A little about me

I have started my journey in academia in Moscow (Russia), when I graduated with a BA in Political Science from National Research University - Higher School of Economics. I then continued on to pursue an MA in European Affairs (Politics) in Lund University, Sweden. Graduating with distinction, I was then accepted to the research Master degree of the Erasmus Mundus programme International Master in Economy, State and Society (IMESS) at the University College London (UCL) (United Kingdom). After two years of rigorous study (one year at UCL and one at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic), I graduated with distinction and was awarded a scholarship at Bremen International Graduate School of Social Science (BIGSSS) (Bremen, Germany). The four years in Bremen were funded by German Research Foundation (DFG)Universität Bremen and Jacobs University Bremen. In September 2013 I have defended my PhD thesis titled "European Health Divide Revisited: Health in Transition Countries and Beyond" at BIGSSS with a special distinction. Between January 2014 and August 2014 I have been working as a project researcher at the Stockholm Centre on Health in Societies in Transition at Södertörn Univeristy, Sweden. From August 2014 till August 2015 I was on maternity leave, starting with a new position of postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Sociology in Uppsala University, Sweden in September 2015. In March 2018 I I became a full-time resercher at the same department, but have been on parental leave again from October 2018 till end 2019.

Throughout my journey I have gained experience in both research and teaching, as well as coordinating a course for 150 students. My research mainly deals with determinants of health in a comparative cross-country perspective. I have a particular interest in socio-economic, political and health changes in Central and Eastern Europe. I am flexible and ready to try out new projects related to health and health care. My methodological expertise covers advanced topics in quantitative analysis, such as multilevel analysis, structural equation modelling, longitudinal cluster analysis, panel analysis, etc. I am an advanced user of the econometric package Stata and have working knowledge of SPSS, MPlus, MLwiN, and R.

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Details on the PhD Thesisthesiscover


European Health Divide Revisited: Health in Transition Countries and Beyond

Dissertation committee:

Prof. Dr. Jan Delhey, Jacobs University Bremen (Chair)

Prof. Dr. Christian Welzel, Leuphana University

Prof. Dr. Ilkka H. Mäkinen, Södertörn University

Dr. Franziska Deutsch, Jacobs University Bremen 


27 September 2013 with special distinction

Degree received: 

6 December 2013


The thesis is aimed at better understanding health and its determinants in the context of a broader Europe. It tries to incorporate the different theoretical and empirical approaches to the determinants of health, as well as utilises diverse methods and datasets. The work consists of six chapters: theoretical and conceptual framework, which serves as an umbrella for the five independent studies. The detailed literature review arrives at the main empirical framework — the augmented health production function, which is utilised and tested in four of the five studies. Three first studies focus on the 28 Central and East European (CEE) countries, while the other two look at the broader European context. In the first four chapters, health is the centre of the story, modelled within the augmented production function. The final study addresses the changes in the European health divide at the macro level over the past twenty years.

The findings are diverse and manifold. They primarily add to the literature on the determinants of health by bridging the diverging approaches and creating a theoretical framework — augmented health production function — for analysing the determinants of health, which can be further tested in other regions of the world. The divide in Europe — still often referred to as the "East-West divide" — has changed, and could adjust our whole understanding of European health patterns.

Full abstract is available here (pdf).

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