Portrait of Dr Olena Nizalova

Dr Olena Nizalova

Senior Lecturer in Economics
Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics


Dr Olena Nizalova is a Senior Lecturer in Economics in the School of Economics, and a joint Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics in the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS) and the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) within the School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research (SSPSSR).

She joined the University of Kent in 2013, having completed a tenure as an Associate Professor at the Kyiv School of Economics in Ukraine, where she worked from 2005.

She has an MSc in Business Management from the Ukrainian State Maritime Technical University, MA in Economic Theory from the EERC MA Program in Economics at the National University 'Kyiv Mohyla Academy' Ukraine, and a PhD in Economics from Michigan State University (USA). Her dissertation title was 'Three Essays in Labour Economics and Economics of Aging'.

Olena is a member of the School of Economics' Microeconomics Research Group and the SSPSSR’s Welfare State Research Cluster.

Research interests

Olena uses econometric methods and utility maximisation framework to study how people make choices with regards to their health, work and families in ageing societies and post-Soviet countries in order to contribute to the development of sustainable ways of our comfortable life on Earth.

Her current research projects include:

  1. Study of the risk factors which contribute to an increased use of social care in the future.
  2. Interdependency between formal and informal elderly care.
  3. Effect of TB epidemic in Ukraine on productivity of individuals and firms.
  4. RISKIT-CJS evaluation of a multi-component intervention to reduce substance use and risk-behaviour in adolescents engaged with the criminal justice system.

Olena's RePEc page is https://econpapers.repec.org/RAS/pni153.htm



Current students

  • Yannis Galanakis (Economics)
  • Lucas Adeoye (Economics)
  • Boniface Oyugi (SSPSSR)
  • Maria Vasiakina  (visiting, University of Insubria, Italy) 


  • Director, Q-Step
  • Director, GLO VirtYS 
  • American Economic Association
  • International Health Economics Association
  • Global Labor Organization

Administration roles

  • Concessions Co-ordinator
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