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Oľga Gyárfášová
Senior Research Fellow

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Oľga Gyárfášová, graduate of the Faculty of Arts at the Comenius University, Bratislava, with a degree in sociology. From 1993 worked as a researcher and analyst at the FOCUS research agency. In March 1999 she was appointed a 'Public Opinion and Political Culture' Program Director at the Institute for Public Affairs. Focuses on research in the area of public opinion, political culture, and gender studies. Has co-authored a number of publications and studies, i.e.: She and He in Slovakia: Gender Issues in Public Opinion (1996); Slovakia before Elections: People – Opinions – Context (1998); Democracy and Discontent in Slovakia: A Public Opinion Profile of a Country in Transition (1998); The 1998 Parliamentary Elections and Democratic Rebirth in Slovakia (1999), The Country in Motion (2001). She is a founding member of the Institute for Public Affairs and a member of its Board of Trustees.



  • research of citizens' political positions
  • electoral behavior
  • political culture
  • gender studies
  • equality of opportunity issues in Slovakia

Work History

  • program director and analyst, Institute for Public Affairs, from 1999
  • lecturer, Dept. of Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University, from 1998
  • lecturer, Center for European Studies, Comenius University, 1999 - 2000
  • project manager, FOCUS Agency, Center for Social and Market Analysis, 1994 – 1999
  • analyst, Center for Social Analysis, Comenius University, 1990 – 1991
  • project assistant, Sociological Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, 1989 – 1990
  • project assistant, Institute for Studies in Journalism, 1982 – 1989


  • Ph. D. candidacy, Dept. of Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University, 2000 – 2004
  • Ph. Dr., sociology, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University
  • M. A., sociology, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University, 1976 – 1980

Fellowships and Educational Programs

  • Reagan-Fascell fellowship, National Endowment for Democracy, Washington, D.C., March 2003 – July 2003
  • European Institute, Florence, October 1999
  • Lise-Meitner Stipend, Center for Applied Research in Political Sciences, Vienna, 1993 – 1994
  • Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, 1992

Media Collaboration

Electronic Media
: TA3, TV Markíza, STV, Slobodná Európa, Slovenský rozhlas, Rádio Twist, Rádio Expres, BBC Bratislava

Periodical Press
: Sme, Národná obroda, Pravda, Hospodárske noviny, ÚJ SZÓ, Mosty, Formát, Stratégie

International Media
: APA a ORF (Austria), Mladá Fronta Dnes a ČTK (Czech Republic)

Selected Publications

  • Gyárfášová, O.: Political Parties and Societies – Public Perception and Main Trends in Electoral Behavior. In: Gyárfášová, O. - Mesežnikov, G. (eds.) Party Government in Slovakia: Experience and Perspectives. Bratislava. Institute for Public Affairs, 2004, p. 113 - 126.

  • Gyárfášová, O. Slovak “Isolationistic Soul”: What Do We Know About the Public Views and What They Mean for Media and Politicians. In: Gyárfášová, O. - Mesežnikov, G. (eds.): Slovakia in the Draft. Cultural and Ethical Challenges and the New Nature of Disputes after Accession to the EU. 2004. Bratislava. Institute for Public Affairs, 2004, p. 77-86.

  • Gyárfášová, O.: Voting Behavior. In: Mesežnikov, G. - Gyárfášová, O., and Kollár, M. (eds.) [Slovak Elections 2002. Results, Consequences, Context]. Bratislava. Institute for Public Affairs 2003.

  • Gyárfášová, O.: Volebné správanie [Voting Behavior] In: Mesežnikov, G.- Gyárfášová, O., and Kollár. M. (eds.): Slovenské voľby 2002 – výsledky, dôsledky, súvislosti [Slovak Elections 2002. Results, Consequences, Context]. Bratislava: Institute for Public Affairs 2003.

