Raili Nugin is a senior researcher at the Centre of Landscape and Culture, School of Humanities, Tallinn University. She has an interdisciplinary background with a mix of training in history and sociology. She studies rural-urban relations, rural communities and urban/rural mobilities. She has studied the social exclusion and mobilities of youth with different socio-cultural backgrounds, including the Russian-speaking youth in Estonia. Her most recent research explored how Ukrainian refugees have been integrated within rural-urban hybrid networks.
Raili has expertise in discourse analysis and qualitative content analysis (eg NVivo software); her methodology includes contextualising secondary quantitative statistic data with qualitative. Her PhD in sociology was obtained 2011 at Tallinn University, while she did her postdoctoral studies at University College London in the School of Slavonic and East European Studies. In 2020, she was a Visiting Research Fellow at Helsinki University’s Ruralia Institute.