Cooperation in crisis management and disaster risk reduction (natural, man-made disasters, terrorism, conflict and conflict-related emergencies) is a priority and thematic platform of the Eastern Partnership and an important sphere of cooperation between Ukraine and the EU within the Ukraine-EU Action Plan, but it is an almost completely neglected topic in the academic curricula on EU/European integration/security studies in Ukraine and other countries of the Eastern Partnership. Similarly, very little research has been carried out on diplomatic and political/ institutional aspects of this subject, which further diminishes the prospects of high-quality modules and courses and effective education and training of current and future academics and professionals working in this area. By organising a workshop bringing together national and international experts from a variety of professional backgrounds with young scholars and advanced postgraduate students and publishing the proceedings of the event, a contribution will be made to improving the breadth and depth of higher education provision in the area, a Ukraine-based subject-specific expert network will be established and consolidated, and interaction between professionals in the area with academics will be enhanced to enable better-informed, evidence-based practice of effective and efficient crisis management and disaster risk reduction in Ukraine, the Eastern Neighbourhood and the EU.

The programme will be divided into 5 modules:

Module 1. Crisis Management of the European Union
Prof. Stefan Wolff, University of Birmingham, UK

Module 2. Organizational Overlap and Crisis Management
Dr. David Galbreath, University of Bath, UK

Module 3. Cooperative Mechanisms for Nuclear Counterterrorism in the Wider Black Sea Region
Dr. Sergei Konoplyov, Harvard University, USA

Module 4. Sociology of conflicts, crises and catastrophes
Prof. Anton Oleinik, Memorial University, Canada

Module 5. The Early Warning and Crisis Prevention Mechanisms
Prof. Tetyana Malyarenko, Donetsk State University of Management

Program of Seminar

9.00 – 14.00 Lectures
15.00 – 19.00 Presentations of case studies and research projects of the participants


To apply, please submit the following:

A) A short CV and letter of motivation should be submitted via e-mail
( by 18 March 2012.
B) A registration fee of €20 will be payable by accepted participants to contribute towards costs for course materials, coffee-breaks and lunches during the seminar days.


The seminar will be held at Hotel Puscha Ozerna, Kiev, Ukraine (
Accepted participants will have to contact the hotel administration regarding their accommodation requirements. The cost of accommodation with breakfast will be around € 25-30 per person per night.


A limited number of merit-based scholarships covering accommodation and board for the entire seminar (7-12 May 2012; twin room, breakfast and lunch) will be available for PhD students and early career researchers. If you wish to apply for scholarship, please attach case study on one of the main thematic areas of the seminar to your application.

Requirements for case studies

Case studies in English of innovative teaching materials, based on the results of applicant’s research, should be no longer than 5,000 words, including references. They should be structured as follows: introduction, the essential question to be discussed and a description of the problem to be analyzed and the key factors that contributes to the problem; background of the situation; narrative description of the situation, including important factors and events; key parties:
descriptive analysis of the key parties and their motivations and objectives; results; conclusion: lessons learned.

Thematic priority areas for case studies

1) Cooperation between Ukraine and EU member states in crisis management and disaster risk reduction;
2) Cooperative preventive mechanisms for nuclear counterterrorism;
3) Humanitarian interventions;
4) Use of ICT-based learning in teaching of crisis management and European security.
Author of selected case studies will be asked to present the results of their findings. The selected case studies will be published in special volume of the seminar.


International Association for Institutional Studies

Postal address:
Artema 58 Donetsk 83000 Ukraine
Head of the Association – Prof. Vyacheslav Dementyev
Executive director of the Association, academic coordinator of Jean Monnet Project
Prof. Tetyana Malyarenko
Project Manager (administrative questions)
Mrs. Ermolaeva Natalya +38 (095) 879 34 83
E-mail for questions and applications:
Project web-site: