Olena Yermakova is a qualitative interdisciplinary researcher interested in the topic of migration and with a geographical focus on Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). She holds degrees from the College of Europe and the Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, and is currently a PhD candidate in political science at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Yermakova has been a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellow in Horizon 2020 project on populism and illiberalism in CEE called "Fatigue" led by University College London. She was then awarded a junior visiting fellowship in the "Ukraine in European Dialogue" program at the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM Vienna). Olena also has experience beyond academia: in inclusive peacemaking in Donbas with HD Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, in communications for a Ukrainian post-Maidan government, and event management for European Youth Parliament — Ukraine. At RECET, Olena continues her research into Ukrainian labour migrants in Poland, analysing it in the context of forced displacement from Ukraine in 2022. She actualises her work with findings from recent fieldwork research, looking into the relationships between different categories of migrants from Ukraine, analysing the layers of precariousness and vulnerability, and comparing the evolution of pull and push factors and different migration regimes over time.
- Russo-Ukrainian war
- Ukraine-European Union encounters
- populism and illiberal discourses
- inclusive peace and democratic processes
- Yermakova, O. (2023). Back home to the warzone. Emotions of displacement among returning Ukrainian migrants. New Eastern Europe, Issue 1-2/2023.
- Yermakova, O. (2021). PiS vs LGBT: The “othering” of the LGBT movement as an element of populist radical right party discourse in Poland. Sprawy Narodowościowe: Seria nowa / Nationalities Affairs (SNSN), 2021(53), Article 2568. https://doi.org/10.11649/sn.2568
- Yermakova, O. (2021). The silent Russian colonisation of Crimea. New Eastern Europe, Issue 4 2021. Republished in Eurozine. Translated into Italian and republished in Internazionale
- Yermakova, O. (2020). LGBT resistance to Polish populism, or “what true Poland looks like”: notes from an LGBT protest in Krakow. FATIGUE blog.
- Yermakova, O. and Cole, M. (2020). Streets of Rage? Why asking Ukrainians to love their neighbours might show they are still streets apart. FATIGUE blog.
- Yermakova, O. (2019). Mythology of the Law and Justice Party’s Migration Discourse. Politeja, No 6(63), 2019, pp. 177-195.
- Cole, M. and Yermakova, O. (2019). Ukrainian Politics is Like a Box of Chocolates… You Really Never Know What You’re Gonna Get. UCL SSEES Research Blog.
- Yermakova, O. and Cole, M. (2019). The joker becomes king: what happened in the Ukrainian election and why Chantal Mouffe might also vote for Zelenskiy. UCL SSEES Research Blog.