Dr Alina Nychyk

Honorary Research Fellow

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Dr Alina Nychyk is a Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. She is also a Ukraine Fellow at the Research Center for the History of Transformations, the University of Vienna.

Alina Nychyk has defended her PhD in Politics at the University of Manchester in April 2022. Her supervisors are: Dr Olga Onuch and Prof Dimitris Papadimitriou. Her topic is 'Strategic Decision-Making in Times of War: An Analysis of EU-Ukraine-Russian Relations During the First Year of the Conflict in Ukraine'. She analysed Ukrainian leaders' strategic decision-making in their relations with Russia and EU in February 2014 - February 2015. To explain Ukraine's foreign policy steps, Alina developed a game theory-inspired analytical framework for decision-making and conducted 38 elite interviews with EU, Ukrainian and Russian policy-makers.

Alina has Bachelor Degree in International Economics from Kyiv National Economic University and Master Degree in International Economic Relations from Wroclaw University of Economics (both with the highest distinctions). As an exchange student, she has studied at Gazi University in Ankara and at Goethe University in Frankfurt on Main. During her PhD studies, Alina was also an exchange fellow at Maastricht University.

Alina gained diverse experience in international companies (Hewlett Packard, Dreberis consulting), NGOs (Polish Forum of Young Diplomats, Ukraine Democracy Initiative, Promote Ukraine) and European institutions (European Commission and European Parliament). Apart from her scholarly work, Alina is a social activist, dealing with women’s empowerment, democracy and EU-Ukraine integration. Now, she is an elected member of the board of the association Professional Government of Ukraine (3 000 Alumni of the world best universities, who returned to Ukraine to build the best government in the world in the country). Alina is happy to involve in further research or social projects that correspond her interests.

External positions

Ukraine Fellow, Research Center for the History of Transformations

Sep 2022 → …

Member of the Board, Professional Government of Ukraine

Dec 2020 → …

Research Assistant, European Commission

Apr 2017Jul 2017

Areas of expertise

  • JZ International relations - European Union, Ukraine, Russian security policy, Russian-Ukrainian war, conflict resolution, Ukraine's foreign policy, foreign policy analysis


  • Ukraine, EU-Ukraine, Russia, European Union, conflict, Foreign Policy

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2014 - Master of Economics, Master Degree in International Economic Relations, Wroclaw University of Economics
  • 2012 - Bachelor of Economics, Bachelor Degree with honors in International Economics, Kiev National Economic University

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