Roman Petryshyn

Roman Petryshyn


Roman Petryshyn
Director of the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre (URDC)
MacEwan University



About Roman Petryshyn

Roman Petryshyn holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Race and Ethnic Relations from the University of Bristol, England and a Diploma in Social Sciences from the University of Birmingham, as well as a Masters and Bachelor degree in Clinical psychology from Lakehead University.

Dr. Petryshyn is the Director of the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre (URDC) at Grant MacEwan University where he holds the Drs. Peter and Doris Kule Chair in Ukrainian Community and International Development.  He has worked as a Research Associate in the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, and with the Governments of Ontario (Citizenship Branch) and Alberta (Cultural Heritage) where he was engaged in multicultural programming.

His research and publications focus on the integration of Ukrainian minorities in Britain and Canada.  He edited Changing Realities:  Social Trends Among Ukrainian Canadians and has contributed articles to several published compilations.

Since 1991, Dr. Petryshyn has been actively engaged in structuring and delivering technical assistance projects in Ukraine and Russia through Grant MacEwan University’s representative office.  He was Project Manager for the “Agricultural Curriculum” and the “Agri-Business Learning Materials” projects (1991-95);  coordinator of research for the study “Reform of the Novosibirsk Health Care System”; Manager of the “Yamalo-Nanetsk and Tyumen Organizational Readiness” project (1996-97); co-director of the “Canadian Business Management Project in Ukraine” (1997-2000); and the “Health Education Learning Project” in Russia (2000-2004).  He is active in the Canada Ukraine Research Team, administered jointly with the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, studying and improving the educational services available to children with disabilities in public schools of Alberta and Ukraine.  Dr. Petryshyn was co-director of the of the “Inclusive Education for Children with Disabilities in Ukraine” project (2008-2013).


On February 10, 2014, Dr. Petryshyn gave a short interview on the Contemporary Ukraine Research Forum and its goals. The video, with a transcript, is available here.