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Dr Olga Onuch - personal details

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Role: Lecturer in Politics




Biographic Sketch: Dr. Olga Onuch (DPhil, Oxford), joined the University of Manchester in 2014. She is also an Associate Member in Politics at Nuffield College, at the University of Oxford. In 2014 she was awarded (but did not take up)  the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship for exceptional and promising young scholars. She is currently a Co-Investigator (Prof. Henry Hale (PI)) of large National Science Foundation RAPID Scheme funded study of Ukrainian electoral politics. She is also currently the Principle Investigator of the on-going Ukrainian Protest Project, as part of a larger project of Comparartive Protest Politics funded in part by the John Fell Fund and the British Academy.

Research: Dr. Onuch’s comparative study of protest politics, political behaviour and institutions, and good governance in democratizing states in Latin American and Eastern Europe has made her a leading expert in, specifically Ukrainian and Argentine politics, but also in inter-regional comparative analysis. She has recently consulted policy makers in Canada, the UK and US and has published on these topics. Her research has appeared in/on the Washington Post, The Times, BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera, AFP, among others.
Her book “Mapping Mass Mobilizations” (2014), explores mass protest in Ukraine (2004) and Argentina (2001).
Previous Posts: Previously she hed the Shklar Research Fellowship at HURI, at Harvard University (2013-2014); Newton Prize Fellowship (in Comparative Politics), at Nuffield College, at the University of Oxford (2011-2014); The Petro Jacyk Prize Fellowship and Lecturership, at CERES, at the University of Toronto (2010-2011). And she was also a Visiting Research Fellow at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) in Buenos Aires, Argentina (where she worked with Enrique Peruzzotti and Guillermo O’Donnell).
Media availability: Yes (written and spoken: English, Ukrainian, Polish, Spanish, French).

Policy Engagement

 Dr. Onuch has engaged with policy makers and practitioners internationally. Dr. Onuch has recently joined the Open Society Foundation coordinated, Strategic Advisory Group, tasked with advising the President and Government of Ukraine. In this role she looks forward to contributing to policy development work related to three policy areas: good governance, anti-corruption and transparency, and social and human development policy. She will also strive to be directly engaged in other policy work relating to greater democratic and electoral development in Ukraine. Examples of past policy engagement include her experiences as both a researcher and consultant: at the IBRD (World Bank) in Kyiv, Ukraine, as part of the ‘Good Governance Project’, (2001); at the UNDP Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean in New York City, as part of the ‘Democratic Dialogue Project’ (2004); for USAID, PACT Uniter and the OSI Think Tank Fund, on an assessment of Ukrainian Think Tanks; for Oxford Analytica, providing briefings on Ukrainian politics and industry; for the OSCE, research and work related to elections in Ukraine, and for the OECD, on the quality of democracy and quality of Governance, research and indicators. Dr. Onuch continues to seek opportunities to not only produce policy relevant research, but also engage and collaborate with larger policy and practitioner communities. 

This is a selected list of consulting, as well as, other academic projects, where I was employed as a researcher.

  1. (2014) Constitutional Reform, Decentralization in Ukraine as part of the Open Society Foundation coordinated, Strategic Advisory Group to the Ukrainian Government (OSF, EBRD),
  2. (2014-present) Ukrainian Crisis (several EU and North American governments/ Ministries),
  3. (2014-2015) Good Governance Analysis (OECD),
  4. (2012) Think Tanks in Ukraine (OSI, Think Tank Fund, USAID, Uniter-PACT),
  5. (2009) Political Parties in Ukraine (ISS),
  6. (2009-2010) Election Analysis/Monitoring in Ukraine (OSCE),
  7. (2009-2010) Political Preferences of Ukrainian Migrants (Oxford),
  8. (2007-2008) Eastward Enlargement & ENP in Ukraine & Moldova (EU/LSE),
  9. (2004) Lustration and Democratic Dialogue in LA (UNDP),
  10. (2002-2004) Land Tenure Policies in Developing States (Queens’ University, Canada),
  11. (2001) Good Governance in Ukraine (World Bank)