Dr Oleg Golubchikov is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at Cardiff School of Planning and Geography. His research interests include urban political geography; urban entrepreneurialism; spatial restructuring; eco-cities and sustainable housing; low-energy innovation and low-carbon urbanism. His research has been particularly focused upon the systemic post-socialist and post-carbon transitions. He advances the understanding of how these major societal ‘projects’ interplay with, and transform, cities and places and with what social, political, and economic implications.
Dr Golubchikov is Leader of Energy Research Cluster.
• PhD (DPhil) in Human Geography, University of Oxford
• MSc in Land Management, Royal Institute of Technology
• Master’s Degree in Geography, Lomonosov Moscow State University
• PGCert in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham
• Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, School of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University (since 2013)
• Lecturer in Urban Resilience, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham (2010-2013)
• Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford (2009-2010)
• Researcher, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London (2008-2009)
Fellowships, Visiting and Honourable Positions
• Professorial Fellow, Higher School of Economics, Moscow (since 2014)
• Tyndall Faculty, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research (since 2014)
• Leibniz Fellow, Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig (2013-2016)
• Visiting Scholar, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Research of China, China Academy of Science, Beijing (2014)
• Senior Visiting Research Associate, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford (2007-2014)
• Visiting Scholar, United Nations University - World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), Helsinki (2008)
• Visiting Research Fellow, School of Urban Studies, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden (2003-2005)
• Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy
• Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
• Member of the Association of American Geographers
• Member of the ESRC Peer Review College (Economic and Social Research Council), since 2010
• Consultant and Advisor to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), 2008-2012
• Consultant to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), 2011-2012
• Founding Member of the UN-HABITAT Global Network for Sustainable Housing, 2011
• Reviewer of Research Councils’ Grants: UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Hong Kong Research Grant Council
• Peer Reviewer for journals and books (selection): Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers • International Journal of Urban and Regional Research • Environment and Planning A • Environment and Planning B • Environment and Planning C • Geoforum • Urban Studies • Geografiska Annaler B • International Planning Studies • European Urban and Regional Studies • Urban Affairs Review • International Journal of Urban Sustainable Development • Urban Research and Practice • Regional Science, Policy and Practice • Energy Policy • Energy Procedia • Sustainability • Geopolitics • Europe-Asia Studies • East European Politics • Nationalities Papers • REGION: Regional Studies of Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia • Slovo • Moravian Geographical Reports • Geografie-Sborník ČGS • City & Community • Routledge/Earthscan publisher.
Dr Golubchikov has many years of consulting experience, advising the United Nations and other international organisations and corporations on aspects of urban and regional development, sustainable cities and housing, and energy policies. He has been Consultant and Advisor to the Secretariat of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), one of the five UN regional commissions, on its programmes on climate-neutral cities and energy efficient housing. He has also consulted UN-HABITAT on sustainable housing and sustainable cities.
• Urban political geography
• Urban entrepreneurialism
• Spatial restructuring and uneven development
• Variegated capitalism and neoliberalism
• Theory of post-socialist city
• Urban vulnerabilities and resilience
• Eco-cities and sustainable housing
• Urban low-carbon, low-energy, and climate-neutral policies
• Innovation, eco-politics and equity in urban energy transitions
These research interests have developed as two main research programmes, which inform my theoretical and empirical perspectives: (a) spatial restructurings under post-socialist transition, and (b) low-carbon urbanism and the geo-eco-politics of the city.
The first research programme has been focused on the nature of urban change in the context of post-socialist transition, which changes the structure of society and is associated with rapid social, economic and political restructuring, major uncertainties and turbulence. I investigate the relationships between geo-institutional regimes, legacies, and innovations in the production of uneven spatialities at different scales. I also study the conditions of urban living and socio-spatial inequalities within cities, including social conflict and coping with the pressures of exclusion, gentrification, and displacement. This strand of research advances the understanding of the evolution, variegated forms, hybridity, and contradictions of capitalism in its long-ranging influences on the production of urban space and urbanisation. The research has also resulted in theoretical and empirical insights on world-city-entrepreneurialism, the governance of city-region and post-suburbia, the spatial politics of mega-events, creative spaces, as well as urban resilience in the context of transitional challenges.
