Social and Behavioral Science and the Russia-Ukraine War: A Collection

Social and Behavioral Science
and the Russia-Ukraine War: A Collection

Social Science Space is curating resources and publications relating to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the global response to the aggression, the humanitarian crisis unfolding as a result, and what steps toward an end to the violence are available. While the situation continues to evolve, Social Science Space will continue to update this page.

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SAGE Publishing, the parent of Social Science Space, created its a free-to-read collection that highlights research related to the Russia-Ukraine war drawing the extensive library of the more than 1,000 journals and hundreds of academic books.

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#ScienceForUkraine is a community group of volunteer students and research scientists from academic institutions in Europe and around the world.

Learn more about their mission, how they’re helping the Ukrainians right now, and how you can get involved.

UN High Commission on Refugees

UNHCR works within national political, economic, and social structures to bring policies, practices and laws into compliance with international standards in Ukraine. Learn more about their mission and how you can get involved and help.

Ukraine Academic News Updates

  • VIINA is a near-real time multi-source event data system for the 2022 Russian Invasion of Ukraine. These data are based on news reports from Ukrainian and Russian media, which were geocoded and classified into standard conflict event categories through machine learning. Click here to learn more.
  • The U.S. National Academy of SciencesSafe Passage Fund supports the Polish Academy of Sciences in helping fleeing Ukrainian scholars and their families relocate in Poland and neighboring countries. This initiative builds on recent efforts undertaken by the U.S. National Academies’ Scientists and Engineers in Exile or Displaced initiative. In March, the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences entered into an agreement with the Polish academy, which offered to help place Ukrainian researchers in an institute of the Polish academy and supply a grant that provides up to six months of support. However, given the large demand, the funding available through the Polish academy was exhausted within days. The NAS will evaluate proposals and recommend candidates for placement in suitable institutions, and will use the funds raised to provide grants to help support the scholars and their families. To date, a number of U.S. foundations have pledged their support to this effort, including the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Walder Foundation, the Simons Foundation, the Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation, the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, and the American Chemical Society.


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History Offers Way Forward for Ukrainian Scientific System

Research shows that local and international policymakers can minimize the harm suffered by Ukrainian science by providing direct funding to researchers, creating remote research positions and offering research opportunities abroad to Ukrainian scientists.

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A Most Unnatural Experiment: What The War Has Taught a Ukrainian-American Political Scientist

Lena Surzhko Harned is a Ukrainian American political scientist. As a specialist in Eastern Europe, she has evaluated this war over the past year from her professional perspective. Yet this war is also deeply personal.

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The International Sociological Association Should Be Ashamed of Its President

ISA may not have any great love for the richer countries of the world, argues Robert Dingwall, but its president should be capable of telling the difference between mutual aid among sovereign nations and a desire to subject other countries to external domination.

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Scientific Collaboration Across Borders Just Gets Harder

The development of scientific capacity in many parts of the world and the building of academic ties is critical when it comes to responding to a new virus or tracking changes in climate. And yet …

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Ukraine-Focused Researchers at Risk Fellowships Program Receives Additional Funding

More money to help Ukrainian academics is being allocated to the Researchers at Risk Fellowship scheme in the United Kingdom.

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Open Letter: Action Steps for Rebuilding Ukraine’s Science, Research, and Innovation

The national science academies of the United States, the all-European academy and those of four separate European countries released, with the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, a short statement on rebuilding “a modern and globally integrated science and research system” in Ukraine.

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Watch a Social Scientist Reflect on the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

“It’s very hard,” explains Sir Lawrence Freedman, “to motivate people when they’re going backwards.”

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Where Does ‘Post-Naive’ Science Diplomacy Go From Here?

Doubravka Olšáková and Sam Robinson, argue that we are at the beginning of a new era of ‘post naïve’ science diplomacy. 

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Seeing Past the Naiveté of Science Diplomacy to Discern Its Benefits

Doubravka Olšáková and Sam Robinson discuss how the conflict in Ukraine highlights the limitations of conceptions of ‘science diplomacy’ since the turn of the 21st century.

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When Ignorance is Reassuring

David Canter considers the strange phenomena of Russians believing Putin’s propaganda.

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Collateral Damage: Russia’s War Damages its Academic Ties with West

Arik Burakovsky, an expert on relations between the U.S. and Russia, shines light on the future of cooperation between Russia and the West in the realm of higher education.

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What Can Game Theory Tell Us About Ukraine War Negotiations?

Game theory is the formal study of strategic choices between two sides. It’s useful to decision makers because it can illustrate the range of options open to combatants within a given crisis, and also map the likely “wins and losses” strategically decided upon by the parties involved. The challenge is applying a hypothetical spectrum to the range of passive and aggressive options, and their consequences in Ukraine today.

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Making Sense of What We Hear About Ukraine: An Interview with Dr Daniela Dimitrova

What should those outside the conflict zone keep in mind as they consume news about the Russia-Ukraine war? Journalism Professor Daniela Dimitrova offers some answers.

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‘Pytannya’ For Today: How Similar Are the Ukrainian and Russian Languages?

As Vladimir Putin continues his assault on Ukraine, the differences between the Russian and Ukrainian languages have become part of the public discourse in the West

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What May Await Ukrainian Academics? Expect Exile, Harassment and Censorship

The full extent of the damage on scholars and research from Ukraine will not be known for some time, but predictions are grim.

Vladimir Putin in 2018

How Does Putin Think?

David Canter considers the sorts of psychological processes that may be shaping Vladimir Putin’s actions.



“Invasion of Ukraine begins cascade of decoupling from Russian science” | by Maria Burke in Chemistry World

“Is Canada’s welcome to fleeing Ukrainians a new era of refugee policy?”|by Adèle Garnier, Jamie Chai Yun Liew and Shauna Labman in The Conversation

“How the war in Ukraine will affect food prices”|by Alfons Weersink and Michael von Massow in The Conversation

“Ukrainian academics face exile, harassment and censorship in ongoing war” | by S. Karly Kehoe and Evren Altinkas in The Conversation


Words Matter: Shamelessly Normalizing Big Lies And Alternative Facts | Ruth Wodak draws from her book The Politics of Fear to explain how those with an authoritarian bent normalize Big Lies

Jim Scott on Resistance | In this Social Science podcast, Scott describes how ordinary people in bad situations can develop “unobtrusive forms of resistance.”

The Comfort of Strangers | Looking at past disasters, David Canter argues that “the dominant mode of interactions between people is one of kindness and support.”

Playtime in the Camps: An ESRC Better Lives Essay | Bobby Beaumont details experiences with children housed in European refugee camps due to another humanitarian nightmare.

Monika Krause on Humanitarian Aid | In this Social Science podcast, Krause observes that humanitarian aid organizations often find themselves torn by reasonable expectations – to address a pressing crisis and to show that what they are doing is actually helping.