Kristina's research interests include citizenship as a lived experience, ideas and practices of citizenship, political subjectivity, politics of the informal sector, informal economies in Africa, the changing nature of work, state-society relations, and urban politics. She is especially interested in understanding how people experience major socio-economic and political transformations.
Kristina is the principal investigator on the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship project Women's Citizenship in Informal and Intimate Economies of Urban Zimbabwe. She is mentored by Dr Sara Dorman.
She also contributes to teaching on the Centre for African Studies courses as a lecturer.
Kristina is passionate about teaching and learning and has taught on the courses, such as History and Politics (Teaching Assistant, Oxford Department of International Development, 2018-2019), Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa (Tutor, St Anne's College, Oxford, 2021), Poverty and Human Development (Tutor, Wadham College, Oxford, 2022), Non-violent Resistance Movements (Tutor, Wadham College, Oxford, 2022), and Politics and Theories of International Development (Guest Lecturer, Edinburgh, 2022).
Pikovskaia K. ‘We Could Not Be There’: Storytelling and the narratives of Soviet military advisers, specialists and interpreters in Angola during the Civil War (1975–1992). Journal of Southern African Studies. 2020 Sep 2;46(5):903-921. https://doi.org/10.1080/03057070.2020.1797355