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Oksana Žabko

Oksana Žabko

project director - researcher

employed since: 2007
research interests: system of taxes and benefits (social aspects),  job satisfaction and motivation, migration, sampling methods and sample formation in quantitative research, assessment of data validity and reliability

Academic training
2018- present

University of Latvia, PhD Studies in Sociology

1997 - 1999

Master Programme of Sociology in University of Latvia, M.A. in Sociology

1993 - 1997

Bachelor Programme of Sociology in University of Latvia, B.A. in Sociology

Work experience
Since 2007 Project director, foundation "Baltic Institute of Social Sciences"
2006 - 2007

Project director, Ltd. FACTUM research studio

2004 - 2006

Senior project manager, Ltd. FACTUM research studio

2000 - 2006

Free-lance lecturer (Riga Stradins university, Faculty of European Studies)

1997 - 2003 Project manager, TNS/Baltic Data House
Research projects (selected)
Annual evaluation of the poverty and social exclusion policy changes (incl. assessment of inequalities in the field of public transport accessibility) (2020)
Evaluation of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2020)
Evaluation of more effective involvement of low-skilled employees in training (2020)
Annual evaluation of the poverty and social exclusion policy changes (incl. assessment of health care inequalities and inequalities in access to housing) (2019)
The mid-term evaluation of the impact of the EU funds on the achievement of the horizontal principle “Equal opportunities” promoting gender equality, the rights of persons with disabilities and inclusion, anti-discrimination in the 2014-2020 programming period (2019)
Possibilities for more effective resolution of labour disputes in Latvia (2018-2019)
Tracer Study on VET mobility participants (2019)
Study of trends in the use of addictive substances in imprisonments in Latvia in 2018 (2018)
Ad-hoc request on Modernisation of VET in Latvia: curriculum reform and work-based learning (2018)
Study of the situation of third-country nationals in Latvia in 2017 (2017)
Municipal policy instruments for promoting remigration of emigrants 2017 (2017)
Profiling of potential target groups for motivation and support services and the needs assessment study (2017)
Ex-ante evaluation of municipal social services and activities of social work specialists. (2017)
The facilitation of labour migration through temporary work agencies: the example of Latvia to Norway (2014-2017)
Use of addictive substances in entertainment places in Latvia in 2016. (2016)
Qualitative study on health system bottlenecks in Latvia. (2015)
Study on options for reducing administrative burdens and innovative approaches to tackling long-term unemployment (2015)
Monitoring of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2010 - 2014 (2015)
Study on the Future Role and Development of the Public Administration (2015)
Study on drug prevalence in Latvian imprisonments in 2014 (2014)
Inhabitants survey - assessment of administrative procedures (2010-2014)
Impact assessment of policy planning system development guidelines and development planning system (2013)
Ethnically heterogeneous pre-school educational institutions: a study of the linguistic situation and readiness for the implementation of bilingual education (2013)
Sociological Analysis of Factors Facilitating and Impeding Development of Private Public Partnership in Latvia (2010)
A qualitative study on the opinion of third-country nationals and non-citizens of Latvia on Latvian citizenship and the reasons that promote or hinder the acquisition of citizenship (2013)
Analysis of administrative requirements and evaluation of the activity of controlling institutions in the field of health care services (2012)
Development of integration policy evaluation methodology (2011)
Study of labor rights and labor safety issues and modeling of labor rights protection action strategies (2011)
Research „Report on NGO activity in Latvia”(2011)
Sociological Analysis of Factors Facilitating and Impeding Development of Private Public Partnership in Latvia (2010)
Third Country Nationals' Integration System Development (2009)
Research on Voluntary Return and Reintegration (2009)
Investigation of Actual Problems of Implementation of Labour Law and Work Safety Requirements and Modelling of Behaviour Strategies for Protecting Rights in Labour Market (2009)
Study using qualitative research methods (on existing and designed of the development of Liepaja city) (2009)
Research on Inhabitants' Mobility in Latvia (2008)

Socioeconomic Justification of the National and Regional Importance Multifunctional Centre Development (2008)

National Holidays and Their Celebration for the Unity of Society (2007-2008)

Study on Including of Teachers Responsibilities into Full-Time Job Description  (2007)

Remuneration Competitiveness of Employees Involved into Implementation of EU Structural Funds in the Labour Market (2007)

The Role of Forced Labour in Eliminating Social Exclusion (2007)

The Role of Community Work in Eliminating Social Exclusion (2007)

Optimal and Employment Stimulating Tax and Benefit System (2005-2007)

Gender Equality Aspects in the Labour Market (2005-2007)
Wages and Impacting Factors (2005-2006)
Possibilities of People with Mental Disabilities in Labour Market (2005-2006)

Language Needs and Usage Research in Liepaja (2004)

eEurope+ 2003: Central and Eastern Europe Information Society Benchmarking (2003)

Survey expansion and statistical data quality improvement, CSB personal knowledge enhancement, Section "Short Term Mobility Survey" (2003)

The Evaluation of Television Programme Proposal inLatvia (2003)

The Evaluation of Broadcaster Proposal in Latvia (2003)

The 2002 Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey (2002)

Political Communication During the Preelection Campaign of 7th Saeima: Analysis of TV Role (1998-1999)

Scientific publications
Knusten, H., M., Fangen, K. and Žabko, O. (2019) Integration and Exclusion at Work: Latvian and Swedish Agency Nurses in Norway. Journal of International Migration & Integration, Available: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-01900660-5
Žabko, O., Fangen, K. and Endresen, S. (2019) Latvian Migrants’ Circular or Permanent Migration to Norway: Economic and Social Factors. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Volume 9: Issue 1, pp: 61–79 Available: https://doi.org/10.2478/njmr-2019-0007

Žabko, O., Aasland, A. and Endresen, S. B., (2018) Facilitating labour migration from Latvia: strategies of various categories of intermediaries. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. Volume 44, Issue 4: Special Issue: Exploring the Migration Industries DOI: 10.1080/1369183X.2017.1315508

Žabko, O. (2018) šķirklis “Ekonomikas socioloģija” Nacionālā enciklopēdija

Žabko O., Īzāks Dz., Kāpiņa L., Lūse D., Medne I., Mihejeva V. (2007) Piespiedu darba nozīme sociālās atstumtības mazināšanā (The Role of Forced Labour in Eliminating Social Exclusion) Rīga: FACTUM

Žabko O., Īzāks Dz., Kāpiņa L., Lūse D., Medne I., Mihejeva V. (2007) Sabiedriskā darba nozīme sociālās atstumtības mazināšanā (The Role of Community Work in Eliminating Social Exclusion)  Rīga: FACTUM

Kāpiņa L., Žabko O., Koļesņikova K., Mihejeva V., Lemša S., Narodovska I. (2006) Cilvēku ar garīga rakstura traucējumiem iespējas darba tirgū (Possibilities of People with Mental Disabilities in Labour Market) Rīga: Market Lab

Other professional activities
Member of the Latvian Association of Sociologists (LSA), from 2008 to 2018 chair-person of the board

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