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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. 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, quantitative methods, survey data, attitudinal trends, electoral behaviour, Central and Eastern Europe. She is supervised by Julia Korosteleva and Elodie Douarin at UCL and by István Benczes at Corvinus.

Work in Progress:

A pendulum swung back? Populist fever in the CEE

Blog posts:

6/2020: The “Good Change”: Polish populist presidential campaign 2015 and now

5/2020: Whither dataveillance? Polish data harvest in times of pandemic

4/2020: Why the haste? Polist presidential elections, PiS and constitutional conundrum

4/2020: Polish populism in times of pandemic


¨9/2021: Poland all but confirms Amnesty’s claims of illegal refugee pushbacks (Emerging Europe)

5/2020: Can Warsaw mayor Rafał Trzaskowski reverse the fortunes of Poland’s opposition?

5/2020: Poland’s presidential vote: An unprecedented election for unprecedented times (Emerging Europe)

10/2019: Poland’s ruling party likely set for victory in parliamentary election (Emerging Europe)


2021/2022: Applied Game Theory for Economics and Business (UCL)

2020/2021: Understanding and Analysing Data (UCL)

2020/2021: Contemporary Issues of International Business and Strategic Management (UCL)


Email: [email protected]

Twitter: @pw_l