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.