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Coming back from Italy: an interview with Yuliya Rodionova

Yuliya Rodionova, junior research fellow in the Institute for Industrial and Market Studies spent two month in a Department of Economics and Management of University of Padova. There she continued her research activities related to the analysis of public procurement system with Paola Valbonesi as her academic adviser, one of the leading researchers in this field. Yuliya gave us feedback on her internship, told us about her future plans and the way she spent her academic life in Italy.

Coming back from Italy: an interview with Yuliya Rodionova

What were the main results you managed to achieve during your internship?

During my two-month internship an article about conflict resolution strategies in public procurement based on a survey of suppliers was finished and sent for publication. We kept working on this topic and further focused on on the analysis of negotiations in terms of the difference in prices of bidders and prices of contracts based on a database of sugar procurement and road works.

 

What does PhD-student's academic life in Italy look like? Workshops, sharing of experience, communication with collegues?

In the University of Padova there are all conditions for a full-fledged academic life statring from your own working space and access to all resourses you might need, ending with ability to talk with visiting researchers. During my internship I could attend several courses with other PhD stutends and take part in the Department’s research seminars and disussion of collegues’ works on weekly “MicroMeetrings”. PhD students also could present their  papers with their first results and get valuable feedback from more experienced researchers.

 

What are you planning to do further?

I plan to keep working with Professor Paola Valbonesi and possibly present out results during a collaborative workshop “Public Procurement in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia” on the April Conference, April 9-10, 2020 (in collaboration with EACES and Center for Social and Economics Strategies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University).

 

So, I assume your internship were successful?

Yes, of course! I gained a unique experience as a researcher and I am grateful to the Doctoral School of Economics HSE for this chance.