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Globalization of Russian Cities: Towards a Construction of Large Urban Regions

Version 1 : Received: 2 August 2019 / Approved: 6 August 2019 / Online: 6 August 2019 (08:33:24 CEST)

How to cite: Rogov, M.; Rozenblat, C. Globalization of Russian Cities: Towards a Construction of Large Urban Regions. Preprints 2019, 2019080070 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201908.0070.v1). Rogov, M.; Rozenblat, C. Globalization of Russian Cities: Towards a Construction of Large Urban Regions. Preprints 2019, 2019080070 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201908.0070.v1).

Abstract

This study explores how to delineate Russian cities in order to make them comparable on the world scale. In doing so we introduce the concept of large urban regions (LUR) applicable to the Russian urban context. This research is motivated by a principal research question: how to construct a statistical urban delineation, which would allow first, to demonstrate integration of cities into globalization, and second, to make global urban comparative research. Previous studies on urban delineation in Russia have focused almost exclusively on functional urban areas, which have substantial limitations and are not suitable for global urban comparisons. Addressing this research gap, we propose a new definition of Large Urban Regions (LUR). In doing so, first, we introduce the context of Russian cities (2), then we discuss existing Russian urban concepts (3), and justify a need for a new urban delineation (4). Afterwards, we present a general method to delineate Large Urban Regions in Russian context (5.1), and illustrate it in the two case studies of St. Petersburg (polycentric region) and Samara (monocentric region) (5.2). In the last part (6), we discuss the 10 the largest urban regions in Russia and describe a constructed database including all Russian LURs.

Subject Areas

city; large urban regions; Russia; globalization; open database

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