ARDU – The accommodation of regional diversity in Ukraine

A Norwegian-Ukrainian research project (2018-2021) funded by the Research Council of Norway (NORRUSS Plus programme)

ARDU examines how ethnicity, language and regional-local identity interact within the context of political reform in Ukraine. The project’s main aim is to find out to what extent, and how, current Ukrainian decentralisation, education and language policies affect social cohesion among ethnocultural groups in two very different border regions. Kharkiv in the east and bordering Russia, has a sizable Russian ethnocultural population, while the western region of Chernivtsi borders Romania and comprises a substantial Romanian minority.The project also studies how Ukraine’s ethnic policies affect relations with neighbouring states. By focusing on current political reforms, ARDU adds to the emerging research on identity and politics in Ukraine, an issue which is highly important for the country’s stability.


  • Two paper presentations at borderland conference
    On 23 September 2021 Oleksandra Deineko (Karazin Kharkiv University) presented the paper «Ukrainian decentralization reform and social cohesion in the ethno-culturally diverse border regions» written together with Aadne Aasland (NIBR) and Olga Filippova (Karazin Kharkiv uni.) at the conference «Relations in the Borderlands: Old and New Inhabitants» in Byalistok, Poland. At the same conference, Olga Filippova presented …
  • ARDU book has been published
    The ARDU book «The Accommodation of Regional and Ethno-cultural Diversity in Ukraine» edited by Aadne Aasland and Sabine Kropp has now been published with Palgrave! Rush and buy!
  • New article with ARDU survey results
    ARDU survey results can be found in two new publications in Ukraine-Analysen (in German) and in Forum for Ukrainian Studies (English version of the same article) – the article «Identities and attitudes toward Ukrainian ethnopolitics: A population survey» is written by Aadne Aasland.
  • ARDU book to be published in September
    The book «The Accommodation of Regional and Ethno-cultural Diversity in Ukraine» edited by Aadne Aasland and Sabine Kropp will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in September 2021.
  • ARDU papers at Moscow conference
    Three ARDU papers were presented at the conference «International Research Conference «Interaction. Integration. Inclusion»organised by the National Research University Higher School of Education in Moscow 21 December 2020: Deineko O., Aasland A., Filippova O. Decentralisation, social cohesion and ethnocultural diversity in Ukraine’s border regions Filippova O., Deineko O. Educational reform and politics of identity in …