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ZMINA: Impulse – Open call for researchers

IZOLYATSIA is looking for researchers to study social change and development of local NGOs in Mariupol, Kramatorsk, and Sloviansk, as part of the project ZMINA: Impulse. The research will focus on the influence that the armed conflict, emergence of internally displaced people, and activity of NGOs have on city economies, job creation, and human rights situation.  

The research will be held in the three cities during October-December 2017 and must encompass the following aspects (both or one of them):

1. Analysis of the influence the armed conflict has on economic change in selected cities: emergence of IDPs, development of NGOs, job creation, changes in the human rights situation, analysis of the labour market in the cities with the arrival of the IDPs.  
2. Cultural mapping of the three cities, including information about the existing public, private and non-governmental organisations working in the realms of creative industries, art, film, literature, cultural heritage, alternative education, etc. Tendencies and dynamics of change, social mobility, communications and issues of the interinstitutional collaboration.

The research must include practical suggestions for bringing about social change and developing local NGOs in other cities of Donbas, especially four cities of the grey zone next to the frontline in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions: Pokrovsk, Bakhmut, Lysychansk, and Starobilsk.

Each researcher can work in one, two, or all the three cities. The honorarium for each researcher is UAH 16 800. The results of the research will be published and presented by IZOLYATSIA in February 2018.

If you wish to participate in the research, please send your CV and motivation letter to [email protected] with a title “ZMINA: Research. The documents must include full contact information and a brief description of your research focus as well as the cities of interest.

Deadline for applications is August 31, 2017. The results of the selection will be announced on September 18-20, 2017.  

ZMINA is a series of cultural projects by IZOLYATSIA carried out in and for local communities in Eastern Ukraine since 2015. In 2017-2018, with the support from the National Endowment for Democracy, IZOLYATSIA starts the project ZMINA: Impulse. Its first stage is a research in Mariupol, Kramatorsk, and Sloviansk that will result in practical suggestions for bringing about social change and developing local NGOs in other cities of Donbas, especially in Pokrovsk, Bakhmut, Lysychansk, and Starobilsk. Through the research and practical activities, ZMINA: Impulse aims at activating local communities, setting up an active network of cultural relations and creating decentralised creative communities in the aforementioned cities of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

Contact information:
Dmytro Chepurnoy, Project Manager
[email protected]
+38 095 46 10 559

This project is made possible with the support from the National Endowment for Democracy.

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