Dr. Mikhail Ilchenko

Dr. Mikhail Ilchenko

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Mikhail Ilchenko studied sociology and political sciences at the Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg. Hereceived his PhD from the Institute of Philosophy and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Yekaterinburg in 2011 and later worked there as a researcher and senior researcher. Since 2014 he has completed several research stays as a postdoc and visiting scholar at the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe in Lviv,Ukraine, the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) and the GWZO in Leipzig. Mikhail Ilchenko works in the field of social sciences and cultural studies andhas carried out research on modernist urban legacies in Poland, Ukraine, Russia, the Czech Republic, Israel, France, Germany and elsewhere. He is involved in a number of international academic and educational projects exploring thechanging perceptions and functions of modernist urban areas in Eastern Europe and countries of the former USSR. 

Mikhail Ilchenko has been a researcher at the GWZO within the collaborative project »Cities.Building.Culture« since 2021.

Work focus

  • Social history of modernist architecture: changing perceptions and public attitudes towards modernist architectural heritage

  • Socialist and Post-Socialist urban planning

  • Urban history and urban transformations in Eastern Europe 

  • Sociology of architecture      

  • Institutional theory in the social and political sciences

Current topic of research