Dominika Hajdu is a Research Fellow and Programme Manager of the Strategic Communication Programme, which focuses on defending democracy against subversive efforts aiming to undermine it and at the examination of strategies, actors and tools utilised in information operations.  

In research, she focuses on the impact of information operations and social media on a democratic society; on cognitive security; and strategic communication of the public sector. In her current capacity, she has led several international research, awareness-raising and capacity-building projects for various target groups aiming to build societal and state resilience. 

In her previous capacities, Dominika has gained experience working first in the advertising sector and later with the EU policy-making, having trained at the EU’s Committee of the Regions and worked for a public affairs agency in Brussels.  

Dominika holds a BA in European Studies from the Faculty of Social and Economic Sciences at the Comenius University in Bratislava, and a MA in EU Foreign Policy from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.  

Publications

Slovenské voľby 2020 v informačnom priestore  Youth Trends 2020  Ako sa brániť proti informačným operáciám: príručka pre komunikátorov  Strategická komunikácia v podmienkach Slovenskej republiky  GLOBSEC Trends 2019: Central Europe 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain  From Online Battlefield to Loss of Trust?  Nationalistic Populism and Its Reception in Central Europe  GLOBSEC Trends 2018 – Central Europe: One region, different perspectives  Generation Trends 2018  Connected (with) Youth (EN)   Connected (with) Youth (SK)  From Democracy Defenders to Foreign Agents  Slovakia: A Pro-European Island in Central Europe?  GLOBSEC Trends 2017  The US and Its Values in CEE’s War of Narratives 

 Core projects  

Strengthening Public Diplomacy in Central Europe  Countering Disinformation in the V4 and Western Balkans: mapping needs, building capacity and generating civic activism  Nationalistic populism and its reception in Central Europe

Key activities beyond research

Interactive map on How much do you know about Central and Eastern Europe?  Campaigns with influencers increasing the awareness about false news online  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJdwJzM89jo&t=54s & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBNZd6njqiE&t=1s   Online course on media and disinformation: https://www.knowhoax.org/  Online toolkit for active citizens keen to know more about helping free societies from the pressure of disinformation and false news: https://counterdisinfo.org/  Capacity-building trainings for civil society organisations: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VFs0IqEnt8

Current projects 

Strengthening Public Diplomacy in Central Europe  Strengthening the capacity and resilience of public administration to hybrid threats  HADES: Exposing Russian Information Operations in Frontline States