Alyona Lammers

Public participation by other means? Informal practices to engage with matters of collective concern in nondemocratic settings – Subproject #2 ‘Concealing participation’

Maastricht University, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Department of Health, Ethics and Society,

Supervisors: Professor Klasien Horstman, Dr Olga Zvonareva


  • 2009 – 2014: Spectialist in International Relations (5-year degree, equivalent to a BSc & MSc). The degree was obtained from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute), in Moscow, Russia;
  • 2019 – 2021: Master of Science in European Studies and Master of Arts in Comparative Public Governance (double degree program). The degrees were obtained from the University of Twente, The Netherlands, and the University of Munster, Germany, respectively. The title of the MSc & MA thesis in political science: Motivational dynamics of the 2020 Belarusian protests: The modulating effect of state violence on individual motivations to protest.

Summary PhD Project

My subproject (#2 ‘Concealing participation’) focuses on the ways public participation is produced in the practices created and employed by patients in Russia to discreetly shape the drug distribution system. The goal of this subproject is to gain an understanding of how informal and formal means interact and are configured in the process of such bottom-up initiatives.