Ukraine's hidden tragedy: understanding the outcomes of population displacement from the country's war torn regions

Lead Research Organisation: University of Birmingham
Department Name: Sch of Geography, Earth & Env Sciences

Abstract

Since the beginning of the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and the annexation of Crimea, approximately 1.7 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced and are facing an uncertain future. The majority have experienced a significant drop in living standards, problems in accessing services such as health care, difficulties in obtaining suitable work and an overall lack of support for their situation. Furthermore, the displacement has had a significant impact on individual identities with people forced away from their 'homelands' while at the same time feeling abandoned by their state. While the conflict has gained a great deal of international attention, this is mainly focussed on the actions of the Russian and Ukrainian states and the former's relationships with the rest of the world as a result of the war. Attempts at conflict resolution also focus on state level issues and thus the experiences, problems and voices of those internally displaced remain unheard. The project's overarching argument is that meaningful post-conflict reconstruction, and reconciliation, cannot take place without a full understanding of problems that people displaced by the conflict face and their full incorporation into social, economic and legal structures within the country.

This project addresses this gap by interviewing those displaced by the conflict as well as those charged with assisting them. The key areas it explores are centred around their legal and social status, their everyday experiences, their ability to obtain work in their new locality and how they cope with their new challenges. This will involve over a 100 in-depth interviews in multiple locations in Ukraine. The research team is interdisciplinary, with investigators from social geography, law, politics and economic geography, ensuring that differing approaches and methodologies will be brought together throughout the research. As well as the individual experiences, the research also examines how local and national authorities have attempted to assist this group and the barriers they have faced in doing so. Once this has been fully understood, the project then looks to the actions of the international community, such as the EU, UN etc, and how their actions have assisted/impacted upon the lives of internally displaced people. Together these research areas will provide deep understandings of the many problems that internally displaced people face in Ukraine and how institutions, both state and NGO, can best provide assistance. Importantly, the research will also explicitly explore how internally displaced people can be more meaningfully involved in civil advocacy and political decisions at central and regional levels

Given the scale and urgency of the issues that the research explores, its findings will be of interest to a wide range of policy makers, government/NGOs representatives and academics. Through its interviews and public engagement events, the work will also provide a voice and pathway into debates for internally displaced people who are far too often unheard. The ground level data that the project will produce, contextualised by a deep engagement with policy reports and legal documents, will provide the basis for evidence-based policy development by the Ukrainian government, the EC and the UN/NATO etc. The project will also produce accessible guidelines for internally displaced people, based on the research findings, to help them access the services that they need. These outcomes will combine to improve the lives of this group and to ensure they have a voice in future policy developments. Based around the concept of necropolitics, the research's theoretical base will ensure that the project has a broad academic engagement and will provide comparative elements to debates surrounding the problems internally displaced people face in other conflict torn regions.

Planned Impact

Given the scale and urgency of the issues that the project focuses upon, its outputs, academic benefits and policy engagements will have long-lasting impacts in the policy, public engagement, State and NGO spheres. The project is already engaging with a wide variety of state and non-state actors through pilot study research, already begun projects looking at similar issues in Russia, and discussions on the proposed research. Throughout the research, the project engages with a wide range of domestic and international audiences through policy talks, public presentations, social media engagement, round tables, and provides political, NGO and public policy interventions. Perhaps most importantly the project brings together potential post-conflict stakeholders, and provides a much needed voice to those in the region, enabling a more integrated approach to support internally displaced people to be developed.

Through its interviews and public engagement events, the project will also provide a voice and pathway into debates for internally displaced people who are far too often unheard. The ground level data that the project will produce, contextualised by a deep engagement with policy reports and legal documents, will provide the basis for evidence-based policy development by the Ukrainian government, the EC and the UN/NATO etc. For the successful reconciliation and reconstruction of post-conflict Ukraine all of these organisations, as well as local/national/international NGOs, will need to work together. This project will play a part in facilitating this. The project will also facilitate links between local NGOs and Civic groups and international organisations who have an interest in the area, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, HelpAge International, the International Organisation for Migration, in order to develop two way dialogues on the needs of the region and the skills and expertise the International NGOs have to offer.

