Yuliya Kosyakova was born in Nikolajew, Ukraine, in 1982. She began her studies in economics at the International Solomon University of Kyiv (1999-2001), the Kyiv National University of Culture and Art (2001-2002). After immigration to Germany she did her Bachelor of Art in European Economics Studies (EES) at the University of Bamberg and spent a year abroad at the Université de Fribourg (Switzerland). In the year 2008 she proceeded with her studies at the Otto-Friedrich-University of Bamberg where she received her Master degree in EES (2011).
In 2009/2010 she worked as a student assistant at the chair of economics - empirical microeconomics (Prof. Dr. Johannes Schwarze) in Bamberg and from 2010 to 2011 she was working as a research assistant at the IAB (Institut for Employment Research) in Nuremberg and took part in different ongoing projects. Within the Project “Motivated Underreporting” (Supervisors Prof. Dr. Susanne Rässler, Prof. Dr. Frauke Kreuter and Dr. Stephanie Eckman) she wrote her master thesis. Since June 2011 she is engaged as a research scientist and Ph.D. student in the ERC Advanced Grant "eduLIFE" project.