Dr. Diana Dushkova

Senior Researcher

Thematic Area Environment and Society
Department of Urban and Environmental Sociology

Helmholtz Centre
for Environmental Research − UFZ
Permoserstr. 15
04318 Leipzig, Germany

diana.dushkova@ufz.de

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Areas of Expertise & Research

  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis of urban population at local to European level (social-ecological research on the perception and construction of green spaces, landscapes, environmental risks, etc.)
  • Analysis and assessment of urban ecosystem services
  • Nature-based solutions (NBS) for environmental problems and other societal challenges: actors, models, transformative potential for innovations, Living Labs, co-creation, co-evaluation and co-monitoring of NBS impact
  • Studies on the influence of nature and environmental conditions on the health status and human well-being (geographical health research)
  • Regional urban development and research on urban transformations (regional focus: Eastern and Central Europe)
  • Environmental monitoring


Curriculum Vitae

since 11/2020

senior researcher at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ within the EU Horizon 2020 project “RECONECT – Regenerating ECOsystems with Nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk rEduCTion” Grant Agreement No. 776866

10/2017 - 05/2020

PostDoc Researcher at Humboldt University Berlin, Geography Department, Landscape Ecology Lab, EU Horizon 2020 Project “Connecting Nature (COpro-ductioN with NaturE for City Transitioning, INnovation and Governance)” Grant Agreement 730222; Lectures and Seminars (International seminar for Landscape ecology, Green infrastructure, Summer schools for HU and MGU students and PhDs); supervision of BSc. and MSc. diploma 

07/2014 - 09/2017

PostDoc Researcher, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Geography, Department of environmental management

10/2014 - 06/2016 

Guest researcher / PostDoc at the Humboldt University Berlin, Geography Department, Landscape ecology Lab; Heading of Research Project “Landscape and human wellbeing: identification, assessment and communication in the field of ecosystem services” (SS_AbgH_B_2014/2015 supported by Parliament of Berlin) 

01/2013 - 06/2014 

PostDoc Researcher at Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig. Head of Leibniz-DAAD Research Project „Perception and social construction of cultural landscapes (case studies from Germany and Russia)” 

06/2011 - 08/2011

Guest researcher at Leibniz Institute for Regional Geography, Leipzig.

10/2006 - 08/2007 

DAAD PhD Researcher, Martin Luther University Halle, Institute for Geosciences and Geograohy

10/2004 - 06/2014 

Researcher, M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Geography

Academic qualification 

10/2005 - 11/2008 

PhD Diss. "Medical ecological situation in the industrial centers at the European North of Russia”, M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, def. 13.11.2008 (summa cum laude)

09/2003 - 06/2005 

M.Sc. Geography „Geoecological situation and the human health at the regions of Russia’s European North“, M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University, Faculty of Geography

09/2004 - 06/2005

German Institute for Culture and Science of the Lomonosov State University Moscow, German Studies course incl. Language Certificate - Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (DSH)

10/2003 - 08/2004 

two semesters abroad at Institute for Geography and Geosciences of Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Halle (Saale)

09/1999 - 06/2003

BSc. Study Geoecology at the M.V.Lomonosov State University Moscow, Faculty of Geography, Department of environmental management


Current Projects

  • EU Horizon 2020 Project “RECONECT – Regenerating ECOsystems with Nature-based solutions for hydro-meteorological risk rEduCTion” Grant Agreement No. 776866 (2018-2023) http://www.reconect.eu/
  • EU Horizon 2020 Project “Connecting Nature (COpro-ductioN with NaturE for City Transitioning, INnovation and Governance)” Grant Agreement No. 730222 (2017-2022) https://connectingnature.eu/
  • Russisch-Deutsche Kooperation zu hochschulpraktischen Forschungsstudien im Fach Geographie mit den Schwerpunkten „Landschaftsökologie", „Grüne Infrastruktur“, „Sozial-ökologische Stadtforschung“ und „Nachhaltige Entwicklung" (2018-2021) gefördert durch das DAAD Ostpartnerschaften-Programm


