Dr. Siarhei Liubimau is a co-founder of the Laboratory of Critical Urbanism (2007) and Associate Professor at the department of Social Sciences at the European Humanities University in Vilnius (2014). For his doctoral research, he worked with the issue of trans-border urbanism and studied changes of EU internal and external border regimes as urban scale specific processes. Empirically, he worked on towns on the German-Polish and Polish-Belarusian borders (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Science, 2005-2010), as well as with the borders of Luxembourg (Bauhaus-Dessau Kolleg 'EU Urbanism', 2006-2007). Starting from 2015, he has been engaged in the Laboratory of Critical Urbanism in various research, educational and soft planning projects in the former 'nuclear' town of Visaginas in Eastern Lithuania. Together with Felix Ackermann and Benjamin Cope, he has edited a book 'Mapping Visaginas: Sources of Urbanity In A Former Mono-Functional Town', documenting LCU work in the town up to spring 2016. He has been a fellow at the Central European University (Budapest), the Institute for Human Sciences (Vienna) and the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.
Jan Kristek is an architect, urbanist, writer and curator, currently based in Brno, Czech Republic. He studied architecture and urbanism at the Faculty of Architecture at Brno University of Technology and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Currently he works at the Faculty of Architecture in Brno, where he runs a studio together with Jaroslav Sedlák. In general, he deals with critical theory and critical approach in connection with urban planning and history of cities. He participated in the publications Contesting Space: Architecture as a Social Practice, From Chaos to a New Order with the subtitle The Beginnings of Institutionalized Research in Urban and Land Use Planning in Brno or On the Threshold of Tomorrow, a collective monography dealing with post-war architecture and planning. Since the end of 2018, he has been the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture at Brno University of Technology.
Asta Vonderau is a Professor at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany. She conducts research in fields such as Anthropology of Governmentality and Policy as well as Energy Politics and Resources, and is developing a methodological toolbox for anthropological research of/in data saturated worlds. Empirically, Asta's research has mainly focused on actual political and economic developments in Europe, including investigations on postsocialist transformation processes, the social effects of EU policies and standards in various local contexts as well as on the relations between global (IT) industries and urban change. Her most recent research project investigated the implementation of the cloud infrastructure data center industry in Sweden. Currently, she is beginning a study on the transition from coal mining to renewable energy production and the making of post extractive futures in the former industrial cities in Germany.
Ing. arch. Radek Toman, Ph. D. (*Czech Republic) studied architecture and urban design at Brno University of Technology, University of Brighton, and Southeast University in Nanjing. In 2018, he received the Ph.D. degree in architecture at BUT Brno. From 2014 to 2016 he taught architecture at Southeast University in Nanjing and in 2016 he taught at Wenzhou University. Since 2018 he has worked as an assistant professor and vice-dean at the Faculty of Architecture, Brno University of Technology.
Miodrag Kuč is an interdisciplinary artist and urban theorist trained as architect / urban planner in various cultural settings. His work explores the role of ephemeral structures in uncertain urban conditions and spatial appropriations of marginal social groups. As an independent urban researcher he moves at the intersection of urban studies, performative-planning, artistic interventions and micro politics. Currently he runs the educational department of ZK/U (Centre for Art and Urbanistics) Berlin, exploring new ways of knowledge production through the lens of critical urban pedagogy.
Daryna Pyrogova is an independent research consultant, facilitator and mentor in strategic and tactical urban and social projects, as well as in education programs with GIZ Ukraine, NGO Insha Osvita and the collective Comixans. Currently she is a national mentor for elaborating integrated urban development strategy for the city of Melitopol (UA). In 2011 she graduated as a Master of Social Science from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. She worked as a researcher, analyst and project manager in Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (2012-2017) and in CEDOS think tank (2017-2019). She taught the basics of social science at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (2012-2014) and at the Kharkiv School of Architecture (2019). Besides she has mentored the education process at CANactions School for Urban Studies (2018-2019). Daryna is also a member of international trainer's network of Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg (Berlin) and of the NGO U-Cycle (Kyiv, UA).
