Research fellow Institute of geography Russian Academy of Sciences, Lecturer Faculty of Geography and Geoinformation Technologies, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Maria Gunko holds a Master's degree in Human Geography (specializing in land use management) from the Lomonosov Moscow State University (2012). She was a visiting research fellow at the Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography (Leipzig, Germany) in 2015 and at the Géographie-cités Lab CNRS / Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris, France) in 2019. Maria's prime research interests include urban planning and placemaking, urban shrinkage, and Arctic urbanization. She is the PI of projects 'The role of local initiatives in regeneration of Russian peripheral small and medium-sized cities' (2018-2020, Russian Fund for Basic Research), 'Strategies and tactics of urban planning in depopulating Russian cities' (2018-2020, Ministry for Science of the Russian Federation), 'Transformation of urban planning in shrinking cities based on the example of the Russian Arctic' (2018-2019, Oxford Russia Fellowship), 'Enhancing liveability of small shrinking cities through co-creation' (2021-2022, ERA.Net RUS Plus / Russian Fund for Basic Research).
Maria's research is featured in such journals as Cities, European Planning Studies, Tijd schrift voor Economischeen Sociale Geografie, and Geografiska Annaler, Series B: Human Geography.