Anna Ruban

Dr.Anna Ruban

Dr. Anna McKean is a researcher specialized in environmental management, environmental governance and sustainability transition as well as an experienced project manager, who is passionate to contribute to finding solutions to current global and local environmental challenges. 

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I am an expert in environmental governance, sustainable development and transition, who combines academic and consulting careers. I hold a PhD Degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy obtained from the Central European University (Hungary). I also received a MSc in Sustainable Development at Uppsala University (Sweden) and MA in Business Administration with a specialization in sustainable development at National Technical University “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute” (Ukraine). Moreover, I holds a BSc degree in Ecology from the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (Ukraine).

My work experience includes sustainable consulting, coordinating project, fundraising, and project proposal writing (Grant Consultant UA), organizing and leading workshops, teaching seminars and facilitating academic courses, as well as mentoring students (The PhD Coach). 

Anna Ruban


PhD degree in the field of environmental sciences and policy | Eleven years of experience in an environmental field at the local and international levels | Excellent command of both written and spoken English, Russian and Ukrainian languages | Fully computer literate, including standard office applications as well as in-depth knowledge of the relevant software | Certified Ukrainian-English translator | Eco-blogger


  • PhD in Environmental Sciences and Policy

    Central European University, Hungary - 2016

  • Master of Science in Sustainable Development

    Uppsala University, Sweden - 2012

  • Master of Science in Environmental Management (with honors)

    National Technical University “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, Ukraine - 2011

  • Master of Science in Ecology and Environmental Protection (stopped)

    National Technical University “Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute”, Ukraine - 2010

  • Bachelor of Science in Ecology

    National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Ukraine - 2009

General professional experience

  • 11 years of experience in project management
  • 8 years of experience in environmental policy research
  • 7 years of experience in stakeholder outreach and civil society engagement
  • 5 years of experience in NGO development
  • 3 years of teaching experience

Specific professional experience

Awards and Scholarships:




Project management

Project Manager, PLANHEAT Project 

Task Leader, CIVITAS SATELLITE Project
Task Assistant, Smart Cities and Communities Information System Project
Research Fellow, LEAPs Ukraine Project and LINK Project
Project Assistant, Baltic University Programme 

86 months

Teaching experience

Developed and taught on-line course "Grant Application from A to Z", Kyiv, November 2018

Certificate "Excellence in Teaching in Higher Education", CEU, 2016

TA at "The Collective Dynamics of Social Transfornation" Course, CEU, 2013

TA at "The Sustainable Water Mangement" Course, Uppsala University,  2012

Workhops "Sustainable Concumption", Baltic Artek International Forum, August 2012/2013

Workshop "Life-Cycle Assessment", Sustainable Design Course, Uppsala University, March 2012



74 months

Environmental policy research

PhD Research "Environmental Auditing as a Tool of Environmental Governance in Ukraine", (2012-2016)

Master Thesis "Life Cycle Assessment of Plastic Bag Production", (2012)

Bachelor Thesis: "Measuring of the Welfare of Ukrainian Nation by Using Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI)", (2009)

'Green Office' Project at NaUKMA, (2006)

68 months

Civil society engagement

Co-founder & Environmental Activist

NGO Ecoclub "Green Wave”

(2006 – 2010)

Coordinated a network of ecoclubs (environmental NGOs) in Ukraine

Maintained organization website
Organized team-building workshops, Re-Art workshops, Earth Days, Water Days and Earth Hour events in Ukraine


How to choose a supervisor for PhD studies?

How to choose a supervisor for PhD studies?
  • April 19, 2018
  • Category:  Academic Career 

A supervisor is one of the most important persons in your PhD journey as it is a mentor, who is supposed to lead and guide you through all years of your study and provide knowledge and emotional support. It is necessary to choose a good one at the beginning as you will be closely working with this person next 4-5 years. You need to have a good connection and be on the same page with this person.

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Collecting all Low-hanging Fruits That Your University Provides

Collecting all Low-hanging Fruits That Your University Provides
  • April 8, 2018
  • Category:  Academic Career 

Universities usually provide lots of opportunities for PhD students and it’s your job to grab as many as possible. You need to pursue your academic career very efficiently and use all opportunities. However, you should keep in mind that whatever you do it should all be beneficial for your PhD study and all your activities should help to build one big PhD puzzle.

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You Are Not Going to Save the World with Your PhD

You Are Not Going to Save the World with Your PhD
  • March 26, 2018
  • Category:  Academic Career 

Quite often PhD researchers overcomplicate their studies as they are attempt to ‘save the world with their research’. As a result, it takes some years for them to complete PhD degree or not to finish at all. It is important to be realistic and remember that the purpose of PhD is to become an ‘independent researcher’ and not to change the whole world.

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Contact me

Twitter: @Anna_Ruban

Kyiv, Ukraine