Birka Ieva

Birka Ieva

Visiting Lecturer. Director of the Future Leaders Academy Department of Languages and Communication

Ieva Birka is Director of  the Future Leaders Academy at SSE Riga (2017-present) and lecturer in Politics for Journalists course.


Doctor of Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia, Latvia, 2009-2014.

Masters of Science (with Merit) Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Department of Government, London School of Economics, United Kingdom, 2003-2004.

Bachelor of Arts Political Science, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Rochester, United States, 1999-2003.


Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Baltic Studies Research Fellow, Yale University, MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, United States, 2015-2016.

SCIEX Research Fellow, University of Lucerne, Faculty of Social Sciences, Switzerland, 2013-2014.


Selected Publications

Research featured by Taylor & Francis Online in article collection showcasing research on the Soviet Union, to mark 25 years since its collapse:

I.Birka (2018) ‘Diasporas politika un ASV un Kanādā dzimušo latviešu remigrācijas un repatriācijas potenciāls (Diaspora politics and the return migration potential of the Latvian diaspora in the United States and Canada)’, in I. Mieriņa ed. Atgriešanās Latvijā: Iemesli un pieredze (Returning to Latvia: Reasons and Experiences),University of Latvia, Faculty of Social Sciences, DMPC.

I. Birka, A. Schlenker and J. Blatter (2016) ‘Practicing Transnational Citizenship: Dual Nationality and Simultaneous Political Involvement among Emigrants,’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2016.1185941.

I. Birka, N. Muižnieks and J. Rozenvalds (2015) ‘Ethnicity and Social Cohesion in the Post-Soviet Baltic States’ in Social Cohesion and Social Change in Europe, Routledge.  ISBN-13: 978-1138999435.

I.Birka (2015) ‘Expressed Attachment to Russia and Integration:  the Case of Young Russians in Latvia 2004-2010’, Journal of Baltic Studies, Vol. 47/2. DOI:10.1080/01629778.2015.1094743.

I.Birka (2015)  ‘Evaluation of Dual Citizenship Regulation of Latvia in Accordance with Theories of Democracy’ in University of Latvia Centre for Diaspora and Migration Research publication The Political Representation of Diaspora in Latvia and the European Union, DMPC.

I.Birka (2014) ‘Russian Speaker Sense of Belonging to Latvia within the Context of Integration and National Identity’ in the University of Latvia academic publication Multiple and Changing Latvian Identities, University of Latvia Press.  ISBN 978-9984-45-871-7.

I.Birka, N. Muižnieks and J. Rozenvalds (2014) ‘Ethnicity and Social Cohesion in the Post-Soviet Baltic States’, Patterns of Prejudice Special Issue Social Cohesion and Social Change in Europe, Vol. 47/3. DOI: 10.1080/0031322X.2013.812349.

I.Gruzina (2011) ‘Relationship between History and a Sense of Belonging – Russian Speaking Minority Integration in Latvia’ in Central European University Political Science Journal, Vol. 6/3.