As well as a strong policy impact the project is also committed to strong public and NGO engagement. To increase the engagement of internally displaced people with civil society efforts on conflict resolution/transformation, democratic participation in resolving local issues and meeting the challenges of sustainable local development training, workshops for this group will be held in cooperation with the project's partner NGO, Dobrochyn. To involve internally displaced people with creative activities, which will increase their integration, numerous masterclasses/workshops will be developed and curated by the project's partner IZOLYATSIA Platform in Kyiv. In recruiting people for events, special attention will be given to ensure that women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities are fully involved to enhance their capacities for civil engagement. Within post-conflict resolutions often these groups are underrepresented which, it can be argued, leads to everyday issues not receiving enough attention at the expense of political or macroeconomic discussions. Based on the project's findings, a post-project goal is the creation of a helpline and the creation of a mobile phone application, both of which will provide free guidance to internally displaced people (funding will be sought from international NGOs.) Funding will be applied for from the Erasmus+ scheme for academics displaced by the conflict to spend time at the University of Birmingham.

Publications

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Title A play 'Me - it is just another you' performed at the event organised as a part of the project and video-recorded 
Description The play 'Me - it is just another you' (<<? - ?? ????? / ???? ??>>) created by students (not professional actors) from different parts of Ukraine about young people's experience of displacement. The AHRC grant allowed the project team to invite play's team to the Ukrainian Catholic University and gave a performance to the audience (about 50 people) at the end of the forum. They gave a permission to record the play and upload it to Youtube. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact It was a first time when this play was performed in Lviv, which happened due to the project's support. The audience included IDPs, practitioners and students and they were able to understand the young people's everyday experiences of displacement. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5vdBJSBma4
 
Description The armed conflict in eastern Ukraine led to the creation of non-government control territories, significant declines in living conditions and large-scale displacement. More than two million people had to flee, 1.7 million internally, which, according to the Internally Displaced Monitoring, is the 9th largest internally displaced group in the world. Many experienced a rapid and significant drop in income and faced problems in accessing services such as health care and education. The research upon which talk is based includes interviews with displaced people, local and national authorities, international organisations and NGOs. It was found that elderly people were the most vulnerable as many of them were not able to afford to rent an accommodation, and also experienced a difficult procedure of verification of their IDP status in order to receive their pension. Also, pensions were suspended for over half a million people from non-government controlled territories including those who fled to government territories of Ukraine. Civilians with war injuries and people with disabilities do not receive needed support. The issues in law enforcement, 'desk bureaucracy' and alienation from electoral rights create additional barriers for social inclusion. As a result, a significant number of IDPs had to go back to war-torn territories or to live 'between' places. This makes the humanitarian situation even worse and compounded by the unlawful conditions in the self-proclaimed republics.
Exploitation Route Given the scale and urgency of the issues that the project focuses on, it will have long-lasting impacts on the policy, public engagement and NGO spheres. It engages with as wide an international audience as possible through policy talks, public presentations, social media engagement, round tables and provide political, NGO and public policy interventions. The project has communication with stakeholders including the British Embassy in Ukraine, FCO, Chatham House, British Council, UNHCR in Ukraine, the EU delegation in Ukraine, IOM and the number of local NGOs. The project brings together potential post-conflict stakeholders, and provides a voice to those in the region, ensuring that a more integrated approach toward IPDs will be developed.
Academic wise the project has already received attention from leading experts on migration and Eurasian studies from different universities and academic centres including Columbia University, USA, University of Oxford, Centre for East European and International Studies in Berlin, Waseda University, Japan, Nazarbaev University, Kazakhstan and number of universities in Ukraine. Via forthcoming publications and conferences we will engage with the multi-disciplinary audiences including Human and Economic geography, Law and Sociology and will promote intersectional and interdisciplinary approached to study forced displacement in (post) conflict societies.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Healthcare,Government, Democracy and Justice,Security and Diplomacy

