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Department of Geography of World Economy

Prof. Vladimir A. Kolosov

The department acquired this name in 1991 in response to the crucial changes in the country’s life that occurred at the turn of 1980s – 1990s. By embarking on the path of introducing market relations and creating democratic institutions, Russia began to integrate more fully into the world economy and the international community. This led to the need to study the spatial organization of the world economy, geopolitics, the geography of international economic relations, regional integration of states and other relevant topics.
At the same time the department is the successor to its predecessors, the Department of Economic Geography of Foreign Countries established at the Soil-Geographical Faculty of Moscow University in 1934, and the later Department of Economic Geography of Socialist Countries. From these units the Department inherited its staff and traditions.

The research and teaching team at various times was headed by Prof. Ivan A. Vitver (1943-55), Associate Prof. Piotr I. Glushakov (1955-59), Prof. Isaak M. Maergoyz (1959), Associate Prof. Ivan H. Ovdienko (1960-67), Board Member of USSR Academy of Science Oleg T. Bogomolov (1967-77), Prof. Nikolay V. Alisov (1978-91), Prof. Nikolay S. Mironenko (1991 2015). Since March 2015 the Department has been headed by Prof. Vladimir A. Kolosov.

Teaching and research staff
Vladimir A. Kolosov, Dr. habil. (Geography): political geography and geopolitics; social geography; large metropolitan areas; cross-cutting issues of political science and sociology ;
Vladimir S. Tikunov, Dr. habil. (Geography): geoinformatics, cartography, sustainable development of territories.

Associate Professors:
Alexander V. Fedorchenko, PhD (Geography): the impact of globalization on the territorial organization of the productive forces; the role of international economic organizations in the process of transformation of the world economy; Russia's place in the international division of labor;
Pavel Yu. Fomichev, PhD (Geography): geography of finance; cultural and regional factors of the country's place in the world economy; geography of agrarian relations and markets;
Dmitry L. Lopatnikov, Dr. habil. (Geography): post-industrial processes in the world economy;
Elena N. Samburova, PhD (Geography): geographical Sinology; the geography of international economic relations; position of Russia in the world economy;
Tatyana Kh. Tkachenko, PhD (Geography): Germanic studies, the geography of industrial sector.
Leading Researcher:
Nikolay A. Sluka, Dr. habil. (Geography): population geography; urban geography.

Senior Researcher:
Elena A. Grechko, PhD (Geography): geography of transnational corporations, globalization.

Irina N. Tikunova, PhD (Geography): socio-economic cartography, geography of international tourism;
Kseniya V. Mironenko: geography of China, industrial geography, spatial structure of the world economy, international division of labor.

Leading Engineers:
Vera A. Erohina: geography of international tourism;
Natalia V. Ryabova: computer mapping.

Boris A. Giter: geography of innovation, transnational corporations.

Profile of Bachelors: Geography of World Economy

Master’s Program: Geography of World Economy

Career opportunities
The graduates have competences to work in the field of the geography of world economy, international economic and political relations, market information analysis. Their education is most applicable in companies and organizations involved in international trading, cooperation, project development or studying feasibility and effectiveness of these activities. Since having intensively learnt foreign languages and used foreign sources during their university studies graduates have a good command of one or two most used European languages or Chinese.

Main courses\Curriculum
Geography of World Economy; International Division of Labor; Global Geography of Industries; Global Geography of Agro-Industrial Sector; Geopolitics and Political Geography; Geography of International Financial System; Geographical Aspects of Corporative Management Systems; Geography of Large Metropolitan Areas; Socio-Economic Geography of China.

Research division
Laboratory of World and Regional Economic Relations (Nikolay A. Sluka, Dr. habil.).

Fields of Research
Spatial pattern of world economy; geography of different economic activities, transnational corporations, infrastructure, regional economic integration, global cities, geopolitical processes; issues of integrating Russia into world economy.

Main accomplished research
Evolution of world economy spatial pattern; international migration of capital and certain branches of manufacturing; geographical dimension of transnationalization; role of global cities in the world economy.

Future research activities
Elaboration of geo-economic model of integration of Russia into the world economy; the impact of the informational and technological revolution upon the global economy spatial pattern; the influence of regional socio-economic peculiarities on the model of modernization.

International relations
Students specialized in Sinology, have the opportunity for included training for a semester at universities of China. Held regularly practice abroad, in collaboration with Charles University (Prague), universities of Belgrade, Bucharest and others. The department maintains scientific relations with universities of Germany – Humboldt University of Berlin, universities of Stuttgart and Mannheim.

Major publications
География мирового хозяйства / Под ред. Н.С. Мироненко. М., 2012. – 192 с.: Geography of World Economy (in Russian)

Глобальная социально-экономическая география. Сборник научных трудов памяти Н.В. Алисова / Под ред. Н.А. Слуки. М.-Смоленск: Ойкумена, 2011. – 272 с.: Global Socio-Economic Geography (in Russian)

Слука Н.А. Геодемографические феномены глобальных городов. Смоленск, Ойкумена, 2009. – 317 с.: N.A. Sluka. Geo-Demographic Phenomena of Global Cities (in Russian)

Общественно-географические проблемы освоения пространства и ресурсов мирового океана / Под ред. Н.С. Мироненко. М., Аспект Пресс, 2008. – 192 с.: Socio-Economic Issues of Utilizing Space and Resources of the World Ocean (in Russian)

Гречко Е.А. Модели управления транснациональными корпорациями в условиях глобализации. М., «КДУ», 2006. – 154 с.: E.A. Grechko. Models of Managing Transnational Corporations under Globalization Conditions (in Russian)

Кречетова В.С. Хозяйственно-культурные комплексы Китая / Под ред. Н.С. Мироненко. М.: АБФ, 2006. – 87 с.: V.A. Krechetova. Economic and Cultural Complexes of China (in Russian)

Мироненко Н.С. Введение в географию мирового хозяйства: Международное разделение труда. Учебное пособие для студентов вузов. М., Аспект Пресс, 2006. – 309 с.: N.S. Mironenko. Introduction into the Geography of World Economy: International Division of Labor (in Russian)

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