TANDEM is the International Research Laboratory established at St. Petersburg State University by worldwide recognized scholar in the field of migration studies and citizenship Dr. Peter Kivisto, Augustana College, USA and Professor at St. Petersburg State University, Russia, and Dr. Andrey V. Rezaev, who also works both in the USA and Russia, in order to bring together a team of professional researchers, social sciences faculty members, and a group of talented graduate and undergraduate students to engage into exploration of enigmas and contradictions of migration processes in contemporary world as well as to make comparative analysis of migration in the USA and Russia


The TANDEM’s Motto:

Best outcomes take place as a product of the team approach

Thus, everything we do include team efforts.

We promote advanced research on all aspects of transnationalism and migration processes.



TANDEM’s mission has two foci: first, it is to present to the social sciences faculty members at St. Petersburg State University and through them to the scholars in St. Petersburg, Russia and the former Soviet Union countries current research and methods in the fields of transnational migration, comparative sociology, and cultural sociology; to present innovations and solutions within theoretical debates about transnational migration and citizenship, to discuss and to develop new methods of teaching classes that deal with transnationalism, migration,  citizenship; the second focus is on publications of the research findings, data and scientific materials in leading scholarly journals and monograph series.


The major distinctive asset of the TANDEM is its emphasis on transnational dimensions of migration, its orientation on comparative and institutional approaches in research and the usage of mixed methods.

TANDEM promotes theoretically grounded research-oriented scholarship through structured projects, desk and field research, international conferences, seminars, and workshops as well as public events.



The overall objective of the International Research Laboratory is to build the next generation of researchers and experts on transnational migration and citizenship in Russia and in the fSU countries.

We also take as our primary objective participation of St Petersburg faculty members and students in the international professional conferences and forums.

TANDEM is committed toward research of all issues in transnational migration, including immigration, forced migration, humanitarian emergencies, the causes of and potential responses to the social movements, refugee law and policy, the processes of integration, social in/exclusion of immigrants into their host societies. The Lab will be active in exploration into all aspects and effects of transnational migration on social, economic, and demographic developments as well as on the foreign policy and national security concerns.


The specific goals for the Laboratory are:

  • to organize and conduct desk and field research of the Project team;
  • to help participants to prepare research finding for publication in the international journals;
  • to facilitate exchange and cross fertilization among scholars from around the world and the region; enhancing the training of young scholars from St. Petersburg State University with emergent or re-emergent academic units in Eurasian countries;
  • to provide opportunities for young scholars from St. Petersburg to gain “hands-on” experience in the field research on transnational migrants and cultural sociology through direct involvement in ongoing research activities.
  • to build a network of faculties and professionals in the region, increase interaction between specialists (mutual projects and other forms of co-operation)

To provide media support for the Laboratory the Internet web-site has been created.  It is connected with the Internet Forums and web-sites of St. Petersburg State University Comparative Sociology Chair (www.comparsociology.com) that have been launched by the young scholars and successfully works since 2013.

The Lab has organized a Permanent Research Workshop (PRW) to ensure possibilities for discussion current research activities of the project participants’, visiting scholars and associated members. PRW works on a monthly basis (see, archives).