URL https://idpukraine.com/category/our-publications/
 
Description Through its interviews and public engagement events, the project provides a voice and pathway into debates for internally displaced people who are far too often unheard. The ground level data that the project produced, contextualised by a deep engagement with policy reports and legal documents, provides the basis for evidence based policy development in policied towards IDPs in Ukraine. To ensure the maximum impact in this sphere, presentations of project's findings were conducted in the European Asylum Office, Chatham House, the UK Foreign Office, Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre in Geneva and IOM Regional Office for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Vienna. Also, in April 2018, there were several dissemination events taken place in Kyiv and Lviv which were attended overall by more than 100 people. Also, the project team via dissemination events and policy brief provided evidence-based knowledge to the Ministry for temporarily occupied territories and IDP, Ministry for Social Policy and Ministry of Health of Ukraine, British Embassy and British Council in Ukraine, Delegations of the EU in Ukraine, UNHCR, UNDP, IOM and relevant committees in the European Commission. Based on the results of the AHRC award, follow-up research has been designed on the impact of displacement on mental health. The results and policy recommendations have been provided to the relevant stakeholders on improving mental health care in Ukraine.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Government, Democracy and Justice,Security and Diplomacy
Impact Types Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Delivering recommendations on improving utilization of mental health services for IDPs in Ukraine. The results of AHRC project led to the following Wellcome Trust research which enable to conduct an epidemiological survey and provide recommendations for the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, UNDP, UNHCR, IOM, WOH in Ukraine via various meetings and correspondence.
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Implementation circular/rapid advice/letter to e.g. Ministry of Health
 
Description Influence on decision making towards asylum seekers from Ukraine among Country of Origin Specialist Network in European Asylum Support Office. Irina Kuznetsova 26 October 2017
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL https://idpukraine.com/2017/10/26/the-situation-with-forced-population-displacement-in-ukraine-was-d...
 
Description Summer school 'To give a voice to internally displaced persons' has taken place in Chernihiv on 21-23 of June 2017. The event was organized by NGOs Dobrochyn and Chernihiv Centre for Human Rights as a part of the project 'Ukraine's hidden tragedy: understanding the outcomes of population displacement from the country's war torn regions' runs by the University of Birmingham, the University of Oxford and Ukrainian Catholic University (AHRC PCCSR award). There were 33 participants from Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts who now live in Chernihiv, Sumy, Zhitomir and Kiev oblasts. There regions are not often becoming a place for international programs in spite the fact that in Chernihiv oblast according to date of local administration there are more the 22 thousand internally displaced people.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Influenced training of practitioners or researchers
URL https://idpukraine.com/2017/07/04/to-strengthen-a-voice-of-internally-displaced-people-in-ukraine-a-...
 
Description GCRF internal funding the University of Birmingham
Amount £4,500 (GBP)
Organisation University of Birmingham 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 03/2017
 
Description Wellcome Trust Internal University of Birmingham Award. The project on Mental health and well-being of internally displaced people: copying tactics and resilience in conflict-affected societies
Amount £23,401 (GBP)
Organisation University of Birmingham 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 08/2017 
End 11/2018
 
