Dr. Tamara Krawchenko

Dr. Tamara Krawchenko
Assistant Professor
Office: HSD A326

PhD (Carleton), MPA, BA

Area of expertise

Comparative public policy; regional development; sustainability transitions

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Professional Information & Research

Dr. Tamara Krawchenko is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration and member of UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems with expertise in comparative public policy and territorial development. Dr. Krawchenko has conducted comparative public policy research in over a dozen countries and has authored over 80 articles, books and reports. Her scholarship is placed-based—focusing on understanding local/regional assets, challenges and opportunities and supporting diverse communities to meet their development goals. She has led international programmes of research on sustainability transitions, rural development policies, linking Indigenous communities with regional development, and the governance of land use.

Dr. Krawchenko regularly advises governments on territorial development policies including as a policy analyst for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2015-2019) and through work with the World Bank. She has also worked for both the federal and provincial governments in Canada and for a number of research institutes and universities in Canada, Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan as a professor and researcher. She is a member of the Canadian Climate Institute’s Clean Growth Panel, a board member of the Community Social Planning Council, and a member of the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Climate Leadership Plan Steering Committee. Dr. Krawchenko holds a PhD in Public Policy and Political Economy from Carleton University, a Masters degree in Public Administration from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Dalhousie University.

Research Interests

  • Political economy and economic geography
  • Comparative public policy
  • Land use planning and strategic spatial planning
  • Community and economic development
  • Territorial development policies (regional, rural, urban)
  • Transportation and infrastructure policy
  • Research methods and philosophy of social sciences.

Selected Publications

Articles published in refereed journals

Kobzik, J. & Krawchenko, T. (2023). “What do we want and how do we get there”: A comparative review of First Nations Comprehensive Community Plans in British Columbia, Canadian Public Administration, 66(1), pp. 1-18.

Nicholls, B. and Krawchenko, T. (2022). Having your say: A comparative review of public input practices for development approvals in British Columbia, Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 30(3).

Krawchenko, T., Gordon, M. (2022). Just transitions for oil and gas regions and the role of regional development policies, Energies, Special Issue: Challenges and Research Trends of Energy Transition in Fuel-Dependent Regions, 15(13), 4834, pp. 1-14.

Oliviera, D., Breen, S., Krawchenko T. (2022). Targeting policies to place: A jurisdictional analysis of composite indicators for rural development. Journal of Community and Rural Development, 17(1), pp. 111–130.

Krawchenko, T., (2022). Can governance at the right scale increase productivity? A comparative scoping review, Canadian Journal of Regional Science. 41(1), pp. 16-25.

Krawchenko, T. and Gordon, M. (2021). How do we manage a just transition? A comparative review of national and regional just transitions initiatives, Sustainability, 13, 6070.

Rhodes, E., Krawchenko, T., Pearce, K., & Shaw, K. (2021). Scaling up local climate action: A survey of climate policy priorities in the Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities region. Canadian Planning and Policy / Aménagement Et Politique Au Canada, 2021(01), 36-69. https://doi.org/10.24908/cpp-apc.v2021i01.14469

Krawchenko, T., Schumann, A. (2019), “Trends and lessons in spatial planning from OECD countries,” Town and Country, November, pp. 462-466

Krawchenko, T. (2019), A framework for modern rural policy in Poland—dialogue with the research community, Wieś i Rolnictwo, 4(181), Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute for Rural Development and Agriculture, Warsaw, Poland, pp. 11-24.

Krawchenko, T. Schumann, A. (2017), The governance of land use in OECD countries: Key lessons from a comparative policy review, Real Estate Review, New York University, pp. 5-18.

Krawchenko, T. & Hainc, J. (2017), Aligning policy incentives and establishing governance for ‘shrinking’ cities: A profile of Lodz, Poland, Studia Miejskie, Warsaw, pp. 26: 51-64.

Krawchenko, T. (2017). Questioning neo-endogeneity: Cases of community economic development practice from Atlantic Canada. The Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research (ANSERJ), pp. 8(1): 5-18.

