Dr Nataliia Ishchenko

IAS CARA Fellow at Ustinov College, October – December 2024

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Nataliia Ishchenko, PhD in Economics, is Associate Professor at Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University (PMBSNU) and a visiting CARA Fellow at Durham University Business School, Department of Management and Marketing, from August 2022 to July 2024. While her research primarily focuses on logistics, optimizing methods and models, and sustainability, Nataliia also possesses valuable experience in higher education institution management. For eight years, she served as an educational manager, holding positions such as the head of the Department of Economic Theory and International Economy, Dean of the Faculty of Economics, and first Vice-Rector, responsible for overseeing educational processes. Her exceptional contributions to education and science have been recognized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.  

Dr Ishchenko has actively participated in and coordinated numerous international projects aimed at enhancing educational patterns in Ukraine. The most notable are:  

  • ERASMUS-CBHE “Distance Education for Future: best EU practices in response to the requests of modern higher education seekers and labour market”, aimed to implement a sustainable, efficient and effective system of distance education (DE) as a separate and independent form of education in the activities of the Eastern Partnership countries.
  • ERASMUS-CBHE “Promoting professional education and student engagement through comprehensive mentoring and tutoring system at HEIs”, aimed to foster students’ employability by developing their relevant professional competencies and civic engagement through the comprehensive tutoring and mentoring  system at partner HEIs as a response to the labour market demands.
  • International project of the Polish government “Innovation University and Leadership” aimed to boost innovative capacity of Ukrainian HEI (by personal implementation of the budgeting system in PMBSNU and dissemination practices to other HEIs).
  • Joint project of US Embassy, ​​Ministry of Education, National Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education, International Center for Academic Integrity “AcademicIQ”, aimed to implement overwhelming system of academic integrity  provision in the Internal Quality Assurance System).
  • “Global Clean Technology Program for Small and Medium Enterprises in Ukraine” funded by UNIDO, creating accelerator for students’ and freshers entrepreneurs’ start-up teams with social effect and based on green technologies, involving best HEI and real sector economy practices and professionals.
  • UUKi UK-Ukraine RI Twinning bid “Multidisciplinary approaches to building research capacity and resilience through partnerships during conflict”, aimed to establish sustainable collaboration between Durham University and Zaporizhzhia National University structural divisions and researchers. 

Dr Ishchenko’s future role and contribution to the IAS major research project ’Looking Back to Move Forward: History, Recovery, and Sustainability in Understanding the War in Ukraine’ involves studying educational models that promote a resilient post-war economy, focusing on its recovery and sustainable development. In tight collaboration with Dr Markian Prokopovych (History) and Dr Chrysostomos Apostolidis (Marketing), Dr Ishchenko will provide practical recommendations for implementing structural changes in post-war economic development through comprehensive research encompassing technologies, methodologies, and crucial soft and hard skills. These recommendations will consider market needs, Ukraine’s integration into the EU, emerging realities in the education field, budget constraints, demographic and cultural shifts, and other pertinent social changes. Additionally, Nataliia’s experience as an advisor to the Head of the Regional State Administration on educational matters, her involvement as a co-developer of the Mykolaiv Urban Strategy, and her role as a consultant for the Mykolaiv Development Agency are invaluable in formulating effective recommendations to reform Ukraine’s educational system in line with the requirements of the newly rebuilt economy.