Description Collaboration with NGO Donbas SOS in Ukraine 
Organisation Donbas SOS Ukraine
Country Ukraine 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Donbas SOS is one of the leading NGOs in Ukraine providing legal assistance and a hot line for IDPs and people living in non-government control areas of Ukraine from the start of the armed conflict in 2014. Irina Kuznetsova had various meetings with Donbas SOS representatives during the research, and together found areas which require updated legislative information for IDPs.
Collaborator Contribution Specialists from Donbas SOS elaborated leaflets and manuals for IDPs. Theses guidelines were uploaded into Donbas SOS and its page in a Facebook, and printed versions were distributed as well among the IDPs. Valeria Mayskaya and Violeta Artemchuk (Donbas SOS) took part in a round table organised on 18th of April for NGOs, government and international organisations where they presented leaflets and manuals elaborated during the partnership with the University of Birmingham.
Impact Following leaflets and guidelines were created and uploaded on-line, in social media and printed versions distributed as well among the IDPs: 1) regarding unpaid pensions and benefits for burials http://www.donbasssos.org/03052018/ 2) registration of birth and death in non-government control areas http://www.donbasssos.org/24042018/ 3) document for IDP for a child http://www.donbasssos.org/10052018/
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Platform for Cultural Initiatives IZOLYATSIA in Kyiv Ukraine 
Organisation Platform for cultural initiatives Izolyatsia
Country Ukraine 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution PI of the project initiated to conduct a workshop on creative industries for internally displaced people in Kyiv Ukraine. IZOLYATSIA supported this idea and together with them the scenario of the event and method of recruitment of participants were elaborated. it was sponsored by the AHRC grant.
Collaborator Contribution IZOLYATSIA provided the venue for free, co-created a program of workshop, conducted recruitment of the participants and organised a full-day event for about 20 people in October 2017. Participants left a very positive feedback. In May 2017 IZOLYATSIA organized a talk on art and therapy during the annual books fair in Ukraine and invited project's co-I Oksana Mikheieva to give a talk there.
Impact As a results of a workshop, internally displaced people received skills from different laboratories of IZOLYATSIA. It motivated some of them to continue engaging with art technics and photography and they regularly take part in IZOLYATSIA event. This collaboration is multi-disciplinary and involve art, photo and human geography.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Collaboration with Ukrainian Catholic University 
Organisation Ukrainian Catholic University
Country Ukraine 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution I invited Prof Mikheieva to the University of Birmingham at Spring 2017 using some additional funding. It allowed us to discuss research and future proposals, also we organised a workshop at the university and then at the Ukrainian Institute in London which is affiliated with Ukrainian Catholic University.
Collaborator Contribution Ukrainian Catholic University assisted our team to conduct research by providing contacts, assisting in communication with stakeholders. Prof Mikheieva was a co-investigator of the research and help to organised a field study.
Impact as a result of collaboration, especially with the Department of Sociology and personally with Prof Mikheieva, the field work was completed, the the application to the Wellcome Trust University of Birmingham internal award was created, and several events to disseminate project' results are planned for April 2018. UCU also provides in-kind contribution giving a venue in Lviv for free and photos during workshop in 18th of April 2018.
Start Year 2016
 
Description collaboration with NGO Dobrochyn in Ukraine 
Organisation Dobrochyn Ukraine
Country Ukraine 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The contribution made by me and members of research team included the design of needs of internally displaced people and communities challenges which we would like to address in a summer school. My expertise in organising public engagement events were used as well.
Collaborator Contribution Dobrochyn contributed by the recruitment and communication with participants of the School, assisted in recruitment of speakers and coaches for the event and mass-media dissemination.
Impact Summer school 'To give a voice to internally displaced persons' has taken place in Chernihiv on 21-23 of June. The event was organized by NGOs Dobrochyn and Chernihiv Centre for Human Rights as a part of the project (AHRC PCCSR award). There were 33 participants from Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts who now live in Chernihiv, Sumy, Zhitomir and Kiev oblasts. There regions are not often becoming a place for international programs in spite the fact that in Chernihiv oblast according to date of local administration there are more the 22 thousand internally displaced people. Most of the participants have noticed that for them it is a first opportunity to receive knowledge about social advocacy and conflicts. As a result, several programs of advocacy programs were created, and some of the participants started to implement them after the School.
Start Year 2016
 
Description 24 April 2018 Discussion: Social consequences of population displacement in Ukraine/ West Midlands Brussels office 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The event focused on the most urgent issues of IDPs found out in interviews, economic and legal analysis: housing, property, health care, registration and pensions. Topics concerning legal issues around the protection of IDPs, the international community's role and the conflict's economic impacts will also be discussed. Based on the research conducted, recommendations were provided for international organisations, civic society and authorities to prevent marginalisation and social exclusion of IDPs.

