The Ukrainain Government’s Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic

January 19, 2022

The present study seeks to analyse economic and social components of the coronavirus environment in order to highlight peculiar features of the crisis period, and thus to identify possible areas and measures of socio-economic policy aimed at strengthening the Ukrainian economy and consolidating the social sphere in the medium term.

Ukraine has open economy with high dependence on export conditions. This significantly increases its susceptibility to global crises, which weakens external demand for Ukrainian exports and negatively affects the country’s economic dynamics and social support in general.

The complexity of countering crisis processes in Ukraine, including those caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is growing not only due to the dependence on the partners’ economic situation, but also due to the need to urgently mitigate accumulated social imbalances. Today, Ukraine’s systems of social security, health care and education undergo reforms that are largely focused on the implementation of the neoliberal course.


Olga Pyshchulina

Leading Expert, Social and Gender Programmes

Born in 1966 in Kharkiv


School of Economics at the Kharkiv State (National) University (Kharkiv, Ukraine) (1989)

Summer Course on Human Rights, School of Human Rights Research, Faculty of Law, Utrecht University, The Netherlands (2001)

PhD in sociology (Candidate of Social Science) (1997), Honorable Economics of Ukraine (2012). I am an author more than 90 publishing and a Civil Servant of 3rd rank

Research Interests:

Structural deformation of the economic and social policy; Main problems with the national models of social policy implementation; The issue of income polarization; Ineffectiveness of state transfer policy; Failure of pension reform in Ukraine; Social protection programmers in Ukraine; Regulations of labour market; Gender issues

Experience as a civil servant in the Government’s employ:

Civil Servant of 3d rank. Total experience 12 years. The Head of Social Policy Department (since 2010), Principal Consultant of the Civil Society and Social Relationships Department (since 2003) National Institute for Strategic Studies

Experience as a Research Fellow:

Senior Researcher (1995–2001) , Researcher (1989–1995) School of Sociology, Karazin Kharkiv National University, School of Sociology (1997–2003)

Teaching Experience:

Associate Professor, School of Sociology, Karazin Kharkiv National University, School of Sociology (1997–2003)

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