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Valeriya Mechkova

DEPUTY CHIEF ANALYST

Department of Political
Science
Telephone
Visiting address
Sprängkullsgatan 19
41123 Göteborg
Room number
B432
Postal address
Box 711
40530 Göteborg

About Valeriya Mechkova

Presentation

PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, within the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project since the autumn of 2016.

In my dissertation I focus on how government accountability and political representation affect human development outcomes such as economic growth, infant and maternal mortality. I am particularly interested in the representation of minority groups and female's political representation.

In terms of technical skills, I specialize in time-series cross-sectional data analysis.

I am co-PI of the Digital Society Project (DSP), which aims to answer some of the most important questions surrounding interactions between the internet and politics. I also work part-time with the policy and outreach program of the V-Dem Institute. I am team leader on long-term consultancy project commissioned by USAID, which re-visits the issues of democracy, governance, and human rights, through producing research papers, country and regional analyses. I am also leading the work of the V-Dem input to the Post-2015 development agenda and measurement of Sustainable Development Goal 16. I have worked as consultant for the World Bank, Community of Democracies, and International IDEA.

Previously I worked as V-Dem’s analyst and data operations manager, starting from May 2013 until August 2016.

Areas of interest

Democracy and human development; Accountability building; Political representation; TSCS analysis.

Education and training

Master’s degree in International Administration and Global Governance, University of Gothenburg, 2014.

Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, 2012.