Dr. Dmytro Panchuk

Dmytro PanchuContact details / research disciplines / publications

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What is your research about?

My research lies at the intersection of European governance and studies of democratisation and authoritarianism in public opinionThis includes publications in the field of EU sectoral cooperation through Twinning and democracy promotion in Eastern Europe. Currently, by using survey and experimental data, I am exploring how values, identities, and various threats shape socio-political preferences of Europeans from the EU and its neighbouring states.

Why the interest in that subject?

I often find myself wondering about how fragile democracy and freedom are and how easily they fall prey to public mood swings triggered by various crises and irresponsible politicians. Understanding deeper some of these dynamics is what motivates me for my research.

Why is your research socially relevant?

Because the world is currently going through a series of unprecedented crises (hybrid warfare, disinformation, climate change, the Covid-19 pandemic, and others), these have implications for European governance and democracy, including through public opinion. Thus my research contributes to a better understanding among citizens and policymakers about the impact of these various challenges on our societies.

What do you hope to achieve in your academic career?

Make a policy-relevant contribution to my research field, develop a teaching approach that will stimulate my students to grow in knowledge, critical thinking, and character.

What hidden talent do you have?

I love fixing things: bicycles, phones, computers, furniture, etc.

What is the first thing you do when you have unexpected free time in your agenda?

I go for a walk or find someone to chat with (offline)..