The second research programme involves transnational perspectives on sustainable cities, focusing especially on the interface between housing policies and the new low-carbon energy modalities. While exploring new governance regimes for energy efficient housing and low-carbon/climate-neutral cities, I am also interested in social and political implications emerging from the establishment of this new paradigm for cities, as well as in the underlying structural factors of power relations, inequality, exclusion and inclusion. The work advocates considering the broader aspects of sustainability and social justice in governing energy transitions. This research has a strong knowledge transfer element as regards the international policy debates on energy-efficient and low-carbon urban environments. Some of the outcomes from this work, such as the UN-HABITAT policy framework on sustainable housing or the UNECE Action Plan for Energy Efficient Housing, substantiate the work of the United Nations and inform governments and other stakeholders across the world.
Funded Research Projects:
2014-2015: Exploring the nexus between energy transitions, post-socialist transformations, and entrepreneurial urban governance in China, Visiting Fellowship, Cardiff University’s International Collaboration Fund – PI
2013-2016: Urban reconfigurations in post-Soviet space (ira.urban), Leibniz Association – Co-I (with Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography)
2011-2014: Change on the edge: the contentious transformations of post-Soviet metropolitan periphery, British Academy – PI
2011-2013: Policy guide to sustainable housing, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) –PI
2011-2013: Coping with marginality and exclusion: can refugees communities successfully integrate into mainstream urban societies in Georgia?, Academic Swiss Caucasus Net (ASCN) – International Mentor for a research team at Tbilisi State University
2011-2012: Low-carbon and resilient cities, Birmingham Centre for Resilience Research and Education – PI
2011: Internationalising higher education: urban development in Russia, British Council Internationalizing Higher Education Grant – co-PI
2010-2011: Persistent resilience: communities coping with marginality, cooperation grant on the theme of resilience, University of Birmingham – co-PI
2009-2010: New economy, old geography: rethinking the economic fortunes of Russian cities under market transition, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), PTA-026-27-1997–PI
2010: Climate neutral cities: preparing the UNECE cities to the new challenges, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) – PI
2009: Action Plan on Energy-Efficient Housing in the UNECE Region, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) –PI
2009: A background study on energy-efficient housing in the UNECE region, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) –PI
2008: Path dependence and economic development of Russian cities, Fellowship of the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER)
2003-2004: Swedish planning in comparison with the British and US Systems: learning for Russia, Swedish Research Council for the Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning (FORMAS) – Co-PI (with Royal Institute of Technology, KTH)
Golubchikov, O. (2015) 'Negotiating critical geographies through a “feel-trip”: experiential, affective and critical learning in engaged fieldwork', Journal of Geography in Higher Education: 1-15. (doi: 10.1080/03098265.2014.1003800)
Golubchikov, O., Badyina, A. and Makhrova, A. (2014) ‘The hybrid spatialities of transition: capitalism, legacy, and uneven urban economic restructuring’, Urban Studies, 51 (4), pp. 617-633 (doi:10.1177/0042098013493022)
Thornbush, M., Golubchikov, O. and Bouzarovski (2013) ‘Sustainable cities targeted by combined mitigation-adaptation efforts for future-proofing’, Sustainable Cities and Society, 9, pp. 1-9 (doi:10.1016/j.scs.2013.01.003)
Golubchikov, O. and Makhrova, A (2013) ‘Faktory neravnomernogo razvitiya rosiyskikh gorodov [Factors of uneven development of Russia’s cities], Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta: Seriya Geografiya, 2013 (2), pp. 54-60.
Makhrova, A. and Golubchikov, O. (2012) “Rossiyskiy gorod v usloviyakh kapitalisma: sotsialnaya tranformatsiya vnutrigorodskogo prostranstva [Russian city under capitalism: the social transformation of intraurban space]”, Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta: Seriya Geografiya, 2012 (2), pp. 26-31.
