About us
About GCRF Tuberculosis Social Research and Policy Network

Tuberculosis remains one of the leaders of mortality causes worldwide, despite the fact that the disease is successfully treatable. Post-Soviet countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia are on the list of high-priority countries for TB control. Exploring other existing networks around TB, we see that they tend to unite the key stakeholder groups among each other - researchers, the civil society or the policy makers with the researchers' network focusing more on medical research and social research around the TB epidemic being not well represented.

The GCRF Tuberculosis Social Research and Policy Network is a unique multidisciplinary network of social scientists (economists, public health researchers, sociologists, epidemiologists, psychologists, criminologists), civil society activists and policy makers, which provides a platform for ongoing knowledge exchange not only within the groups of stakeholders but across enabling effective adoption of what works best in fighting TB epidemic. This exchange will enable the use of existing research to inform current development of policies and interventions, while establishing a policy-relevant research agenda for the future and reliable venues for dissemination of the results.

The aim of the network is to facilitate the generation of evidence to inform public health policies to reduce the tuberculosis burden in post-Soviet countries and promote ongoing knowledge exchange among all stakeholders.

Meet Our Team
  • Dr. Kateryna Bornukova

    Project Director
    Academic Director of BEROC Economic Research Center (Kyiv), MA in Economics from Kyiv School of Economics and a PhD in Economics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
    Research interests include economics and social challenges, SDG-focused policy analysis. Kateryna contributes extensively to building research capacity in Belarus by training young researchers. BEROC has rich experience in establishing and participating in networks. It has created a network of Belarusian economists working abroad and is a member of FREE network uniting research think tanks in Eastern Europe. BEROC has served as a platform for dialogue between experts, policymakers and civil society, on various issues.
  • Dr. Olena Nizalova

    Project Co-Director
    Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics of the University of Kent. MSc in Business Management from the Ukrainian State Maritime Technical University, MA in Economics from Kyiv School of Economics and a PhD in Economics from Michigan State University (USA). Research interests include population health, including TB, and impact evaluations of health interventions, relying on administrative and survey data both in Ukraine and internationally. Olena is currently studying the effects of TB epidemic on productivity of workers and firms in Ukraine. Olena had served as an expert of the EERC Grant Competition for young economists from the region for about 10 years.
  • Natallia Shcherbina

    Project Manager
    MSc in Gender Studies from the European Humanities University, Senior Researcher of IPM Research Center. Research interests include social policy and social inclusion, gender equality, human development, demography, health care, welfare, labor market.
  • Olga Nikolaieva

    PR Manager
    MA in Economic Theory from the EERC MA Program in Economics at the National University 'Kyiv Mohyla Academy' Ukraine. Research interests include health economics, labor market, creative economy, international trade.
Made on