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Project information

Project team

Sebastian Lentz, Isolde Brade, Wladimir Sgibnev


Université du Havre, Le Havre, France (lead partner); Université le Mirail Toulouse 2, Toulouse, France; Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon (ENS Lyon), France; Université de Rouen en Haute-Normandie, France; Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales (INALCO), Paris, France; Geographical Institute of the Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation; Geographical Institute of the Academy of Sciences, Kiev, Ukraine; Geographical Institute of the Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Duration of project

05/2012 – 04/2016

Funded by


Further information

Isolde Brade
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-112

Wladimir Sgibnev
Tel: +49 341 600 55-161

Groupement de recherche international

Espaces et Réseaux Urbains

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, cities and city networks in the newly established nation states largely inherited the functional roles they held in the past. Twenty years later, they are facing new global challenges and a reconfiguration of Soviet legacies. How can they integrate into global economic, financial and transportation networks, and how do they confront the development of the knowledge economy? In which terms can we analyse their path dependencies and how can we compare them to the Western model of metropolisation?

The French research organisation CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) provides the funding for this project with the aim to deepen international collaborative networks of urban geographers from Russia, the Ukraine, and Central and Eastern Europe. The goal is to come to a better understanding of the development and the spatial processes of post-Soviet and post-socialist cities. Two major topics stand at the centre of attention:

  • Regional metropolises and their evolution: the development of city networks and perspectives of polycentrality;
  • Dynamics of metropolitan regions: urban functions and morphology, urban governance.

The research project takes on current scientific discourses and research gaps in urban and regional geography in post-socialist states. Furthermore, the project aims to test the applicability of common terms and notions to processes taking place in post-socialist settings. Four workshops and three conferences are planned, as well as one edited volume.


Brade, Isolde / Kovácz, Zoltán(2014): City and Countryside under world-wide urbanization. In: Regional Research in Russia, Vol 4, Issue 2, p. 76-79.

Glezer, Olga Borisovna / Kolossov, Vladimir / Brade, Isolde / Coudroy De Lille, Lydia / Sluka, Nikolai (2014): Integrated forms of urban settlement pattern in Russia, Europe and world-wide. In: Regional Research in Russia, Vol 4, Issue 2, p. 80-89.