Mikheil Svanidze presents at Friedrich-Schiller University Jena

18:00, 12 December, 2016

Acchouchierhaus (Room 101)

Jenergasse 8, Jena





Informal private providers of mobility, vans known in most former Soviet Union as marshrutkas are since last 20 years central suppliers of transportation. They have moved at the height of the collapse of municipal transport system at around year 2000 and still provide around half of mobility for its 1.2 million citizens.

But in the process of moving people around these vehicles have been shaping the urban spaces, which is what I am looking at in my dissertation and this presentation, where I will paint a general picture of mobility in Tbilisi, paying special attention to the question – how did the new urban transport ways, associated with “self-regulation”, “urban mess” and informal transport reshape the city, in terms of human mobility behavior in smaller neighborhoods, in terms of new urban entrepreneurs – the workers of marshrutka industry and finally in the  as city government’s responses to the issue.


Short biography:

Mikheil Svanidze is a doctoral candidate in Tbilisi State University in Tbilisi, Georgia in human geography,  as well as a fellow in the project: “Fluid mobilities for cities in transformation: spatial dynamics of marshrutkas in Central Asia and the Caucasus” co-ordinated by Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography in Leipzig. His dissertation topic concerns the emergence of new orders and mobility behaviours in the city of Tbilisi, which were precipitated by the advent and spread of city-route marshrutkas.

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