Completed Projects

  • Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) Project: “Mathematical-cartographic assessment of medico-ecological situation in cities of Russia for their integrated ecological characteristics” 18-05-00236 (2018-2020), project co-lead
  • DAAD-East-Partnership Program project: “Urban ecosystem services and their assessment: exchange of experiences between Germany and Russia” (2015-2017, 2018-2020), project co-lead (together with D.Haase)
  • Leibniz-DAAD Research Project „Perception and social construction of cultural landscapes (case studies from Germany and Russia)”, project lead
  • “Landscape and human wellbeing: identification, assessment and communication in the field of ecosystem services” (SS_AbgH_B_2014/2015 supported by Parliament of Berlin) (2014-2015), project lead
  • M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University Project “Environmental management for sustainable territorial development: theory and practice” 161160328100963 (2016-2018)
  • Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) Project: „Ecological buffer territories as an element of modern nature management structure at the Russian North“ 11-05-00647 (2011-2013)
  • Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) Project: “Analysis of impact of modern nature management at the Russian North on the state of its nature capital” (2008-2010)
  • “Environment and climate change: natural hazards”, 16 MSU/IGEM Project supported by the Russian Academy of Sciences (2006-20013)
  • Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR) Project: „System analysis of structure and dynamics of nature management in Russian taiga and tundra zones” 05-05-65015 (2005-2007)


Publications

 Dushkova D., Ignatieva M., Melnichuk I. (2021) Urban Greening as a Response to Societal Challenges. Towards Biophilic Megacities (Case Studies of Saint Petersburg and Moscow, Russia). In: Breuste J. et al. (Eds.) Making Green Cities: Concepts, Challenges and Practice. Springer Nature, 352-370. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-37716-8_6_5
Open access: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-37716-8_6#Sec64

Dushkova D., Kuhlicke C. (2021) Scaling-up the impact of Nature-based Solutions: RECONECT demonstrates and implements impact at scale. Medium, RECONECT, 28 Jan. 2021.
Open access: https://reconectproject.medium.com/scaling-up-the-impact-of-nature-based-solutions-312dc65088e

Antonenko A., Dushkova D., Krasovskaya T. (2021) Urban forests in megacities from the perspective of ecosystem services: using the Timiryasevsky forest park, Moscow, as a case study. In: Breuste J. et al. (Eds.) Making Green Cities: Concepts, Challenges and Practice. Springer, 180-193. 10.1007/978-3-030-37716-8_5_1
Open access: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-37716-8_5#Sec2

Dushkova D., Haase D. (2020) Not Simply Green: Nature-Based Solutions as a Concept and Practical Approach for Sustainability Studies and Planning Agendas in Cities. LAND 9 (1):19. DOI: 10.3390/land9010019.
Open access: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-445X/9/1/19

Kronenberg J., Haase A., Laszkiewicz E., Antal A., Baravikova A., Dushkova D. et al. (2020) Environmental justice in the context of urban green space availability, accessibility, and attractiveness in postsocialist cities. Cities 106:102862, DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2020.102862.
Open access: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264275120312105

Dushkova D., Haase D. (2020) Methodology for development of a data and knowledge base for learning from existing nature-based solutions in Europe: The CONNECTING Nature project. MethodsX 7, 2020, 101096. DOI: 10.1016/j.mex.2020.101096.
Open access: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2215016120303162?via%3Dihub

Ignatieva M., Haase D., Dushkova D., Haase A. (2020) Lawns in Cities: From a Globalised Urban Green space phenomenon to Sustainable Nature-Based Solutions. LAND 9 (3). DOI: 10.3390/land9030073
Open access: https://www.mdpi.com/2073-445X/9/3/73

Zwierzchowska I., Haase D., Dushkova D. (2020) Discovering the environmental potential of multi-family residential areas for nature-based solutions. A Central European cities perspective. Landscape and Urban Planning 206, 103975. DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2020.103975
Get access: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0169204620314584?via%3Dihub

Dushkova D., Ignatieva M. New trends in urban environmental health research: from geography of diseases to therapeutic landscapes and healing gardens. GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY. 2020;13(1):159-171. https://doi.org/10.24057/2071-9388-2019-99
Open access: https://ges.rgo.ru/jour/article/view/1042

Connop S., Nash C., Elliot J., Haase D., Dushkova D. (2020) Nature-based solution evaluation indicators: Environmental Indicators Review. CONNECTING Nature project Deliverable 20200618.
Open access: https://connectingnature.eu/sites/default/files/images/inline/CN_Env_Indicators_Review_0.pdf

Dushkova D., Haase D., von Döhren P., Chereshnya O., Megorsky V. “An interdisciplinary perspective on ecosystem services and human well-being”: results and potentials of German-Russian cooperation within the project InterCarto. InterGIS. GI support of sustainable development of territories: Proceedings of the International conference. Moscow: Moscow University Press, 2020. V. 26. Part 1. P. 80–93. DOI: 10.35595/2414-9179-2020-1-26-80-93
Open access: http://intercarto.msu.ru/jour/articles/article736.pdf

