Maryna Lakhno, currently a doctoral researcher in Public Policy under the Yehuda Elkana Doctoral Fellowship, directs her dissertation research towards the integration of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030) within higher education. Honored with the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship for Foreign Scholars for the 2022/23 academic year, she is presently serving as a visiting scholar at the Università della Svizzera italiana, based in Lugano, Switzerland.
In the preceding academic year, Maryna was the recipient of a visiting scholar grant at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. She carried out her fieldwork on sustainability transitions within the framework of Catalan higher education.
Additionally to her research, Maryna serves as a Teaching Fellow for the Global History Lab at Princeton University. At CEU, she served in several teaching assistant roles. She was a Teaching Assistant for the Economic Analysis for Public Policy course from August 2021 to January 2022, and a Harvard preparatory course on Quantitative Methods in Public Policy in August 2021, both with Professor Anand Murugesan. In addition, she worked with Professor Inna Melnykovska as a Teaching Assistant for the Field Research and Qualitative Data Analysis course from January to May 2021, and the Process Tracing course from August 2020 to January 2021. Her exemplary performance in these roles was recognized with the Best Teaching Assistant Award in 2021.
Beyond teaching, Maryna also has an active role in coordinating the Higher Education Research Group at CEU. This role enables her to guide and oversee research efforts in higher education, fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing among her peers and also external participants.
Furthermore, Maryna has made contributions to the field of academic freedom research. As a researcher for the Global Observatory on Academic Freedom Repository during the 2022/23 academic year, she co-authored a comprehensive final report and developed a dedicated repository on academic freedom.