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 Anastasiia Kovalenko

Anastasiia Kovalenko

PhD Candidate


 +44 (0) 1392 725043

 College House 1.30


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


I am a social psychologist with an interest in violence prevention.

Areas of expertise: aggressive behaviour, violence prevention, bystander interventions, systematic reviews, qualitative and quantitative research in social sciences.

As part of my PhD I am involved in the Bystander Intervention in Football and Sports project as one of the researchers. 

I am also the current Postgraduate Research Representative for the Institute of Health Research at the University of Exeter Medical School, and work as the Postgraduate Teaching Assistant at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Outside of work, my interests include travelling, playing ukulele, and painting.

I am also the University Coordinator of the Pint of Science Festival 2019 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)


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

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

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Research interests

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

PhD Supervision: Professor Charles Abraham, Doctor Siobhan O'DwyerProfessor Mark Levine and Doctor Rachel Fenton.

Research projects

Bystander Intervention in Football and Sports. Main researcher: Doctor Rachel Fenton. Collaborators: Exeter City F.C Exeter City Community Trust. Public Health England, Devon County Council, Devon Rape Crisis, SAFE and the Hollie Gazzard Trust.

Gender-based violence is recognised as a global public health problem. Campaigns such as #MeToo and #TimesUp have brought the ever-expanding range of contexts in which sexual harassment and violence and abuse occurs to the forefront of public consciousness.

Research indicates the potential of bystander intervention as an effective prevention method. Developing The Intervention Initiative for the football and sports communities, this project will co-create and pilot a best practice bystander intervention working with Exeter City F.C and Exeter City Community Trust.

Working together with our co-partners Public Health EnglandDevon County CouncilDevon Rape CrisisSAFE and the Hollie Gazzard Trust, the project will embed and evaluate the new intervention "Football Onside" at Exeter City Community Trust.


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