Rise Of NatureResearch
Grand Border(Less) Hinterland
There is a flip side to Moscow’s transition towards a megacity: Russia’s regions are increasingly thinning out, resulting in increasing amounts of unoccupied empty space. More and more settlements are being abandoned, infrastructure is deteriorating, and territories for which there were once grand plans are now utilised only for the extraction of oil and gas. Increased urbanisation and the appearance of megacities are global trends, but in Russia the process is occurring in a different way to anywhere else. This theme encompasses research on the mutual influence and interplay of Moscow and the Russian regions, the origins of these social changes, and the consequences they will have in future.