Webinar: Regional Diversity, Decentralization and Conflict: The Case of Ukraine


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 edited volume “Regional Diversity, Decentralization, and Conflict” highlights the interlinkages between regional diversity, conflict in and around Ukraine and the ongoing decentralization reform in Ukraine. The book’s particular interest lies in exploring the decentralization reform’s effects on conflict resolution under the circumstances of the Russian Federation’s support for the leaders of de-facto Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, as well as in Ukraine’s future development, more broadly. Seven of the book’s authors will present their contributions.



The event will take place on Zoom. Please register and you will recieve an invitation by email.

Language: English (no translation)




Chair: Aadne Aasland, Oslo Metropolitan University


  • Introductory Words
    Hanna Shelest, Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism” & Maryna Rabinovych, Kyiv School of Economics


  • Regional Diversity & Language Policy in Ukraine
    Oksana Myshlovska, University of Bern; Andrii Nekoliak, University of Tartu


  • Different Faces of the Conflict in and around Ukraine
    Maryna Rabinovych, Kyiv School of Economics


  • Foreign Discourses on Ukraine’s Decentralization
    Nadia Koval, Foreign Policy Council “Ukrainian Prism”


  • The Interplay between the Decentralization, Democracy and Modernization in Ukraine
    Olga Oleinikova, University of Technology Sydney


  • Discussion
    Dr. Cindy Wittke, Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Regensburg


  • Q&A session