Team New Zealand

Iana Sabatovych is a final year PhD student and Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the National Centre for research on Europe at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). In 2010, Iana graduated from the Mariupol State University of Humanities (Mariupol, Ukraine) completing her Bachelor degree in International Economy with Honours. In 2011, she graduated Mariupol State University (Mariupol, Ukraine), accomplishing Master in International Economic Activities with Honours. She organized academic events in Malaysia before joining the NCRE as a Ph.D. student in 2013. Her thesis investigates the patterns of Ukraine’s post-communist transition and limitations of Europeanization with a particular consideration of Europeanization beyond Europe in an absence of EU membership prospect.

Dr Viktor Velivchenko

Dr. Viktor Velivchenko is PhD student at the National Centre for research on Europe at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). Before coming to New Zealand, Viktor was Associate Professor of the Department of English Philology at Cherkasy Bohdan Khmelnytsky National University, Ukraine. His main scientific interest is in the field of lingual and cognitive pragmatics: he investigates how people use language to express information intended but not obligatory exposed by words.  In 2012 he defended his dissertation in Philology on the topic Implicature as a Medium for Manifesting the Speaker’s Emotions. The work deals with indirect (implicative) way of expressing positive and negative emotions under different communicative conditions. At Cherkasy National University, he taught a course Language as a Means of Effecting Human Consciousness. Viktor is also interested in international relations, especially the relations in the triangle Western Countries-Ukraine-Russia. He has participated in many educational activities on NATO (organized by CID NATO in Ukraine) and, together with his colleagues, has initiated The Center of Euro and Euro Atlantic Integration at Cherkasy National University. He has got extensive work experience in planning and realization of successful activities/projects, supported by Peace Corps (Free Kick Project), PEPFAR, The Renaissance Fund, USAID, etc.