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Dr Anna Badyina MSc, PhD

Visiting Fellow in Human Geography

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Dr Anna Badyina is a Visiting Fellow in Human Geography at the University of Southampton.


PhD (Human Geography) University of Oxford, 2012

MSc (Built Environment) Royal Institute of Technology, 2003

University Degree (Land Management), Pacific National University


Work history:

2012-present: Visiting Research Associate, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford.

2014: Research Fellow in Human Geography, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Southampton.

2012-2014: Research Fellow and Honorary Research Fellow, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham.

2013: Visiting Research Fellow, Aleksanteri Institute, University of Helsinki.

2012: Research Assistant to Professor Linda McDowell on Gender, Ethnicity, Migration and Service Employment, University of Oxford.


I am a human geographer with research interests in critical urban and housing studies. I explore institutional and spatial processes that shape today’s cities and living environment, focusing in particular on gentrification, neoliberal urbanism, social commons, and related policies and public discourses. My research is interdisciplinary and builds on perspectives in political economy, urban and social geography, housing and cultural studies, as well as phenomenological studies.

I previously worked at the University of Oxford and the University of Birmingham, where I was involved in research projects on shrinking cities, sustainable housing, as well as on the gendered aspects of the UK labour market. I have also been a Consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), advising on housing, urban development and spatial planning policies and taking part in a number of country missions across Europe and Eurasia.

I am also currently involved in the preparation for Habitat III, the third major United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development to be held in Quito (Ecuador) in October 2016. I am part of the expert team of Policy Unit 1 “Right to the City and Cities for All”.

Before reading for my Doctorate at the University of Oxford, I had several years of business and administration experience in the fields of property development and land governance.

Most recently, I have become interested in advancing the understanding of how everyday practice may help trigger sustainability innovations in the housing sector. This interest comes from my own practical experience in housing development and my engagement with policy-makers and practitioners in many UNECE countries through my UN consultancy work. It is also based on a wealth of materials I have collected during these many years of practical work, international consultancy and critical research.

Research interests

• Urban restructurings in the context of rapid societal transformations

• Gentrification and socio-spatial fragmentation

• Discourses and representations of socio-spatial relations

• Housing conditions, housing policy, practice and theory

• The mobilisation of sustainability knowledge and situated innovation.


Research group

Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHeW)

Affiliate research group

Economy, Society and Governance

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Golubchikov, O. and Badyina, A. (forthcoming) Habitat III Regional Report on Housing and Urban Development: Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia. UN-Habitat Publications.

Golubchikov, O., Makhrova, A., Badyina, A. and Brade, I. (forthcoming) 'Urban resilience and uneven economic development: the divergent pathways of Russian cities', in Lang, T., Henn, S., Ehrlich, K., and Sgibnev, W. (eds) New Geographies of Central and Eastern Europe. Socio-Spatial Polarization and Peripheralization in a Rapidly Changing Region, Palgrave Macmillan

Golubchikov, O., Badyina, A. and Makhrova, A. (2014) ‘The hybrid spatialities of transition: capitalism, legacy, and uneven urban economic restructuring’, Urban Studies, 51 (4), pp. 617-633.

Golubchikov, O. and Badyina, A. (2012) Sustainable Housing for Sustainable Cities: a Policy Framework for Developing Countries. Nairobi: UN-HABITAT, 82 pages. ISBN: 978-92-1-132488-4

Badyina, A. (2013) ‘Housing allocations, needs, demand and supply’, in: Country Profiles on the Housing Sector: Ukraine, Geneva: United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), pp. 25-34

Badyina, A. and Bulych, Y. (2013) ‘Spatial planning and urban development’, in: Country Profiles on the Housing Sector: Ukraine, Geneva: United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), pp.35-48.

Badyina, A. (2011) ‘Housing conditions and new constructions’, in: Country Profiles on the Housing Sector: Tajikistan, Geneva: United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), pp. 21-33. (Also published in Russian)

Badyina, A. (2010) ‘Spatial planning and land administration’, in: Country Profiles on the Housing Sector: Azerbaijan. Geneva: United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), pp. 17-28. (Also published in Russian)

Von Schweinichen, C., Deda, P., Rusch, S., Batac, C., Abjamilova, D., Atkey, J., Amann, W., Tumanov, A., Badyina, A. and Vagg, R. (2010) Country Profiles on the Housing Sector: Kyrgyzstan, Geneva: United Nations, Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). (Published in English and Russian), 83 pages.

Badyina, A. (2010) ‘Housing trends and policies’, in: Addressing Urban Poverty in Uzbekistan in the Context of Economic Crisis. Tashkent: Centre for Economic Research (CER) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), pp. 28-34.

Tsenkova, S., Potsiou, C. and Badyina, A. (2009) Self-Made Cities: In Search of Sustainable Solutions for Informal Settlements in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Region, New York and Geneva: United Nations Publications, 139 pages. ISBN 978-92-1-117005-4

Tsenkova, S., Potsiou, C. and Badyina, A. (2009) Samovolno Vosvedenniye Goroda: Poisk Dolgosrochnikh Resheniy Problemy Neformal’nikh Poseleniy v Regione Evropeyskoy Ekonomicheskoy Komissii Organizatsii Ob’edinennyikh Natsiy, New York and Geneva: United Nations Publications, 148 pages. ISBN 978-92-1-416049-6

Golubchikov, O. and Badyina, A. (2006) ‘Conquering the inner-city: urban redevelopment and gentrification in Moscow’, in: Tsenkova, S. and Nedovic-Budic, Z. (eds.) The Urban Mosaic of Post-Socialist Europe: Space, Institutions and Policy. Heidelberg and New York: Springer, pp. 195-212.

Badyina, A. and Golubchikov, O. (2005) ‘Gentrification in Central Moscow – a market process or a deliberate policy? Money, power and people in housing regeneration in Ostozhenka’, Geografiska Annaler B: Human Geography, 87 (2), pp. 113-129.

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