ELENA MAKAROVA studied Educational Sciences and Slavic and Russian Philology at the University of Bern, Switzerland, receiving her PhD in Educational Sciences from the Faculty of Human Sciences in 2007.  Makarova worked on number of research projects funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) and was the SNSF research fellow at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. After completing her postdoctoral qualification (habilittaion) in Educational Sciences at the University of Bern in 2014, she spent two years at the University of Vienna as Professor of School Education with a special focus on social, cultural, and linguistic diversity. She then became Professor of Educational Science at the Research and Development Institute of the School of Education, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW).

Currently she has a position as a full Professor of Educational Sciences and Director of the Institute for Educational Sciences at the University of Basel.

Her main research interests are acculturation and adjustment of minority youth, school dropout, value transmission in the family and school context, and gender and career choice.