Research project on urban planning in Russia and Sweden

RUCARR researchers Bo Petersson and Derek Hutchesson are embarking on a new research project Legitimacy, urban planning and sustainability in Russia and Sweden with funding from Swedish International Centre for Local Democracy (ICLD).

Abstract:
The project seeks to examine the processes of urban planning in Sweden and Russia, with a focus on the input, control and output legitimacy of that process. The concept of input legitimacy will be examined through an examination of the actors in the processes of urban planning. Control/throughput legitimacy will be examined through examination of the processes of urban planning. Output legitimacy will focus on the policy outputs of the process.
Through paired comparison of different examples of urban planning, this project will give insight into the quality of governance at the local level. Moreover, the focus will be on the politics and processes behind sustainable planning and development in a number of comparable regions in each country. Finally, the project will also be capacity-building, building on existing networks and fostering new ones between scholars and local government units in Sweden and Russia

Read more about the project and partners: http://icld.se/en/article/legitimacy-urban-planning-and-sustainability-in-russia-and-sweden

RUCARR at Almedalsveckan: Ryssland i ett nytt världspolitiskt läge

Panel discussion at “Almedalsveckan” on the role of Putin’s Russia in world politics, dominated by Trump, Brexit and tension within EU

RUCARRs och Statsvetenskapliga förbundets panel om ‘Ryssland i ett nytt världspolitiskt läge’ drog fullt hus under fredagen den 7 juli i Almedalsveckan.
http://www.almedalsveckan.info/event/user-view/45982

Inför c:a 150 åhörare diskuterades Putins Ryssland och dess roll i en politisk omgivning präglad av Trump, Brexit och spänningar inom EU.

Deltagare från höger i bild (nedan), Lena Bartholdson (FOI, moderator), Kalle Kniivilä (Sydsvenskan), Carolina Vendil Pallin (FOI), Kjell Engelbrekt (Försvarshögskolan) samt Bo Petersson (Malmö högskola, RUCARR). 

Lars Funch participated in Kutaisi conference

“Geobranding and the Institutionalisation of Geographical Identity” was the title of Dr. Lars Funch Hansen’s paper at the recent conference in Kutaisi:

Geography in the Global Context: Achievements and Challenges.

The conference was organized by Akaki Tsereteli State University, Department of Geography, in partnership with Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Direction of Human Geography,
Kutaisi, 2-3 June, 2017.

Opening of photo exhibition about the Budukhs

On May 23 a photo exhibition about the North Caucasian minority the Budukhs opened at Caucasus Studies & RUCARR, Malmö University. The exhibition includes photos by three photographers: Zaur Mirzayev, Taleh Valehov, Elnur Aliyev. It was opened by Ingrid Tersman, Sweden’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan and also chairmaan of the Advisory board of the research platform “Russia and the Caucasus regional research (RUCARR).

In connection with the photo exhibition the film project “Homeland” about the Budukhs was shown, created by Orkhan Hajiyev.

RUCARR activities May 23

The afternoon will start with the opening of a photo exhibition and short documentary film about the Budukhs, a Dagestani minority group in northern Azerbaijan. Organiser: Elnur Aliyev.

14.15 – Mahama Tawat: “What’s new in the Russian academic landscape? Insights from Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow”
Mahama Tawat is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow. He is also a research associate at the Malmö Institute for the Study of Migration, Diversity and Welfare, Malmö University, Sweden

Room: C0826