Peter de Souza
BiographyStarting out an academic career with a scholarship to the Department of Economic Geography for the Soviet Union at the Moscow State University, and with that a long career in Soviet Studies. Especially with themes focusing on Siberian regional development, that was also the focus of my dissertation: "Territorial Production Complexes in the Soviet Union – with a special focus on Siberia".
Holding a position as Director of the Department of Soviet and East European Studies at the University of Uppsala for a number of years and later organizing a similarly profiled activity at the School of Economics with the University of Gothenburg. Later turning to an educational position at the University of Örebro due to changes in personal academic priorities and ambitions.
A number of consultancies related to regional and local development issues (OECD, EU, public and private sectors) was enacted parallel to the academic career. Membership of the International Board of Regional Studies Association and Chairman of its European Network. Later with another appointment to the international board linked with responsibilities as Chairman of its Nordic Section. Co-Editor of New Nordic Regions (2008) and Regional Development in Northern Europe: Peripherality, Marginality and Border Issues (Routledge 2012). Newly published: The rural and peripheral in regional development – an alternative perspective. At present working on aspects of spatial and functional borders.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Soviet and East European development (formerly),
Regional and local development.
Rural, peripheral and sparsely populated regions.
Borders and boundaries as functional and spatial processes.
Outdoor and cooking