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 Ukrainian border regions

Muradyan O., Handå Myhre M., Nekhaenko O. Educational reform and language policy in Ukraine: implementation in the border regions

Book presentation and webinar

Oslo Metropolitan University & Kyiv School of Economics are hosting a book discussion & webinar 17 September 2020, in connection with the publication of the book “Regional Diversity, Decentralization and Conflict: The Case of Ukraine”, edited by Hanna Shelest & Maryna Rabinovych (Palgrave McMillan, 2020).

The ARDU project is represented in the book by a chapter written by Aadne Aasland and Oleksii Lyska on developments of local democracy in Ukraine.

Please find full programme and registration link on Oslomet website:

ARDU – a project studying identity and political reform in Ukraine

Photo: Kharkiv railway station. (Flickr Thomas Nilsson)


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 will add to the emerging research on identity and politics in Ukraine, an issue which is highly important for the country’s stability.