The Centre for Global Urbanism is an interdisciplinary research unit established in 2017 (by the order of the rector of Ural Federal University No. 983/03 from 24 November 2017) at the Ural Institute of Humanities (a part of Ural Federal University) and supported by the “Competitiveness Enhancement Program” Fund.
The Centre is сo-founded and co-directed by professors Martin Müller and Elena Trubina. Martin Müller is a specialist in urban geography, theory of management, the planning and impacts of mega-events as well as the disruptive effects of natural disturbance. He is currently a Swiss National Science Foundation Professor in the Department of Geography and Sustainability at the University of Lausanne. He heads there the research team M3 (Materialities | Multiplicities | Metropolis). Elena Trubina is Professor of Social Theory at Ural Federal University (Yekaterinburg, Russia) and is the leading specialist on urban theory in Russia. She is the author of the intellectual best-seller “Gorod v teorii” (“City in Theory"). Her research addresses a broad set of issues in social and urban theory, including the intersections between cultural memory and built environment and the interactions between urban space and subjectivities. Her current research project examines the relationship between neoliberalism, neopatrimonialism, creativity discourse, and the state in several Eastern European and Russian provinces, with a special focus on international and mega-events.
The Centre has its origins in a number of supported (and, importantly, unsupported) research projects devoted to the various aspects of the socialist and post- socialist urban development. This is a horizontal research collaboration arrangement and it is determinations of the collective’s members and not directives from a lead authority that the actual participation is based on. The scholars of the research team have together participated in the annual conferences of the American Association of Geographers and of the Royal Geographical Society-Institute of British Geographers. In Lviv, 2012, E. Trubina took part in a conference convened by M. Müller; in Cambridge, UK, 2013, a BASEES panel was organized by M. Muller where E. Trubina presented; in Kazan University, 2014, M. Müller and E. Trubina presented at the conference at the Centre for Cultural Studies of Post-Socialism. In 2016, M. Müller, M. Ilchenko and E. Trubina participated in the conference on the post-socialist cities organized by Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde. In 2016, E. Trubina and M. Müller took part in the 16th International Hamburg Congress for Sport, Economy and Media. These meetings and discussions resulted in the publication of special issues of major journals such as European Urban and Regional Studies, 2015; and a number of individual publications by the fellows. In 2016, the scholars embarked on a special effort to examine ways to explore the potential of new, alternate methods and concepts to conduct research on the little known localities in the Global East. The Centre aims to investigate what, if anything, do cities from Krakow to Vladivostok and from Murmansk to Tashkent have to contribute to global urban studies.
Currently the Centre runs research projects in cooperation with scholars from University of Malmö, Erfurt University of Applied Sciences, Norbert Elias Center (CNE) at EHESS (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences), and Technische Universität Berlin. The Centre’s scholars have been presenting their research at numerous international conferences and publish articles in top international journals.
Created / Updated: 19 March 2018 / 30 April 2018