Olga Kutsenko

Olga Kutsenko

Head of Social Structure and Social Relations Department



Social Inequalities and Collective Behavior

Research Fields:
Social Science & Humanities

Previous and Current Research

  • Diagnostics of social tension in society; individual research project sponsored by University of Alberta (Canada), Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, 2016-2017;
  • Critical transition in social networks supporting terrorism, sponsored by NATO Science Peace and Security Programme, 2005-2015;
  • Tendencies of Structural Transformations of Ukrainian society under globalization and European integration, sponsored by MESU, 2014-2015;
  • Political, Ideological and Class splits in Ukraine, 2013-2014;
  • Jobs, Labor Market Fluctuations, and Demographic Trends, 2013-2014;
  • Social inequalities in Europe, 2002 -2012;
  • Institutional strategies of societal integration of minorities, 2005-2010;
  • Models of post-socialist democratization, 1999-2013.
  • Strategic elites and European enlargement, 1995-2005; 2016-2017.

Sociological model of structural and cultural transformations in post-Socialism is developed with application of agency, structural and neo-institutional theoretical approach. We developed a complex indicators for evaluation of social transformations through the societal quality parameters. It was empirically tested a hypothesis about existence of the imperial relics in culture and mass consciousness in Eastern European societies. The unique analysis has resulted in strong findings concerning cultural legacy of any empire in mass consciousness, and behaviour, as well as interpersonal ties witch survive over longer time than empires existed. The steady patterns of values and attitudes in mass consciousness in respect to dominance relations, which basically depend on type of empire in the past (monarchic, bureaucratic, colonial etc.) and its level of modernization (in parameters of liberalization, secularization, industrialization and so on) are defined as a ‘imperial-periphery cultural legacy’. The recent imperial legacy is matter in culture and successes in transformations of Eastern Europe. Values–behavioral matrix is a corridor of chances for development of nations. Differences in basic culture and social development between countries which belong to different post-imperial areas are more significant than between countries inside the areas. It is argued that Ukraine is divided on three post-imperial cultural and behavioral areas which produce week chances of the western-oriented development of the country. Two main scenarios of future development of Ukraine are empirically validated.

It is verified that the social attitudes and expectations of citizens towards societal integration and welfare regime depend essentially on individual experience of interaction between an individual and public institutes as well as a social system as whole. The institutional and cultural (ideological) factors appear as most influence in determination of attitudes towards welfare regime. The empirical analysis fixes a very unsteady current process of welfare development and of searching for fitter forms of social contracts in different types of European societies. The post-socialist states form a special worlds of welfare in European space, in which the post-Soviet states are a quite distinct family.

The radicalization is conceptualized as a non-linear networked social process of self-organization in large-scale social milieus on the bases of critical transition in beliefs and attitudes, which lead to structuration of radical social networks. The Agent-Cultural sociological model of radicalization of migrant social milieus (ACSMR) is developed for the monitoring and predicting the development over time of social milieus of the religious-concerned immigrants towards support of political violence. For a reduction of the complexity of the dynamic structural properties of radicalised groups, we define both the factors influencing on radicalization and the critical conditions for transition of social milieus to the radical state.

Future Projects and Goals

The topic of social inequality remains in the core of the research interests of the group. We are going to concentrate our research on the intersectional approach for revealing of the complex models of reproducing and arriving new social inequality forms resulted the rapid changes in a society. The multidimensional and intersectional influence of regional, class, generational and gender parameters will be tested and to model.

The new project “Collective behavior in social and other networks” continues our previous research on structural changes, mass behaviour and radicalization of social networks. The research focus will be paid to the web-organized social networks which became an effective tool for organization and changes of social relations. The absence of mandatory verification requirements of each page in web-organized social networks simplifies the task for radicals, helps them spread their ideas incognito under pseudonyms, which further makes it impossible to bring them to justice. For terrorists SNs have quickly become the best way to entice people to join their ranks and a tool for conducting propaganda. The goal of new project is to develop a mathematical model that will be ready for use in monitoring of a real social network state.

Other new project is aimed at study of empirical models of integration behaviour of the forced replacement persons (migrants). We are interested in achievement of two main outcomes: one of them is theoretical, and other one is policy-related. Theoretical goal is development of the sociological theory of integration and adaptation of migrants in crises society. The policy-related goal is to embed the empirical model of integration behaviour of different groups of forced replacement persons to public policy concerning these persons. The project is grounded on the findings of our previous investigation of interethnic integration, social inequalities and radicalization.

