Olga Masyutina, M.A.

Olga Masyutina

Doctoral researcher


Since September 2019, Olga Masyutina is a doctoral researcher (PhD candidate) in the team of Prof. Dr. Michael Rochlitz (Professorship of Institutional Change) at the University of Bremen. Before joining Uni Bremen, she worked as a project manager at the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID) at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, a close research partner of the working group. Olga is a graduate of Moscow State Linguistic University where she majored in Regional (Area) Studies and International relations, and later received an MA degree from the Master's programme ‘Roads to Democracies’ offered by the University of Siegen (Germany) and the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Olga's dissertation explores the interplay between authoritarian political institutions and economic development. Her research interests include Russian environmental politics, state-business relations in Russia and China and effects of authoritarian durability on individual behavior.

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position


Since 09/2019

Doctoral researcher, Professorship of Institutional Economics, University of Bremen


Employment history


10/2014 – 09/2019

Project manager, International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID) at the Higher School of Economics Moscow

11/2013 - 10/2014

Personal assistant, Hubert Burda Media Moscow


Educational background


09/2010 - 03/2013

Master of Arts, Master's programme „Roads to Democracies“, University of Siegen (Germany). 09/2011 - 02/2012 - Exchange semester at the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Thesis title "Popular Culture as Political Communication - Televised Political Satire in Thatcherite Britain"

09/2004 - 06/2009

Diploma in Regional (Area) Studies (with the knowledge of the English and German languages), Moscow State Linguistic University (Russia). Thesis title "Development of forms of interregional cooperation amidst globalisation of the world economy"


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"The Political Economy of Waste Management in Russia" (with Ekaterina Paustyan). 2022. Russian Analytical Digest 285: 13-15

"Die politische Ökonomie der Abfallwirtschaft in Russland" (with Ekaterina Paustyan). 2022. Russland-Analysen 421: 23-26

"Environmental Politics in Authoritarian Regimes: Waste Management in the Russian Regions" (with Ekaterina Paustyan). 2022. IERP Discussion paper 2206

"The Putin Paradox, by Richard Sakwa". 2021. Europe-Asia Studies 73(4): 766-767 (book review)