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Mirek Dymitrow

Research coordinator

Mirek Dymitrow
Research coordinator
mirek.dymitrow@geography.gu.se

Postal Address: Box 170, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Aschebergsgatan 44 , 41133 Göteborg


Centre for Environment (More Information)
Box 170
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Aschebergsgatan 44 , 411 33 Göteborg

About Mirek Dymitrow

Academic degrees
- PhD in Human Geography, University of Gothenburg
- Master of Science with a major in Geography, University of Gothenburg
- Bachelor of Science with a major in Geography, University of Gothenburg

Primary interest areas
... include critical, historical, political, cultural and landscape geography

Current research
... is concerned with conceptualizing the rural-urban distinction in the face of the progressive rural-urban blurring by focusing on the relationships between material and social morphologies as well as the rural-urban discourse present in various European contexts. Special attention is payed to local perception and experiential space as resources to better understand the rural-urban dichotomy (cases from Poland and Sweden)

Area of concentration:
Although the outdatedness of the rural-urban dichotomy as an intersubjective analytical concept is widely acknowledged, it is still largely sustained throughout the society within a wide range of situations. The starting point is that due to increasing rural-urban blurring (and thus increased subjectivity and solipsism involved in this process), there is an ever greater likelihood that current understandings of ‘urban’ and ‘rural’ as used in formal contexts (legislation, policy, land use, funding, etc.) may not reflect the lived experiences on a local level, and that unreflected uses of these concepts may get in the way of making sound planning, design and development decisions. Moreover, reducing complexity to simplicity for the sake of clarity and convenience (stereotypification) may inadvertently lead to exclusions.

With Poland and Sweden as examples, my research investigates situations where the rural-urban distinction might be problematic. More specifically, it looks into the contexts of how rural-urban discourses are construed and used today, and what reactions and tensions they may spawn. Although the situations studied are of various character (different aspects, scales and actors) the overarching aim of the project is to look into how these discourses are interlinked today, what might shape them, to what extent they converge across the scope of their situatedness, and to what extent they concur with the physical space generally referred to as ‘rural’ or ‘urban’. By doing so, the project aims to elucidate the problematic nature of the rural-urban binary through the use of some concrete examples from settings where the rural-urban distinction still plays an important role. In the broadest sense, it provides an updated critique of unreflected or misinformed usages of 'rural' and 'urban' as naturalized analytical and planning categories.

Research group:
Nature-society relations in a landscape perspective

Journal editor:
Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series

Conference secretary:
PECSRL 2014 – Unraveling the logics of landscape

Fellowships:
o International Association for Landscape Ecology
o The Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography
o The Geographic Association in Gothenburg

International co-operation:
o University of Surrey
o Nicolaus Copernicus University
o University of Silesia 
o University of Wrocław
o Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences

Latest publications

Atavism, layering and subversion: Understanding great social challenges of today through the lens of cultural contingents
Mirek Dymitrow, Rene Brauer, Slobodan Arsovski, Jadwiga Biegańska
Geographical Reviews, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Replicating projects for comparative research: Mistra Urban Futures’ experiences with comparative work on knowledge exchange, food and transport
Warren Smit, Elma Durakovic, Rike Sitas, Magnus Johansson, Gareth Haysom et al.
In: Simon, D., Palmer, H. and Riise, J. (eds.), "Researching sustainable cities: Comparative co-production for better urban futures", Bristol, Policy Press, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

The future of sustainability projects: Flights of fancy or a threnody to a lost age?
Karin Ingelhag, Mirek Dymitrow, Shelley Kotze, John Wright
In: Dymitrow, M. and Ingelhag, K. (eds.), Anatomy of a 21st-century sustainability project: The untold stories, Gothenburg, Mistra Urban Futures, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Making two worlds meet
Mirek Dymitrow, Karin Ingelhag
In: Dymitrow, M. and Ingelhag, K. (eds.), Anatomy of a 21st-century sustainability project: The untold stories, in production, Gothenburg, Mistra Urban Futures, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Anatomy of a 21st-century project: A critical analysis
Mirek Dymitrow, Shelley Kotze, Karin Ingelhag
In: Dymitrow, M. and Ingelhag, K. (eds.), Anatomy of a 21st-century sustainability project: The untold stories, Gothenburg, Mistra Urban Futures, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Anatomy of a 21st-century project: A quick autopsy
Mirek Dymitrow, Karin Ingelhag
In: Dymitrow, M. and Ingelhag, K. (eds.), Anatomy of a 21st-century sustainability project: The untold stories, Gothenburg, Mistra Urban Futures, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

