Till startsida
To content Read more about how we use cookies on gu.se

Valeriya Mechkova

Deputy chief analyst

Valeriya Mechkova
Deputy chief analyst
+46 31 786 3291

Room number: B432
Postal Address: Box 711, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 41123 Göteborg

Department of Political Science (More Information)
Box 711
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 19 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Valeriya Mechkova


PhD candidate at the Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, within the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project since the autumn of 2016.

In my dissertation I focus on how government accountability and political representation affect human development outcomes such as economic growth, infant and maternal mortality. I am particularly interested in the representation of minority groups and female's political representation.

In terms of technical skills, I specialize in time-series cross-sectional data analysis.

I am co-PI of the Digital Society Project (DSP), which aims to answer some of the most important questions surrounding interactions between the internet and politics. I also work part-time with the policy and outreach program of the V-Dem Institute. I am team leader on long-term consultancy project commissioned by USAID, which re-visits the issues of democracy, governance, and human rights, through producing research papers, country and regional analyses. I am also leading the work of the V-Dem input to the Post-2015 development agenda and measurement of Sustainable Development Goal 16. I have worked as consultant for the World Bank, Community of Democracies, and International IDEA.

Previously I worked as V-Dem’s analyst and data operations manager, starting from May 2013 until August 2016. 

Areas of interest

Democracy and human development; Accountability building; Political representation; TSCS analysis.

Education and training

Master’s degree in International Administration and Global Governance, University of Gothenburg, 2014.

Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, University of National and World Economy, Sofia, 2012.

Showing 1 - 10 of 16


Introducing the Digital Society Project
Valeriya Mechkova, Steven Wilson, Daniel Pemstein, Brigitte Zimmerman
Working paper 2019
Working paper


Does Democracy Enhance Health? New Empirical Evidence 1900–2012
Yi-Ting Wang, Valeriya Mechkova, Frida Andersson
Political research quarterly, Journal article 2018
Journal article


Democracy at Dusk?
Anna Lührmann, Staffan I. Lindberg, Valeriya Mechkova, Moa Olin, Francesco Piccinelli Casagrande et al.
Report 2017

The Accountability Sequence: From De-jure to De-facto Constraints on Governments
Valeriya Mechkova, Anna Lührmann, Staffan I Lindberg
Gothenburg, University of Gothenburg, Varieties of Democracy Institute: Working Paper No. 58. November 2017, Working paper 2017
Working paper

Showing 1 - 10 of 16

Page Manager: Webbredaktionen|Last update: 5/31/2017

The University of Gothenburg uses cookies to provide you with the best possible user experience. By continuing on this website, you approve of our use of cookies.  What are cookies?