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Project information

Project team

Wladimir Sgibnev, Rano Turaeva


Tbilisi State University (Georgia), Kazakh National Technical University (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Khujand State University (Tajikistan)

Duration of project

09/2015 – 12/2016

Funded by

Network project ira.urban / Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Further information

Rano Turaeva-Höhne
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-183

Mining Cities in Central Asia and the South Caucasus

Survival strategies under conditions of extreme peripheralisation

The former mining towns of Central Asia and South Caucasus are affected by extreme peripheralisation. Nevertheless, in order to take the path of an ecological and socio-economically sustainable development, it requires special strategies.

Against this background, the IfL develops a project with the aim to analyse existing approaches to strengthen research in this field and to formulate recommendations for future urban and regional development. The research focus of this research project are new forms of land use, such as increasing subsistence farming in urban areas. Furthermore, new economic and housing practices in the face of insufficient energy supply, mobility and immobility as well as government and international development programmes and their impact will be studied within the research programme.

In the preliminary phase of the project, the IfL will expand its research networks through establishing new contacts and partnerships especially in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. The results of the preliminiary research will be used to develop a full research proposal to be submitted to funding bodies.


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