Maria Chayinska

Maria Chayinska

Maria Chayinska
PhD Student

Course: Enrolled in the PhD Course in Social, Cognitive and Clinic Psychology at the University of Milan-Bicocca, Visiting PhD Student at the University of Limerick

Department: Psychology

Present position: Visiting PhD Student

Qualifications: PhD in Educational and Developmental Psychology at the Precarpathian National Stefanyk University. Magister Artium (M.A.) in Psychology (major), at the Hnatiuk Ternopil National Pedagogical University


Postal Address:

Department of Psychology


University of Limerick




Project Title: Emerging Identities: Political Activism between Protest and War in Ukraine

Project Supervisors: Prof. Francesco Paolo Colucci, University of Milan-Bicocca, Dr. Anca Minescu, University of Limerick

Funding source: Recipient of the University of Milan-Bicocca PhD Scholarship, 2012 - 2016.


Project Description:

My primary research focuses on the ways in which people can mobilise as members of groups to attain social change.  I am especially interested in the role of politicized group identity in nonviolent persuasive and extreme confrontational forms of collective action. Given the abiding interest to the perplexing relationship between online mobilization and offline participation, I also aim to sharpen the distinction between what I term ‘conversionary action’ (trying to change the minds of others as per the politicization approach of Simon and Klandermans, 2001) and ‘confrontational’ action, trying to disrupt other groups’ political projects (often involving processes of radicalization or extreme action).


Awards and Honours (selected):

Post Graduate Students Award from the Italian Association of Psychology (AIP), 2013.

Best Poster Award at The 9th Annual Congress of the Community Psychology (Italy), Italy, 2012.

Graduate Student Travel Award from the SPSSI 2012.


Publications/Conference Proceedings/Abstracts

Chayinska, M. & Minescu, A. (2015). "Let my people go" or "Let my people stay"? Understanding solidarity-based collective action in Ukraine. EASP Small Group Meeting on the "Dynamics of intergroup relations: Majority and minority perspectives on improving intergroup relations", Budapest, Hungary.

Chayinska, M. & Minescu, A. (2015).  “I act because I believe”. How the perceived legitimacy of protest affects collective action intentions in Ukraine”. EASP Medium Size Meeting on Social Justice: Inequality and Recognition, Castle Oppurg, Germany.

Chayinska, M., McGarty, C. & Minescu, A. (2014). With or Without Europe: How Ukrainians’ Opinion Based Identities Predict Protest. 38th Annual Meeting International Society of Political Psychology, San Diego,United States of America, 3 - 6 July 2015.

Chayinska, M. & Minescu, A. The Ukrainian Revolution: How Perceived Conventionalism and Social Disidentification Affect Collective Action. International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), Convention, Rome, Italy

Chayinska, M. & Minescu, A. (2014). Delineating Operational Boundaries of Politicized Identities: The Role of Perceived Conventionalism and Social Disidentification in the Implementation of Collective Action, 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Paris, France

Chayinska, M. & Mari, S. (2013). Paying attention to international students in Italy. The role of acculturative stress in the affective evaluations of cross-cultural transition. Psicologia sociale, 2/2014, pp. 177- 185. DOI: 10.1482/77475



International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP)

Italian Association of Psychology (AIP)

European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)