The British Sociological Association expresses its grave concern about the invasion of Ukraine. This will have profound consequences for all those resident in Ukraine, its citizens (including minorities), and their families and friends abroad. One particular consequence will be the serious threat to the pursuit of research and independent scholarship within its universities, one of which in Kharkiv has already been subject to bombardment. We express our support for colleagues at the Institute of Sociology NAS of Ukraine (the national representative body of Ukrainian sociology), for all sociologists in Ukraine, and for all people in Ukraine.
The BSA extends its support to Institute of Sociology NAS colleagues directly affected whether currently in Ukraine or outside and will seek to facilitate free online access to its conferences and other activities of the Association.
We acknowledge that there are many Russian people, including in the Russian academic community, who are opposed to this war. We are troubled by the racism experienced by some seeking to leave Ukraine and by the perception that this conflict matters more because it is occurring in Europe. We express our continuing solidarity with all displaced peoples and those suffering under ongoing conflict globally.
The following links offer members ways to demonstrate solidarity with Ukraine:
[The Government has pledged to match pound-for-pound up to £20 million donated by the public to the Disasters Emergency Committee appeal.]