War and reconstruction in Ukraine

Research workshop

Research workshop on war and reconstruction in Ukraine

From 8–9 May 2023, UNU-WIDER holds a research workshop bringing together an international group of researchers with expertise in conflict and peacebuilding to discuss new research that can support policymakers’ discussions on the stabilization, recovery, and reconstruction of Ukraine.   

The workshop and subsequent policy panel will link stakeholders across research and policy communities to build up combined capacities. The workshop will focus on academic research findings on the implications of the war for recovery and reconstruction in Ukraine. 

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. 

The research will cover three key areas: 

  1. Refugees’ return and reintegration 
  2. Livelihood reconstruction and recovery 
  3. Rebuilding the social contract

On the second day, a policy panel offers a forum for a policy dialogue to facilitate knowledge exchange between researchers and policy analysts to inform decision-making and policy-reform processes.   

Day 1 | 8 May 
8:45 - 9:15 Registration
9:15 - 9:30 Welcome & Introductions
9:30 - 11:00 Session 1: Rebuilding the social contract: trust and cooperation

Chair: Rachel Gisselquist

Martin Ottmann and Kit Rickard
Occupation and Trust in Ukraine (15 min)

Lesley-Ann Daniels and Amélie Godefroidt
Restoring the social contract: Attitudes on political status for collaborators in Ukraine (15 min)

Kit Rickard, Gerard Toal, Kristin M. Bakke and John O’Loughlin 
How Reliable Are Polls In Wartime Ukraine? (15 min)

Discussion (45 min)
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 13:00 Session 2: Refugees’ return and reintegration  

Chair: Laura Saavedra-Lux

Philip Verwimp and Renate Hartwig 
Determinants of the intention to return of displaced Ukrainians in phone-based, online and face-to-face interviews (15 mins)

Timothy Kell-Fien, Subha Mani, Eric Mvukiyehe, Olga Shemyakina and Saurabh Singhal 
Long-term Impacts of Displacement during Early Childhood-Adolescence – Evidence from Internally Displaced Population in Azerbaijan (15 mins)

Ann Emerson and Volodymyr Filippov 
Can Online Schooling support the wellbeing of students and teachers during protracted conflict? A case study of Odessa Oblast, Ukraine (15 mins)

Discussion (45 mins)
13:00 - 14:30  Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Session 3: Livelihood reconstruction and recovery 

Chair: Rute Caeiro

Yuri Zhukov
Near-Real Time Analysis of War and Economic Activity during Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine (15 min)

Luis Garicano, Dominic Rohner and Beatrice Weder di Mauro
Global Economic Consequences of the War in Ukraine: Sanctions, Supply Chains and Sustainability (15 mins)

Tilman Brück, Neil T. N. Ferguson, Wim Naudé and Lame Ungwang 
Who gains from fragility? Micro-level evidence on the impact of fragility on enterprises in eight low- and middle-income countries, including Ukraine (15 mins)

Discussion (45 mins)
Day 2 | 9 May 
9:00 - 10:30  Session 4: Rebuilding the social contract: citizen attitudes and external effects

Chair: Omar McDoom

Oksana Udovyk, Ievgen Kylymnyk, Daniel Cuesta-Delgado and Guillermo Palau Salvador
Making sense of multi-level and multo-actor governance of recovery in Ukraine (15 mins)

Laia Balcells, Juan Fernando Tellez and Francisco Villamil
The Wars of Others: The Effect of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine on Spanish Nationalism (15 min)

Michele Di Maio, Patricia Justino, Valerio Leone Sciabolazza and Cecilia Nardi
Faraway, So Close: The Impact of the Ukraine War on Developing Countries (15m)

Discussion (45 mins)
10:30 - 11:30 Wrap up & next steps
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch
13:00 - 15:00  Policy panel on war and reconstruction in Ukraine
Public event, details here 

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).