European Union Policies, Regulations and Best Practices in Sustainable Food Production and Consumption

Team members

Prof. Dr. Igor Yakymenko

Professor of Environmental Science at the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control of the National University of Food Technologies (NUFT), Kyiv, Ukraine, PhD and DrSc in Biological Science. He has a long-term research and teaching experience in assessment of environmental risks of anthropogenic activities, including environmental impacts of the Chernobyl catastrophe. During the last years, Prof. Yakymenko has been studying and teaching environmental aspects of sustainable development, national and European environmental policies. He has been elaborating and implementing lecture courses on Sustainable Development Strategy; and Environmental Policy of the European Union for Master’s students in Environmental Science at NUFT. Prof. I. Yakymenko has long-term successful experience of international research collaboration. In 2008-2009, he has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar on Environmental Risk Assessment research project at School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, USA. He has been collaborating with colleagues from Masaryk University, Czech Republic, University of Kuopio, Finland, and European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. As a Jean Monnet Module coordinator, Prof. Yakymenko will coordinate a successful fulfillment of the project by all team members, will take part in elaboration, implementation and teaching of lecture courses and summer schools, will participate in project website running and online course implementation. Prof. Yakymenko will coordinate research activities in term of the project as well.

Dr. Oksana Salavor

Associate Professor of Environmental Science at the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control of NUFT, PhD in Technical Science. Her main expertise is environmental management and environmental control of food technologies’ processes. She has been elaborating and implementing lecture courses on Environmental Management; Environmental Expertise of Food Production; and Urban Ecology for bachelors and Master’s students in Environmental Science at NUFT. All her lecture courses include significant segments on European Union policies and best practices for environmental protection.

As a Jean Monnet Module team member, Dr. Salavor will be concentrated in research and teaching on the European Union policy and best practices on control of industrial pollution of the environment. She also will contribute significantly in coordination of cooperation between Module team and non-academic parties, policy-makers, industry experts, the public during the project realization, particularly during the summer schools.

Dr. Yuliya Voytenko Palgan

Assistant Professor of the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE), Lund University, Sweden. Yuliya’s primary area of expertise is ithe assessment of governance and management processes for sustainability solutions with research focus on sustainable consumption in the EU. She has over 11 years of experience working in multicultural, multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary teams. She has been engaged as a course developer, course coordinator, educator and tutor in international BSc, MSc and PhD programmes at Lund University, Malmö University, Central European University (CEU), CEU Business School as well as in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed by the IIIEE at Lund University. Also, Yuliya has a broad non-academic experience as a consultant advising industry, policy makers at various levels, municipal leaders, entrepreneurs, research institutions, NGOs and international organisations such as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation (UNFAO) and Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) on energy efficiency, renewable energy, bioenergy, and sustainable innovations.

As a Jean Monnet Chair team member, Dr. Voytenko Palgan will make a significant contribution in development of university courses and especially in successful realization of the summer schools for Ukrainian policy makers and industry experts due to her first-hand experience in international cooperation on sustainability in the EU.

Dr. Oksana Nychyk

Associate Professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control at NUFT, PhD in Technical Science/Sugar Production. Her main expertise is environmental control and audit in food industry. She is a government certified environmental auditor and has particular experience in environmental control and audit of sugar industry in Ukraine. Her teaching experience is closely connected with both Ukrainian and European Union legislation and regulation in food quality and food production. She is a government certified environmental auditor.

As a member of the Jean Monnet Chair teaching team, Dr. Nychyk will participate in elaboration and delivery of teaching course on European Union Technical Regulations on Food Production and Consumption. Also, she will be actively involved in the summer school programme development and delivering as well as in research in term of the Jean Monnet Chair, including supervising of Master’s projects on the issue. 

Dr. Olga Togachynska

Associate Professor of the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control at NUFT, PhD in Agrarian Science / Environmental Science. Before her work at NUFT, she had valuable experience in research on environmental risk assessment of agrarian technologies in term of her work at the Institute of Agroecology and Environmental Economy, National Academy of Agrarian Sciences (NAAS) of Ukraine. Her teaching experience at the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control, NUFT is concentrated on national and international regulations and standardization in food production systems and food quality control. Recently Dr. Togachynska became a government certified environmental auditor. She will be valuable team member of the Jean Monnet Chair in term of both her research/practical experience and due to her educational/teaching background. As a member of the Chair teaching team, she will participate in teaching activities on European Union Regulations and Standardization on Food Production and Consumption. She will be involved in the summer schools activities as well as in research in term of the Jean Monnet Chair. Also, she will contribute a lot in online activities of the project.  

Yevgeniy Shapovalov

Last year PhD student in Environmental Science of the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control at NUFT, MS in Environmental Science and MA in Enterprise Economy, associate researcher at the Department of Creative Education of the National Centre Minor Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. One of his current research interests is e-learning / ICT approaches in education processes optimisation. Yevgeniy is an active participant of students’ extracurricular research activities and is a leader of the environmental inter-university student community. Currently, he is successfully taking part in Jean Monnet Module on environmental protection in the EU under the coordination of Prof. I. Yakymenko.

As a Jean Monnet Chair team member, Shapovalov will be participating in elaboration and teaching of seminars on the modern approaches in sustainable food production and consumption in the EU, including digital analysis and e-learning approaches. Also, Shapovalov will be responsible for creating and moderation of website of the project, and will contribute into online course creating and running.         

The role of team members in project

The main teaching activity of the Chair will include three interconnected teaching courses for Master’s students of the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control, NUFT. Additionally, an introductory teaching course for Master’s students of the Department of Heat Power and Refrigeration at NUFT will be delivered. Two summer schools on practical issues of sustainable food production and consumption in the EU will be carried out for non-academic audience, including Ukrainian policy makers, food industry experts, NGO representatives and the public.

The teaching activities in term of the project will be carried out in spring semester of each academic year, and the summer schools will be conducted at the end of spring semesters. Autumn semesters will be dedicated to elaborating and improving of the syllabuses, methodical support of the teaching courses and research activities. All the activities imply a team work of all members of teaching team under the coordination of Prof. I. Yakymenko. Dr. Yu. Voytenko Palgan (Lund University, Sweden) will participate in all activities via the Internet, and contribute personally in final lectures for Master’s students teaching courses and especially into the summer schools’ activities.     

During the first academic year (2017/2018) the Chair will deliver three teaching courses for two academic groups of Master’s students in Environmental Science, one introductory teaching course for Master’s students in Power Engineering, and the summer school for non-academic learners. During the second and third academic years (2018/2019; 2019/2020) the Chair will cover two groups of Master’s students in Environmental Science of the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control, and two academic groups of Master’s students in Power Engineering at the Department of Heat Power and Refrigeration at NUFT. Also, at the end of spring semester of the third year the final summer school for Ukrainian policy makers, food industry experts and representatives of civil society will be organized.

During the project, especially in second and third years, research on the progress and challenges in sustainable food production and consumption in the EU will be carried out under the leading of the Chair holder Prof. I. Yakymenko in close collaboration of the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control, NUFT, Ukraine and the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, Sweden. All members of the project team will be involved in research, and participation of young researchers will be promoted. At least five Master’s projects on the Chair research programme will be carried out during the project at the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control. Also, the results of research will be published at least in three peer reviewed publications (both in Ukraine and in the European Union). Also, at the end of the third year of the project teaching and research activities of the project will be summarized in a textbook on European Union policies, regulations and best practices in sustainable food production and consumption. The online activities of the Chair will include running the website of the project and online presentations of teaching courses and materials of summer schools.