Krawchenko, T., Foster, K. (2016). ‘Generationing’ public policy: Intergenerational equity policies in comparative sociological perspective. Public Policy and Governance Review, 7(2), pp. 95-119.

Aubrecht, K. & Krawchenko, T. (2016). Disability and Aging: International perspectives. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, pp. 12: 2-3.

Krawchenko, T., Keefe, J., Manuel, P., & Rapaport, E. (2016). Coastal climate change, vulnerability and age friendly communities: Linking planning for climate change to the age friendly communities agenda. Journal of Rural Studies, 44, pp. 55-62.

Krawchenko, T. (2015). Governing large complex city-regions: The adoption of regional special purpose bodies for transportation and transit governance. Urbana, 16, pp. 15-34.

Manuel, P., Rapaport, E., Keefe, J., Krawchenko, T. (2015). Coastal climate change and aging communities in Atlantic Canada: A methodological approach to community asset and social vulnerability mapping. The Canadian Geographer, 59(2), pp. 1-14.

Rapaport, E., Manuel, P., Krawchenko, T. & Keefe, J. (2015). How can aging communities adapt to coastal climate change? Planning for social and place vulnerability. Canadian Public Policy, 41(2), pp. 166-177.

Krawchenko, T. (2014). Bringing municipalities into rural community and economic development: Cases from Atlantic Canada. The Journal of Rural and Community Development, 9(3), pp. 78-96.

Jiwani, F. & Krawchenko, T. (2014). Public policy, access to government and qualitative research practices: Conducting research within a culture of information control. Canadian Public Policy, 40(1), pp. 57-66.

Stoney, C. & Krawchenko T. (2013). Crisis and opportunism: Public finances from stimulus to austerity in Canada. Alternate Routes: A Journal of Critical Social Research, 24, pp. 33-58.

Krawchenko T. & Stoney, C. (2012). Transparency and Accountability in Infrastructure Stimulus Spending: A Comparison of Canadian, Australian and US Programs. Canadian Public Administration/Administration publique du Canada, 55(4), pp. 581-503.

Krawchenko T. (2011). Regional special purpose bodies for transportation and transit in Canada: Case studies of Translink and Metrolinx. The Canadian Journal of Regional Science, 34(1), pp. 1-8.

Krawchenko T. & Stoney, C. (2011). Public participation in local government and the use of public private partnerships: A case study based on the city of Ottawa. The Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, 2(2), pp. 74-90.

Krawchenko, T. & Pavlychko, D. (2011). Alcohol abuse and dependency in Ukraine: The policy challenge of a ‘wicked’ problem. The NISPAcee Journal of Public Administration and Policy, 4(1), pp. 1-14.

Krawchenko, T. (2009). The OECD and urban governance reform. Canadian Journal of Urban Research, 18(1), pp. 27-46.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development contributions*

OECD contributions go through a three part peer review process. Territorial reviews and country case studies are reviewed by: the participating national officials (and subnational government officials in select cases); by internal peer reviewers at the unit, division and directorate levels and; are reviewed, voted on, and approved by the pertinent OECD committee(s) comprised of OECD national representatives.

β Denotes project manager.
* Denotes primary (or sole) author.
** Denotes contributing author.

OECD (2022). “Local government self-assessment of Ukraine’s decentralisation reforms,” Rebuilding Ukraine by Reinforcing Regional and Municipal Governance, Paris: OECD Publishing.**

OECD (2021). “Service provision: Definitions and trends," Access and Cost of Education and Health Services: Preparing Regions for Demographic Change, Paris: OECD Publishing.**

OECD (2021). Delivering Quality Education and Health Care to All. Paris: OECD Publishing.**

OECD (2020). Territorial Review: Regional Policy for Greece Post‑2020, Paris: OECD Publishing.**

OECD (2020). Linking Indigenous communities with regional development: Canada, Paris: OECD Publishing, pp. 1-450.* β

OECD (2019). Principles on Rural Policy, OECD Instrument, Paris: OECD Publishing, pp. 1-10.* β

OECD (2019), Linking Indigenous peoples with regional development: Sweden, Paris, OECD Publishing, pp. 1-148.* β

