Ukraine - the Netherlands Urban Network

Ukraine - the Netherlands Urban Network is a growing community of Ukrainians in the Netherlands, Dutch architectural and spatial planning organisations and other spatial professionals who joined forces to exchange knowledge in the context of the reconstruction of Ukraine.

The war in Ukraine has left many of its cities in rubbles and has affected millions of people. A growing community of Ukrainians in the Netherlands together with Dutch organisations and spatial professionals, have started the UNUN initiative to start thinking about the reconstruction of the country.

The aim of this platform is also to stimulate knowledge exchange and capacity building. That’s why the UNUN network will organise a series of meetups, workshops and lectures on a regular basis. The platform also aims to help spatial professionals who are affected by the war in Ukraine and who are looking for work in the Netherlands, by connecting them to Dutch design and engineering firms who are willing to employ people from Ukraine.

Ukrainian architects, landscape designers and urbanists seeking work can showcase their CV and/or portfolio on a platform, while design companies can easily upload their offers for various forms of employment within the collective labour agreement for architectural firms. In this way, we hope to pair spatial professionals from Ukraine with job offers.

We very much encourage that Dutch employers allow their Ukrainian employees to devote part of their working time to the reconstruction of Ukraine, by attending the monthly meetups and by becoming active within the UNUN network.
Restart Ukraine X Rotterdam at the Independent School for the City. Picture by Joke Schot
Restart Ukraine X Rotterdam at the Independent School for the City. Picture by Joke Schot
Job offers
Design, consultancy, and engineering firms as well as organisations in the public sector can post their job openings here

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Job seekers
Ukrainian spatial professionals who are looking for a job in the Netherlands can create a profile here

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sep 08

Build Ukraine back together – A call for exchange and creating networks

While the war in Europe is still an everyday reality, people around the world are starting to think about the rebuilding of Ukraine. This weekend, for example, University College London is hosting an online symposium about the reconstruction of Ukraine. In this article, Hedwig van der Linden and Oleksandra Tkachenko explore how the Dutch professional community of urbanists, planners and architects could help Ukraine to build back its cities together and better.
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aug 16

Support for Ukrainian artists in the Netherlands

The Dutch government has announced that it will allocate 1 million euros to support artists who were forced to flee their country after the Russian attack on Ukraine and are living in the Netherlands, to enable them to continue their work here. This programme is financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, each allocating € 500,000. The Dutch Foundation for Literature is coordinating this support programme on behalf of the six national cultural foundations. Applications must be made by a Dutch legal entity, i.e. a cultural organisation or institution. The closing date of the support programme is 15 November 2022.
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aug 01

Scholarships, Fellowships and grants for Ukrainians students to study abroad

The website wemakescholars.com has compiled a list of Dutch Scholarships, Fellowships and grants for Ukrainians students.
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oct 17

Workshop -Manifesto for the Just City

TU Delft, IHS Erasmus University, University of Illinois, Winston-Salem State University, Morgan State University and The Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Supported by Pakhuis de Zwijger
The workshop “Manifesto for the Just City”, now in its third edition, is a digital lecture and debate series composed of four online sessions with leading academics and practitioners in the fields of urban theory, urban planning and spatial justice. Upon participation in the online lecture series, teams of students are invited to draft a Manifesto for the Just City, expressing what their visions for cities that are sustainable, fair and inclusive for all.

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