Katerina Vrablikova

Katerina Vrablikova


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Research interests

My research focuses on comparative political behavior, social movements and the quality of democracy. I am primarily interested in how societal and state structure shape activism and preferences of individuals as well as of advocacy groups. I combine quantitative (multi-level modeling of comparative surveys, time-series analysis) and qualitative (comparative case studies, case-control studies) approaches. Geographically, I focus on advanced industrialized societies and East Central Europe.

Teaching interests

I teach a variety of courses focused on comparative politics, political participation, political attitudes and culture, social movements and research methods

Willing to supervise doctoral students

Generally, I am happy to supervise PhD dissertations focused on advocacy groups (social movements, interest groups), citizen politics (political behavior, public opinion) and the quality of democracy in Eastern Europe. 


Specific topics: 

Democratic citizenship and global threats in Western Democracies

The goal of this project will be to study how various large-scale threats that contemporary democratic societies face, such as environmental risks, terrorism, mass migration, affect democratic citizenship in Western democracies. Drawing on risk perception literature, the project will emphasize the discursive dimension of the large-scale threats, i.e. the way how risky issues are framed and made salient by various political actors. The project will analyse how the framing of global threats is used to mobilise individual citizens – their cognition and emotions, policy attitudes and political behaviour (protest, voting). This project will require a multilevel design that will study the interaction between macro-, meso- and individual-level of analysis. It can be approached via qualitative methods (multilevel qualitative studies of “risky” situations), quantitative methods (fielding survey experiments or multilevel modelling of existing comparative survey data) as well as with the combination of both.


Advocacy groups and democratic backsliding in Eastern Europe

The goal of the project is to study the role of social movements, interest groups and civil society organisations in democratic backsliding in contemporary Eastern European democracies. Unlike at the beginning of the 1990s when democracy was “the only and the best” type of political regime, major political actors – prime ministers, significant political parties, and prominent figures of political life – are now challenging the democratic system of government in the region. What role do various advocacy organisations play in this process and what determines their advocacy strategies? The project will draw on social movement literature and literature on democratic backsliding. It will require some form of primary data collection (semi-structured interviews, protest event analysis, organisational survey or protest surveys) and elaboration of efficient comparative design (over-time or across countries).


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • JA Political science (General)
  • JF Political institutions (General)
  • HM Sociology


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