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Resilience Across Borders: Navigating Ukraine's Challenges to Global Insights

Pyroh Olha, 28 August 2023


At the modern moment, Russia is waging a war against my country, Ukraine, and the Ukrainians to whom I belong. There's no place in Ukraine to hide from this aggression. All territory of Ukraine is being bombed and shelled every single day. So, there is a risk of being killed, since the town where I lived and worked (Lviv) has already been bombed by Russia a lot of times and there is no hope for it to stop soon. There are problems with electricity, water, heating, and internet connection (all basic needs) in all regions of Ukraine.

From the beginning of the Russian invasion, my family (my 5 y.o. son and my father) and I sheltered in Krakow (Poland). And from August 2022 we relocated in Sherbrooke (Quebec, Canada).

Now I stay in University de Sherbrooke with funded research visit with the objective of developing the project “Sectorial Model of Economy: Comparative Analyses of Economic Complexity of Canada and Ukraine” during the period 16/08/2022-31/07/2023.

My most recent research focuses on conceptual, theoretical, methodological and applied aspects of formation of sectorial model of Ukraine in conditions of postindustrial society. I developed the set of recommendations that allowed to stabilize the economic development and to improve investment performance in order to achieve optimal economic (structural and technological) complexity of Ukrainian economy. These recommendations were used in the work of state and local authorities, as well as Ukrainian industrial enterprises.

In my research project “Sectorial Model of Economy: Comparative Analyses of Economic Complexity of Ukraine and Canada” I proposes to analyze the development of sectorial model of Canada and to form the guidelines (recommendations) for sectorial model of Ukraine at postwar period. This model reflects the economic (sectorial and technological) complexity of economy of a country. The questions that I raise in my project are essential for further sustainable development of Ukraine.

When the war was begging I started to find the opportunities to doing my research and staying at the safety conditions for my son and me. Using the information of ScienseForUkraine I found a lot of opportunities for Ukrainian academics and scientists that proposed European Universities.

I appreciate the support and opportunities of European colleagues:

- Kozminski University (Warsaw, Poland) for opportunity to participate in Erasmus+ Staff Mobility for Training;

- SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities (Warsaw, Poland) for granting to Ukrainian scientists in different spheres;

- Vienna University of Economics and Business, Department of Economics (Vienna, Austria) for supporting at the JEST-Ukraine Emergence Call (2022);

- Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels School of Economics and Management (Bruxelles, Belgium) for inviting Ukrainian scientists as inviting visitors.

I am thankful European academic society for great support, openness, and kindness to Ukraine and Ukrainians.