Panellists: Dr Irina Kuznetsova (principal investigator of the project), Professor Rilka Dragneva and Dr Gulara Gulyieva (Law School, University of Birmingham), Professor Oksana Mikheieva (Ukrainian Catholic University), Dr Vlad Mykhnenko (St. Peter's College, University of Oxford) and Dr Svitlana Babenko (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)
The audience comprised from representatives of Think Tanks and the EU institutions
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://idpukraine.com/2018/04/02/24-april-2018-brussels-discussion-social-consequences-of-populatio...
 
Description A summer school on social advocacy for IDPs in Chernihiv 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Summer school 'To give a voice to internally displaced persons' has taken place in Chernihiv on 21-23 of June. The event was organized by NGOs Dobrochyn and Chernihiv Centre for Human Rights as a part of the project 'Ukraine's hidden tragedy: understanding the outcomes of population displacement from the country's war torn regions' runs by the University of Birmingham, the University of Oxford and Ukrainian Catholic University (AHRC PCCSR award).

There were 33 participants from Luhansk and Donetsk oblasts who now live in Chernihiv, Sumy, Zhitomir and Kiev oblasts. There regions are not often becoming a place for international programs in spite the fact that in Chernihiv oblast according to date of local administration there are more the 22 thousand internally displaced people. Most of the participants have noticed that for them it is a first opportunity to receive knowledge about social advocacy and conflicts.

The coach, Sergyi Karelin - activist and expert of the Centre Eidos, had to flee from Donbass as well in the past. Based on his own experience of advocacy of social interests including rights of IDPs, Serhii presented the process of advocacy in details - starting with the analysis of the situation and tree of meanings, coalition forming and efficiency monitoring.

That allowed participants to create and discuss their project s. On the third day of the school, Anna Konstantinova conducted a training about managing conflicts, their functions.

Projects created by participants tell a lot about issues which worry many of them, so a ted a cy campaign is crucial. There were three group projects: first was devoted to the solution of the issue of the lack of qualitative social services of European levels, and focused most of all on the most social groups: people with disabilities, people with many children, poor and IDPs.

Another project targeted one of the most crucial problems which face people who lost their homes in ATO - housing for IDPs. The campaign goals the receiving permission for a free land and using own funds for construction. The third team focused on the issue of the lack of a program of adaptation and social integration of internally displaced people in Sumi oblast and suggested a solution to unemployment, housing and overcoming the negative image of IDPs.Hopefully, school's participants will continue to meet and if some of the ideas will be fulfilled, and the social network will be growing and supportive.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://idpukraine.com/2017/07/04/to-strengthen-a-voice-of-internally-displaced-people-in-ukraine-a-...
 
Description Discussion "Art Therapy During the War: Displaced Cultural Spaces of Donbas". May 20, 2017. 7th International Book Festival at Mystetskiy Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Discussion "Art Therapy During the War: Displaced Cultural Spaces of Donbas" took place on May 20, 2017 at the 7th International Book Festival at Mystetskiy Arsenal, Kyiv, Ukraine.

The discussion was initiated by the presentation of the new book "Donbas: the First Line" which gathered reflections of writers, poets, artists, and sociologists on their experience of forced displacement and adaptation, the role of art in theirs and communities' lives, as well as the academic research results on internally displaced people in Ukraine. The latter were presented by this project's team members Prof. Oksana Mikheieva (Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv) and Advisory Board member Dr. Svitlana Babenko (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://idpukraine.com/2017/06/15/art-therapy-during-the-war-displaced-cultural-spaces-of-donbas-20-...
 