Evseev A. V., Dushkova D. O., Goretskaya A. G. (2020) Biomonitoring of aerothechnogenic contamination of eco-systems in the North of Russia by heavy metals. Arctic: Ecology and Economy 3 (39). DOI: 10.25283/2223-4594-2020-3
Open access: http://eng.arctica-ac.ru/docs/journals/39/biomonitoring-aerotehnogennogo-zagryazneniya-ekosistem-severa-rossii-tyajelymi-m.pdf

Haase D., Dushkova D., Haase A., Kronenberg J. (2019) Green infrastructure in post-socialist cities. In: Tuvikene T. et al. Post-socialist urban infrastructures. London: Routledge, 105-125. DOI: 10.4324/9781351190350
Open access: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/post-socialist-urban-infrastructures-tauri-tuvikene-wladimir-sgibnev-carola-neugebauer/e/10.4324/9781351190350

Dushkova D., Tikunov V., Chereshnya O. (2019) Methodology for Assessment of Public Health at the Municipalities Level (A Case Study of Arkhangelsk Oblast). Geography and Natural Resources 40(1):74-81. DOI: 10.1134/S1875372819010104
Open access: https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1134/S1875372819010104.pdf

Haase D., Dushkova D. (2019) Naturbasierte Lösungen für Umweltprobleme in Städten – ein Anwendungsfall für die stringente Umsetzung von urbanen Ökosystemleistungen? Ecosystem Services Partnership Deutschland (ESP-DE) Blog „Innovationsnetzwerk Ökosystemleistungen Deutschland“.
Open access: https://www.esp-de.de/naturbasierte-loesungen-fuer-umweltprobleme-in-staedten-ein-anwendungsfall-fuer-die-stringente-umsetzung-von-urbanen-oekosystemleistungen/

Connop C., Dushkova D., Haase D., Nash C. (2019) Contributions to the European Handbook on Impact Assessment: Indicators Factsheets; Connecting Nature Project (Internal Report).

Haase D, Dushkova D (2018) Nature-based solutions for urban challenges: An Analysis of Local and Regional Projects from the Europe-wide database. In: Lupa P, Stepniewska M, Grams P (eds.) Ecosystem services in transdisciplinary approach. Book of Abstracts of the 5th Scientific Symposium Ecoserv, 17-19 September 2018, Poznan. Department of Integrated Geography, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan.

Haase D, Dushkova D (2018) Learning from existing nature-based solutions experiences in Europe. In: Dumitru A. et al. (eds.) Connecting Nature: bringing cities to life, bringing life into cities. Deliverable 1.1.2018 of H2020 Project Connecting Nature; Unpublished document; 2018.

Haase D, Dushkova D (2018) Assessing the Nature-Based Solutions in European cities: Framework for Development of Database. In: Transitions to sustainability, lifestyles changes and human wellbeing: cultural, environmental and political challenges. Book of IAPS Symposium 2018, Rome, July 8-13 2018.

Dushkova D., Krasovskaya T. (2018) Post-Soviet single-industry cities in northern Russia: movement towards sustainable development. A case study of Kirovsk. Belgeo, 4 (4). DOI: 10.4000/belgeo.27427
Open access: https://journals.openedition.org/belgeo/27427

Dushkova D., Haase D. (2017) The concept of ecosystem services in theory and practice. Study guide for 3th HU-MGU Summer school 2017 “An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Ecosystem Services and Human Well-being”. Department of Geography, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, 158 p.

Душкова Д.О., Горецкая А.Г., Евсеев А.В. (2017) Применение биоиндикационных методов при проведении мониторинговых исследований окружающей среды. Проблемы региональной экологии, № 2, с. 10-15
Get access: https://eco-rei.ru/ru/archive/2017/2/primenenie-bioindikatsionnykh-metodov-pri-provedenii-monitoringovykh-issledovanij-okruzhayushchej-sredy

Dushkova D. (2017) Redefining vulnerability to environmental hazards and challenges to adaptation among indi-genous population of the Russian Arctic. LNIS 8. Risk information management, models and applications, 73-81.
Get access: http://horst-kremers.de/RIMMA2016/LNIS_Vol_08_2017__Risk_Information_Management_Risk_Models_and_Applications____Order_Form.pdf

Душкова Д.О., Красовская Т.М., Евсеев А.В., Цирд М., Хаазэ Д. (2017) Развитие теоретическрй концепции совместных российско-германских образовательных программ в области геоэкологии и природопользования // Рациональное природопользование:традиции и инновации. Материалы II Международной научно-практической конференции, издательство Изд-во Моск. ун-та (М.), с. 76-79

