Anastasia Novkunskaya defends her doctoral thesis

A member of the Aleksanteri Institute’s YRUSH programme, Anastasia Novkunskaya, successfully defended her thesis on 14 March, 2020.

The thesis is entitled “Professional Agency and Institutional Change: Case of Maternity Services in Small-Town Russia”. The defense took place under extraordinary circumstances.

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic and the travel restrictions it has imposed, the opponent, Professor Ellen Annandale from the University of York, was not able to travel to Helsinki. Luckily, Professor Annandale was able to attend the defense through a video connection.

These circumstances did not affect Anastasia’s performance. She confidently and skillfully presented her thesis and arguments. As a result, her thesis was accepted.

Warmest congratulations to Anastasia!



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