Doctoral StudentDepartment of Political
DEPUTY CHIEF ANALYSTDepartment of Political
About Valeriya Mechkova
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.
Gendered Accountability: When and Why Do Women's Policy Priorities Get
Valeriya Mechkova, Ruth Carlitz
European Political Science Review - 2020-01-01
Constraining Governments: New Indices of Vertical, Horizontal, and Diagonal
Does Democracy Enhance Health? New Empirical Evidence
Yi-Ting Wang, Valeriya Mechkova, Frida Andersson
Political research quarterly - 2019-01-01
Introducing the Digital Society
Valeriya Mechkova, Steven Wilson, Daniel Pemstein, Brigitte Zimmerman
Does Gender Still Matter for Politics? The Case of the 2018 U.S. Elections on
Valeriya Mechkova, Steven Wilson
The Accountability Sequence: from De-Jure to De-Facto Constraints on
State of the world 2017: autocratization and
When and where do elections matter? A global test of the democratization by elections hypothesis,
How much democratic
The Accountability Sequence: From De-jure to De-facto Constraints on
Constraining Governments: New indices of vertical, horizontal and diagonal
Anna Lührmann, Kyle L. Marquardt, Valeriya Mechkova
From de-jure to de-facto: Mapping Dimensions and Sequences of
When and Where Do Elections Matter? A Global Test of the Democratization by Elections Hypothesis,
Saudi Arabia: A Country Report Based on V-Dem Data
Burma: A Country Report Based on Data
Georgia: A Country Report Based on Data