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Comparative urban geography of post-socialist cities


Zoltán Kovács, Institute of Geography, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and University of Szeged (Hungary)
Isolde Brade, Institut für Länderkunde, Leipzig (Germany)


Post-socialist urban development is neither uniform nor unilinear, but there are local variations of similar urban transformations depending on historical pathways and socio-economic as well as political framework conditions. Over the last two decades the number of case studies focusing on post-socialist urban transformation has been growing steadily, however, very few of these studies had a comparative perspective.

This session invites papers from the former state socialist countries focusing on one of following topics from a comparative perspective:

  • local government reforms and new ways of governance in post-socialism;
  • socio-spatial transformation of post-socialist cities;
  • residential mobility and evolving new patterns of segregation in post-socialist cities;
  • convergence or divergence between East and West;
  • upgrading of inner-city neighbourhoods, and the mechanisms of gentrification;
  • transformation of large housing estates;
  • suburbanisation and urban sprawl in post-socialist cities;
  • changing role of planning and planning control in post-socialist cities.

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Slot 1
Chair: Dovilé Krupickaité

Presentation n. 1
Title: Neighbourhood dynamics and socio-spatial change in post-socialist cities: a comparative perspective
Author(s): Zoltán Kovács

Presentation n. 2
Title: Universal or unique? Mechanisms and processes of social change in post-socialist cities (the case of Warsaw)
Author(s): Magdalena Górczynska

Presentation n. 3
Title: Urban residential mobility in a post-socialist metropolis: The case study of Riga
Author(s): Maris Berzins, Zaiga Krisjane, Andris Bauls

Presentation n. 4
Title: A multi level analysis of socio-economic differentiation in Lithuania
Author(s): Vytautas Valatka, Danas Zuokas

Slot 2
Chair: Zaiga Krisjane

Presentation n. 1
Title: Gated neighbourhoods in post socialist state (case Vilnius) as a symbol of safety?
Author(s): Dovilé Krupickaité, Gintaré Pociuté

Presentation n. 2
Title: Bluefield development in the postsocialist context: the case of Bratislava and Prague
Author(s): Branislav Machala

Presentation n. 3
Title: Emerging transport land use changes in post-socialist urban environment: example of Slovenia
Author(s): David Bole

Presentation n. 4
Title: Large housing estate in post-socialist city, revival or decay
Author(s): Dorota Celinska-Janowicz

Presentation n. 5
Title: Urban recycling in post-socialist cities: transformation of brownfield sites into leisure in Poland
Author(s): Marta Derek, Adam Mielczarek

Slot 3
Chair: Zoltán Kovács

Presentation n. 1
Title: Urban restructuring in post-war contexts: the Sarajevo case
Author(s): Jordi Martin

Presentation n. 2
Title: Urban renewal as a national political agenda: Skopje, Macedonia versus Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
Author(s): Leonora Grcheva

Presentation n. 3
Title: Urban Sprawl and suburbanization in Almaty: unique case or central Asian model?
Author(s): Francois Bogliacino

Presentation n. 4
Title: Urban restructuring in Ukraine: Problems and conflicts
Author(s): Artem Mozgovyi

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