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The sandwich of Russian space: How different spaces differentiate themes in regional science


  • Nadezhda Zamyatina
  • Ruslan Goncharov
  • Alexandra Poturaeva
  • Alexander Pelyasov


The paper shows the inseparable connection between the topics of the main centres of Russian regional science and the properties of the space that they are studying. The diversity of the thematic structure of research centres is derived from differences in economic geographical and geopolitical position, sectoral structure of the economy, age of economic development of the studied areas of the Russian space. However, the most important factor differentiating Russian space is the density of economic activity, which determines the level of development of the territory. Within the Russian space, significant undeveloped territories of the North, the Arctic, Siberia, and the Far East are of particular interest, in which extensive buffer zones are distinguished between the main settlement zone and low‐density periphery. They constitute the essential specificity of the Russian space. Another feature is the presence of colossal “ownerless” spaces that are outside the influence of any nearby major centre and therefore are forced to focus on the federal capital, Moscow. Este artículo muestra la inseparable conexión entre los temas de los principales centros de la ciencia regional rusa y las propiedades del espacio que están estudiando. La diversidad de la estructura temática de los centros de investigación proviene de las diferencias en la posición económica debida a motivos geográficos y geopolíticos, de la estructura sectorial de la economía, y de la edad de desarrollo económico de las zonas estudiadas del espacio ruso. Sin embargo, el factor más importante que diferencia al espacio ruso es la densidad de la actividad económica, que a su vez determina el nivel de desarrollo del territorio. Dentro del espacio ruso, revisten especial interés los importantes territorios no desarrollados del Norte, el Ártico, Siberia y el Lejano Oriente, donde se distinguen extensas zonas de amortiguación entre la zona principal de asentamiento y la periferia de baja densidad. Esto es lo que constituye la esencia de la especificidad del espacio ruso. Otra característica es la presencia de espacios colosales “sin dueño”, que están fuera de la influencia de cualquier núcleo importante cercano y que por lo tanto se ven obligados a centrar su atención en la capital federal, que es Moscú. 本稿では、ロシアの地域科学の中心部のトピックと彼らの研究対象である空間の特性との切り離すことのできない関連性を示す。研究の中心にあるテーマ構造の多様性は、ロシアの空間の研究分野の、経済地理的および地政学的位置、経済のセクター構造、経済発展の時代、以上の違いに由来する。しかし、ロシアの空間を差別化する最も大きな要因は、経済活動の密度であり、これがその地域の発展レベルを決定する。ロシアの空間内では、北部、北極圏、シベリア、極東部の重要な未開発地域が特に関心を持たれており、そこでは広範囲の緩衝地帯が、主要な定住地域と低密度の周辺地域に区別されている。これはロシア空間の本質的な特異性を成すものである。もう一つの特徴は、「所有者のいない」巨大な空間が存在することで、この空間は近くの主要な中心地からの影響を受けないがために連邦首都のモスクワに集中せざるを得ないということである。

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  • Nadezhda Zamyatina & Ruslan Goncharov & Alexandra Poturaeva & Alexander Pelyasov, 2020. "The sandwich of Russian space: How different spaces differentiate themes in regional science," Regional Science Policy & Practice, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 12(4), pages 559-577, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:rgscpp:v:12:y:2020:i:4:p:559-577
    DOI: 10.1111/rsp3.12272

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