OECD (2019). Territorial Review of Småland-Blekinge: Sweden, Paris: OECD Publishing, pp. 1-168.** β

OECD (2018). Rural Policy Review of Poland, Paris: OECD Publishing: 1-300.* β

OECD (2017). Spatial Planning and Policy in Israel: Case studies of Umm al Fahm and Netanya, Paris: OECD publishing, pp. 1-148.**

OECD (2017). The governance of land use in the Czech Republic: The case of Prague. Paris: OECD publishing, pp. 1-164.* β

OECD (2017). The governance of land use in OECD countries: policy analysis and recommendations, Paris: OECD Publishing, pp. 1-208.* β

OECD (2017). The governance of land use in the Netherlands: The case of Amsterdam, Paris: OECD publishing, pp. 1-168.* β

OECD (2017). The governance of land use in France: Case studies of Clermont-Ferrand and Nantes-Saint Nazaire, Paris: OECD publishing, pp. 1-172.* β

OECD (2017). Territorial Review of Kazakhstan, Paris, OECD publishing, pp. 1-176.**

OECD (2016). The governance of land use in Poland: The case of Lodz, Paris: OECD Publishing, pp. 1-116.* β

OECD (2016). Regional Outlook 2016 (Chapters 3 and 4), Paris: OECD publishing, pp. 139-219. **

Book chapters

Krawchenko, T. and McDonald, C., “Statistical frameworks and data governance,” Sámi rights and the quest for sustainability, Routledge press. Forthcoming.

Chouinard, J. and Krawchenko, T., (2022) Participatory evaluation tools, M. Howlett ed., Routledge Handbook of Policy Tools, London, Routledge.

Atleo, C.G., Crowe, T., Krawchenko, T., Shaw, K. (2022), Indigenous Ambivalence? It’s not about the pipeline. In Hazboun S. and Boudet, H. eds. Public Responses to Fossil Fuel Export: Energy Transition and the Shifting Global Energy Order, Elsevier Publishing.

Krawchenko, B., Enikeeva, Z., Krawchenko T. (2021), “Universities and Society in Kyrgyzstan: A Historical, Political and Economic Perspective,” in Social Responsibility in Higher Education, Eds. B. L. Hall and R. Tandon, Brill Publishing.

Krawchenko, T., Gordon, M. (forthcoming), “Just transitions”, in Robert Brears ed., Palgrave Encyclopaedia on Regional and Urban Futures, Palgrave Macmillan.

Krawchenko, T., McDonald, C., Tomaney, J. (2019), “Regional planning in rural development,” in Scott, M. Gallent, N., Gkartzios, M. eds., The Routledge Companion to Rural Planning, London: Routledge, pp. 170-182.

Krawchenko, T. (2019), Taxing and spending: Making Canadians richer and poorer, in Harding, R. and Jeyapal, D., Canadian social policy for social workers, Oxford University Press, pp. 200-228.

Krawchenko, T. & Stoney, C. (2015). Leaner and meaner: Government spending from stimulus to austerity. In T. Healy, and S. Trew, The Harper Record 2008-2015, Ottawa, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, pp. 281-292.

Research Rublications

Krawchenko, T., Gordon, M. “How to implement a just transition? Leading practices in policy and governance,” Just Transition in the Western Balkans, World Bank.

Moore-Cherry, N., Clavin, A., Krawchenko, T. and Tomaney, J., (2022). Exploring Place-based Opportunities for Policy and Practice in Transition, National Economic and Social Council of Ireland, Research paper no. 24, pp. 1-100.

Krawchenko, T. (2022). Managing a ‘just transition’ in New Zealand’s Taranaki Region, Canadian Climate Institute.

Krawchenko, T. (2022). Managing a ‘just transition’ in Scotland, Canadian Climate Institute.

Krawchenko, T. (2022). Managing a ‘just transition’ in Denmark, Canadian Climate Institute.

Krawchenko, T., Brooke, H., Foster, K., Markey, S. (2022). What is rural policy today? A pan-Canadian scan of policies for rural spaces, Canadian Rural Revitalisation Foundation.

