Regional science knowledge needs for the recovery of the Ukrainian spatial economy: A Q-analysis

Gabriela Carmen Pascariu*, Peter Nijkamp, Karima Kourtit

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The Russian invasion in Ukraine prompts a range of policy and research challenges, not only on geopolitical issues but also on knowledge capital that is needed for a sustainable reconstruction of Ukraine. This paper seeks to sketch the desired or necessary regional science expertise during the recovery stage of this country (‘prosilience’), after a peace agreement has been settled. Based on a systematic interview and questionnaire exercise among Ukrainian experts and stakeholders on regional science matters, the study aims to map out regional science knowledge needs and related initiatives that will have to be materialized with priority in the Ukrainian spatial economy during its post-war recovery stage. To that end, the study employs a Q-analysis for examining the strategic research opinions of Ukrainian stakeholders to pave the road for scientifically supported redevelopment strategies. Our results show that regional science can play an important role in the geopolitical conflict in Ukraine, during and after the war.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-94
Number of pages20
JournalRegional Science Policy and Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023


  • knowledge
  • prosilience
  • Q-analysis
  • recovery/reconstruction of Ukraine
  • regional science
  • resilience


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