Golubchikov, Y. and Golubchikov, O. (2012) ‘Transformatsii i trayektorii russkoy antropogeograficheskoy shkoly [Transformations and trajectories of the Russian anthropo-geographical school]’, Izvestiya Russkogo Geograficheskogo Obschestva, 2012 (4), pp. 16-21.
Golubchikov, O. and Deda, P. (2012) ‘Governance, technology and equity: an integrated policy framework for energy efficient housing’, Energy Policy, 41, pp. 733-741 (doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2011.11.039)
Golubchikov, O. and Phelps, N. (2011) ‘The political economy of place at the post-socialist urban periphery: governing growth on the edge of Moscow’, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 36 (3), pp. 425-440 (doi:10.1111/j.1475-5661.2011.00427.x
Golubchikov, O. (2010) ‘World-city-entrepreneurialism: globalist imaginaries, neoliberal geographies, and the production of new St Petersburg’, Environment and Planning A, 42 (3), pp. 626-643 (doi:10.1068/a39367)
Golubchikov, O., Makhrova, A. and Phelps, N. (2010) ‘Primeneniye kontseptsii “okrainnogo goroda” dlya analiza sovremennykh protsessov urbanizatsii v RF (na primere goroda Khimki) [The application of the edge city concept for the analysis of the contemporary processes of urbanisation in Russia (the case of Khimki)]’, Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta: Seriya Geografiya, 2010 (3), pp. 48-54.
Golubchikov, O. (2007) ‘Re-scaling the debate on Russian economic growth: regional restructuring and development asynchronies’, Europe-Asia Studies, 59 (2), pp. 191-215 (doi:10.1080/09668130601125510)
Golubchikov, O. (2006) ‘Interurban development and economic disparities in a Russian province’, Eurasian Geography and Economics, 47 (4), pp. 478-495 (doi:10.2747/1538-7126.96.36.1998)
Badyina, A. and Golubchikov, O. (2005) ‘Gentrification in Central Moscow - a market process or a deliberate policy? Money, power and people in housing regeneration in Ostozhenka’, Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography, 87 (2), pp. 113-129 (doi:10.1111/j.0435-3684.2005.00186.x)
Golubchikov, O. (2004) ‘Urban planning in Russia: towards the market’, European Planning Studies, 12 (2), pp. 229-247 (doi:10.1080/0965431042000183950)
Books and Monographs:
Golubchikov, O. and Badyina, A. (2012) Sustainable Housing for Sustainable Cities: Policy Framework for Developing Countries. Nairobi, Kenya: UN-HABITAT (ISBN 978-92-1-132488-4).
Golubchikov, O. (2012) Green Homes: Towards Energy Efficient Housing in the UNECE Region (reprint), New York and Geneva: United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe.
Golubchikov, O. (2011) Climate Neutral Cities: How to Make Cities Less Energy and Carbon Intensive and More Resilient to Climatic Challenges, New York and Geneva: United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe.
Golubchikov, O. (2011) Klimaticheski Neytralnye Goroda: Kak Dobit’sa Snizheniya Energoyemkosti i Uglerodoyemkosti v Gorodakh i Sdelat’ ikh Boleye Ustoychivymi k Izmeneniyu Klimata [Climate Neutral Cities], New York and Geneva: United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe.
Golubchikov, O. (2011) Action Plan for Energy-Efficient Housing in the UNECE Region, New York and Geneva: United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe (in English and Russian).
Golubchikov, O. (2009) Green Homes: Towards Energy Efficient Housing in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Region, New York and Geneva: United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe.
Golubchikov, O. (2009) Zelenyye Doma: Obespecheniye Energoeffektivnosti Zhilya v Regione Evropeyskoy Ekonomicheskoy Komissii Organizatsii Obyedinennykh Natsiy [Green Homes], New York and Geneva: United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe.
