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Emma Mateo

DPhil (PhD) Candidate

Department of Sociology, University of Oxford

Email emma.mateo[at]
 Oxford, UK

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Emma Mateo is a doctoral research student at the University of Oxford, working in the department of Sociology. Emma uses a mixed methods approach, informed by her interdisciplinary background, to tackle the puzzle of how and why regional locations mobilise during moments of mass protest.


Emma received a first-class Bachelor of Arts in Modern Languages (Russian, French and Ukrainian) from the University of Cambridge in 2015. Her fascination with protest and Ukraine then lead her on an interdisciplinary path, through an MPhil in Russian and East European Studies at the University of Oxford, ultimately to Oxford’s Sociology department.


Here Emma’s doctoral research (funded by the ESRC) focuses on regional protest during moments of mass mobilisation in Ukraine and Belarus, and investigates what accounts for variation in the geospatial dispersion of protest events. Emma combines social media data, news media, archival resources and interviews to map regional mobilisation and investigate what accounts for these patterns of protest.



  • Mixed methods researcher 

  • Software: Stata, QGIS, NVivo.

  • Programming: R, Python (beginner).

  • Languages: English (Native), Russian (Advanced), French (Advanced), Ukrainian (Advanced).

  • Working with data, including

    •  Cross-national survey data

    •  Social media data

    • Qualitative interviews

    • News media



University of Oxford, UK

DPhil in Sociology

Advisors: Dr Olga Onuch (Primary); Dr Stephen Fisher (Secondary)


University of Oxford, UK

MPhil in Russian and East European Studies



University of Cambridge, UK

BA in Modern and Medieval Languages (Russian, French & Ukrainian)

First class


  • 2022 Mateo, E.,'"All of Belarus has come out onto the streets": Exploring Nationwide Protest and the Role of Pre-existing Social Networks'. Post-Soviet Affairs. DOI: 10.1080/1060586X.2022.2026127

  • 2019 Mateo, E.Review: Youth Movements and Elections in Eastern Europe by O. Nikolayenko. Harvard Ukrainian Studies. Vol. 36, No. 1/2 (2019)

  • 2019 Mateo, E., Review: Revolution and War in Contemporary Ukraine: The Challenge of Change. Ed. O. Bertelsen. ID:International Dialogue, Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs. Vol. 9.


  • Mateo, E., Industrial Workers, Middle-class Employees, & Mass Mobilisation: Regional Employment Patterns & Subnational Protest Variation in Ukraine & Belarus.

  • [with O. Onuch, C. Arkwright and A. Martinez] “Protest and Progress: Gender Attitudes and Protest Engagement”. Working paper


Email emma.mateo[at]

Address Balliol College, Oxford, UK

Linkedin: Emma Mateo

Twitter: @emm_mateo

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