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 Anastasiia Kovalenko

Anastasiia Kovalenko

PhD Student


 +44 (0) 1392 725043

 College House 2.09


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK

Anastasiia is a social psychologist with an interest in violence prevention.

In 2012 Anastasiia obtained her BA in Psychology and Social Work from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. During her study, she was employed as a Trade Union Organiser at the University. To satisfy her training needs in social psychology, she then applied to the University of Exeter. During her MSc at the University of Exeter, Anastasiia developed a particular interest in aggressive behaviour and bystander approach to violence regulation.

After graduation, Anastasiia returned to Ukraine where she was working as a Social Media Marketing Manager and Administrator for a UK-based company. In 2014 she obtained her MBA from MMU Business School (online short course) and received her News Presenter Certificate. It took her 4 years to understand that academia was her calling in life. In 2017 she has successfully applied for the Exeter International Excellence Scholarship for Postgraduate Research and is now part of the Psychology Applied to Health Team at the University of Exeter Medical School. It is hoped this research will promote safer behaviour among young adults.

Anastasiia is also the current Postgraduate Research Representative for the Institute of Health Research at the University of Exeter Medical School.

Outside of work, her interests include travelling, writing for Exeposé, playing ukulele, and painting.

She is also the Event Manager of the Pint of Science Festival 2018 for Psychology in Exeter, and the Chair of the organising committee of the SWDTP Conference 2018 in Bristol.


MSc Social and Organisational Psychology (University of Exeter)

MBA (Management & Marketing Universal Business School)

BA (Hons) Psychology and Social Work (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)


Research interests

In Anastasiia’s PhD project she focuses on bystander approach to violence prevention. 

PhD Supervision: Professor Charles Abraham, Professor Mark Levine and Doctor Rachel Fenton.

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