ICRU's Seminars and Conferences

Fighting disinformation in the Ukraine Invasion: a multidisciplinary perspective

On Friday 8 April 2022 (9am to 11am), Public & Practices and ICRU are hosting the virtual panel “Fighting disinformation in the Ukraine Invasion: a multidisciplinary perspective”. Scholars from Kyiv School of Economics will discuss the disinformation and war propaganda by Russian forces since the invasion of Ukraine.

Nataliia Shapoval, Tymofiy Mylovanov, Tymofii Brik, Anna Bulakh, and Oleg Nivievskyi will examine the common rhetorical tools and strategies used by Kremlin propagandists in the West, and will discuss how various fields within the social and behavioural sciences can help to counter these strategies. Please find the abstracts and panellists’ bios below.

The event will take place online. It is free and open to the public. Please see the Zoom link below:
https://liverpool-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/97347475273?pwd=V0NGMUpicGcwdVJ0dktGNGVjdGJ0dz09 

Meeting ID: 973 4747 5273
Passcode: !Disinfo1

This panel will be followed by a hybrid event on “Solidarity in Humanitarian Crisis”, taking place on Tuesday 17 May 2022.

Fighting disinformation in the Ukraine Invasion: a multidisciplinary perspective.

From its justification to day-to-day reporting, the recent invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces has been the stage for disinformation and war propaganda on an unprecedented level in the West. The war is not only fought on the ground by soldiers, but also in the media landscape by journalists and propaganda agents. The battle rages over cities and land, as it does over citizens’ support and soldiers’ morale. Given the weight of financial and political support for Ukraine from the West in determining the outcome of the conflict, fighting Russian disinformation is a key component of the war effort. In this conference, we will examine the common rhetorical tools and strategies used by Kremlin propagandists in the West, and we will discuss how various fields within the social and behavioral sciences can help to counter these strategies. Our panel will include various Ukrainian colleagues from the Kiyv School of Economics.

Panel speakers

Nataliia Shapoval is the Chairman of KSE Institute and Vice President for Policy Research. She guided and conducted policy research on public procurement, cost of HIV disease, the financial burden of health care costs, private-sector driven growth strategies. She served as a contributor to the Ukraine reform monitoring project of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Also, Shapoval is a member of the Editorial Board of VoxUkraine.

Tymofiy Mylovanov is a President of Kyiv School of Economics and an advisor to Ukraine's presidential administration. During his professional career, he has taught at a number of European and American universities, including Rheinische Friedrich–Wilhelms–Universität Bonn, the University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh. Tymofiy’s research interests cover such areas as theory of games and institutional design. He has been published in leading international academic journals including Econometrica, American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies.

Tymofii Brik is the Head of Sociological Research at the Kyiv School of Economics. In 2018, he received the N. Panina “best young sociologist of Ukraine” award. He received his Ph.D. in social science at the University of Carlos III (Madrid) and obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology and Social Research from Utrecht University. In 2018 and 2019-2020 he was a visiting researcher at Stanford University and New York University, respectively.

Anna Bulakh is an expert and advisor on international security and technologies. Currently she is part of the Hybrid warfare Task Force at Kyiv School of Economics and Ukrainian tech community. Anna has 10 years of experience in security and defence policies. She is a former Research Fellow at the International Centre for Defence and Security in Tallinn and Prague Security Studies Institute. Since 2019 she has also been part of the IT community in AI, cyber and information security. Anna was a policy adviser to Reface, an AI powered app on synthetic media. Anna is a Co-Founder of Cappture.cc, a start-up funded by the Startup Wise Guys accelerator program, and former Program director at Disinfo.Tech. Both companies focused on developing solution to help combat online threats and disinformation. In her work she is dealing with issues such as tech impact of national security, information and cyber security, broader national security policies and resilience building.

