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Vera Smirnova

  • Vera Smirnova has been at HSE since 2018.

Education and Degrees

  • 2018

    PhD in Planning, Governance, and Globalization
    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Thesis Title: On the Land, Territory, and Crisis Triad: Enclosure and Capitalist Land Appropriation in the Russian Periphery

  • 2014

    Master of Science in Architecture in Environment Behavior and Place Studies
    University of Kansas, Architecture, Planning & Design

  • 2010

    Degree in Architecture
    Vologda State Technical University, Architecture and Planning

Research Focus

Vera is a human geography scholar with research interests at the intersection of urban and regional development, political and historical geography, and critical urban theory. Vera's research has explored the issues of forced displacement and territorial relations of power through the lens of land appropriation in the time of economic crises and political instabilities in capitalism. Her doctoral dissertation at Virginia Tech, U.S., reexamined  predominant assumptions about the land, territory, and crisis triad in Russia by positioning the territorial politics of the late imperial period within the global context of capitalist land enclosure.

Employment history

  • Graduate research assistant at the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience, Virginia Tech, US with Dr. James Bohland for collaborative project “Resilience as a Traveling Theory: Mapping Evolutionary Pathways to Critical Scholarship” (2017-2018)
  • Graduate research assistant at the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience, Virginia Tech, US with Dr. Paul Knox. Research on housing estate rennovation in London, urban resilience, geographical mapping, etc (2014-2017)
  • Teaching assistant (graduate level), ARCH 4034 “Building Cities” with Dr. Paul Knox, School of Public and International Affairs, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech (2016)
  • Teaching assistant (graduate level), UAP 5104 “Urban and Regional Development Theory” with Dr. Tom Skuzinski, School of Public and International Affairs, Department of Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech (2016)

Publications5

Grants

  • IJURR Research Foundation (International Journal for Urban and Regional Research), Dissertation Writing-Up Grant for writing up and publishing doctoral dissertation research (2018) 
  • Metropolitan Institute, School of Public and International Affairs, Virginia Tech, Travel Award (2015)
  • John F. Helm Award for an outstanding Master thesis, leadership, and service (2014)
  • Fulbright Graduate Student Scholarship, U.S. Department of State, Institute for International Education. Grant for obtaining Master degree at Kansas State University (2012-2014)
  • Kansas State University Graduate Student Council, Travel Award (2014)
  • International Public Organization for Promoting Architectural Education
    Award
    for an outstanding thesis at the XIX international review, Russia (2011)
  • International Union of Architects Award for an outstanding thesis at the XIX international review, Russia (2010)

Conferences, Workshops, and Invited Lectures

  • erritories of Dispossession in the Frontier in the “Geography of the Edge: Frontiers in the Contemporary Moment” organized paper session, American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, New Orleans, April (2018)
  • Extralegal Appropriation, Border Materialities, and Land in the Imperial Siberia in the organized paper session, Dimensions of Political Ecology Annual Conference, Lexington, February (2018)
  • Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography Foundation Institute for the Geographies of Justice, Montréal, Québec, Canada. Invited as a participant (unable to attend due to visa issues) (2017)
  • On the Territorialization of Crisis in the “Contested Urban Territories” organized paper session, American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Boston, April (2017)
  • The Land-Crisis Nexus: Enclosure and Territorialization of Landed Relations in the Late Tsarist  Moscow, paper presentation, Regional Studies Association, Winter Conference, London, November (2016)
  • On the Political Economy of Urban Metabolic Transformations in Crisis in the “New Global Ideologies of Urban Nature” organized paper session, American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, San Francisco, March (2016)
  • Urban Metabolism in the Time of Capitalist Crisis in the “Land Use, Nature and Governance” organized paper session, Dimensions of Political Ecology Annual Conference, Lexington, February (2016)
  • Bouncing Back to Poverty: Resilience and Capitalist Land Enclosure, invited talk, Fall Seminar Series, Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience, Blacksburg, October (2015)
  • On the Political Economy of Urban Metabolic Transformations in Cities, poster presentation, American Association of Geographers Annual Conference, Chicago, March (2015)
  • Socialist Ideologies and Soviet Urban Practices, guest lecture, World Cities seminar, Department of Regional and Community Planning, Kansas State University, January (2013)
  • Socio-Spatial Approach to Public Housing, poster presentation, Death and Life of Social Factors conference, UC Berkeley, February (2011)

Organized Conferences and Panels

  • Organizer, chair (with Dr. Daniela Zupan), session on the “New patterns of land appropriation in post-socialist space,” International Conference on Cities and Change titled “Three Decades of Post-Socialist Transition”, TU Darmstadt, May (2019)
  • Organizer, chair (with Jared Keyel) of three paper sessions, “Contesting Border Formation(s) 1: Territory”, “Contesting Border Formation(s) 2: Resistance” and “Contesting Border Formation(s) 3: Crisis,” American Association of Geographers paper session series, New Orleans, April (2018)
  • Session chair, “Territory and Practice (Economic Malaise, Social Consequences),” Regional Studies Association Winter Conference, London, November (2016)
  • Assistance in organization (with Jennifer Lawrence, James Bohland, and Simin Davoudi), “Risk, Fear and Resilience: Implications for Societies, Communities, and Individuals” workshop with the Global Forum for Urban and Regional Resilience, Arlington, VA, September (2016)
  • Assistance in organization (with David Bieri, Paul Knox, James Bohland, and Jennifer Lawrence), “Critical Perspectives in Post-Crisis Resilience” workshop at the Steger Center for International Scholarship, Riva San Vitale, Switzerland, July (2015)
  • Assistance in organization (with James Bohland and Paul Knox), “Normative Dimensions of Resilience” conference with the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience, Arlington, VA, October (2014)

Courses (2018/2019)

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Three decades of post-socialist urban transition

Faculty took part in an international conference at TU Darmstadt dedicated to cities and post-socialist urban change

Property and Power

Vera Smirnova, Research Fellow at the Institute of Regional Studies and Urban Planning shared her research interests and experience of building strong connections at HSE with The HSE Look readers.

Institute will participate at the International Conference ‘Three Decades of Post-Socialist Transition’ (17-19 May 2019, Darmstadt) – CfA is now open!

From 17-19th May 2019 the international conference ‘Three Decades of Post-Socialist Transition’ is going to take place in Darmstadt, Germany. The Institute of Regional Studies and Urban Planning is organizing a session at the conference on the topic ‘New patterns of land appropriation in post-socialist space’. The call for abstracts is open until 10th of November 2018. We are looking forward to your contributions!