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Aytalina Azarova


Aytalina Azarova is a Research Associate/Data Manager for a European Research Council funded project examining the relationship between mass privatization and mortality in post-communist Eastern Europe, PrivMort.

She earned her PhD at the Political Science Department of Central European University, and prior to coming to Cambridge was involved in research for TARKI Research Institute in Budapest and the Open Society Foundation, as well as serving in a Parliamentary commission on privatization at regional government level in Russia.

Research Interests

Aytalina’s interests include Russian and post-Soviet politics, the comparative study of development of markets on sub-national level, electoral systems and accountability in Russian regions, and informal institutions in developing democracies. She has a methodological interest in various statistical approaches to verification and analysis of observational data, in particular survey data.

She has been involved in several collaborative grants and international research networks, such as research supported by a GDN grant “Explaining the Dynamics of Institutional Change, Policy Choices and Economic Outcomes during Post-communist Transition”, an International Policy Fellowship supported by OSF, and other individual and collaborative projects.

Her current research focuses on the effects of privatization and more broadly, economic reforms on mortality and other health outcomes in Russia, Belorussia and Hungary.


2007 Democratic Accountability of Russian Regional Governments: Do Elections Matter? Working Papers CPC-OSI, Budapest.

 2006 ‘Formal Institutions and Informal Politics in Russia’. In Gerd Meyer (ed.) Formal Institutions and Informal Politics in Central and Eastern Europe. Barbara Budrich Publishers, Oplagen and Farmington Hills.

2000 Property Ownership in the Sakha Republic: Particularities of Privatisation and State Property Management (in Russian). Novosibirsk: Nauka.

  • Position: Research Associate
  • Address: Department of Sociology, Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RQ