the period of formation the Soviet State (1918-1930s),” Collection of the scientific manuscripts “Charity in Russia,” (Sank-Petersburg: Russian Academy of Science, 2006).
  • Tevlina, Victoria, Integration of the Russian North into the international system of social work and social work education in 1990th and beginning of 2000th (Arkhangelsk, 2005).
  • Tevlina, Victoria, Attitude to Public Health Problems and Future Occupation among Social Work Students in North-West Russia (Umeå: Umeo University Press, 2004).
  • Tevlina, Victoria, Education in the field of social work in Russia: History, tendencies, experience (Arkhangelsk, 2002).
  • Tevlina, Victoria, “Social work in Russia in the XIX-XX centuries,” Questions of History (2002), no.1.
  • Tevlina, Victoria, “The profession of the social worker,” Higher education in Russia (2001) no. 6.
  • Tevlina, Victoria, “Historical pre-conditions of the system of professional education formation in the field of social work in Sweden,” Materials of the XIV International Conference on Scandinavian countries and Finland studie. (Moscow & Arkhangelsk, 2001).
  • Tevlina, Victoria, “General ways of social education development in Sweden: history, tendencies, experience,” Human ecology (2000), no. 4. (Co-authorship with A.M. Vjazimin and T. Astrom).
  • Tevlina, Victoria, History of Native Land (1861-1995), Training manual (Arkhangelsk, 1996). (Co-authored with G.S. Shurov, F.H. Sokolova, A.M. Vjazimin).
  • Tevlina, Victoria, From the history of foreign business in the European North of Russia at the end of 19th – beginning of the 20th centuries, Problems of history of the European North, (Petrozavodsk, 1994).
  • Tevlina, Victoria, “About the problem Foreign Business in the European North of Russia in the second half of the 19th – beginning of the 20th centuries,” 2nd International school-seminar: Ecological Problems of the European North 1-8 September 1992: Reports. (Arkhangelsk, 1992).
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