Strong and weak cities


Research ideaA pioneer comparative study of the reasons for transformation of urban socio-economic conditions and their influence on post-Soviet space.


Urban database formation: is taking place in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Kirgizstan, Armenia.

Publications: The current list of publications comprise 32 papers (done and planned).

Project proposals: 1. Ways to assess urbanisation in the post-Soviet space; 2. Spatial order in the post-Soviet space.


 Isolde Brade and Irina Slepukhina (Leibniz Institute Leipzig), Tatyana Nefedova and Andrey Treisvish (Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow), Alla Makhravoa (Lomonosov State University, Moscow).


Selected list of publications

Mezentsev, K.(2013): “Trends in urban settlements development in Ukraine: strong and vulnerable cities” (in Ukrainian),In: Visnyk Kyivskoho universytetu, Vol. 1(61), pp. 31-36.

Кириллов П.Л., Махрова А.Г. (2013): „Сценарный подход к прогнозированию расселения населения в территориальном планировании“, In: География, градостроительство, архитектура. Смоленск: Ойкумена, С. 63-79.

Нефедова Т.Г. (2013): Большой, средний, малый город и село в России География, градостроительство, архитектура, Смоленск: Ойкумена.

Kolosov V.A., Nefedova T.G. (2014): “Cities, Rural Areas and Urbanization: Russia and the World”, In: Regional Research of Russia, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 68–75 (на англ. языке).

Назаров В., Зубаревич Н., Нефедова Т., Полякова А. (2014): Типы расселения в России и развитие социальных институтов и социальной инфраструктуры, elibrary SSRN – Social Sciences Research Network 2014/ – 90 стр.

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.

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

How much the new state border between Kazakhstan and Russia is transforming the city network in the region?

This topic Maxim Borisenko from Barnaul, PhD Fellow in the ira.urban project, studied in Leipzig. His presentation offers insights into some of his findings, he obtained applying different research methods like the historical, the statistical, the comparative geographical and others.