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1st Edition

Postsocialist Shrinking Cities

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ISBN 9780367415235
March 15, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
392 Pages 36 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores urban shrinkage in post-socialist cites in China, Russia and East-Central Europe. It aims to highlight some of the lesser known regions where shrinkage is occurring and draw attention to the distinct similarities and differences in history, restructuring processes, and policy responses that are impacting shrinking cities. Future policy implications will be considered in the concluding chapter.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Part I

Shrinkage in the Postsocialist countries: concepts and theory

  1. Introduction-Urban Shrinkage in the Postsocialist realm
  2. Maria Gunko, Chung-Tong Wu, Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz and Kai Zhou

  3. Postsocialist shrinking cities in a triple geopolitical and socioeconomic context
  4. Chung-Tong Wu, Maria Gunko, Kai Zhou and Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz,

    Part II


  5. Introduction to the China Section
  6. Kai Zhou and Yangui Dai

  7. Population shrinkage in resource-dependent cities of China during transition period
  8. He Li

  9. Examining the economic growth trajectories of China’s resource-exhausted cities from 1995 to 2018 within the framework of urban shrinkage
  10. Helin Liu and Minwei Zhang

  11. Two Sides of the Same Coin: City Growth and Shrinkage in Rapidly Urbanizing southern China
  12. Kai ZHOU, Zhiwei Du; Yangui Dai

  13. Urban shrinkage under urban growth: case of Wuhan
  14. Zhe Gao

    Shrinkage Under Growth: A Case Study of Regional Shrinkage in Wuhan, China

    Zhe Gao

  15. Urban Shrinkage in the Double Periphery: Insights from the Sino-Russian Borderland
  16. Chung-Tong Wu; Ekaterina Mikhailova

    Part III


  17. Introduction to the Russia section
  18. Maria Gunko

  19. Urban shrinkage in Russia: concepts and causes of urban population loss in the post-Soviet period
  20. Ksenia Averkieva and Vera Efremova

  21. Diverse landscape of urban and regional shrinkage in Russia: pre-conditions versus pre-conceptions in planning and policy
  22. Elena Batunova and Maria Gunko

  23. The Transformation of local labour markets of shrinking cities in Russia from 2010-2017
  24. Evgenii Antonov

  25. Giving birth in dying cities: healthcare shrinkage in a depopulating Russian region
  26. Anastasia Novkunskaya

  27. Review of Spatial planning instruments in a Russian shrinking city: the case of Kirovsk in the Murmanks region
  28. Daria Chigareva

    Part IV

    Postsocialist Europe

  29. Introduction to the postsocialist Europe section
  30. Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz

  31. Shrinking cities in postsocialist countries of East-Central and South-Eastern Europe: A General and Comparative Overview
  32. Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz

  33. Shrinking cities in Poland: recent trends of change and emerging policy responses
  34. Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz and Emilia Jaroszewska

  35. Coping with shrinkage in old and young mining cities in Slovakia: The cases of Banská Štiavnica and Prievidza
  36. Ján Buček, Branislav Bleha and Marek Richter

  37. Why is Ostrava in Czechia still shrinking?
  38. Petr Rumpel and Ondřej Slach

  39. Drivers, consequences, and governance of urban shrinkage in Lithuania: the case of Šiauliai
  40. Gintarė Pociūtė-Sereikienė and Donatas Burneika


    Part V

    Conclusions, policy implications and research

  41. Postsocialist Shrinking Cities: Policy themes and future research

Chung-Tong Wu, Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz, Maria Gunko and Kai Zhou




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Chung-Tong Wu, Emeritus Professor, Urban Research Centre, University of Sydney, Australia Dr Maria Gunko, Researcher, Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia Professor Tadeusz Stryjakiewicz, Institute for Geography, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland Dr Kai Zhou, Department of Information and Computer Studies, Hunan University, China