Alina Kontareva

Academic interests

Alina's research interests lie at the intersection of STS and Innovation Studies, more specifically:

  • Development of Innovative Clusters
  • Innovation and the State
  • Post-Soviet Countries
  • Big Data
  • Digital Methods for Data Analysis
  • Research Methods



Alina holds an MA in Applied Linguistics (2011-2013) and as a Skolkovo Foundation Fellow, she completed a program in Science and Technology Studies at the European University at St. Petersburg.

From 2013-2016, Alina was affiliated with the Center for Science and Technology Studies, at the European University at St. Petersburg, where she specifically focused on the complexity of innovative activity in Russia.  Alina was conducting research within the Federal mega-grant project ‘Russian Computer Scientists at home and abroad’, focused on professional trajectories of the Russian ICT specialist. You can read more about the project on the project website.

In 2015-2016, Alina led a research group which analyzed 80K pictures from Instagram to understand visitors’ experience in the State Hermitage Museum.
Alina was a Fulbright Visiting Graduate Student (2017) and a visiting researcher (2014) at the Department of Human Ecology, Community, and Regional Development at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis).  As a Fulbright researcher, Alina collaborated with the ModLab on a project to code audio and visual data from short films made by users of Play the Knave—a 3D motion-sensing game about Shakespeare performance.

In addition to her university training, Alina participated in several summer schools and training programs specifically focused on research methods (in countries such as Italy, Finland and Russia). With a group of scholars from the Center for Policy Analysis and Studies of Technologies, Alina is now engaged in the development of a curriculum for a new MA program in STS and Innovation Studies for the Tomsk State University in Russia. For further information about this project, visit the project website.


Tags: Innovation
Published Jan. 12, 2018 1:51 PM - Last modified Sep. 10, 2021 9:38 AM