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Mirek Dymitrow

Research coordinator

Mirek Dymitrow
Research coordinator
mirek.dymitrow@geography.gu.se

Postal Address: Box 170, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Aschebergsgatan 44 , 41133 Göteborg


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Box 170
405 30 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Aschebergsgatan 44 , 411 33 Göteborg

About Mirek Dymitrow

Academic degrees
- PhD in Human Geography, University of Gothenburg
- Master of Science with a major in Geography, University of Gothenburg
- Bachelor of Science with a major in Geography, University of Gothenburg

Primary interest areas
... include critical, historical, political, cultural and landscape geography

Current research
... is concerned with conceptualizing the rural-urban distinction in the face of the progressive rural-urban blurring by focusing on the relationships between material and social morphologies as well as the rural-urban discourse present in various European contexts. Special attention is payed to local perception and experiential space as resources to better understand the rural-urban dichotomy (cases from Poland and Sweden)

Area of concentration:
Although the outdatedness of the rural-urban dichotomy as an intersubjective analytical concept is widely acknowledged, it is still largely sustained throughout the society within a wide range of situations. The starting point is that due to increasing rural-urban blurring (and thus increased subjectivity and solipsism involved in this process), there is an ever greater likelihood that current understandings of ‘urban’ and ‘rural’ as used in formal contexts (legislation, policy, land use, funding, etc.) may not reflect the lived experiences on a local level, and that unreflected uses of these concepts may get in the way of making sound planning, design and development decisions. Moreover, reducing complexity to simplicity for the sake of clarity and convenience (stereotypification) may inadvertently lead to exclusions.

With Poland and Sweden as examples, my research investigates situations where the rural-urban distinction might be problematic. More specifically, it looks into the contexts of how rural-urban discourses are construed and used today, and what reactions and tensions they may spawn. Although the situations studied are of various character (different aspects, scales and actors) the overarching aim of the project is to look into how these discourses are interlinked today, what might shape them, to what extent they converge across the scope of their situatedness, and to what extent they concur with the physical space generally referred to as ‘rural’ or ‘urban’. By doing so, the project aims to elucidate the problematic nature of the rural-urban binary through the use of some concrete examples from settings where the rural-urban distinction still plays an important role. In the broadest sense, it provides an updated critique of unreflected or misinformed usages of 'rural' and 'urban' as naturalized analytical and planning categories.

Research group:
Nature-society relations in a landscape perspective

Journal editor:
Bulletin of Geography. Socio-economic Series

Conference secretary:
PECSRL 2014 – Unraveling the logics of landscape

Fellowships:
o International Association for Landscape Ecology
o The Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography
o The Geographic Association in Gothenburg

International co-operation:
o University of Surrey
o Nicolaus Copernicus University
o University of Silesia 
o University of Wrocław
o Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences

Latest publications

Atavism, layering and subversion: Understanding great social challenges of today through the lens of cultural contingents
Mirek Dymitrow, Rene Brauer, Slobodan Arsovski, Jadwiga Biegańska
Geographical Reviews, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Transboundary research collaborations: An evaluation against 11 principles of transboundary research
Shelley Kotze, Mirek Dymitrow
MiReKoc – 15th Anniversary Conference on Migration and Development in the ‘Global South’: “Research Challenges and Implications”, Migration Research Center at Koç University, 24–25 October 2019, Istanbul, Turkey, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Using South-North collaborations to explore the role of gender within immigrant integration projects
Shelley Kotze, Mirek Dymitrow, Lillian Omondi, Ana Blazheva
2019 RINGS Conference: “Genders and Feminisms in a Polarised World – Sustainability, Futures and Utopias”, The International Research Association of Institutions of Advanced Gender Studies / Tallinn University – Gender Studies Research Group, 2–4 October 2019, Tallinn, Estonia, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

