Vera Smirnova | Graduate Student
Thematic Area: Socio-Political Dimensions
Program of Study: Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization; School of Public and International Affairs
Vera is a Ph.D. student in the School for Public and International Affairs. Her research interests include urban governance and the political economy of cities in crisis. Vera was a Fulbright Scholar in the Department of Architecture and Planning at Kansas State University where she worked with issues of urban dynamics under the neoliberal economic restructuring. Currently she is engaging with the topics of so called “targeted” or in some cases undesirable urban resilience under contemporary capitalism - the quality that is being obtained at the expense of the marginalized communities through the common practices of capitalist enclosure in cities. Vera holds an MSc in Architecture and Planning from Kansas State University, and a Professional Degree in Architecture from Vologda State Technical University, Russia.