The diverse mosaic of urban experiences in Prague, Riga, Belgrade, and Tirana is related to major drivers of change in the economic, social, and institutional environment. In mapping an analytical terrain for this comparative study, the “socialist city” is taken as the primary point of departure. One set of influences represents the outcomes associated with the transition to markets, democracy, and decentralized government.
Professor of planning and international development, University of Calgary, Faculty of Environmental Design, Canada. Her research interests are urban politics, globalization, sustainable cities, urban growth, and community planning. She is involved in projects to develop a more efficient and effective housing system in Riga, and is developing a sustainable city strategy for Sofia.