Krawchenko, T., Gordon, M. (2021). How can we manage a just transition? A comparative review of policies to support a just transition from carbon intensive industries, Institute for Integrated Energy Systems, University of Victoria.

Krawchenko T. (2021). The public sector and productivity: Governance at the right scale, Productivity Policies for Places, OECD Centre for Spatial Productivity.

Krawchenko, T., Rhodes, K., Harrison, K., Pearce, K., Shaw, K., Brousselle, A., Ney, T., Mallows, C. (2020). Territorial Analysis and Survey of Local Government Priorities for Climate Action: Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities, Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities Climate Leadership Plan, Victoria, B.C, pp. 1-83.

Raderschall, L., Krawchenko, T., & Leblanc, L. (2020). Leading practices for resource benefit sharing and development for and with Indigenous communities, OECD Working Paper, Paris, OECD Publishing, pp.1-50.

Krawchenko, T., & Madahbee Leach, D. (2020). How Canadian policies can enable Indigenous economic development, Policy Options, Institute for Research on Public Policy, pp. 1-3.

Krawchenko, T. (2020), Public service delivery in OECD countries: Key concepts and debates, OECD working paper.

Krawchenko, T. (2017), Beyond the numbers—the qualitative research behind our reports, OECD Insights, 20 July, 2017.

Keefe, J. & Krawchenko, T. (2015), Taking caregivers seriously: An elaboration on research practice. HealthcarePapers, 15(1), pp. 1-6.


Krawchenko, T. & Scott, N. (2021), Mobility shift—Can new investments in active transportation put a dent in Canadians’ car dependence? Policy Options, January 1 2021.

Krawchenko, T. & Schumann, A. (2016). The use of land: Why planners cannot go it alone, OECD Observer, Paris, OECD Publishing, pp. 1-2.

Foster, K. & Krawchenko, T. (2016). How policy can support intergenerational equity, Policy Options: Special feature on public policy and young Canadians, Institute for Research on Public Policy, pp. 1-6.

Selected Grants

National Economic and Social Council of Ireland, “Exploring Place-based Opportunities for Policy and Practice in Transition, Principal Investigator: Niamh Moore-Cherry, Co-Investigator: T. Krawchenko, J. Tomany. Awarded May 2021 ($70,776).

SSHRC Insight Development Grant, “Canada's 'left behind' places: Understanding rural and small town economic restructuring and government policy responses,” Principal investigator: T. Krawchenko; Collaborators: K. Foster, S. Markey, June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2022 ($30,869.00).

Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation, “Public sector and productivity: Governance at the right scale,” Principal Investigator: T. Krawchenko, Awarded November 2020, (19,000).

SSHRC Knowledge Synthesis Grant, “How can we manage a just energy transition? A comparative review of policies to support the just transition from carbon intensive industries.” Project director: T. Krawchenko; project team: D. Gibson, F. Grouzet, T. Hancock, T. Heyd, K. Rhodes, K. Shaw, March 1 2020 to February 28, 2021 ($23,636).

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions grant, “Establishing a Framework for Regional Climate Planning, Stage 1 of Catalyzing Effective Climate Action through Regional-Scale Planning,” Principal Investigator: Karina Shaw; Co-Investigators: A. Brousselle, T. Krawchenko, T. Ney, K. Rhodes. Awarded February 2020, ($21,952).

Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement Implementation Science Teams: Strengthening Pandemic Preparedness in Long-Term Care. Implementation of policies that support and hinder families as partners in care during COVID-19 pandemic. Keefe, J. (NPI), Chamberlain, S.(Co-PI), Andrew, M. (Co-PI), (CoIs): Warner, G. Weeks, L. Hande, M., Krawchenko, T., (KUs): MacDougall, A., Norman, K., (FCG reps): Bishop, R., Duffy-Landry, M., Fifield, H., Murphy, R., (Partners): Boudreau, D., Connick, S., Deveau, C., Lamont, G., Manahan, V., Ocampo, A., Nov. 2020 to Nov. 2021 ($149,984).