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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Dr Ekatherina Zhukova


Senior Lecturer in Intercultural Studies, Karlstad University, Sweden



I am interested in child experiences of crisis - whether disaster or conflict. I worked on the project exploring how small-scale humanitarian initiatives organized by Italy for the Chernobyl and Fukushima children have shaped their life trajectories. I am currently developing a new project idea on transnational surrogacy.



Zhukova, E. 2022. “Chronic crisis and nuclear disaster humanitarianism: Recuperation of Chernobyl and Fukushima children in Italy”. Global Discourse, vol. 12, no. 3-4, pp. 616-637.

Zhukova, E. 2022. “Kinning as intimate disaster response: From recuperation in host families to educational migration of the Chernobyl children from Belarus to Italy”, Identities, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 205-222.

Zhukova, E. 2020. "Private humanitarian responses to disaster vulnerabilities: The Chernobyl children from Belarus in Italy", Childhood, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 238-253.

Zhukova, E. 2020. “Nuclear disaster as chronic crisis: Accounts of radiation embodiment by survivors of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster from Belarus born before, in and after 1986,” Health, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 589–605.

Zhukova, E. 2020. “L’antropologia umanitaria: ripensare il ruolo dell’apolitico e del privato nello spazio umanitario”, Public Anthropologist Journal Blog, 8 December 2020.

Zhukova, E. 2020. “Kinning as intimate disaster response: The Chernobyl children from Belarus in Italy”, Identities Journal Blog, 18 March 2020.

Zhukova, E. 2019. Book Review: Humanitarianism and mass migration: Confronting the world crisis, edited by Marcelo M. Suárez-Orozco, Oakland, CA, University of California Press, Ross Institute, 2019. Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 43, no. 3, pp. 610-612.

Zhukova, E. 2018. “The anthropology of humanitarianism: Rethinking the role of the apolitical and private in humanitarian space”, Public Anthropologist Journal Blog, 2 October 2018.

Zhukova, E. 2018. “Chernobyl brought Italy and Belarus closer together – their approach could do the same for other nations”, The Conversation, 8 May 2018. 


Feminist, postcolonial, and decolonial perspectives on childhood; child vulnerabilities and experiences of crisis - disasters or conflicts; transnational humanitarian and development assistance to children; transnational migration of children and youth; non-biological social bonds and relationship-making.
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