“City” symbolically stands for societal modernization. In the Western world it is considered as a place of participation in social processes and discourses, as a place of economic innovation and as a place of political and social balance of interests. But what was “city” or “urbanity” in the Soviet Union? And especially: What does “city” or “urbanity” mean nowadays under new political and societal conditions in the successor states of the Soviet Union?

This blog aims to address these questions of urban reconfiguration and reorientation in post-Soviet space in between Soviet legacies, new nation building, globalization and pluralization. Therefore, we look forward to your posts which will allow you to share and discuss your valuable insights and experiences in urban research and practice in post-Soviet space.





Spatial variation of in-migration to Moscow: Testing the effect of housing market

Ilya Kashnitsky (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute/University of Groningen) Maria Gunko (Institute of Geography Russian Academy of Sciences) The study about migrants’ first residential choices within Moscow was

Maria Podkorytova „The city networks in the post-Soviet space: focusing on unevenness“

Maria Podkorytova was a PhD fellow of ira.urban project at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IFL) in Leipzig. She gained her Master’s Degree and is doing her PhD in Saint Petersburg State University, specializing on urban geography. The Maria’s research is focused on trans

Two decades of change in the Baltic States

Rūta Ubarevičienė is a PhD candidate and a junior researcher at the Lithuanian Social Research Centre, Institute of Human Geography and Demography, Lithuania. She is also a PhD candidate at the Delft University of Technology, OTB – Research for the Built Environment, the Netherlands.

The final ira.urban workshop in Erevan, Armenia

In October 2015 the ira.urban project hold its final workshop at the Yerevan State University, Armenia. As usually during our workshop we had a fruitful talks with the representatives of local government and scientific society. We have known about problems of economic development of A

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