The spatial dimension of project-making
Mirek Dymitrow
In: Dymitrow, M. and Ingelhag, K. (eds.), Anatomy of a 21st-century sustainability project: The untold stories, in production, Gothenburg, Mistra Urban Futures, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Research Forum as a model for co-production of knowledge
Mirek Dymitrow, Karin Ingelhag
In: Hemström, K., Simon, D., Palmer, H., Perry, B. and Polk, M. (eds.), "Knowledge co-production: A practical guide based on joint experiences", Rugby, UK, Practical Action, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

From policy to misery? The State Agricultural Farms vs. 'the rural'
Jadwiga Biegańska, Mirek Dymitrow, Elżbieta Grzelak-Kostulska, Stefania Środa-Murawska
Quaestiones Geographicae, Journal article 2019
Journal article

The challenge of conflicting rationalities about urban development: Experiences from Mistra Urban Futures’ transdisciplinary urban research
Warren Smit, David Simon, Jan Riise, Kerstin Hemström, Mirek Dymitrow et al.
Trialog 2019 Conference: “Whose knowledge counts? The meaning of co-productive processes for urban development and urban research”, Institute of Urban Planning and Design (Städtebau Institut) at the University of Stuttgart, 7–9 November 2019, Stuttgart, Germany, Conference paper 2019
Conference paper

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2020

Atavism, layering and subversion: Understanding great social challenges of today through the lens of cultural contingents
Mirek Dymitrow, Rene Brauer, Slobodan Arsovski, Jadwiga Biegańska
Geographical Reviews, Journal article 2020
Journal article

Replicating projects for comparative research: Mistra Urban Futures’ experiences with comparative work on knowledge exchange, food and transport
Warren Smit, Elma Durakovic, Rike Sitas, Magnus Johansson, Gareth Haysom et al.
In: Simon, D., Palmer, H. and Riise, J. (eds.), "Researching sustainable cities: Comparative co-production for better urban futures", Bristol, Policy Press, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

The future of sustainability projects: Flights of fancy or a threnody to a lost age?
Karin Ingelhag, Mirek Dymitrow, Shelley Kotze, John Wright
In: Dymitrow, M. and Ingelhag, K. (eds.), Anatomy of a 21st-century sustainability project: The untold stories, Gothenburg, Mistra Urban Futures, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Making two worlds meet
Mirek Dymitrow, Karin Ingelhag
In: Dymitrow, M. and Ingelhag, K. (eds.), Anatomy of a 21st-century sustainability project: The untold stories, in production, Gothenburg, Mistra Urban Futures, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Anatomy of a 21st-century project: A critical analysis
Mirek Dymitrow, Shelley Kotze, Karin Ingelhag
In: Dymitrow, M. and Ingelhag, K. (eds.), Anatomy of a 21st-century sustainability project: The untold stories, Gothenburg, Mistra Urban Futures, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Anatomy of a 21st-century project: A quick autopsy
Mirek Dymitrow, Karin Ingelhag
In: Dymitrow, M. and Ingelhag, K. (eds.), Anatomy of a 21st-century sustainability project: The untold stories, Gothenburg, Mistra Urban Futures, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

The spatial dimension of project-making
Mirek Dymitrow
In: Dymitrow, M. and Ingelhag, K. (eds.), Anatomy of a 21st-century sustainability project: The untold stories, in production, Gothenburg, Mistra Urban Futures, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

Research Forum as a model for co-production of knowledge
Mirek Dymitrow, Karin Ingelhag
In: Hemström, K., Simon, D., Palmer, H., Perry, B. and Polk, M. (eds.), "Knowledge co-production: A practical guide based on joint experiences", Rugby, UK, Practical Action, Chapter in book 2020
Chapter in book

2019

From policy to misery? The State Agricultural Farms vs. 'the rural'
Jadwiga Biegańska, Mirek Dymitrow, Elżbieta Grzelak-Kostulska, Stefania Środa-Murawska
Quaestiones Geographicae, Journal article 2019
Journal article

The challenge of conflicting rationalities about urban development: Experiences from Mistra Urban Futures’ transdisciplinary urban research
Warren Smit, David Simon, Jan Riise, Kerstin Hemström, Mirek Dymitrow et al.
Trialog 2019 Conference: “Whose knowledge counts? The meaning of co-productive processes for urban development and urban research”, Institute of Urban Planning and Design (Städtebau Institut) at the University of Stuttgart, 7–9 November 2019, Stuttgart, Germany, Conference paper 2019
Conference paper

Showing 1 - 10 of 115

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