Scientific Research

We use social psychology to design actions and to analyse outcomes.

1. URBAN DEVELOPMENT: “Symbolic violence in the cities of contemporary Ukraine”

Ongoing research project, started in 2012, with elements of advocacy, based on sociology concept of “symbolic violence”. Unique research methodology was used for comparative analysis of four big cities (each presenting distinct geographical and cultural region). Factors that boost violence were determined and analysed. Graffiti and murals were indicated as visual monitoring tools for social tensions in urban landscapes.

2. HUMAN RIGHTS: “Socio-psychological study of everyday ideas about human rights”

In a nation-wide study in 2009 we had found significant evidence of “hidden”, socially invisible discrimination and in 2013 we designed new action plan to study the phenomena in depth. The cross-disciplinary research focused on individual and collective everyday life ideas about the human rights (and the concept of “Rights” in general), related psychological constructs and cultural practices. Correlation analysis of these ideas according to Hofstede’s cultural dimensions was performed.

3. ELECTORAL DECISIONS: “Rationalization of the Choice 2006: An Interactive comparison of voter expectations and the promises of political factions”

Before the Parliamentary elections we have surveyed the public in 10 regions (of 25 total) of Ukraine and asked to rate the importance of the answers to 12 questions on a national list and 12 questions on regional lists concerning electoral preferences. Together with the public survey, we distributed questionnaires with these issues to hundreds of politicians in 10 regions and asked them to choose the five questions from both lists, which were of greatest concern to voters, and to provide their answers to the chosen questions. We have received 127 questionnaires from the regional party HQs. Refusals to answer the questionnaires were analysed.

We authored a book focused on analysis of data collected, and used it to predict the political development. Predictions were very accurate.

This project was the first in Ukraine to combine the activist’s sociology and public dialogue with politicians. The study results were recognized by the scientific community.