Lenka Dražanová

Research Fellow
  • Phone: +39 055 4685 707
  • Lenka Dražanová is a Research Fellow to the Observatory of Public Attitudes to Migration (OPAM) project. Lenka received her PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in political science from the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin in 2016. She holds additional degrees in political science from Central European University (Hungary) and Charles University (Czech Republic). She was also awarded a Humboldt Postdoc Scholarship at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin under the German Excellence Initiative. Lenka´s primary research agenda has two specific areas that revolve around the question whether we can really identify a current shift towards less tolerant, populist and nationalist societies and politics (especially in Europe), and if so, how we can explain the underlying causes. Firstly, she examines the development of populism, nationalism and xenophobia and the challenges they provide to (liberal) democracy. Secondly, she focuses on comparative political behaviour and political/social attitudes and their interdependence with policy, institutions, political actors and cultures. Her recent book “Education and Tolerance” analyzes quantitatively cross-national variations in the effect of education on social and political tolerance based on a large-scale survey. It argues that education contributes to more tolerant views only in countries with certain political, socio-economic and cultural background and identifies individual-level and country-level factors that may influence the relationship between education and tolerance.

    She is currently working on research projects that provide accurate predictions and adequate management solutions of migration flows in the European Union in the phases of reception, relocation, settlement and integration of migration (ITFLOWS); explore effective messaging that can resonate beyond audiences who are already supportive, and to learn from impactful as well as counterproductive communication strategies (E-mindful); and the use of new technologies in asylum and migration governance (AFAR).

    Research topics: public opinion and attitudes, attitudes formation, comparative political behaviour and quantitative methods
    Geographic areas: Europe, Central and Eastern Europe
    ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0001-8699-1914

  • Dražanová, Lenka. 2017. Education and Tolerance. A Comparative Quantitative Analysis of the Educational Effect on Tolerance. Bern, Switzerland: Peter Lang.

  • Dražanová, Lenka and Andrew Roberts. 2023. National Attachments and Good Citizenship: A Double-Edged Sword. Political Studies, online first.
  • Šedovič, Michaela and Lenka Dražanová. What determines the shape of migrant and non-migrant populations’ attitudes toward immigration in Europe?, EUI RSC, 2023/04, Migration Policy Centre.
  • Dražanová, Lenka. 2022. Sometimes it is the little things: A meta-analysis of individual and contextual determinants of attitudes toward immigration (2009–2019). International Journal of Intercultural Relations 87, 85-97.
  • Dražanová, Lenka. 2021. Educational expansion and declining religiosity in Italy: a pathway to support for gender egalitarianism among men and women? Quaderni di Sociologia, 87- XLV, 135-160.
  • Dražanová, Lenka and Andrew Roberts. 2020. Are nationalists better citizens? Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies The European Governance and Politics Programme (EGPP) 2020/90.
  • Dražanová, Lenka. 2020. Introducing the Historical Index of Ethnic Fractionalization (HIEF) Dataset: Accounting for Longitudinal Changes in Ethnic DiversityJournal of Open Humanities Data, 6(1), p.6. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/johd.16
  • Jeannet, Anne-Marie and Lenka Dražanová. 2019. Cast in the Same Mould: How Politics During the Impressionable Years Shapes Attitudes Towards Immigration in Later Life. Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2019/79. doi:10.2139/ssrn.3489216
  • Dražanová, Lenka. 2019. Multilevel Modelling of Binary and Ordinal Dependent Variables: Exploring the Effect of Education on ToleranceSAGE Research Methods Cases. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.4135/9781526475985.
  • Dražanová, Lenka. 2015. National Identity and the Interplay between National Pride and Ethnic Exclusionism: The Exceptional Case of the Czech RepublicEthnopolitics 14 (3): 235 – 255. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449057.2014.942063
  • Dražanová, Lenka. 2014. Structural Equation Modelling: The Interplay between National Pride and Ethnic Exclusionism in the Czech Republic. SAGE Research Methods Cases. http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305013514665

