War and reconstruction in Ukraine

Panel discussion

Policy panel on war and reconstruction in Ukraine

On 9 May 2023, UNU-WIDER hosts an event bringing together international academics and national government representatives from Finland and Ukraine to debate new research and current policy challenges in the stabilization, recovery, and reconstruction of Ukraine.
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Despite ongoing uncertainty about the war’s progression, it is critical to start planning for Ukraine’s recovery, and its economic and social reconstruction. Given the scale of the matter at stake, and its multidimensional and interconnected challenges, the need for multistakeholder policy intervention has never been higher. The input of stakeholders from both public and private sectors will be key in securing economic and social stabilization and recovery in Ukraine. 

This policy panel event offers a forum for debate and dialogue with valuable knowledge exchange between researchers and policy experts to inform decision making and policy reform processes. It will begin with a presentation by Prof. Patricia Justino, UNU-WIDER Deputy Director, sharing the key points from the research workshop taking place on 8 May. This is followed by a discussion between experts and key policy stakeholders, including Deputy Ambassador of Ukraine to Finland, Mr Maksym Kravchuk. 

The discussion will cover three key areas: 

  1. Refugees’ return and reintegration. 
  2. Livelihood reconstruction and recovery. 
  3. Rebuilding the social contract.
13:00 - 13:30 Registration & coffee
13:30 - 15:00 Introduction and presentation of research findings
Patricia Justino, Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER

Panel discussion
Moderator: Patricia Justino | Deputy Director of UNU-WIDER

Maksym Kravchuk | Deputy Ambassador of Ukraine to Finland
Joonas Heiskanen | Team Leader, Ukraine, the EU's Eastern Partnership, European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Yuri Zhukov | Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Michigan
Tuija Brax | Director of the Rule of Law Center, University of Helsinki
Kimmo Kiljunen | Member of Parliament of Finland and Vice Chairperson of the Finnish Development Policy Committee


This event is organized in partnership with the Development Policy Committee of Finland, in collaboration with the Households in Conflict Network (HiCN) and the Network of European Peace Scientists (NEPS).