Dr. Mikhail Ilchenko

Dr. Mikhail Ilchenko

+49 (0) 341 97 35 524


studied Sociology and Political Sciences at the Ural Federal University in Yekaterinburg and received his PhD at the Institute of Philosophy and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Yekaterinburg in 2011, where he later worked as a researcher and senior researcher. Since 2014 he had a number of research stays as a postdoc and guest scholar at the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe in Lviv (Ukraine), Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (IfL) and at the GWZO in Leipzig. Mikhail works in the field of social sciences and cultural studies. He conducted his research on modernist urban legacy in Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Czech Republic, Israel, France, Germany and other countries. He is involved in a number of international academic and educational projects aimed to explore changing perceptions and functions of modernist urban areas in Eastern Europe and countries of the former USSR.

Since 2021 he works as a researcher at the GWZO within the joint project »City. Culture. Construction».

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 Social and Political Sciences