Golubchikov, O. and Slepukhina, I. (2014) 'Russia: showcasing a "re-emerging" state?', in Grix, J. (ed) Leveraging Legacies from Sports Mega-Events: Concepts and Cases, Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN: 978-1-137-37117-1), pp. 166-177 (doi:10.1057/9781137371188.0023)
Golubchikov, O., Phelps, N.A. and Makhrova, A. (2011) ‘Khimki in Moscow City-region: From “closed city” to “edge city”?’, in: Phelps, N.A. and Wu, F. (eds) International Perspectives on Suburbanization: A Post-Suburban World? Palgrave Macmillan (ISBN 978-0230276390), pp. 177-191 (doi:10.1057/9780230308626.0019)
Thornbush, M.J. and Golubchikov, O. (2009) ‘On shaky ground: Arctic communities in uneasy transition to a new climatic order’, in: Ferrari, D.M. and Guiseppi, A.R. (eds) Geomorphology and Plate Tectonics, New York: Nova Science (ISBN 978-1607410034), pp. 85-96.
Golubchikov, O. and Badyina, A. (2006) ‘Conquering the inner-city: urban redevelopment and gentrification in Moscow’, in: Tsenkova, S. and Nedović-Budić, Z. (eds.) The Urban Mosaic of Post-Socialist Europe: Space, Institutions and Policy. Heidelberg and New York: Springer (ISBN 978-3790817263), pp. 195-212 (doi:10.1007/3-7908-1727-9_10)
Golubchikov, O. (2000), entries in: Magidovich, V.I. (ed) Arktika – Moy Dom. Istoriya Osvoeniya Severa v Biografiyakh Znamenitykh Ludey. Polyarnaya Entsiklopediya Shkolnika [Arctic is my Home: the History of the Explorations of the North in the Biographies of Famous People, Student’s Polar Encyclopaedia]. Moscow: Severnyye Prostory (ISBN 5-87098-027-7).
Articles in Professional Journals:
Golubchikov, O. and Badyina, A. (2013) 'Rol' zhilischnogo khozyaystva v klimaticheskoy i energeticheskoy politike [The role of housing in climate and energy policy]', Klimat i Priroda [Climate and Nature], 4 (9), pp. 3-13.
Golubchikov, O. (2011) ‘Potentsial zhilischnogo khozaystva dlya povysheniya energoeffektivnosti ekonomiki [The potential of housing for the improved energy efficiency of the economy]', Energiya: Ekonomika, Tekhnika, Ekologiya, 9, pp. 60-68.
Golubchikov, O., Makhrova, A and Phelps, N. (2010) ‘Sovremennye protsesy urbanizatsii v Podmoskovye: fenomen "okrainnogo goroda" [The contemporary processes of urbanisation in Moscow city-region: the edge city phenomenon]’, Academia: Arkhitektura i Stroitelstvo [Journal of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences], 2010 (3), pp. 63-68.
Golubchikov, O., Phelps, N.A., and Makhrova, A. (2010) ‘Post-socialist post-suburbia: growth machine and the emergence of “edge city” in the metropolitan context of Moscow’, Geography, Environment, Sustainability, 1(3), pp. 44-55.
Golubchikov, O. (2001) ‘Ekonomicheskiye raschety dlya ekologii (primenitel’no k ekosisteme Kaspiya) [Economic calculations for ecology - in application to the Caspian ecosystem]’, Energiya: Ekonomika, Tekhnika, Ekologiya, 9, pp. 35-39.
• Module Leader for Post-Carbon Worlds: Energy Geographies (Year 2), 2014-
• Module Leader for Planning, Markets and Land (Year 2), 2014-
• Module Leader for Economic Change and Spatial Policy (Year 3), 2014-2015
• Director of European Spatial Planning and Environmental Policy MSc Programme, 2015-
• CPLAN International Exchange Coordinator, 2013-2014
• Economic Principles for Urban and Regional Studies (Year 1), 2013-
• Planning, Markets and Land (Year 2), 2013-
• Post-Carbon Worlds: Energy Geographies (Year 3), 2014-
• Economic Change and Spatial Policy (Year 3), 2013-
• Environmental Management (MSc), 2013-
• Spaces of Production: Economic Geography (Year 2), 2013-2014