Dr. Tamara Krawchenko

Dr. Tamara Krawchenko
Assistant Professor

PhD (Carleton), MPA, BA

Area of expertise

Comparative public policy; regional development; sustainability transitions

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Dr. Tamara Krawchenko is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Administration, Assistant Director of UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems and Chair of the Local Governance Hub. She is an expert in comparative public policy and territorial development. Dr. Krawchenko has conducted 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, regional/rural/urban development policies, Indigenous economies, transportation and infrastructure governance 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
  • Territorial development policies (regional, rural, urban)
  • Sustainability transitions
  • Land use planning and strategic spatial planning
  • Community and economic development
  • Transportation and infrastructure policy
  • Research methods and philosophy of social sciences.