CURRENT Research

I study the Comparative Democratization of Eastern Europe and Latin America. My research focuses on political behaviour (protest, social mobilization, social movements, civil society and voting), public opinion, ethnolinguistic identity, electoral populism, and political parties. I employ mixed methods: in-depth field and language-based qualitative research and quantitative survey analysis.

The below is a list of current and recently completed research projects.



Qualitative Field Work Based Data Collection & Analysis:

  1. Ukrainian activism, protest and civil society. (including recent research on EuroMaidan and Anti-Maidan Protests in Ukraine).
  2. The nexus between ‘exit’ (migration) and ‘voice’ (protest) in Ukraine and the UK (EuroMaidan 2013/2104).
  3. Activism and Human Rights in Argentina.
  4. How politicians and parties mobilize and motivate voters in Argentina, 2013.
  5. Media, elections and activism in democratizing contexts: Poland and Argentina.
  6. Post-protest Conflict: Creating, Reproducing, and Cementing Social Cleavages.
  7. Foreign financing and democracy promotion in CEE.


Game Theory & Formal Models:

  1. The protest calculus.
  2. Actor interaction games & protest.
  3. The collective protest threshold.


Quantitative Data Collection & Analysis:

  1. “EuroMaidan Protest Participant Survey” as part of the Ukrainian Protest Project November 26, 2013- January 10, 2014.
  2. With Sorana Toma –  The nexus between ‘exit’ (migration) and ‘voice’ (protest).
  3. Ukrainian Electoral Panel Survey: multi-wave (May 2014 – May2015).
  4. The relationship between economic crises, austerity and protest.
  5. The dynamic relationship between aid, elections & post-electoral protest.
  6. Cohort analysis of protest participation in EE & LA: Understanding the effects of different types of authoritarian regimes.


Theoretical & Methodological Themes:

  1. Problems and techniques of protest data collection.
  2. Measuring, conceptualizing, and analysis of civil society and protest events.
  3. The regionalization of transition & democratization theory in comparative politics.
  4. Compatibility problems with native and foreign language based field research in comparative politics.

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