Svetlana Shenderova

Dr Econ Sc, PhD in Economics, MSc in Political Economy (Hons), Docent in Economics and Law


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Dr. Shenderova has 30+ years of academic, administrative, expert, training and consulting experience in higher education. Due to her mulifaceted experience Svetlana has deep knowledge and underestanding of university governance and implementation of the internationalisation policies at individual, programme, central, national, and supranational level.

Svetlana conducts research in higher education political economy and comparative studies focused on the internationalisation of higher education.

Geographical scope of Svetlana's studies comprises the internationalisation iniatives of the EU, its member states, in particular, Finland and Poland, and the countries of post-Socialist area with the special focus on Russia.

Currently Svetlana is affiliated with the Higher Education Group, Administrative Studies, Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University, Finland.

Language skills

English Full proficiency

Russian Native

Ukrainian Reading Understanding

Belarusian Reading Understanding

Finnish Basic

Hebrew Basic

Grants and awards

Svetlana was a member of the EDUneighbours project research team and imiplemented individual sub-project hosted by Politics Unit at the Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University, in 2017-2022.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science (Economics and Business Administration), Formation of Institutional Arrangement for Multi-level Higher Education in the Russian Federation, St. Petersburg State University of Economics

1 Sept 200816 Feb 2012

Award Date: 16 Feb 2022

Doctor of Philosophy, Economics Science, Public Goods and Economic-Political Arrangement of their Allocation in Transition Conditions, St. Petersburg State University, Russia

1 Oct 19931 Oct 1996

Award Date: 22 Oct 1997

University Diploma in Economics and Administration, St. Petersburg State University, Russia

1 Sept 198830 Jun 1993

Award Date: 30 Jun 1993

External positions

Visiting Researcher, Helsingin yliopiston Aleksanteri-instituutti

1 Jul 2022 → …


  • LB2300 Higher Education
  • Comparative higher education
  • internationalisation of higher education
  • political economy of higher education
  • international higher education
  • governance network
  • internationalisation policy
  • degree programme management
  • university governance
  • university ethnography
  • policy evaluation
  • quality assurance
  • EHEA
  • European Union
  • Russia
  • Bologna Process
  • double degree
  • collaborative degree
  • internationalization
  • stakeholder theory
  • network governance theory
  • institutional studies
  • international education
  • Finland
  • Poland
  • Brazil
  • China
  • European Higher Education Area
  • South Africa
  • university stakeholders


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