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GOAL/DESCRIPTION
In the Republic of Georgia, I, along with a number of colleagues, analyze spatial change and the transition of governance since late communism. Special topics include heritage, natural areas, identity politics, redefinition of roles.

COOPERATION
Cooperation with Joseph Salukvadze, Tbilisi State University, Nick Shavishvili, Georgian Technical University, Martijn Duineveld, Wageningen University, Gert Verschraegen, University of Antwerp, Paul Manning, Trent University, Zaza Shatirishvili, Tbilisi Shota Rustaveli State Institute of Georgian Literature, Karl Ziegler, Kaiserslautern Technical University, Ron Suny, University of Chicago and University of Michigan.

RESULTS
We published an edited volume City culture and city planning in Tbilisi (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2009; editors Kristof Van Assche, Joseph Salukvadze, Nick Shavishvili) on the interrelated transitions in city culture and city planning in Tbilisi.

Written in the Georgian language, there is a volume with a different collection of essays on planning in Georgia, with editors Joseph Salukvadze, Kristof Van Assche, Nick Shavishvili. (Tbilisi State University Press, 2011; abstracts in English) There are two articles in Kamara, journal of the architectural department at Georgian Technical University.

A paper in Planning Practice and Research reconstructs changing roles in Georgian planning. » abstract.  One article  compares governance in and around Borjomi national park with governance in Tbilisi (in European Planning Studies) and dwells on the risks and benefits of rapid and unevenly spread innovation. One paper focuses on Tbilisi, and the embedding of planning and design in political and legal institutions (in Planning Perspectives).  A book chapter in a book edited by Jesus Lara and Eduard Cook focuses on the importance of shifting networks in changing metropolitan governance. See the Publications page for links and references

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