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Anastassia Obydenkova

Anastassia Obydenkova_foto

Senior Research Fellow, IBEI

Research Scientist, Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE-CSIC)

Affiliated Professor, Barcelona School of Economics


Anastassia Obydenkova is a Research Scientist at the Institute for Economic Analysis, Spanish National Research Council (IAE-CSIC) and an Affiliated Professor at Barcelona School of Economics. Previously, she was an Associate Professor at Uppsala University (Sweden), a Ramon y Cajal researcher at UPF (Barcelona) and she was awarded research fellowships at Yale, Princeton, and Harvard Universities. Dr. Obydenkova is a political scientist (comparative politics and international relations).

Her research expertise are political institutions and regimes, sustainable development, environmental politics, renewable energy, federalism and decentralization, international organizations, comparative regionalism, regional development banks, and historical legacies with an area focus on Eurasia and China. She published various books and articles on these topics. She welcomes PhD students interested in these topics.

Background and education

  • (2006) PhD in Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute (Florence, Italy)
  • (2001) MA, Central European University (Budapest, Hungary)


  • 2016Fung Global Fellow, Princeton University
  • 2015. Senior Researcher at Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
  • 1999Fox Fellowship, Yale University


Research interests

  • International Relations
  • Sustainable Development
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Comparative politics
  • Democratization and autocracies
  • Regional and International Organizations
  • Regional Studies
  • Eurasia
  • Chinese Studies
  • Post-Communism and historical legacies

Selected publications

  • Libman, Alexander; Obydenkova, Anastassia

    2021.Historical Legacies of Communism: Modern Politics, Society, and Economic Development.Cambridge and New York:Cambridge University Press.Link
  • Obydenkova, AnastassiaLibman, Alexander

    2019.Inequality and historical legacies: evidence from post-communist regions.Post-Communist Economies,DOI: 10.1080/14631377.2019.1607440 Online first. 31(6):699-724Link
  • Obydenkova, Anastassia; Libman, Alexander

    2019.Proletarian Internationalism in Action? Communist Legacies and Attitudes Towards Migrants in Russia.Problems of Post-Communism,67:4-5:402-416Link
  • Arpino, Bruno; Obydenkova, Anastassia

    2019.Democracy and International Trust over the Great Recession: The European Union and the United Nations.Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement,Online first. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-019-02204-xLink
  • Obydenkova, AnastassiaRodrigues Vieira, Vinícius G

    2019.The Limits of Collective Financial Statecraft: Regional Development Banks and Voting Alignment with the United States at the United Nations General Assembly.International Studies Quarterly,Online first: sqz080Link
  • Obydenkova, Anastassia; Libman, Alexander

    2019.Authoritarian Regionalism in the World of International Organizations: Global Perspective and the Eurasian Enigma.Oxford University Press.Link
  • Obydenkova, Anastassia; Arpino, Bruno

    2018.Corruption and Trust in the European Union and National Institutions: Changes over the Great Recession across European States.Journal of Common Market Studies,Vol. 56, Issue 3:594-611Link
  • Obydenkova, AnastassiaLibman, Alexander

    2018.Understanding authoritarian regionalism.Journal of Democracy,Vol. 29, October, Issue 4:151-165Link
  • Obydenkova, AnastassiaLibman, Alexander

    2018.Regional International Organizations as a Strategy of Autocracy: The Eurasian Economic Union and Russian foreign policy.International Affairs (Oxford University Press),94 (5):1037-1058Link
  • Lankina, Tomila V.; Libman, Alexander; Obydenkova, Anastassia

    2016.Authoritarian and Democratic Diffusion in Post-Communist Regions.Comparative Political Studies Sage (Political Studies Association),Vol 49, Issue 12:1599 - 1629Link
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