DR. OLGA ONUCH (DPhil Oxford 2010) is a Senior Lecturer [Associate Professor] in Politics. She joined the University of Manchester in 2014, after holding research posts at the University of Toronto (2010-2011), University of Oxford (2011-2014) and Harvard University (2013-2014). She is an Associate of Nuffield College (Oxford) and of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. Onuch was also a Research Fellow at the Davis Center (Harvard) in 2017.





Onuch’s comparative study of protest (as well as elections, migration & identity) in Eastern Europe and Latin America has made her a leading expert in Ukrainian and Argentine politics specifically, but also in inter-regional comparative analysis. Her book “Mapping Mass Mobilizations” (2014, reviewed in Europe-Asia Studies), explores the processes leading up to mass protest engagement in Ukraine (2004) and Argentina (2001). She is the author of several scholarly articles (in Journal of Democracy, Europe-Asia Studies, Problems of Post-Communism, Post-Soviet Affairs, GeoPolitics among other journals), book chapters, and policy briefs.

Onuch’s is Co-PI (with Hale, Colton, Kravets) of a National Science Foundation funded study of Ukrainian political opinion (UCEPS). In 2014 she was awarded (did not take up) the Leverhulme EC Fellowship for exceptional and promising young scholars. 2011-2014 Onuch was Principle Investigator of the Ukrainian Protest Project: Comparative Protest Politics funded the British Academy.

Her research regularly appears in leading media outlets (The Washington Post, The Times, The Guardian, BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera, AFP, among others). Onuch’s research on protest politics in Ukraine has resulted in her consulting policymakers in Canada, Ukraine, the UK and US. Her research received praise and awards placing her on the map as one of the foremost experts on protests and activism in Ukraine.

Previously she held: the Shklar Research Fellowship at HURI, Harvard; the Newton Prize Fellowship, at Nuffield College, Oxford; The Petro Jacyk Prize Fellowship, at CERES, Toronto; and a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (mentored by Enrique Peruzzotti and Guillermo O’Donnell).

Current research projects include:

  • Mobilization processes, mass protests, and activism (Argentina, Ukraine & Venezuela)
  • Determinants of protests & migration behaviour: (Ukraine, Poland, Brazil, Marocco with Toma)
  • Survey measurement/operationalization of ethnic identity (with Hale, Colton & Sasse)
  • Role of ethnic identity in shaping political behaviour & attitudes (with Hale)
  • Elections in times of crisis (with Hale, Colton & Kravets)
  • How to conduct & analyze on-site protest surveys

For more on ongoing research projects please see: RESEARCH


Activism*, Civil Associations, Civil Society, Civil Society Aid/Promotion, Democracy Aid/Promotion, ‘Revolutions’, Comparative Politics*, Democratization*, Elections*, Electoral Fraud, Electoral Populism*, Mass-Mobilization*, Party Machines, Politics of Economic Crisis, Political Participation, Political Parties, Protest*, Social Movements*, Transition*, Youth Movements*.

Sectors and industries to which research relates: Consultancy, NGOs, Government.

Countries and regions to which research relates (media interviews): Ukraine*, Argentina*, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico, Poland*, Russia, Eastern Europe, Latin America.


  • Ukrainian [Spoken:Fluent/Native, Written: Fluent/Native];
  • Polish [Spoken:Fluent/Native, Written: Advanced];
  • English [Spoken:Fluent/Native, Written: Fluent/Native];
  • French [Spoken: Advanced, Written: Advanced, ‘French Immersion’ primary & secondary education];
  • Spanish [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate];
  • Russian [Spoken: Basic /Working Knowledge, Written: Working Knowledge/Intermediate].


Press, Radio & TV in Argentina; Brazil; Canada; France; Poland; Ukraine; United Kingdom; and USA.


School of Social Sciences
University of Manchester
M13 9PL

Email 1: olga.onuch [at] manchester.ac.uk

Email 2: onuch [at] g.harvard.edu

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