Dr Olga Onuch

Senior Lecturer in Politics

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Biographic Sketch: Dr. Onuch (DPhil Oxford 2010) is a Senior Lecturer [Associate Professor] in Politics. She joined the University of Manchester in 2014, after holding 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 The Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. Onuch was also a Research Fellow at the Davis Center (Harvard) in 2017.

Onuch’s comparative study of protest (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. 

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.

Onuch is currently Principle Investigator (ESRC) of MOBILISE “Determinants of ‘Mobilisation’ at Home and Abroad: Analysing the Micro- Foundations of Out-Migration & Mass Protest”. A three year project (2018-2021) funded through the Open Research Area (ORA) Scheme with direct support of the ESRC in the UK, the DFG in Germany, the ANR in France and the NWO in the Netherlands (€2,002,039 total [£595,369 to UoM]).

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

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).

Media availability: Yes (written and spoken: English, Ukrainian, Polish, Spanish, and French).


External positions

Research Fellow (Competitively appointed), Davis Center, Center For Government and International Studies, Harvard University

2017 → …

Associate , Nuffield College, University of Oxford

2014 → …

Shklar Research Fellow (Competitively appointed), Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University


Newton International Fellow (Competitively awarded), Latin American Center, School of International and Area Studies, University of Oxford


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (Competitively appointed), Nuffield College, University of Oxford


Research Fellow (Competitively appointed), Media and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe, St. Antony's College, Department of Politics and IR, University of Oxford


Petro Jacyk Post-Doctoral Fellow (Competitively awarded), Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto


Doctoral Researcher, Human and Minority Rights in the Life Cycle of Ethnic Con icts 'MIRICO', Government Department, LSE


Research Intern, Democratic Dialogue Project, United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP)


Research Intern, External Affairs Office, International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, World Bank, Regional Headquarters


Areas of expertise

  • JA Political science (General) - Comparative Politics, Protest, Mass-mobilization, Activism, Social Movements , Elections, Ethnic Identity, Transition, Democratisation, Eastern Europe, Ukraine, Argetina, Latin America, Former Soviet Union, Post-communist politics, Post-authoritarian politics, Migration, Civil Society, Good Governance, Political Behavior, Public Opinion
  • H Social Sciences (General)

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2011 - Doctor of Philosophy, Revolutionary Moments and Movements in Ukraine (2004) and Argentina (2001), Oxford University (2007 - 2010)
  • Master of Science, Comparative Politics ( Latin America Stream) (2005 - 2007)
  • Bachelor of Arts, BA Honors in Development Studies and Political Studies (Medial/Double Major) (2005 - 2001)

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