Dushkova D., Haase D., Haase A. (2017) Chances and challenges for being a green city at the North of Russia under extreme climate conditions and with the legacy of Soviet era. Book of the ALTER-Net conference “Nature and society: synergies, conflicts, trade-offs". Ghent, 02-04.05.2017, ALTER-Net publishing Ghent, Belgium, с. 78-80

Dushkova D., Krasovskaya T., Evseev A.2017 Environmental & Human Impact of the Northern Sea Route and Industrial Development in Russia’s Arctic Zone. In: Heininen, L., H. Exner-Pirot and J. Plouffe (eds.) Arctic Yearbook 2017: Change & Innovation in the Arctic: Policy, Society & Environment, Vol. V: Arctic Resources & Development, Northern Research Forum Akureyri, Iceland, 501-515
Open access: https://arcticyearbook.com/images/yearbook/2017/Scholarly_Papers/15_Environmental_&_Human_Impact.pdf

Dushkova D. (2017) Urban green infrastructure and effects of greening policy in post-soviet cities. Proceedings of the 6TH EUGEO CONGRESS "Geography for Europe", EUGEO Brussels, 148-149

Душкова Д.О., Ясенева И.А., Ясенева Е.В. (2017) Влияние эколого-географической обстановки на формирование здоровья населения городов Черноморского побережья // М-лы I Междунар. экологического форума в Крыму «КРЫМ - эколого-экономический регион. Пространство ноосферного развития», Севастополь, т. 1, 373-376

Душкова Д.О., Красовская Т.М., Евсеев А.В. (2017) Опыт поведения зарубежной практики студентов-геоэкологов в ВУЗах и НИИ Германии // География: развитие науки и образования, РГПУ им.Герцена, Санкт-Петербург, т. 2, с. 133-137

Душкова Д.О., Красовская Т.М., Евсеев А.В., Хаазе Д., Цирдт М. (2017) Развитие теоретической концепции совместных российско-германских образовательных программ в области геоэкологии и природопользования // Ред. Слипенчук М.В. Рациональное природопользование: традиции и инновации. Изд-во КДУ Москва, 76-79

Евсеев А.В., Душкова Д.О. (2017) Экономическая освоенность территории моря Лаптевых- Транспортная инфраструктура // Экологический Атлас. Море Лаптевых / В. О. Мокиевский, А. Б. Цетлин, Л. А. Сергиенко и др. ООО "Арктический Научный Центр" Москва, с. 203-209, 210-215.

Dushkova D. (2016) Indigenous Population of the Russian Arctic at Risk: Environmental Hazards, People’s Vulnerability and Coping Strategies. Proceedings of Interdisciplinary International Workshop on RISK Information Management, Management, Risk Models and Applications, место издания CODATA Germany Berlin, с. 15-17

Dushkova D., Proto M. (2016) Interpreting the cultural landscape: cases from Germany, Italy and Russia. In: CRACOW LANDSCAPE MONOGRAPHS. Series: Landscape as impulsion for culture: research, perception & protection. Institute of Archeology Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Cracow University of Technology, Сracow, Vol. 2, 233-243.
Open access: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332901978_Interpreting_the_cultural_landscape_cases_from_Germany_Italy_and_Russia

Dushkova D., Haase D. (2016) The concept of ecosystem services in theory and practice. Study guide for 2nd HU-MGU Summer school “An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Ecosystem Services and Human Well-being”. Berlin: HU.

Dushkova D., Kirillov S. (2016) Urban green infrastructure: German experience. Vestnik of Volgograd State University. Ecology and Economics, 2 (35), 136-147.
Open access: https://ges.jvolsu.com/index.php/en/archive-en/319-2012-16/ekologiya-biologiya-4/1047-dushkova-d-o-kirillov-s-n-urban-green-infrastructure-german-experience

Dushkova D., Haase D., Haase A. (2016) Urban green space in transition: Historical parks and soviet heritage in Archangelsk, Russia. Critical Housing Analysis, 3 (2), 61–70. DOI: 10.13060/23362839.2016.3.2.300
Open access: http://housing-critical.com/home-page-1/urban-green-space-in-transition-historical-park

Dushkova D., Hoerschelmann K. (2015) Perception of environmental risk in different European cities. LNIS 7: Risk information management, risk models and applications, 129-142.

Dushkova D., Haase D., Evseev A. (2015) Assessment of urban ecosystem services and their benefits for human health: experience and approaches from Russian and German cases. Ecology of urban territories, 4, 21–27.
Get access: https://eco-eua.ru/en/archive/2015/4/ecosystem-services-assessment-and-its-impact-on-human-health-a-comparative-analysis-of-expertise-and-approaches-in-russian-and-german-cities