Selected Publications

Olga Kutsenko
PhD students in Ukraine: expectations and outcomes of scientific activities.
In: Expectations and outcome of study / VIII. International Workshop at the University of Konstanz October 15-17, 2015 / AG Hochschulforschung + FREREF Réseau Uni 21. (in Eng.)

Olga Kutsenko
How much the regions in Ukraine are differ?
In: Ab Imperio. Studies on new imperial history and nationalism in post-soviet space. Montreal, Kazan, 2014, Vol.3. - Pp.124-133. (in Rus.)

Olga Kutsenko, Andrii Gorbachyk
Post-imperial regions: associated dependence in East-European development.
In: Russia as civilization. Eds. By O.I.Shkaratan, G.A.Yastrebov. - Part 11. Moscow: Mir Rosii, 2015. Pp. 441-464. (in Rus.)

Olga Kutsenko, Andrii Gorbachyk
Welfare state in uncertainty: disparity in social expectations and attitudes.
Corvinus Journal of Sociology and Social Policy. 5 (2), 2014. Pp. 65-96. (in Eng.)

Olga Kutsenko, Leonid Berlyand, Andrii Gorbachyk
Agent-Cultural Model of radicalization of immigrants milieus in the West.
In: Sociology: Visnyk of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. 2013 - 1(4), .84-87. (in Eng.)

Olga Kutsenko
Images of post-transformation structure of Ukrainian society.
In: The Issues on Sociological Theory development (Ed. by V.Sudakov and O.Kutsenko), Kyiv: Logos Publishers, 2012. Pp.22-37. (in Rus.)

Olga Kutsenko
Social Classes and Political Mobilization (comparative analyses of European states through the prism of three types of class cleavages).
In: Sociology: Theory, Methodology, Marketing. No.3, 2012. (In Rus. and Ukr.);

Olga Kutsenko
Legacy of State-Socialism in Political Culture of contemporary Ukrainian Sociaties.
In: Visnyk of Kharkiv National University named after V.Karazin, Vol.993. 2012. - Pp.79-88. (In Russian)

Olga Kutsenko
Turkish Minorities in Europe: Towards Societal Integration or the Rise of Parallel Societies?
In: Neinz Fassmann, Max Haller, David Lane. Migration and Mobility in Europe. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK. 2010. Pp.191-208. (in Eng.)

Olga Kutsenko
Individualism - Universalism Duality and Social Classes: comparing Ukraine, Poland, and Germany.
In: New Europe: Growth to Limits? Edited by Sven Eliaeson & Nadezhda Georgieva. The Bardwell Press, Oxford, UK, 2010. Pp.371-409. (in Eng.)

Olga Kutsenko
The Migration of the Crimean Tatars.
In: Interethnic Integration in five European societies Nikolai Genov (Ed.). Hamburg: KRAMER, 2008.

Olga Kutsenko
Professions in Changing Social Structures.
In: Nikolai Genov, Reinhard Kreckel (Hg.) Soziologische Zeitgeschichte. Helmut Steiner zurn 70. Geburtstag. Berlin: WZB, 2007. P. 205-216.

Olga Kutsenko
Monitoring of Events in the InterEthno INTAS project.
In: Nikolai Genov (Ed.) Patterns of Interethnic Integration. ARBEITSPAPIERE DES OSTEUROPA-INSTITUTS DER FREIEN UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN. Osteuropa-Institut der Freien Universität Berlin, 2007. Pp. 16-23. (in Eng.)

Olga Kutsenko
Ukraine in Transformation Processes: Quo vadis?
In: Sociology: Theory, Methods and Marketing. Kyiv, No. 1, 2007. Pp. 18-32. (in Ukr.)

Olga Kutsenko
The Zigzags of political regime Democratization in Ukraine.
In: Ukrainian Sociological Review 2004-2005. Kyiv: Institute of Sociology, NAS of Ukraine, 2007. pp. 70-87. (in Eng.)

Olga Kutsenko
Changing Diversities: Vectors, Dimensions and Context of Post-Communist Transformation.
Kharkiv, CEP/CEU: Kharkiv University Publishers, 2004. 340 p. (Editor and Contributor) (in Eng and in Rus)

Olga Kutsenko
Ukraine: the hard road to independence.
In: the Analyst. Central and eastern European political and Economic review. Vol.2,, No.3, September 2006. Pp. 17-34. (in Eng.)

Olga Kutsenko
The Zigzags of political regime Democratization in Ukraine.
In: Ukrainian Sociological Review 2004-2005. IS NASU, 2007. pp. 70-87. (in Eng.)

Olga Kutsenko
Society of the Unequals. Class Analysis of inequalities in modern societies: the Western sociology experiences.
Kharkiv National University Publishers, 2000. (in Rus.)


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