Oleg Nivievskyi is an Assistant Professor at Kyiv School of Economics and a coordinator of the UaFoodTrade research Project conducted jointly with the Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies (IAMO). Oleg has more than 15 years of international experience in applied research in agri-food product and factor markets and value chains, as well as in agri-food and regulatory policy impact. His research interest also covers spatial economics, efficiency and productivity analysis. He worked for various development projects. In particular he was in charge of the projects ‘Land Reform Barometer’ (supported by USAID) and ‘AGRICISTRADE’ (supported by European Commission) at the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting and ‘German-Ukrainian agricultural policy dialogue’ (supported by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany). Since 2012 Oleg was an Economic policy advisor for Reforming Investment Climate project at World Bank Group in Kyiv. His country experience covers Germany, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ukraine. Oleg received his Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics and Applied Statistics from University of Goettingen (Germany, 2010) and M.A. in Economics from Kyiv School of Economics/National University ‘Kyiv-Mohyla Academy’ (Ukraine, 2004). He also holds a Diploma in Physics from National Kamyanets-Podilskyi University (Ukraine, 2001).

 


 

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2018
  • Professor Suzanne Ost, To Know or not to Know: Should the Existence of Photographs of Their Abuse be disclosed to Now-Adult Victims of Sexual Abuse?
  • Dr Thomas Friis Søgaard, Proxy policing: Jurisdiction games and legal scale shifting in networked policing gangs and urban space.
  • Dr Geoff Ward, Haunting Legacies of Historical Racial Violence.
  • Dr Jarrett Blaustein, Unravelling the Crime-Development Nexus.
  • Dr Ruth McCausland and Dr Mindy Sotiri, Community-led Pathways out of the Criminal Justice System for People with Complex Needs: An Australian Perspective.
  • Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden, Children as 'Risk'? Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Children and Young People.
  • Professor Fiona Haines, The Immoral, the Illegal and the Criminal. Exploring the Relationship between Law and Corporate Harm in Indonesia, 9 May 2018. Read the abstract
  • Professor Anne-Marie McAlinden, Children as 'Risk'? Sexual Exploitation and Abuse by Children and Young People, 25 April 2018. Read the abstract
2017
  • Dr Ruth McCausland and Dr Mindy Sotiri, Community-led Pathways out of the Criminal Justice System for People with Complex Needs: An Australian Perspective, 25 October 2017. Read the abstract 
  • Dr Jarrett Blaustein, Unravelling the Crime-Development Nexus, 20 September 2017. Read the abstract
  • Dr Geoff Ward, Haunting Legacies of Historical Racial Violence, 10 May 2017. Read the abstract
  • Dr Thomas Friis Søgaard, Proxy policing: Jurisdiction games and legal scale shifting in networked policing gangs and urban space, 3 May 2017. Read the abstract
  • Professor Suzanne Ost, To Know or not to Know: Should the Existence of Photographs of Their Abuse be Disclosed to Now-Adult Victims of Child Sexual Abuse?, 15 March 2017. Read the abstract
2016
  • Professor Eric Chui, Perceptions of Fairness and Satisfaction in Lawyer-Client Interactions Among Young Offenders in Hong Kong, 25 May 2016. Read the abstract
  • Dr Mike Grewcock, State Crime and Australian Border Policing, 18 May 2016. Read the abstract
  • Professor James Chalmers, “Wretches of Men”: Rape Law Reform in Scotland and Sweden, 20 April 2016. ‌Read the abstract
  • Professor Tim Hope, Victims of Crime: The Dimensions of Risk, 10 February 2016. Read the abstract
2015
  • Emeritus Professor David Brown, Justice Reinvestment: Winding Back Imprisonment?, 16 December 2015. Read the abstract
  • Dr Kate Fitz‐Gibbon, Protections for children before the law: A re‐examination of the age of criminal responsibility and the abolition of doli incapax in England and Wales, 4 November 2015. Read the abstract
  • Professor Sylvia Walby, 'Mainstreaming Gender into the Theory and Measurement of Violent Crime', 20 May 2015. Read the abstract
2014
  • Dr Murray Lee, The Gift of Sexting: Young people and the economy of erotic digital image exchange, 2 July 2014. Read the abstract
  • Dr Cassandra Cross “I don’t particularly want everyone to know I’m a fool”: The impact of victim blaming for online fraud victims, 11 June, 2014. Read the abstract