ira.urban partners


Valuation Department in National Cadastral Agency (state research and production unitary enterprise)

Veranika Salauyova is graduated from the Belarusian National Technical University as an Economist with specialization in Real Estate Management. She got Master Degree in Economics from the same University and Master Degree in Built Environment (with specialization in Land Management) from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.Nowadays is working as an Associate Director of Valuation Department in National Cadastral Agency (state research and production unitary enterprise).Professional interests: Mass Valuation for Taxation, Real Estate Market Analysis, Land Administration, Compulsory Purchase of Real Property, Land Value Formation in Urban Settlements.



Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales

Jean Radvanyi



Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University

Joseph Salukvadze graduated in 1979 as an economic geographer from Tbilisi State University (TSU). PhD since 1985. Currently holds a position of Vice-Rector of TSU, and is Full Professor of Human Geography at Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, TSU. Is a visiting Professor at Technical University of Munich, Germany. In 1991-92 was the Swedish Institute research fellow in Stockholm and Lund universities, Sweden. In 1998-99 – Fulbright scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. From 1994 to 2007 was a deputy team leader of “Land Management Project” for Tbilisi, and “Cadastre and Land Registration Project” for Georgia, financed by German government (GIZ and KfW). As an expert of urban and land policy issues systematically co-operates with the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UN Habitat  and other international agencies. Vice-President of Geographic Society of Georgia. Member of Association of American Geographers (AAG). Member of editorial board of 3 international scientific journals. Author and editor of 3 books and more than 50 publications. Fields of scientific interest: urban geography and town planning, land policy and land use, cultural geography, GIS application in social sciences.



Kazakh National Technical  University

Alexey Abilov is a professor of the Kazakh National Technical University, Department of Architecture and Design. He has more than 100 publications in the field of urban planning with focus on sustainable development for human settlements. Nowadays he actively investigates the problems of contemporary urban development in Kazakhstan, participating in several practical works on designing of master plans for the big cities and suburban areas.He is a member of the Unions of Architects and Urban Planners of Kazakhstan, Full member of the International Academy of Architecture of Eastern Countries, Honorable Architect of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

AI-Farabi Kazakh National University

Gulnara Nyussupova



Lomonosov Moscow State University

Alla Makhrova is a principal research fellow at the Faculty of Geography, Moscow Lomonosov State University. Her research interests are in urbanization and cities, spatial planning, and residential property markets. Her book publications include Moscow, Capital City-Region, Moscow Oblast: Today and Tomorrow, and Geography and Urban Planning.

Russian Academy of Sciences

Tatyana Nefedova is a head researcher in the Department of Economic and Social Geography in the Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Science. Her research interests are in the regional rural and urban development in Russia. Her book publications include The Environs of Russian Cities, The End of Peasantry, and Moscow Oblast Today and Tomorrow.

Ural State University of Economics

Natalia Vlasova is a Professor of the Regional and Municipal Economics Department, the Ural State University of Economics.Delivering courses: Economics and Urban Policy; Marketing Places; Urban Geography; EC Regional Policy. Dr. Vlasova research focuses on urban policy and urban strategic planning.She is a member of  program committee of Yekaterinburg strategic development. Member of dissertation committee at the Ural State University of Economics and a member of personnel review board for municipal employee qualifying (for two Yekaterinburg administrative districts).

Urals Institute of Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, Yekaterinburg

Irina Turgel graduated Ural State University as an economist. Academic degree –  doctor of economics. The topic of thesis for Doctorate Degree: Strategic Management  of Mono-Towns Socioeconomic Development. Since 2002 she has worked as a head of Economics and Management Chair of Ural Academy of Public Administration. Since 2006 she has taken up the position of  deputy director for research. Her research interests focus on issues of urbaneconomics and urban policy; designing of economic policy for different  types of  towns, local self-government reforms, monotowns development. She is a member of professional associations: The Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe, Slovakia, Urban Affairs Association (USA).

Southern  Federal University Rostov on Don

Alexander Druszhinin



Taras Shevchenko National University Kyiv

Kostyantyn Mezentsev is Professor of Department of Economic and Social Geography at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Head of Kyiv Department of Ukrainian Geographical Society, Vice-Head of the Scientific and Technical Council for Tourism. Contemporary Scientific Fields are transformation of urban regions and cities; suburbanization; public spaces in Ukrainian cities; perception and imagines of regions and cities; regional labor markets and migration.

Ukrainian National Academy of Science

Ivan Savchuk was born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1976. He studied from 1993 to 1998 at the Taras Shevchenko National University in Kyiv, graduated in 1999 and obtained the master degree (Diploma). In 2004 he defended his PhD thesis “Social and economic basis of the foreign trade development between Ukraine and the European Union member states” (Economic and Social Geography). Since January 2007 he is a senior researcher at the Institute of Geography NAS of Ukraine. He is member of the “Groupement de recherche international (GDRI): Espaces et Réseaux Urbains (ERU)”. His research focuses on geopolitics of France and Ukraine, export-oriented economy, geo-urbanity and geo-historical research of cities in East Europe.  More information: cv_savchuk and publication_savchuk


United Kingdom

Universität Cardiff

Oleg Golubchikov is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Cardiff University in the UK. He previously worked as Lecturer in Urban Resilience at the University of Birmingham and prior to that as a researcher at the University of Oxford and UCL, after gaining his PhD from the University of Oxford. he has also held various visiting, honorary, and consulting posts internationally, including currently as a Visiting Professor at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.His research interests are broadly concerned with urban political economy, especially with respect to systemic state-induced transitional processes. He is particularly interested in two sets of transitional narratives: post-socialist transition and post-carbon transition. He studies them as ideological and governance regimes that produce new urban (political, economic, and social) geographies. This broad interest can be specified as the following themes:

• Neoliberal-transitional urbanism: The production of uneven urban spatiality and urbanisation under post-socialist varieties of neoliberal capitalism and urban entrepreneurialism, focusing on social and economic transformations, urban governance, housing policy, and their relationships with uneven development and socio-spatial inequality.
• Urban social resilience: Social and economic vulnerabilities and adaptive and transformative strategies of urban communities coping with socio-spatial pressures, especially in the context of dwelling, gentrification, and displacement.
• New energy modalities and low-carbon urbanism: Governance of energy-efficient housing and low-carbon/climate-neutral cities; socio-spatial implications and contestations emerging from low-carbon policies for cities; exploring alternative pathways through more holistic perspectives on sustainable cities and sustainable housing.