Survival strategies and new spatial formats in former mining towns at the post-Soviet peripheries

In former mining towns of the post-Soviet periphery, the governmental supply of electricity, water and health services is often either inadequate or absent. The project examines the strategies developed by the inhabitants of these cities to ensure their existence under such difficult conditions. The focus is on new practices in land use, economics and housing as well as mobility and immobility issues. The project also asks how government build-up programs to "strengthen resilience" affect people's everyday lives.

The collaborative project pursues the goal of initiating new research networks and creating the conditions for future joint projects with partners from Central Asia and the Caucasus. In order to strengthen the research structures in the region and to facilitate academic careers, young scientists in particular should be involved. Just as important is the cooperation with representatives of the local authorities whose knowledge and assessments should be included in recommendations for action.

The project is based on preliminary work undertaken at the IfL since 2015 in order to establish a research consortium for further scientific collaboration.


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Project information

Project team

Wladimir Sgibnev, Rano Turaeva


German-Kazakh University, Kazakhstan; Khujand State University, Tadzhikistan; Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Duration of project

07/2018 – 03/2020

Funded by

Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Further information

Wladimir Sgibnev
Tel.: +49 341 600 55-161


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