“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.





PhD Spring School “Urban Activism and Participatory Urban Planning in Central and Eastern Europe” (3-9 April 2017, Vinnytsia)

The organizers hope to stimulate intense and productive, interdisciplinary and international dialogue and learning in the fields of activism and conflict, urban planning and governance research, offering theoretical and methodological trainings and discussions, an open and informal at

TRIPAR Project: Kick-off workshop

The first, kick-off workshop of TRIPAR research project was held on November 20-22, 2016 in Aachen, Germany. During the event, international research teams introduced its scientific background, presented their cities and reviewed urban planning conflicts selected for the further in-de

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

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