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Yara Marusyk
PhD year: 3rd
Nationality: Ukrainian
PhD topic: The Role of the EU and Russian Norms, Values and Principles in Energy Security and Energy Transition Discourses.

Hobbies: Urban travelling; Reading a lot on different subjects: parenting, healthy lifestyles, biographies, life of refugees or immigrants; novels about places I travelled too, etc. Playing piano, every morning with my 5-year-old son who is learning to play; Yoga and swimming.

Why energy? Studying energy security and energy transition problems seemed like a very logical choice for me because they are closely related to human and urban security, energy poverty in developing countries like Ukraine. First, it was Chernobyl, a nuclear disaster that happened just about 100 km away from Kiev, a city populated by 3mln people that obviously could not be evacuated into a safe area. So you bring this early childhood memory into your adult life and you know that nuclear energy is not safe as you have been hearing such words as ‘radiation’ and ‘thyroid cancer’ from as long as you can remember yourself.

Then, later in life witnessing one economic crisis after another in my home country, I always wondered why the biggest source of corruption in Ukraine was export and transit of Russian gas. Is there a way to make the gas trade and transit transparent? Can Ukraine overcome its dependence on Russian gas? What are the alternatives? How is Russian gas trade conducted in the EU and why the norms and rules of the game are different? What role can renewable sources of energy play in overcoming corruption, eradicating energy poverty, preventing climate change and ensuring human security?

Core concept of Yara’s research: The values and norms on energy security, energy cooperation and energy transition can be shared but at the same time can be diverging depending on the institutional setting – whether it is a governmental or non-governmental organization, whether it is an international commercial or intergovernmental cooperation, etc. In a way, it is similar to interests that can coincide or conflict depending on the setting in which actors function.

What do you like about the energy community of young researchers? This network presents an opportunity to meet peers in other energy related disciplines, learn about new directions of energy research, present my ideas and find synergies for possible interdisciplinary cooperation in the topic of energy transition in the future. It seems to me that this platform has a potential to contribute to valorization of academic research by bridging science and society and increase impact on local and global energy policies and practices.