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Mirek Dymitrow

Visiting Research Fellow

Mirek Dymitrow
Visiting Research Fellow

Human Geography at Department of Economy and Society (More Information)
Box 625
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 1398

Visiting Address: Viktoriagatan 13 , 405 30 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, social, cultural and landscape geography; Science and Technology Studies (STS).

Current research
... is concerned with conceptualization of 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. Research interests also include problems and causes of social deprivation in the face of overarching sustainability goals. 

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 societal needs they purport to address, 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 convenience (stereotypification) may inadvertently lead to exclusions.

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 is to look into how the discourses about reality/urbanity are interlinked, what shapes 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’ and ‘urban’. By so doing, I aim to elucidate the problematic nature of rural-urban thinking through the use of 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
Mistra Urban Futures

Research coordinator
Research Forum Urban Rural Gothenburg

Managing editor
Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series

Conference secretary
PECSRL 2014 – Unraveling the logics of landscape

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

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

Research areas

  • Human Geography
  • Critical Geography
  • Cultural Geography
  • Historical Geography
  • STS (Science, Technology and Society)

Teaching areas

  • Human Geography
  • Rural/urban theory
  • Discourse analysis
  • Binary theory
  • Social Geography

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Meaningful yet useless? Factors behind the retention of questionable concepts in human geography
Mirek Dymitrow, Rene Brauer
Geografiska Annaler. Series B. Human Geography, Journal article 2018
Journal article


Landscapes with different logics: A physicalistic approach to semantic conflicts in spatial planning
Robert Krzysztofik, Mirek Dymitrow, Jadwiga Biegańska, Adam Senetra, Eleftheria Gavriilidou et al.
Quaestiones Geographicae, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Deprivation and the rural-urban trap
Mirek Dymitrow, Jadwiga Biegańska, Elżbieta Grzelak-Kostulska
Tijdschrift voor economische en sociale geografie, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Degradation, restitution and the elusive culture of rural-urban thinking
Mirek Dymitrow
Fennia – International Journal of Geography, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Poverty and social exclusion: An alternative spatial explanation
Robert Krzysztofik, Mirek Dymitrow, Elżbieta Grzelak-Kostulska, Jadwiga Biegańska
Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Rural/urban redux: Conceptual problems and material effects
Mirek Dymitrow
Göteborg, Göteborgs Universitet, Doctoral thesis 2017
Doctoral thesis

Performing rurality. But who?
Mirek Dymitrow, Rene Brauer
Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Urban Rural Gothenburg
Mirek Dymitrow
Mistra Urban Futures Annual International Conference: “Realising Just Cities – Learning Through Comparison”, 13–15 November 2017, Kisumu, Kenya, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

Ruralities of oblivion: When structural weakness gets swept under the carpet
Jadwiga Biegańska, Mirek Dymitrow, Elżbieta Grzelak-Kostulska, Daniela Szymańska, Stefania Środa-Murawska et al.
International Conference on Challenges and Opportunities of Structurally Weak Rural Regions in Europe: ”Social Innovations and Social Enterprises Acting Under Adverse Conditions”, Adam Mickiewicz University / RurAction, 4–6 December 2017, Poznań, Poland, Conference contribution 2017
Conference contribution

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