Olga Petrova holds a Master's Degree in Disasters, Adaptation, and Development from King’s College London and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the Higher School of Economics (Moscow, Russia).
Her postgraduate thesis “Flood Resilience: A Case Study of Young Women in Rural Bangladesh”, focussed on individual resilience of young females in Bangladesh and included a month-long field research in villages in the north of the country. The main argument was that resilience comprises coping skills as well as perceptions about individual capabilities to respond to and recover from a disaster.
Olga has attended numerous international youth conferences and summer schools on international development and humanitarian action, including the Multi-Hazards Summer School in Japan in 2018 and the UN WHS global and regional consultations in 2016. Moreover, she had extensive experience of interning with UN agencies and other international organizations and planned to contribute the skills gained through previous placements to UNU-CRIS activities.
At UNU-CRIS, Olga’s internship was under the research program “The Changing Patterns of Regional and Global Governance” under the supervision of Madeleine Hosli until March 2019. She organised events on child protection and the role of women in emergencies and work on research on current trends in humanitarian action.