Skip to main content

Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin

Trinity Menu Trinity Search

Svetlana Eriksson, research team, Russian, Our Languages, Trinity College Dublin

Project Logo The research team


Svetlana Eriksson

Svetlana Eriksson (Krshiakova) was awarded a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in Barnaul, Russia, and a degree in Management in Novosibirsk, Russia. She moved to Ireland in 2006 and is currently writing her PhD thesis in Trinity College Dublin on Family and Migration: The Intergenerational Transmission of Culture, Language and Ethnic Identification in Russian-speaking families in the Republic Of Ireland

My Research
My Research Interests
  • Continuity in migrant families
  • Intergenerational transmission of language, cultural capital, and ethnic identification
  • Adolescents and migration
  • Family roles and their change in the context of migration
  • Parents’ vs. children’s integration
My Target Groups
  • 15 ethnic Russian families in Ireland with children over 10 years old (both parents came to Ireland from Russia)
  • 15 Latvian-Russian families in Ireland with children over 10 years old (both parents came to Ireland from Latvia)

1 parent and 1 child’s participation in each family

My Control Groups
  • 15 Irish families with children over 10 years old
  • 15 Russian-Latvian families in Latvia with children over 10 years old
  • 15 Russian families in Russia with children over 10 years old

1 parent and 1 child’s participation in each family

The Questions I Want to Answer
  • What are the parental goals in the target and control groups?
  • How do they differ?
  • Do parenting styles adapt in Russian-speaking families to the ones existing in ROI?
  • What is parental approach to language development in target and control families?
  • What is parents’ and children’s motivation for minority language retention?
  • Is ethnic identification intergenerationally transmitted in Russian-speaking families in ROI?
  • Do traditional family roles change in Russian-speaking families in ROI?
  • Is intergenerational transmission bidirectional in migrant families?
family picture
Current State of the Research At the moment I am conducting interviews with my participants. I am also looking for more participants for my research.
My Appeal

Dear parents, if your family falls under description of my target or control groups, and if you are willing to participate in an interesting research, please feel free to contact me at

Your participation will not just contribute to the knowledge in domains of psychology, migration studies, and socio-linguistics, - but it will also give you a chance to look at your family, at the practices in your family, reflect over your past, present and future, and maybe find answers to questions you never found the time or opportunity to analyze.

The confidentiality of your participation is defined by you. Your participation is absolutely anonimous..

Your participation in the research will consist an interview about parental practices and bidirectional intergenerational transmission in your family (one with you and one with your child). In total it should not take longer than 1,5-2 hours.

It will be ideal for me to conduct the interview in your home where you feel natural and at ease; however, if you prefer it to take place elsewhere, I can be flexible. The interview will not take longer than an hour and a half. There is no possibility of paying you for your participation, however, you will not be out of pocket. A small gift will be given to all participants :)

Svetlana Eriksson

information for children consent form for participants consent form for parents


If you would like to participate in the research, please contact me by email

Back to Top