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Natural Resources in History of Russia: Economic Institutes, Communities of Experts and Infrastructures

The project “Natural Resources in History of Russia: Economic Institutes, Communities of Experts and Infrastructures” led by Julia Lajus (Associate Professor, Department of History and Leading Research Fellow of the Laboratory for Environmental and Technological History) was supported by Russian Science Foundation. The duration of the project is 3 years (2016 – 2018).

The project is directed towards the advancement of current academic narratives concerning the history of Russia with specific reference to the problems of use and social construction of natural resources based on analysis of economic institutions, communities of experts and infrastructures. The project is inherently interdisciplinary in nature and will stimulate the development of a critical environmental history in Russia.

The objective of the project is twofold: first, to study the environmental history of Russia and Soviet Union from 17th Century until 1991 from an interdisciplinary perspective (combining environmental history with economic and technological history, institutional analysis, the history of science, political sciences, especially geopolitics, and cultural history) and second, to create a strong, robust and long-term network of historians specialized in environmental history and with a focus on Russia.

The scientific agenda is built up around the following main axis:

- the circulation of knowledge including the role of expert cultures, foreign academic cultures and new scientific disciplines which have influenced the construction of knowledge about the environment from the 17th Century until the end of the Cold War.

- changing perceptions of the environment and its economic, social and cultural impact incorporating the observation and measurement of Nature and natural processes as well as the utilization and management of natural resources (including areas such as urban planning, pulp and paper production and mining industries).

– the role of economic institutions of different level in environmental history.

- the creation and evolution of infrastructures, necessary for examining and using natural resources by various actors, i.e. as developing research facilities, industrial mechanisms, etc. 

Participants of the Project

Julia Lajus

Leading Research Fellow, Head of the Project

Evgeniy Anisimov

Chief Research Fellow

Aleksandra Bekasova

Senior Research Fellow

Vasily Borovoy

Junior Research Fellow

Andrei Volodin

Associate professor Historical Information Science Department History Faculty Moscow State University

Margarita Dadykina

Research Fellow

Ekaterina Kalemeneva

Junior Research Fellow

Elena Kochetkova

Junior Research Fellow

Marina Loskutova

Senior Research Fellow

Elena S. Korchmina

Senior Research Fellow

Pavel Demchenko

Research Assistant


 

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