Alena Sokolyanskaya is a Bridges Graduate Fellow for ICTSD's Publications and Editorial Team. She is currently doing Master of Research in Economics at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain. Alena also holds a Master’s Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis in International Trade, Finance and Development from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.
Alena has experience working as a researcher at the Russian Foreign Trade Academy and the Russian APEC Study Center providing policy advice for the Russian government. She was leading and supervising projects devoted to regional integration and WTO-related issues, participating and consulting in preliminary negotiations. Additionally, she worked as a research assistant at the Department of Economics at the University Pompeu Fabra. Her research interests include trade misallocation and firm heterogeneity, trade barriers and regional integration.