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Dr. Oleksandra Keudel


"Picking sweet and sour cherries: patronal politics and institutional mechanisms for local citizen participation in Ukraine" - 2021

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin am Department of Public Policy and Governance der Kyiv School of Economics

Personal profile

Oleksandra Keudel is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Policy and Governance at Kyiv School of Economics. In her research, she focuses on participatory democracy and anti-corruption social movement as well as business-political arrangements at the local level in Ukraine. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies (BGTS) at the Free University of Berlin, an MSc in International Administration and Global Governance from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and MA in International Information from the Kyiv Institute of International Relations (Ukraine). Her bookHow Patronal Networks Shape Opportunities for Local Citizen Participation in a Hybrid Regime: A Comparative Analysis of Five Cities in Ukraine” has recently been published with ibidem/Columbia University Press. She also does policy research and consulting on open government and public integrity for the Congress of Local and Regional authorities of the Council of Europe in Ukraine. Oleksandra is a member of the German-Ukrainian Academic Society.

Recent research project: Opening the black box of political will: Local public authorities and anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine (2020-2021)



  • 2017-2021: Berlin Graduate School for Global and Transregional Studies, PhD. Candidate
  • 2014 - 2016: University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Master in International Administration and Global Governance
  • 2003 - 2009: Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv (Ukraine), Master in International Information and Bachelor in International Relations


Fellowships, Stipends and Awards

  • 2022: Petrach Ukrainian Studies Fellow, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies (IERES) at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs
  • 2021: Association for the Study of Nationalities Best Paper Award
  • 2017 - 2021: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Graduate School Scholarship
  • 2015: Erasmus Mobility Grant for Internship at the United Nations Volunteers
  • 2015: Adlerbertska Foundation Scholarship for excellent academic performance and hospitality grant (Sweden)
  • 2014 - 2016: University of Gothenburg Study Scholarship (fee-waiver)

Books and chapters

Keudel, O., Grimes, M. and Huss, O. (forthcoming) Political Will for Anti-Corruption Reform: Communicative pathways to collective action in Ukraine. Routledge Handbook of Anti-Corruption Research and Practice. Eds: R. Bratu and J. Pozsgai-Alvarez. Routledge

Keudel, O. (2022) How patronal networks shape opportunities for local citizen participation in a hybrid regime. A comparative analysis of five cities in Ukraine. Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag (Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics and Society Series) https://cup.columbia.edu/book/how-patronal-networks-shape-opportunities-for-local-citizen-participation-in-a-hybrid-regime/9783838216713

Keudel, O. (2020). State and civil society in the conditions of war: the case of defence volunteer movement in Ukraine. In Zabirko, O. Mischke, J. (Eds.) Upheaval and Resignation: Ukrainian and Russian Protest Movements in the Kremlin’s long Shadow. ibidem Verlag/ibidem Press

Academic peer-reviewed articles

Mazepus, H., Dimitrova, A., Frear, M., Chulitskaya, T., Keudel, O., Onopriychuk, N. and N. Rabava (2021). Civil society and external actors: how linkages with the EU and Russia interact with socio-political orders in Belarus and Ukraine, East European Politics, https://doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2021.1873780

Keudel, O. and O. Carbou (2020). Think tanks in a Limited Access Order: the case of Ukraine. East European Politics and Societies and Cultures. https://doi.org/10.1177/0888325420937810

Policy- and practice- related publications

Huss, O. and O. Keudel (2021) Nations in Transit Report: Ukraine. Democratic Local Governance, Civil Society and Media. Freedom House. https://freedomhouse.org/country/ukraine/nations-transit/2021

Huss, O., and Keudel, O. (2021). Open budget: Learning from the Open School Platform in Donetsk oblast, Ukraine. Bononia University Press and IIEP-UNESCO. https://doi.org/10.30682/oblospd01

Huss, O. and O. Keudel (2020). Open government in education: Clarifying concepts and mapping out initiatives. Paris: IIEP-UNESCO. http://www.iiep.unesco.org/en/publication/open-government-education-clarifying-concepts-and-mapping-initiatives