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Elena Ion

Visiting Scholar 2015-2016


Elena Ion

Ion comes to CES from Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies where she was a Postdoctoral Fellow working with the Center for Geographic Analysis on a mapping project of infrastructure networks at the European Union’s eastern border. She researches the restructuring of urban regions in new EU member states. During her stay at CES, Ion will examine how EU-funded economic development programs are reshaping infrastructure and local governance through an expansion of public services, inadvertently widening regional disparity and increasing land dispossession within the EU. Ion received a Ph.D. in Architecture with a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the European Union Centers of Excellence, the Fulbright IIE, the IREX-Individual Advanced Research Opportunities Program, and the Social Science Research Council-IDRF.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.

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Architecture & Urban Studies

Areas of Expertise:



Central and Eastern Europe


Urban Studies

Research Topic:

Infrastructure Development at the European Union's Eastern Border