Oksana Huss

Researcher / Lecturer

Degrees:Ph.D. (University of Duisburg-Essen), Postdoc (Leiden University)
Office:Department of Political and Social Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy

Dr. Oksana Huss is a researcher in the BIT-ACT research project at the University of Bologna, Italy, and a lecturer at the Anti-Corruption Research and Education Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine. Her areas of expertise cover political corruption, open government, and social movements against corruption in post-communist states. She is a co-founder of the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network.

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Anticipatory Governance on the Local Level in Ukraine: The Case of IDP Crisis Management by Local Public Authorities


The full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia on 24.02.2022 caused multiple crisis situations that were too extensive to be solved by the Ukrainian authorities alone. At the same time, the war gave a spark for the unprecedented mobilization of citizens across the country. This paper aims to analyze different patterns in how local authorities in Ukraine deal with the crisis situations caused by extensive waves of IDPs through multi-stakeholder collaborations.

The analysis is based on the survey, designed by the author, and conducted with local authorities by the Association of Ukrainian Cities and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in August 2022. In addition, the interviews with representatives of LPAs in different types of hromadas (urban and rural, rear and de-occupied hromadas) provide the insights into crisis responses. The concept of anticipatory governance provides the analytical framework for the research. The concepts consist of three strands to analyze responses to a crisis: (1) policy planning based on multiple scenarios, (2) stakeholder engagement and multistakeholder collaboration, and (3) the possibility for feedback loops to ensure policy adjustments. The underlying assumption is that the elements of anticipatory governance affect the resilience of individual hromadas in crisis. The survey data will provide the insights into variation of hromadas resilience in a crisis, while qualitative analysis, based on interviews, will allow to demonstrate the cases how the elements of anticipatory governance affect the resilience of hromadas in IDP crisis.