Cities after decline: small city revival in the USA and Russia

Initiation of International Collaboration

The project aims to promote international collaboration between scholar and practitioners interested in urban revival to facilitate the preparation of a joint research project. It has the following objectives:

  • To establish a research network of scholars based in Germany, Russia, and the USA who have outstanding experience in the fields of urban studies, urban planning, and human geography.
  • To organise two exploratory workshops (in the USA and Russia) to discuss theoretical and empirical aspects of urban revival, methodological approaches to it, and possible case-studies.
  • To conduct study trips abroad to pre-selected cities – potential case studies – to establish contacts within local administrations, universities, think tanks, and other organisations and actors involved in urban revival.

The actual research project will be guided by the following question: Why do some old industrial cities experience revival, while others continue to decline despite seemingly similar structural conditions? This main question will be accompanied by the following sub-questions:

  • What economic sectors and processes are the ‘driving forces’ of urban revival?
  • What role do central government policies and intergovernmental coordination play in urban revival?
  • Which local policies and organisational cultures contribute to urban revival?

The project would be based at IfL in Leipzig and would be conducted during the period of 36 months (2019-2021) in collaboration with external partners – members of the research network.

Events

15–16 February 2018: Kick-off workshop in Raoanoke, Virginia (USA). Project/event flyer

24–26 September 2018: Workshop 2, Leipzig / Bitterfeld-Wolfen (bus excursion). Programme

Results/Publications

Not yet available

Project information

Project team

Nadir Kinossian

Cooperation

Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience, Virginia Tech, USA; Hollins University, Roanoke, Virginia, USA; Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg, Russia; Leontief Centre, St. Petersburg, Russia

Duration of project

01/2018 – 01/2019

Funded by

German Research Foundation

Further information

Dr Nadir Kinossian
Tel. +49 341 600 55-191
N_Kinossian(at)ifl-leipzig.de

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