Volodymyr Artiukh Research Associate, Emptiness: Living Capitalism and Democracy after (Post)Socialism


Volodymyr Artiukh is a Postdoctoral Researcher at COMPAS with the ERC-funded project EMPTINESS: Living Capitalism and Democracy after (Post)Socialism.

Volodymyr completed his PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology at the Central European University in 2020. His dissertation is a historically-informed analysis of labour in Belarus centred on workers’ agency in the context of bureaucratic labour control. He is currently working on a book manuscript based on his dissertation. He also wrote on the circulation of populist idioms in Belarus’s dominant and opposition ideologies in 2017-20.

Within the EMPTINESS project, Volodymyr studies migration in the context of war-induced destruction in Ukraine. His project situates their laboural and migratory experiences in Ukraine, Romania and Moldova’s changing political and economic situation.

His research interests include the anthropology of work and labour organisations in post-Soviet countries, the anthropology of populism, and the comparative study of hegemonic practices in Eastern Europe.

Recent publications

Artiukh, Volodymyr (2021). “The Anatomy of Impatience: Exploring Factors behind 2020 Labour Unrest in Belarus,” Slavic Review 80 (1), 52-60.

Artiukh, Volodymyr (2020). “Partisans or Workers? Figures of Belarusian Protest and Their Prospects” in Left East, August 15

Artiukh, Volodymyr (2020). “More contagious than coronavirus: electoral unrest under Lukashenka’s tired rule in Belarus” in Open Democracy, August 4.

Artiukh, Volodymyr (2020). The People against State Populism: Belarusian protests against the ‘Social parasite law’, Schweizerisches Archiv für Volkskunde, 116/1, 101-116.


Emptiness: Living Capitalism and Democracy After (Post)Socialism

Dace Dzenovska, Michelle Chew, Volodymyr Artiukh and Dominic Martin | Sept 2020 – Aug 2025

Making sense of the war in Ukraine

Dace Dzenovska, Madeleine Reeves, Volodymyr Artiukh and Emma Rimpiläinen | March 2022