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I am Lecturer in Organised Crime and Corruption at the University of Glasgow, with dual appointment in Sociology and Central and East European Studies. I am political and economic anthropologist, currently researching frontline informality and its role in the organisation of violence in the Russo-Ukrainian war.

My previous work explored offshore corruption, corporate resistance to regulation, and oligarchy and corruption, in Britain and Ukraine. I have done extensive ethnographic fieldwork in London and Kyiv and am running an FCDO-funded project entitled Mapping Actors and Networks in Ukraine in partnership with the ODI and Centre on Armed Groups.

I have consulted UNODC on assessing illicit markets in post-invasion Ukraine, and work with Small Arms Survey on their Ukraine-related projects.

Recent Publications:

Fedirko, T. 2023. Failure and moral distinction in a Ukrainian marketplace of ideas. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 29 (S1): 62-78.

Fedirko, T. 2022. In the shadow of power: ethics and material interests in Ukrainian parliamentary reporting. L’Homme 243-244: 61-94.

Fedirko, T. 2021. Suspicion and expertise: following the money in an offshore investigation. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 27(1): 70-89.



University of Glasgow

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Globalisation, Harm and Social Justice

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