Dr Golubchikov’s research advances the understanding of the relationships between systemic social transformation and urban change, focusing in particular on post-socialist transition and post-carbon transition. This research interest has developed as a number of research themes:
The political economy of post-socialist cities: Urban and regional development under post-socialist varieties of capitalism, focusing on social and economic transformations, housing policy, urban and regional governance and their relations with the production of uneven development and social inequality.
Social and urban resilience: Social and economic vulnerabilities and adaptive and transformative strategies of urban communities coping with the enduring pressures of social or spatial exclusion, especially in the context of gentrification, displacement, as well as post-conflict migration.
Low-carbon cities and housing: Relationships between policies for sustainable cities, energy, and climate change – especially policies for energy efficient housing and low-carbon/climate-neutral cities, including international policy practices.
Politics of urban decarbonisation: Socio-spatial implications and political contestations emerging from the establishment of the low-carbon socio-technical paradigm for cities and exploring alternative pathways through engagement with holistic and integral perspectives on sustainable cities and sustainable housing.
- DPhil Human Geography, Universityof Oxford.
- MSc Land Management, Royal Institute of Technology.
- Master (with Distinction) Geography, Moscow State University.
Before joining Cardiff University in 2013, Oleg Golubchikov was Lecturer in Urban Resilience at the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, the University of Birmingham. Prior to that and after the completion of his Doctorate at the University of Oxford, he was Research Associate and ESRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Geography and the Environment at Oxford.
He has held a number visiting and honorary academic posts at leading universities internationally, including at University College London (UCL), the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations University in Helsinki (UNU-WIDER), and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH).
He is currently Senior Visiting Research Associate at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford.
Dr Golubchikov has many years of consulting experience, advising the United Nations and other international organisations on aspects of sustainable urban development, housing and energy policies. He serves as 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.
Membership of Advisory and Expert Boards
- Member of the ESRC Peer Review College (UK Economic and Social Research Council), since 2010 (re-elected in 2012).
- Advisor to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Geneva, since 2008.
- Consultant to the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), since 2011.
- Founding Member and Expert Group Member of the UN-HABITAT Global Network for Sustainable Housing, since 2011.
- Member of the Expert Reviewer Group for GEO-5 (Global Environmental Outlook), United Nations Global Environmental Programme (UNEP), 2011-2012.
- Grants reviewer for national research bodies: UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC); Hong Kong Research Grant Council (RGC).
Dr Golubchikov has acted as a referee for many peer reviewed journals, including inter alia: Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers; International Journal of Urban and Regional Research; Environment and Planning A; Geoforum; Urban Studies; Energy Policy; European Urban and Regional Studies; Energy Procedia; Urban Research and Practice; Sustainability; Geopolitics; Europe-Asia Studies; Eastern European Politics; Nationalities Papers.
The two principal strands of my research include: (i) the political economy of uneven development under post-socialist transition, and (ii) sustainable cities and post-carbon transitions.
The first strand has focused on the nature of urban change in the context of rapid transformations in post-socialist societies, associated with multiple social, economic and political restructuring, uncertainties, and turbulence. I investigate the relationships between new spatial regimes of regulation and accumulation, legacies and innovations, and 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 research, advances the understanding of the evolution, variegated forms, and hybridity of capitalism in its long-ranging influences on the production of urban space and urbanisation. The research has also contributed to the development of the concepts such as world-city-entrepreneurialism, gentrification, post-suburbia, as well as urban resilience in the context of enduring transitional challenges.
The second strand of my research involves transnational perspectives on sustainable cities, focusing especially on the interface between urban and 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 and contestations 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, social justice and inclusiveness in governing energy transitions. This research has a strong knowledge transfer element in the international policy debates on designing pathways towards energy-efficient and low-carbon urban environments. Some of the outcomes from my policy-oriented projects, 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 in many countries.
Current and recent funded research projects include:
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., Badyina, A. and Makhrova, A. (2013) 'The hybrid spatialities of transition: capitalism, legacy, and uneven urban economic restructuring', Urban Studies, DOI: 10.1177/0042098013493022 (Open Access).
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.
Golubchikov, O. and Makhrova, A (2013) 'Faktory neravnomernogo razvitiya gorodov v post-sovetskoy Rossii (The factors of uneven development of cities in post-Soviet Russia)', Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta: Seriya 5 Geografiya, 2013 (2), pp. 54-60.
Golubchikov, Y. and Golubchikov, O. (2012) 'Transformatsii and trayektorii russkoy antropogeograficheskoy shkoly (Transformations and trajectories of the Russian anthropo-geographical school)', Izvesiya Russkogo Geograficheskogo Obschestva (Proceedings of the Russian Geographical Society), 2012 (4), pp. 16-21.
Makhrova, A. and Golubchikov, O. (2012) “Rossiyskiy gorod v usloviyakh kapitalisma: sotsialnaya tranformatsiya vnutrigorodskogo prostranstva (Russian city under capitalism: the social transformation of intra-urban space)”, Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta: Seriya 5 Geografiya, 2012 (2), pp. 26-31.
Golubchikov, O. and Deda, P. (2012) 'Governance, technology and equity: an integrated policy framework for energy efficient housing', Energy Policy, 41, pp. 733-741.
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.
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.
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., 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 concept of edge city for the analysis of the contemporary processes of urbanisation in Russia [the case of Khimki])', Vestnik Moskovskogo Universiteta: Seriya 5 Geografiya, 2010 (3), pp. 48-54.
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 (Academia – Journal of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences), 2010 (3), pp. 63-68.
Golubchikov, O. (2007) 'Re-scaling the debate on Russian economic growth: regional restructuring and development asynchronies', Europe-Asia Studies, 59 (2), pp. 191-215.
Golubchikov, O. (2006) 'Interurban development and economic disparities in a Russian province', Eurasian Geography and Economics, 47 (4), pp. 478-495.
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.
Golubchikov, O. (2004) 'Urban planning in Russia: towards the market', European Planning Studies, 12 (2), pp. 229-247.
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 (Climate Neutral Cities), New York and Geneva: United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe (in Russian).
Golubchikov, O. (2011) Action Plan for Energy-Efficient Housing in the UNECE Region, New York and Geneva: United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe, 66 pages (Published 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 (in Russian).
Thornbush, M.J. and Golubchikov, O. (2012) 'On shaky ground: Arctic communities in uneasy transition to a new climatic order' (reprint), in: Sato, F. and Nakamura, S. (Eds) Encyclopedia of Earth Science Research, New York: Nova Science (ISBN 978-1-61470-247-4).
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.
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.
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. (2011) 'Potentsial zhilischnogo hozyaystva dlya povysheniya energoeffektivnosti ekonomiki (The potential of housing for improved energy efficiency of the economy)', Energiya: Ekonomika, Tekhnika, Ekologiya, 9, pp. 60-68.
Golubchikov, O. (2006) 'Do sikh por… ne stupala noga ekologa? (Still… no sign of the environmentalist?)', Svet–Priroda i Chelovek, 3 (March), pp. 22-23.
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.