Siarhei Liubimau

Co-founder and Director of the Laboratory of Critical Urbanism (2007) and Associate Professor at the Department of Social Sciences at the European Humanities University in Vilnius

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.


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Selected Publications

2019. “Post-Soviet ‘Nuclear’ Towns as Multi-Scalar Infrastructures: Relating Sovereignty and Urbanity Through the Perspective of Visaginas”. In Tauri Tuvikene, Wladimir Sgibnev and Carola S. Neugebauer (eds.) Post Socialist Urban Infrastructures, 89-104. Routledge. 

2017. “Relating Bordering and Scaling In Qualitative Urban Research: The Case of Polish-German Trans-Border Revitalization Project”. In Europa Regional 24 (1/2): 35-49.

 2016. Mapping Visaginas. Sources Of Urbanity In a Former Mono-functional Town. Vilnius Academy Of Arts Press (co-editor together with Felix Ackermann and Benjamin Cope).