Description Dr Irina Kuznetsova and Prof Oksana Mikheieva orginised a round table on mental health of displaced population in Ukraine on the 12th of February 2019 in Kyiv with a participation pf representatives from the UNHCR, UNDP, IOM, WHO and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Irina Kuznetsova and Prof Oksana Mikheieva orginised a round table on mental health of displaced population in Ukraine on the 12th of February 2019 in Kyiv with a participation pf representatives from the UNHCR, UNDP, IOM, WHO and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine.
The recent study which has been based on some resuts of AHRC project and Wellcome Trust Institutional support project lead by Dr Kuznetsova conducted in Ukraine by Irina Kuznetsova (PI), John Catling (School of Psychology UoB), Oksana Mikheieva (Ukrainian Catholic University), Dr John Round (UoB) and Svitlana Babenko (Taras Shevchenko National University) provided unique comparative data on mental health among the internally displaced people and the general population in Ukraine. It demonstrates that not only the massive difference in depression and anxiety among the IDPs and the general population (16% of IDPs and 8% of the general population are either moderately severely, or severely, anxious and depressed) but also shows the treatment gap. The project included also interviews with professionals about the situation of the utilisation of mental health services, attitudes and practices around dealing with depression and anxiety among population.
Irina Kuznetsova, Oksana Mikheieva and Svitlana Babenko presented the report and discussed recommendations with experts in humanitarian aid and mental health including UNHCR, UNDP, HelpAge and the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. Despite the complex political situation in Ukraine and decreasing of funds for humanitarian aid, the projects' results have already been used in informing current reforms in health care in Ukraine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ac.ucu.edu.ua/events/prezentatsiya-doslidzhennya-psyhichne-zdorov-ya-ta-samopochuttya-vnutri...
 
Description Dr Irina Kuznetsova's interview to the UAinFocus platform (it is an independent analytical platform for sharing the opinion of the world's leading experts on Ukraine) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In this interview, Dr Irina Kuznetsova highlighted that it is crucial to ensure access to all citizens' rights for internally displaced persons in Ukraine and provided examples from our project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.uainfocus.org/post/it-is-crucial-to-ensure-access-to-all-citizens-rights-for-internally-...
 
Description Dr Vlad Mykhnenko's interview to the UAinFocus platform (it is an independent analytical platform for sharing the opinion of the world's leading experts on Ukraine) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact In this interview, Dr Vlad Mykhnenko provided an overview of the economical factors of the war in Eastern Ukraine and stressed that 'given the long-term devastation caused by the Russo-Ukrainian armed conflict in the Donbas, the international donor community should focus its efforts on helping three millions of Ukraine's internally-displaced people and refugees to settle and integrate into the life of their new host communities, whilst advocating for the right to return.'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.uainfocus.org/post/on-causes-and-consequences-of-the-war-in-eastern-ukraine-economic-geo...
 
Description Forum FORCED DISPLACEMENT IN UKRAINE: REFLECTIONS IN A SOCIETY, ECONOMY AND CULTURE, Lviv, Ukraine 19 April 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The project team presented results of the study, also there were invited speakers from other Ukrainian universities who research forced displacement. The open discussion concerned policies towards IDPs, everyday experiences and the role of communities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://sociology.ucu.edu.ua/forum-ukrayinska-vymushena-migratsiya-sotsialni-ekonomichni-ta-kulturni...
 
Description Human Geography Seminar: Forced displacement, conflict and prospects of reconciliation in Ukraine 21 March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The seminar aimed to deliver pleliminary findings of of the research project and discuss issues of forced displacement in a broader perspective. There were 11 attendees from different Schools across the University of Birmingham. Speakers included: Prof Oksana Mikheieva, National Catholic University, Lviv 'Social and cultural adaptation of IDPs in Ukraine', Dr Svitlana Babenko, Taras Shevchenko University, Kyiv 'Divided and Displaced: Crimean Tatars in Ukraine before and after annexation of Crimea', Dr Irina Kuznetsova, GEES UoB, Dr Gulara Guliyeva, Law School UoB 'Understanding population displacement from interdisciplinary perspective. Presentation of AHRC PaCCS project'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://idpukraine.com/2017/03/16/21-march-birmingham-human-geography-seminar-forced-displacement-co...
 
Description Interview given by Co-I Oksana Mikheieva to the Ukrainian popular web-site LB.ua Title: Believe me, most of displaced persons are happy with withdrawal of fireworks 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact In this interview Professor Oksana Mikheieva, international co-I, talks about her personal experience of displacement, and also engage with some findings of our project especially regarding the impact of forced displacement on mental health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://lb.ua/society/2018/02/10/389696_povirte_bilshist_pereselentsiv.html
 
Description Interviews to Ukrainian news agencies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The mass-media interview was given by Irina Kuznetsova and Oksana Mikheieva after the round table and a presentation of project's results on 18th of April in Kyiv. The interview with Mikheieva was published by Donetskyie Novosti (the leading Internet portal about news in Donbas region of Ukraine) https://dnews.dn.ua/news/673406?fbclid=IwAR1v_4tMvFn5J7DoU5N_34s0eHEtKjrk8O6iufN3Gw0f9kRj1-T6DPiwPfU
The main fundings of the project with a link to the policy brief were published at News Agency VCHASTNO Ukraine https://vchasnoua.com/donbass/55929-v-ukraine-kriticheski-rastet-ugroza-sotsialnogo-otchuzhdeniya-pereselentsev-issledovanie?fbclid=IwAR3Y9QXCioWBdEVYjEvIFGI90U6QL3wbPO8M1LZ5SPhDHFdl7ZJ7Wl6iObU
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://dnews.dn.ua/news/673406?fbclid=IwAR1v_4tMvFn5J7DoU5N_34s0eHEtKjrk8O6iufN3Gw0f9kRj1-T6DPiwPfU
 
Description Kuznetsova's talk at the International Organisation of Migration Regional office on South Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Vienna, 29th of May 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Irina Kuznetsova gave a talk at the International Organisation of Migration Regional office on South Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Vienna on 29th of May. She presented results of her AHRC funded project 'Ukraine's hidden tragedy: understanding the outcomes of population displacement from the country's war-torn regions' and British Academy project 'Asylum seekers from Eastern Ukraine in Russia: identities, policies and discourse in the context of forced migration from the Ukraine conflict' discussing the situation with state and international organisations policies towards displaced, everyday experiences of IDPs and refugees and the most urgent issues which require the immediate response to prevent marginalisation. The prospects of collaboration were discussed as well in sphere of projects regarding health.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation of projects results in the UK Foreign Office. 16 January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Irina Kuznetsova together with colleagues from Law School Rilka Dragneva and Gulara Gulyieva presented emerging results of AHRC funded project on forced population displacement in Ukraine in Foreign Office. Audience among those where experts on Eastern Europe and security asked a lot of questions as the situation in region is not stable and project's results are important in planning further actions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Professor Oksana Mikheieva invited talk at the Greifswald University, Germany, 23 July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Professor Mikheieva gave an invited talk on 'Ukrainian IDPs: strategies of mobility and adaptation'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Project Presentation and Panel Discussion at the Ukrainian Institute in London 27 March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The event took place at the Ukrainian Institute in London - non-commercial organisation which became a centre of the Ukrainian diaspora in the UK and provides also a platform for social and political debates. Over 40 people including PhD students, politicians and general public attended a talk. Irina Kuznetsova presented some of results of her British Academy funded research on Ukrainian refugees in Russia, who consist about a million people - what motivated them to move to Russia and not going back, which issues around social identity they face and how they cope with settling in and some findings form AHRC project. Oksana Mikheieva will point out on issues around relations between Donbas and other parts in Ukraine in terms of people's everyday live perspectives and identities based on several studies which she conducted on internally displaced people and also on volunteer soldiers in Donbas. Ben Robinson will tell about his experience of photographic work in Ukraine (2014-16) focused on those displaced through the war, as well as military veterans, and will show some of his photos. During the autumn of 2016 Ben travelled to Avdiivka, Stanitsa Lughansk and Poposnaya.
At the end there was a discussion how understanding of the currently fractured identities and the social/legal problems IDPs and refugees face could take us to developing meaningful strategies to bring Ukraine back together.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://idpukraine.com/2017/03/15/27-march-project-presentation-and-panel-discussion-at-the-ukrainia...
 
