Affect, Duty, Action, Movement: Polish and Danish scout and guide volunteers' civic engagement in response to the Ukraine war

Project Details


An exploratory study of volunteering in response to the Ukrainian refugee crisis in 2022-2023. The reearch will involve interviews carried out with volunteers in Poland and Denmark in an attempt to capture similarities and differences in the way individuals understand and react to the humanitarian crisis initiated by the Russian invasion in Feb. 2022.

The qualitative research will be carried out in autumn and winter 2023/24 and is expected to yield new knowledge in four key areas:
1: Affect - how do emotions affect volunteers in their engagement with refugees/other Ukrainians?
2: Duty - what values can motivate volunteers to engage with refugees/other Ukranians?
3: Activity - what forms of action has been taken by volunteers and/or the civil society organisations they identify with?
4: Movement - what types of organising/organisation support individual volunteers in their work with refugees/other Ukranians?
Effective start/end date02/10/202331/12/2026

Collaborative partners

  • Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Project partner)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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