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POPULISM in CENTRAL and EASTERN EUROPE

Paulina Lenik

ESR 7: The determinants of economic populism in Central & Eastern Europe (UCL)

Paulina Lenik holds a MSt in Diplomatic Studies from Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford (2018) and Postgraduate Diploma in Foreign Service, Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford (2017). In 2014 she graduated with honours with a Master’s Degree in European Studies from the Centre for European Studies, Jagiellonian University in Krakow. In 2012 she obtained her first-cycle degree in International Economic Relations, Cracow University of Economics. She is a member of the Las Casas Institute, Oxford Women in Business Society and Polish Students Society Oxford. In 2017 she was awarded the Oxford University R.G. Feltham Prize for her thesis Energy Politics in the Eastern Mediterranean: Case Studies. 

Her professional experience includes diplomatic service for the Mission of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations in New York, quality analysis for the Quality Management Team (DG Inte) of the European Parliament in Brussels as a well as work in the corporate financial sector for the StateStreet Corporation, Capgemini, Serco and Shell BPO Krakow. She collaborated briefly with the GMF Brussels Forum in 2012, and the Foundation Institute for Strategic Studies Krakow in 2014. 

Her current research interests include: illiberalism, democracy, economic determinants of populism, energy politics, data surveillance, multi-stakeholder governance. She is supervised by Julia Korosteleva and Elodie Douarin at UCL and by István Benczes at Corvinus.