Title/Position: Dean and Professor
Department/Faculty/Institution: College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia
Degree(s)/School(s): Ph.D. (Urban and Environmental Planning) University of Michigan
MCRI Projects: A2: Governance; B1: New Suburban Forms; C3: Europe Research Cluster.
Background: Sonia Hirt is dean and professor at the College of Environment and Design, University of Georgia. Her focus as a researcher and educator is on the interactions between social and cultural values and the urban built environment. Through her scholarship, she aims to advance understanding of the relationships between social processes, cultural values and urban forms, and to create opportunities to make cities more equitable, beautiful and sustainable. Her scholarship has both a theoretical and an applied perspective. She strives to enhance the quality of urban environments by developing a richer theoretical understanding of the social processes and cultural values that influence their evolution. She also strives to provoke critical debates within the built-environment professions and thus contribute to innovation in practice.
Research Interests: Comparative Urbanisms; Urban Planning Theory and History; Post-Socialist Urbanism.
Hirt, S. (2015). Planning during Post-socialism. International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd Edition). Oxford: Elsevier, pp. 187–192.
Stanilov, K. & Hirt, S. (2014). Sprawling Sofia: Post-socialist Suburban Growth in the Bulgarian Capital. In K. Stanilov & L. Sykora (eds.) Confronting Suburbanization: Urban Decentralization in Post-socialist Europe. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 163-191.
Hirt, S. & Kovachev, A. (2014). Suburbia in Three Acts: The East European Story. In M. Eckers, P. Hammel, & R. Keil (eds.) Suburban Governance: A Global View. Toronto: University of Toronto, pp.177-197.
Hirt, S. (2012). Iron Curtains: Gates, Suburbs and Privatization of Space in the Post-socialist City. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.
Hirt, S. & Stanilov, K. (2009). Twenty Years of Transition: The Evolution of Urban Planning in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union, 1989-2009. Nairobi: United Nations Human Settlements Programme. UN-HABITAT.
Hirt, S. & Petrovic. M. (2011). The Belgrade Wall: The Proliferation of Gated Housing in the Serbian capital after Socialism. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 35.
Hirt, S. & Petrovic. M. ( 2010). The Gates of Belgrade: Safety, Privacy and New Housing Patterns in the Post-communist City. Problems of Post-communism 57 (5): 3-19.
Hirt, S. (2009). Pre-modern, Modern, Postmodern? Placing New Urbanism into a Historical Perspective. Journal of Planning History. 8 (3): 248-273.
Hirt, S. (2008). Landscapes of Post-modernity: Changes in the Built Fabric of Belgrade and Sofia since the End of Socialism. Urban Geography 29 (8): 785-809.
Hirt, S. (2008). Stuck in the Suburbs? Gendered Perspectives of Living at the Edge of the Post-communist City. Cities: The International Journal of Urban Policy and Planning. 25 (6): 340-354.
Hirt, S. (2007). Suburbanizing Sofia: Characteristics of Post-socialist Peri-urban Change. Urban Geography. 28 (8): 755-780.