    Research and Policy Reports and Other Publications
  • Dražanová, Lenka, Gonnot, Jérôme, Heidland, Tobias and Krüger, Finja. 2022. Understanding differences in attitudes to immigration: A meta-analysis of individual-level factors. Kiel Working Paper 2022/2235. ISSN: 1862–1155.
  • Dražanová, Lenka. 2021. Breaking the cycle of poverty for a more social and inclusive Europe. European Commission, Directorate–General for Regional and Urban Policy.
  • Dražanová, Lenka. 2020. What Factors Determine Attitudes to Immigration? A Meta-Analysis of Political Science Research on Immigration Attitudes (2009-2019). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2020/86.
  • Dražanová, Lenka and Andrew Roberts. 2020. Are nationalists better citizens? Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies The European Governance and Politics Programme (EGPP) 2020/90.
  • Gonnot, Jérôme, Lenka Dražanová and Claudia Brunori. 2020. Global Trends and Continental Differences in Attitudes to Immigration: Thinking Outside the Western Box. European University Institute, Migration Policy Centre: Policy Brief 2020/42.
  • Wagner, Martin, Caitlin Katsiaficas, Josephine Liebl, Leila Hadj Abdou, Lenka Dražanová and Julien Jeandesboz. 2020. The State of Play of Schengen Governance: An assessment of the Schengen evaluation and monitoring mechanism in its first multiannual programme. European Parliament: Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs
    Directorate-General for Internal Policies. PE 658.699 – November 2020.
  • Carnevale, Anthony P., Nicole Smith, Lenka Dražanová, Artem Gulish and Kathryn Peltier Campbell. 2020. The Role of Education in Taming Authoritarian Attitudes. The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.
  • Dražanová, Lenka, Thomas Liebig, Silvia Migali, Marco Scipioni and Gilles Spielvogel. 2020. What are Europeans’ views on migrant integration?: An in-depth analysis of 2017 Special Eurobarometer “Integration of immigrants in the European Union”OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers, No. 238, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/f74bf2f5-en
  • Dražanová, Lenka. 2019. The Austrian parliamentary elections 2019: Are Austrians anti-immigrant? European University Institute, Migration Policy Centre: Policy Briefs 2019/14.  doi:10.2870/356627
  • Dennison, James and Lenka Dražanová. 2018. Public attitudes on migration: rethinking how people perceive migration. An analysis of existing opinion polls in the Euro-Mediterranean region. ICMPD Policy Report.
  • Dražanová, Lenka. 2016. Where and Why Are the Higher Educated More Inclined to Tolerate? Explaining the Educational Effect on Tolerance. Doctoral dissertation, Humboldt University in Berlin.
  • Dražanová, Lenka. 2010. Does Education Matter for Democracy? An International Comparison of the Effect of Education on Democratic Attitudes and Xenophobia. Master´s thesis, Central European University, In Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection (ETDs).
  • Dražanová, Lenka. 2008. Populismus a nacionalismus v zemích Visegrádské skupiny po roce 1990 (‘Populism and Nationalism in the Visegrad Group Countries After 1990’). Parliament of the Czech Republic, Chancellery of the Chamber of Deputies, Parliamentary Institute, Study n˚ 1.192. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.2.10769.79205
  • Dražanová, Lenka and Jindřiška Syllová. 2008. Většinový volební systém v parlamentních volbách v různých státech (‘Majoritarian electoral systems for Parliamentary Elections in Different Countries’). Parliament of the Czech Republic, Chancellery of the Chamber of Deputies, Parliamentary Institute, Study n˚ 1.026, March 1994, review March 2008.

  • Dražanová, Lenka, 2019, “Historical Index of Ethnic Fractionalization Dataset (HIEF)”, https://doi.org/10.7910/DVN/4JQRCL, Harvard Dataverse, V2, UNF:6:z4J/b/PKbUpNdIoeEFPvaw== [fileUNF]

    Academic blog posts and op-eds
  • Dražanová, Lenka and Geddes, Andrew. Attitudes towards Ukrainian refugees and governmental responses in 8 European countries in EU Temporary Protection Responses to the Ukraine War and the Future of the EU Asylum System Editors: Dr Sergio Carrera (CEPS) and Dr Meltem Ineli Ciger (Suleyman Demirel University). September 2022.
  • Dražanová, Lenka and Geddes, Andrew. Europeans welcome Ukrainian refugees but governments need to show they can manage. MPC Blog – Debate Migration, June 2022.
  • Why are Ukrainian refugees highly welcomed across Central and Eastern Europe? Wszystko co Najważniejsze, March 2022.
  • Dražanová, Lenka. Why are Ukrainian refugees welcomed in Central and Eastern Europe? MPC Blog – Debate Migration, March 2022.
  • Dražanová, Lenka. Are older people more hostile towards immigrants? MPC Blog – Debate Migration, September 2021.
  • Dražanová, Lenka. Public attitudes to migrant workers: a (lasting) impact of Covid-19? MigResHub commentary, November 2020.
  • Dražanová, Lenka. The long-term closure of schools due to COVID-19: Are we set for a less tolerant future? MPC Blog – Debate Migration, June 2020.
  • Dražanová, LenkaAustria’s snap election: Is the Freedom Party (FPÖ) going to fade away? EUIdeas corporate blog of the European University Institute, October 2019.
  • Dražanová, LenkaAustria’s snap election: Why has the far-right Freedom Party suffered such heavy losses? University of Oslo, Center for Research on Extremism “Right Now!” blog, September 2019.
  • Dražanová, LenkaMeasuring Changes in Ethnic Diversity Over Time: The Historical Index of Ethnic Fractionalization Dataset (HIEF) MPC Blog – Debate Migration, September 2019.
  • Dražanová, LenkaEurobarometro, speciale immigrazione: in che modo le opinioni degli italiani differiscono da quelle dei cittadini europei? Questione Giustizia, December 2018.
  • Dražanová, LenkaGender studies novým nepřítelem. Orbán pokračuje v tažení proti „liberalismu“. Op-ed for Deník Referendum, November 2018.
  • Dražanová, LenkaThe Special Eurobarometer on Integration of immigrants in the European Union: How do Italians differ in their views compared to the rest of Europe? MPC Blog – Debate Migration, March 2018.
  • Dražanová, LenkaImmigration and the Czech presidential election. The London School of Economics and Political Science´s EUROPP – European Politics and Policy blog, January 2018.