The impact of tourism research
Rene Brauer, Mirek Dymitrow, John Tribe
Annals of Tourism Research, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Food systems sustainability: An examination of different viewpoints on food system change
Gareth Haysom, Gunilla Almered Olsson, Mirek Dymitrow, Paul Opiyo, Nick Taylor Buck et al.
Sustainability, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Understanding great social challenges of today through the lens of cultural contingents
Mirek Dymitrow
70th Anniversary Symposium of the Macedonian Geographic Society: “New Trends in Geography”, 3–4 October 2019, Ohrid, North Macedonia, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

The ‘Research Forum’ as a methodological tool for transdisciplinary co-production
Mirek Dymitrow, Karin Ingelhag, Shelley Kotze
International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019: “Joining Forces for Change”, TD-Net – Network for Transdisciplinary Research / Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, 10–13 September 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Double jeopardy within Swedish integration: Using South–North collaborations to explore the role of gender within transdisciplinary integration projects
Shelley Kotze, Mirek Dymitrow, Lillian Omondi
International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019: “Joining Forces for Change”, TD-Net – Network for Transdisciplinary Research / Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, 10–13 September 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden, Poster 2019
Poster

The role of trust in street-level organisations within integration projects
Shelley Kotze, Mirek Dymitrow
The 17th Annual ESPANET Conference: “Social citizenship, migration and conflict – Equality and opportunity in European welfare states”, The European Network for Social Policy Analysis, 5–7 September 2019, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

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2019

Atavism, layering and subversion: Understanding great social challenges of today through the lens of cultural contingents
Mirek Dymitrow, Rene Brauer, Slobodan Arsovski, Jadwiga Biegańska
Geographical Reviews, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Transboundary research collaborations: An evaluation against 11 principles of transboundary research
Shelley Kotze, Mirek Dymitrow
MiReKoc – 15th Anniversary Conference on Migration and Development in the ‘Global South’: “Research Challenges and Implications”, Migration Research Center at Koç University, 24–25 October 2019, Istanbul, Turkey, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Using South-North collaborations to explore the role of gender within immigrant integration projects
Shelley Kotze, Mirek Dymitrow, Lillian Omondi, Ana Blazheva
2019 RINGS Conference: “Genders and Feminisms in a Polarised World – Sustainability, Futures and Utopias”, The International Research Association of Institutions of Advanced Gender Studies / Tallinn University – Gender Studies Research Group, 2–4 October 2019, Tallinn, Estonia, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

The impact of tourism research
Rene Brauer, Mirek Dymitrow, John Tribe
Annals of Tourism Research, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Food systems sustainability: An examination of different viewpoints on food system change
Gareth Haysom, Gunilla Almered Olsson, Mirek Dymitrow, Paul Opiyo, Nick Taylor Buck et al.
Sustainability, Journal article 2019
Journal article

Understanding great social challenges of today through the lens of cultural contingents
Mirek Dymitrow
70th Anniversary Symposium of the Macedonian Geographic Society: “New Trends in Geography”, 3–4 October 2019, Ohrid, North Macedonia, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

The ‘Research Forum’ as a methodological tool for transdisciplinary co-production
Mirek Dymitrow, Karin Ingelhag, Shelley Kotze
International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019: “Joining Forces for Change”, TD-Net – Network for Transdisciplinary Research / Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, 10–13 September 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Double jeopardy within Swedish integration: Using South–North collaborations to explore the role of gender within transdisciplinary integration projects
Shelley Kotze, Mirek Dymitrow, Lillian Omondi
International Transdisciplinarity Conference 2019: “Joining Forces for Change”, TD-Net – Network for Transdisciplinary Research / Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences, 10–13 September 2019, Gothenburg, Sweden, Poster 2019
Poster

The role of trust in street-level organisations within integration projects
Shelley Kotze, Mirek Dymitrow
The 17th Annual ESPANET Conference: “Social citizenship, migration and conflict – Equality and opportunity in European welfare states”, The European Network for Social Policy Analysis, 5–7 September 2019, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, Conference contribution 2019
Conference contribution

Showing 1 - 10 of 103

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