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Ekaterina Mizrokhi MPhil (Cantab)


Ekaterina is a Cambridge Trust Scholar and a second year PhD Candidate in the Centre for Urban Conflict Research (UCR) at the Department of Architecture. 

Her doctoral research is focused on urban change and demolition in the five-storey Soviet housing districts of Moscow. She investigates the experience of everyday domestic and urban life on Moscow’s periphery, as well as the politics, aesthetics, materiality and spatiality of transition in the post-Soviet era. The given case equally lends itself to investigations on the intersections of spatial, social and temporal marginalization rooted in such districts. 

Before beginning her PhD, Ekaterina completed an MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies (Distinction) from the University of Cambridge. She also holds an Honours BA (High Distinction) with a major in Urban Studies and a double minor in Human Geography and Slavic Studies from the University of Toronto, Trinity College. While at the University of Toronto, Ekaterina began to investigate life in Moscow’s Soviet housing districts as part of the Jackman Humanities Institute Fellowship under the annual theme of ‘Time, Rhythm and Pace.’ She has also worked as a researcher on projects pertaining to the emergence and disruption of the sharing economy in Canadian cities, as well as community leadership and citizen participation the revitalization of Toronto’s social housing neighbourhood of Regent Park; both funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. On various academic exchanges, Ekaterina has studied urban design at the University of Copenhagen, urban welfare policies at the University of Helsinki and the urban history and challenges in Berlin. She has interned at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities at the Urban Lab at New York University. 



(2017) Governor General’s Silver Medal Award Nomination at Trinity College, University of Toronto

(2017) Provost’s Scholar Award at Trinity College, University of Toronto

(2017) Chancellor’s Gold Medal in Arts at Trinity College, University of Toronto

(2016) Milton Harris Undergraduate Award in the Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto

(2013) Governor General’s Bronze Medal Award


Conference Papers: 

(2018) “Precarious Affective Geographies of Soviet Microrayons: Temporality, Anachronism, Demolition” at the 15th Biennial International Post-Graduate Conference at UCL School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies “Uncertainty: Perspectives from Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union” 

(2016) “Securitizing Berlin: The Legacy of the Iron Curtain” at the Borders and their Administrative Legacy Conference at the Institute for Contemporary History in Ljubljana, Slovenia 

(2016) “The Neoliberal Charade of Multiculturalism: A Critical Analysis of the Superkilen Park in Nørrebro, Copenhagen” at the Europe East and West: Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Pittsburgh 

(2015) “Assessing Community Leadership and Citizen Participation in Regent Park in the Context of Neighbourhood Change” at the Association of American Geographers Conference

Research Interests

Soviet and post-Soviet architectural and cultural history; post-socialist urbanism; critical geography; time, space, and affect.

Key Publications

(2018) “Mourning the Microrayon: An Essay in Affective Geography,” in Post-Socialist Time and Space, edited by Thomas Lahusen and Schamma Schahadat, forthcoming from Transcript Verlag.

(2017) “Examining the transformation of Regent Park, Toronto: Prioritizing hard and soft infrastructure” in Urban Transformations: Geographies of Renewal and Creative Change, Brail, S., Mizrokhi, E, and Ralston, S. edited by Nicholas Wise and Julie Clark, Routledge