Description Social consequences of population displacement in Ukraine 18 April 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Irina Kuznetsova and Oksana Mikheieva organised a presentation of project's results and a round table with more than 60 participants including UN Refugee Agency, British Embassy, public officials, mass-media and NGOs from different cities. All participants of the project presented findings depend on their working packages, 2 members of Advisory board were chairing the event. policy brief distributed at the event (in Ukrainian and English) was met with a great interest and will support stakeholders in increasing social inclusion of internally displaced people (IDPs) in Ukraine. The leading NGO which provides assistance for IDPs and those who live in non-government control territories Donbas SOS via collaboration with a project prepared several guidelines for assistance in receiving pensions, inheritance and some other issues which are especially difficult for those who live or fled from war areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk in a Chatham House 6 November 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Ukrainian Forum of Chatham House organized a round table on the outcomes of population displacement in Ukraine on 6th November 2017. The panel of experts included Ambassador John E. Herbst, Director of Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center of the Atlantic Council, Melinda Haring, Editor of Atlantic Council's Ukraine Alert, who presented their policy report. Irina Kuznetsova presented the preliminary results of the AHRC funded research on 'Ukraine's hidden tragedy'. In her talk she focused on the triple loss of IDPs: home, health and political rights. The following round table discussion with representatives of FCO, Ukrainian Embassy, charitable organisations, former ambassadors to Ukraine focused on how to improve the living conditions of IDPs and the response of civil society to the IDP crisis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.chathamhouse.org/event/ukraine-s-internally-displaced-persons-understanding-population-d...
 
Description Ukraine's hidden tragedy: understanding the outcomes of population displacement from the country's war torn regions. A seminar at the University of Oxford, 10 July 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact During the event, team members presented main findings of the project and had a discussion with other academics regarding the social outcomes of the population displacement in Ukraine.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/about/ukraines-hidden-tragedy-workshop
 
Description Workshop 'The Displaced in Ukraine' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact On 6th of December there was a workshop 'The Displaced in Ukraine' where the research's team of the project 'Ukraine's hidden tragedy' and academics from the USA and Ukraine discussed their papers. The articles from our group included: Gulara Gulyeiva 'Support and Integration of Internally Displaced Persons: Stories of Loss and Belonging'; Vlad Mykhnenko 'A land to die for? Assessing the impact of the Russo-Ukrainian war on the Ukrainian Donbas', Viktoriya Sereda 'Displaced cultural spaces: (re)articulation of identities in the case of the refugees from the Donbas and Crimea', Irina Kuznetsova 'Refugees and internally displaced people from Ukraine's war-torn territories: confronting the politics of belonging and everyday experiences' and Oksana Mikheieva 'Not Quite Like Us': Processes of 'Othering' and Perspectives on the Reintegration of 'Inner' Others in Ukrainian Society - The Case of the IDPs'. As a outcome of this workshop the several articled from members of project's team to the 'Europe-Asia' journal will be submitted in April 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Workshop on creative industries for internally displaced people with partnership with IZOLYATSIA, Kyiv, Ukraine 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact The workshop aimed to give a taste of visual arts for internally displaced people. It was organised by the project's partner Izolyatsia. There were 19 people tool part in this workshop. They had several workshops during the day in silk-screening studio, photo lab and fab lab. There were beginners and also some young artists who wanted to try new creative areas. Participants demonstrated inexhaustible interest. Many of them decided to take part in other activities of the art platform Izolyatsia and learn new skills in art.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://idpukraine.com/2017/10/20/new-friends-new-skills-and-a-new-space/
 
Description panel 'Displaced from the Donbas - The forgotten from the war in Ukraine' with a Centre for Eastern European and International Studies in Berlin (ZOiS) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The panel was organised together with a Centre for Eastern European and International Studies in Berlin (ZOiS) on 5th of December 2017 . The discussion focused on the demographic and socio-economic profile of the internally displaced, a range of political, socio-economic, and legal issues connected to the issue of displacement as well as the attitudes and identities of the displaced. The panel included Irina Kuznetsova, the University of Birmingham, Hanna Vakhitova from Kiev Economic School and Victoria Sereda, co-I in AHRC project from Ukrainian Catholic University and was moderated by ZOiS director Gwendolyne Sasse. The discussion was followed by a tour by British artist Mark Neville through the exhibition 'Displaced Ukrainians' which he developed in cooperation with ZOiS.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://idpukraine.com/2017/12/06/workshop-in-the-centre-for-eastern-european-and-international-stud...