Dr Olena Nizalova

Senior Lecturer in Health Economics,
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Dr Olena Nizalova


Dr Olena Nizalova is a Senior Lecturer at the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)  within the School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research (SSPSSR), Division of Law, Society and Social Justice.

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, the Development Economics Research Centre at Kent (DeReCK), and SSPSSR’s Welfare State Research Cluster.

Research interests

Olena uses econometric methods and a utility maximisation framework to study how people make choices regarding their health, work and families in ageing societies and post-Soviet countries to contribute to developing sustainable ways of our comfortable life on earth.

 Her current research projects include:

1. Study the risk factors contributing to increased use of social care in the future.

2. Interdependency between formal and informal elderly care.

3. Effects of the TB epidemic in Ukraine on the productivity of individuals and firms.

4. Developing a transdisciplinary framework to enable and promote holistic approaches toward the sustainability of the old-age support systems (Pension, Health Care, and Long-term Care).



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


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