Dr. Olga Onuch (DPhil, Oxford), is an Assistant Professor working at the University of Manchester and is an Associate Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, at the University of Oxford. Recently Olga completed her tenure as a Research Fellow ( in Comparative Politics ), at Nuffield College, at the University of Oxford, where she held the prestigious Newton Fellowship Award and was P-I of the Comparative Protest Politics Research Project (2011-2014). In 2013-2014 she was also a Shklar Research Fellow, at HURI, at Harvard University. In 2014 she was awarded (but did not take up) a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Grant, which is awarded to “exceptional and promising young scholars.” Previously Olga held the posts of Petro Jacyk Prize Fellow, at CERES, at the University of Toronto (where she worked with Jeff Kopstein, Peter Solomon and Lucan Way). In 2008-2009 and again in 2013 Olga was a Visiting Fellow at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT) in Buenos Aires, Argentina (where she worked with Enrique Peruzzotti and Guillermo O’Donnell). Olga’s comparative study of protest politics, political behaviour, institutions, and good governance in democratizing states in Latin American and Eastern Europe has made her a leading expert in specifically, Ukrainian and Argentine politics, but also, in inter-regional comparative analysis. She has recently consulted policy makers in Canada, the UK and US; and has published policy papers, articles in peer review academic journals, and books on these topics. Her research has appeared in/on the Washington Post, The Times, BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera, AFP, among others. Her book “Mapping Mass Mobilizations” (2014), explores mass protest in Ukraine (2004) and Argentina (2001).
Dr. Sorana Toma is an Assistant Professor at the Grande Ecole d’Economie et de la Statistique in Paris. Until September 2014 she was a Research Officer at the IMI, working on the project Drivers and Dynamics of Highly Skilled Migration and a Research Fellow at Nuffield College. Sorana completed her DPhil in Sociology at the University of Oxford (2012). In her thesis, “Ties that Bind? Networks and Gender in International Migration. The case of Senegal,” she examines the roles played by migrant networks in the international mobility process and in the economic integration of migrants at destination. Sorana’s research interests include the drivers of international mobility, the labour market trajectories of immigrants at destination, the school-to-work transitions of the second generation, life-course perspectives on migration and the role of social capital in international mobility. She is also interested in the impacts of international migration on origin communities. See: Toma, S. and S. Vause (2013) ‘On their own? A study of independent versus partner-related migration from DR Congo and Senegal’, Journal of Intercultural Studies 34 (5): 533–552.