Mateusz Błaszczyk, PhD, Associate Professor, Head of the Doctoral College of Sociology at the Doctoral School of the University of Wrocław and director of the Department of Urban and Rural Sociology at the Institute of Sociology of the University of Wrocław. His main areas of research interest are: urban political economy, urban culture, local and regional development in Central and Eastern Europe, and the issues of socio-economic changes in the era of the fourth industrialization. He has participated in numerous research projects as head of research teams or principal investigator. He is also an expert working with local authorities. He’s published many scientific books and papers in the field of sociology, economics, socioeconomic geography, and health sciences.
Dawid Krysiński is an Assistant Professor and Deputy Director of Institute of Sociology, University of Wrocław. He obtained his PhD in sociology in 2015 and gained his research skills in many local, national and international research projects conducted on behalf of European Commission, Polish Ministry of Development, Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Marshall Office of Lower Silesian Province and Local Municipality of Wrocław. Moreover, dr Krysiński was a member of the team which was established in order to evaluate various social aspects of the “European Capital of Culture – Wrocław 2016” festival. Currently, he is involved in research projects funded by the National Centre for Research and Development and focused on the implementation of big data in social sciences. He also cooperates with the Urban Mobility Office in Wrocław with regard to the co-creation of local transport policy together with Wrocław residents.
Paulina Budryte (PhD) is a lecturer and researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Kaunas University of Technology. In her research she combines engineering, governance studies and community involvement; and tackles the question of how public participation impacts long-term engineering projects. Additionally, she is involved in COST Action CA18236 “Multi-disciplinary innovation for social change”, as well as in research project “The importance of non-economic factors to the emigration of Lithuanian population” funded by the Research Council of Lithuania).
is an architectural historian specialized in Soviet urbanism. Originally from a small industrial town in Russia, she lived and worked in Yekaterinburg and St. Petersburg, undertook postgraduate studies in Italy and the US. In 2012, she started teaching at the Faculty of Liberal Arts at St. Petersburg State University on Soviet history and urbanism. After spending one year as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University, she moved to Brussels (Belgium) where she began to work as a curator of Russian and Eastern European programs at the Center for Fine Arts BOZAR, while continuing to collaborate with different universities, including KU Leuven and Free University of Berlin. Her main ambition of these past years was to transcend the boundaries of the academic world and find a way to connect her research on Second World Urbanity
with other forms of civic engagement.
Marija Nemčenko is a visual artist, educational activities facilitator, writer, and combat sports athlete working between Lithuania and Scotland. She received her MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2016 and Ba(Hons) in Sculpture from Camberwell College of Arts in 2013. In her practice, she draws from personal experience of migration and subsequent cultural assimilation to the UK. Using photography, film, text, stickers, glitter, newspaper hacking, public speaking, and other less traditional approaches she subverts and reclaims the meaning of cultural stereotypes, of which, the most historically popular ones seem to be the ones connected to other cultures’ eating habits. As with the eating, so with the sports - she aims to challenge the popular stereotypes applied to it. In her life and, more recently, in art, she uses combat sports from a womxn perspective to encourage learning, challenging and strengthening one’s body, mind, and relation to society
Anna Tüdős is a curator and researcher based between Glasgow, UK, and Budapest, Hungary. After attending the Hungarian University of Fine Arts she graduated from the MLitt Curatorial Practice course at Glasgow School of Art. Her professional interests relate to the intangible heritage of modernist architecture, including prefabricated housing, public space and experimental playground structures. In her work with young people, she investigates the societal impacts of new technology, specifically artificial intelligence. She favours collaborative curatorial and artistic methodologies and processes that are illustrated in her projects developed with BRUT, Roundabout collective, Büro imaginaire, C3 Foundation and Goethe Institute.