Grigory Bondarenko is a Senior Research Fellow in Irish and Celtic Studies (Queen’s University of Belfast). He completed his PhD thesis (Early Irish literature and Medieval Studies) devoted to the mythological perception of space in Early Irish literature in 2001 in Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Earlier, he completed an MPhil dissertation in Celtic Studies at the University of Oxford, in 1999, on the concept of the sacred landscape in the Dindshenchas. He worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Research Institute for General History, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. He is member of the Editorial Board of Odysseus, the yearly almanac of social history and historical anthropology (Moscow).
As an Assistant Editor and a Research Fellow at the University of Ulster, Grigory Bondarenko contributed to the eDIL project, devoted to the digitisation of the Dictionary of the Irish Language, since January 2006. He works now on the Supplement to the eDIL project.
Grigory Bondarenko's research focuses on the concept of the sacred landscape in the Dindshenchas and other early Irish narratives. His monograph Mythology of space in Early Irish literature is devoted to a mythological perception of space in Early Ireland and includes relevant comparanda from Indian sources. Dr Bondarenko has shown particular similarities between Early Irish and Indian world-view with regard to special sacred features of landscape and discussed the problems of transition between pre-written and written type of memory in early mediaeval Ireland.