Areas of interest:

  • settlement geography;
  • urbanism;
  • american studies;
  • italian studies;
  • theoretical geography.

Employee at the Department of Socio-Economic Geography of Foreign Countries, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, head of research at the company Habidatum.

Graduated with honors from the Faculty of Geography of M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2015.

Academic publications (selection):

Naumova A. S., Dokhov R. A., Elmanova D. S., Popov F. A. (eds.). Tipologiya zarubezhnykh stran: posobiye s lektsiyami L. V. Smirnyagina i stat’yami V. V. Vol’skogo [The typology of foreign countries: a manual with lectures by L. V. Smirnyagin and articles by V. V. Volsky]. Moscow: Pelican 2019, p. 334.

Shlyakhovaya A. A., Dokhov R. A. Dvorulitsa: perezapusk periferii postsotsialisticheskogo goroda" [Yardstreet: rebooting the post-socialist urban periphery]. In: Gorodskiye issledovaniya i praktiki 2018. Vol. 3, No. 1.

Dokhov R. A. Vyssheye geograficheskoye obrazovaniye v SSHA: organizatsionnaya i prostranstvennaya struktura [Geographical higher education in the USA: Organization and spatial structure]. In: Vestnik Moskovskogo universiteta. Seriya 5. Geografiya 2017. No. 4.

Dokhov R. A., Naumov A. S., Smirnyagin L. V. Vyssheye geograficheskoye obrazovaniye v SSHA [Geographical higher education in the USA]. In: Geografiya v sovremennykh universitetakh. Moscow: Buki-Vedi 2016.

Participation in conferences and seminars:

2nd Conference on the Geography of Innovation and Complexity, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2019. Paper: The city as a dynamic network of centers: parameterization and typology of urban centres through data on flows of people (with N. Pestrov and M. Manainen).

12th International Meridian Youth School-Conference, Kursk Biosphere Station, Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia, 2019. Paper: Modelling internal urban structures: centralised landscapes in the cities of the 2018 World Cup.

24th Annual Association for the Study of Nationalities World Convention, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, NY, USA, 2019. Paper: Empire or nation? Post-Soviet dynamics of basic geopolitical concepts in Russia. A semantic analysis (with O. Vendina).

Moscow Urban Forum, Moscow, Russia, 2018. Paper: How to see time in urban data space.

Theoretical Geography Seminar, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, 2018. Paper: Moscow as a system of central locations. The identification and typology of centralities (with I. Alov and E. Kuznetsova).

LV-day 2018. First Annual Smirnyagin Readings, Moscow, Russia, 2018. Paper: Endless suburbs of the USA. Modelling Experiences.

Lectorium of the Higher School of Urban Studies, Moscow, Russia, 2018. Paper: Overcoming post-socialism. ‘Yardstreets' and the new urban economy (with Yu. Grigoryan, A. Shlyakhova and A. Novikov).

Redefining cities in post-Soviet space, Leipzig, Germany, 2016. Detecting urban sprawl in Russia. A case study of Belgorod’s suburbia.

Political Geography Open Seminar, Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, 2016. «The US presidential election. Geographic features through the prism of urbanization».

The study focuses on the process of production of urban space in cities currently undergoing intensive urbanisation. Since the materialist turn, the interdependence of material and non-material aspects in urban space once again is a focus of sociological and geographical research. Nevertheless, the bulk of such research analyses Western (classical capitalist) urban environments, while post-socialist and non-Western cases present a serious theoretical challenge.

This study looks at the processes of how social life is formed by different types of material environments. These are shown through two contrasting examples of big cities of the Russian South, both of which have grown significantly in post-socialist times: namely, Makhachakala and Krasnodar.

Makhachkala, whose population has more than doubled since 1990, is an example of the formation of spontaneous (unplanned) one-two story suburbia. Complicating factors include a multiplicity of construction-industry agents, ethnic diversity and troubled transit of urban practices due to erosion of traditional urban communities through migration, as well as an intergenerational religious conflict over ‘New Islamization'.

The population of Krasnodar, on the other hand, also nearly doubled in the same period. But it is an example of a capitalist power house formed during the post-Soviet period under the conditions of a strong migration influx of a fairly well-educated and economically competitive population from other regions of Russia. This led to the formation of a patchwork of urban spaces, where high-rise residential complexes (microraiony), former southern villages (stanitsy), converted dachas and sprawl-like housing coexist next to one another.

The study is based on a field mapping of 4 «sections» of space: urban morphology, functional nodes, various social practices and intraurban vernacular areas. The collected material is analysed in a geographic information system (GIS) to find possible spatial correlations.