Linkages of small cities and rural districts in Central Russia

Maria Gunko is a visiting researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IFL) in Leipzig  where she is working on the ira.urban research project. She has gained a degree of MA in Geography at the Lomonosov Moscow State University and then complited her PhD thesis at the I

Marshrutkas are running, and running, and running…

When you have spent some time in the post-Soviet space, you certainly are acquainted with marshrutkas — those ubiquitous minibuses which, more often than not, form the backbone of the public transport systems in urban and rural areas of the former Soviet Union. Strangely enough,

Media response on the roundtable „Perspectives and Conflicts of Housing in post-Soviet Urban Regions”

The roundtable was organized by partners of the ira.urban network on the occasion of the International Festival of Architecture in Minsk, September 2013. Eight experts discussed about the perspectives of urban housing, especially in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan. Now, Alexan

CfA: 2 ira.urban PhD fellowships!

We are very happy to offer two new ira.urban PhD fellowships! The prosposed fields of research are as follows: Structural change of post-Soviet city regions: Comparative research on socio-economic dynamics and interregional linkages. Peripheries of post-Soviet city regions: Trends, fa

Are the Roma better street vendors?

Bazaars in the Capital of Georgia, Tbilisi are no easy place to navigate. The central Bazaar of the city spreads along few blocks and is comprised of few Bazaars of different sizes, shopping malls and the street vendors in between. For last few years, primarily in the years of 2010 -2