  • Gyárfášová, O. - Velšic, M.: Verejná mienka [Public Opinion] In: Mesežnikov, G. and Kollár. M. (eds.) Slovensko 2002. Súhrnná správa o stave spoločnosti Bratislava [Slovakia 2002. A Global Report on the State of Society]: Institute for Public Affairs 2002.
  • Gyárfášová, O. - Krivý, V. - Velšic, M.: Krajina v pohybe. Správa o politických názoroch a hodnotách ľudí na Slovensku. [A Country in Motion. Report on Political Views and Values of People in Slovakia]. Bratislava: Institute for Public Affairs 2001.
  • Zemanovičová, D. - Gyárfášová, O.: Slowakei. In: Hortense Hoerburger (ed.) Einfahrtstrasse EU Erweiterung? Unsere Nachbarn melden sich zum Wort. Hans Boechler Stiftung 2001.
  • Gyárfášová, O.: From Defense Against the 'Others' to the Formulation of its own interests. In: Drulák, Petr (ed.) National and European Identities in EU Enlargement.
    Prague: IIR 2001.
  • Krivý, V. - Gyárfášová, O.: The Relationship of the Slovak Public to the North Atlantic Alliance – Value and Attitude Contexts. In: Slovak Foreign Policy Affairs, Fall 2001, pp. 27-39.
  • Gyárfášová, O.: Verejnosť a európska integrácia. [The Public and European Integration] In: Sýkora, P. (ed.) Európska integrácia – Úvod [European Intergration - Introduction]. Cener for European Studies, Comenius University. Bratislava 2000.
  • Zemanovičová, D. - Gyárfášová, O.: Korupcia na Slovensku z hľadiska spravovania vecí verejných. [Corruption in Slovakia from the Perspective of Public Administration]. CPHR, TI – Slovakia, Bratislava, 2000.
  • Gyárfášová, O.: The Slovakian National Party. In: Amesberger, H.-Halbmayer, B. (eds.) Rechtsextremeparteien- eine moegliche Heimat fuer Frauen? Institut fuer Konfliktforschung. Wien, February 2000.
  • Gyárfášová, O.- Kúska, M.: The Development of Voting Preferences and Voting Behaviour. In: Slovak Elections ´98. Bútora, M.-Mesežnikov, G.- Bútorová, Z. (eds.). Bratislava, Institute for Public Affairs 1999.
  • Gyárfášová, O.- Kúska, M.- Velšic, M.: First-time Voters and the 1998 Elections. In: Slovak Elections ´98. Bútora, M.-Mesežnikov, G.- Bútorová, Z. (Eds.). Bratislava, Institute for Public Affairs 1999.
  • Bútorová, Z. – Filadelfiová, J. – Guráň, P. - Gyárfášová, O.- Farkašová, K.: Gender Issues in Slovakia. In: Mesežnikov, G. – Ivantyšyn, M. – Nicholson, T. (eds.): Slovakia 1998-99 – Global Report on the State of Society. Institute for Public Affairs, Bratislava 1999.
  • Bútorová, Z. - Gyárfášová, O.: Social Climate Three Years After the 1994 Elections. In: Bútorová, Z. (Ed.): Democracy and Discontent in Slovakia: A Public Opinion Profile of Country in Transition. Institute for Public Affairs, Bratislava 1998.
  • Gyárfášová, O.: Die Slowakei auf dem Weg zur Demokratie und Marktwirtschaft, in: Peter Gerlich (Hg.): Österreichs Nachbaarstaaten. Signum Verlag Wien 1997.
  • Gyárfášová, O.: Slovakia After the Split: Dilemmas of the New Citizenship. In: Ander Liebich, Daniel Warner (Eds.): Citizenship East and West. Kegan Paul International, London and New York, 1995.
  • Bútora, M.- Bútorová, Z. - Gyárfášová, O.: From Velvet Revolution to Velvet Divorce Reflections on Slovakia's Independence. In: J.M.Kovács (Ed.): Transition to Capitalism? The Communist Legacy in Eastern Europe. Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick 1994.

Other Activities

  • member of the Board of Trustees, SPACE Foundation
  • lecturer at the Dept. of Political Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Comenius University, subject: Public Opinion Research

Socio-economic aspect of migration, aspect of integration of migrants and refugees and domestic political aspect of migration in V4.

What do the citizens of particular countries think about V4? How do they perceive each other? To what extent they trust each other? 

Phantom Menace. The Politics and Policies of Migration in Central Europe
25 Years of the V4<br/>as Seen by the Public

The Visegrad States’ Reactions to the Russia-Ukraine Conflict. Publication of four European think tanks and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

Current socio-political context, Slovak right-wing extremist and ultra-nationalist scene.

Diverging Voices, Converging Policies
Heutiger Rechtsextremismus und Ultranationalismus in der Slowakei

Historical, political and ideological aspects of the right-wing extremism in central Europe.

Book on new political parties in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

Extremism vs. Democracy in Central Europe: Issues, Experiences, Challenges
Alternative Politics? The Rise of New Political Parties in Central Europe

Collection of analytical studies from experts from Great Britain, France, Norway, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Confronting the dark sides of the past and considering the participation of Christians in public life.

Conspiracy Theories in Europe
Tiso's Ghost in 2016 Slovakia
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