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.

Do cities matter in economic development? Ira.urban in Siberia.

Our colleague Irina Slepukhina (Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography Leipzig) took part at a conference in Krasnoyarsk in Eastern Siberia, named «Eastern Vector: Prospects of Siberia’s Development in the XXI century» following an invitation by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

Strong and weak cities in Russia

This paper presents some selected results of Irina Slepukhinas PhD about “The emerging structure of the Russian urban system”. The research is based on data from 2002 untill 2010 from 865 cities. Analysing different indicators as the population dynamics, housing stock characteristics