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5 questions to Vadym Denysenko,
CANactions School Program Director

Vadym Denysenko is a new Program Director of CANactions School. He has been involved in various School's projects before and currently is a junior mentor of Integrated Spatial Planning for Amalgamated Hromadas Program.

He conducted advocacy campaigns in the field of sustainable urban transport development. He also consults for cities for Cycling Development Plans and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMP).

Vadym told CANactions School about his tasks, plans, and the first steps in new position.

CANactions: Vadym, what is the reason of your joining CANactions School program team now?
Vadym: The Integrated Spatial Planning for Amalgamated Hromadas Program, in which I participated as a junior mentor, is coming to the end. I was so inspired by the results of working with hromadas representatives and their interest in developing their own territories, so I decided not to give up work in this field and continue developing it together with CANactions School.
What is your main task as a Program Director and what goals do you set for yourself?
Together with Urs Thomann and Yegor Vlasenko, we are preparing the second edition of the program devoted to the strategic spatial planning of amalgamated hromadas. We want to slightly modify the program format and concentrate on the most sensitive issues for hromadas—mobility, working with landscapes, and land гіу. As for me, the greatest value is the change in the livelihood of the inhabitants of the territories with which we work. I want the CANactions School educational approach "Real-world lab" will lead to such changes.
foWhich of your experiences will be useful for this position?
I have experience in the field of transport planning with an emphasis on establishing sustainable ways of moving (public transport, walking, cycling). Combining the themes of mobility and spatial planning of territories should give fruitful results.
What project are you working on now?
The second wave of the Integrated Spatial Planning for AH program is my number one project now. It is important to take into account all the mistakes of the previous program and suggest the most relevant modification in terms of thematic focuses and line-ups of working teams. 899 amalgamated hromadas have been formed in Ukraine, and we worked with only 30 of them. This is a huge potential for development.
What innovation would you offer for CANactions School?
Mobility is entirely "my" topic. I think it is time to include Ukrainian transport planners in the interdisciplinary teams of CANactions School.
Text: Olena Vozniak