CURRENT Research

I study the Comparative Political-Economy (democratization) of Eastern Europe and Latin America. My research focuses on: political behaviour (protest, social mobilization, social movements, civil society); as well as, elections, electoral fraud, electoral populism, party machines, and political parties.

I have also worked as a consultant and have conducted research on: the informal economy in Ukraine, European Neighbourhood Policy, land reform policy and land redistribution, good governance, democratic dialogue, energy politics, economic crises and the rise of the radical right

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

I am currently interested in: The relationship between austerity, economic crisis, and protest; The relationship between ethno-linguistic-sectarian cleavages, conflict, and protest; And the micro-level calculi and motivations of political participation.

I am currently researching and publishing on the EuroMaidan protests and have collected the only multi-day on-site Protest Participant Survey of EuroMaidan protesters between November 26, 2013 and January 10, 2013.

My colleagues and I have recently received a large NSF grant to study electoral behaviour and preferences of Ukrainians. Along with colleagues at Harvard University and George Washington University we are conducting three wave National Election  Survey in Ukraine.




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. “‘Exit’ and ‘Voice’ in Romania and Ukraine.” In January 2014, Dr. Onuch, along with Dr. Sorana Toma have received a  John Fell Fund Starter Grant to study the nexus between ‘exit’ (migration) and ‘voice’ (protest) focusing on the cases of Romania (2013) and Ukraine (EuroMaidan 2013/2104).
  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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