Crises, Conflict and Recovery


Pavlo Fedoriv
New Housing Policy

Galyna Sukhomud
New Housing Policy, Ukraine / Bauhaus University Weimar, Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism, Germany

Central theme
This working group, founded in August 2022, aims to provide a focus on housing systems, homes, and neighbourhoods in the context of war and crises. A network for research exchange and collaboration on the topic of conflict and reconstruction can provide a useful forum in the context of the ongoing war on Ukraine and experience of post war reconstruction in other countries, regions and territories inside or near Europe.

The working group encourages European researchers and policy developers, from a range of disciplines and fields to share information, analyse and debate the process of crises, reform, and recovery. Potential topics include emergency responses such as accommodating displaced persons as well as long term housing and urban reconstruction processes, including a focus on the role of donor agencies and civil society, in housing system reform and the emergence of new forms of housing provision and neighbourhoods. Contributions from both inside and outside Ukraine are encouraged, for example which reflect on post-conflict reconstruction in other regions and eras. The co-ordinators will support the organisation of relevant events and ensure that there is a workshop with a series of sessions at the Poland ENHR conference in 2023, by inviting papers from researchers across Europe to focus on this issue.

Plans and activities

  • Policy review of the housing policy in Ukraine before the full-scale war and during the military conflict published in the peer-review journal;
  • Contribution to local expertise to online events, capacity building and university training with a focus on housing reform and recovery;
  • At least 5 thematic workshops successfully organised (e.g., modes of research and knowledge production in housing during the war; finance and investment instruments for affordable housing and their application in the war and post-war environment; data collection for housing research during the war; housing allowances vs capital investments: European experience and its relevance to Ukraine; land value capture instruments and their implementation in the war and post-war environment);
  • At least 5 informal networking events to discuss current news, ideas, and developments in group participants’ areas of interest successfully organised;
  • At least 3 policy papers discussing the latest developments in the domain of housing policy in Ukraine prepared and ready for presentation during the ENHR conference 2023.

Preliminary outline of expected activities in 2023:
January – Kick-Off Informal meeting (online). Possibilities for discussions and collective development of additional activities
April – Workshop on Property and Land Reconstruction in Ukraine (Offline Warsaw) (opportunity to produce joint publications)
June – Workshop at annual ENHR conference in Lodz
Autumn – Processing of conference results and publication of conference outcomes

Policy implications