The influence of war and displacement on political identities in Ukraine

Project coordination: Prof. Dr. Gwendolyn Sasse

Kristina in Luganke just after the shelling, no.1, 2016 © Mark Neville.

This project examines the effects of war, annexation and displacement on the affected population. Based on a series of surveys, the project focuses on the Donbas region, Crimea and the areas in Ukraine and Russia where there is a high concentration of displaced persons from the Donbas. It thus generates data on regions and people who currently tend to be overlooked in most surveys and debates, even though they are potentially of great importance for society and politics in Ukraine, as well as for external actors who support the reform processes. According to official estimates, the total number of displaced from the Donbas is approximately 2.8 million. The survey conducted by ZOiS in 2016 is one of the few studies on the demographic and political profile of those who fled the conflict zone. The 2016 surveys also made an initial attempt to assess everyday lived experiences and identities in the Donbas region, including the territories outside Kyiv’s control, and Crimea (2017).

Displaced Ukrainians

Displaced Ukrainians is a collaboration between artist Mark Neville and the Centre for East European and International Studies (ZOiS), Berlin. The project gives the displaced a voice. more...