Infrastructure developments tend to embody changes of economy and politics happening not only on local, but also on national, regional and global scales. Through studying infrastructure developments Periféria Center aims to explore the dynamics of global capitalist economy as well as geopolitical changes; the current reconfigurations of state-capital nexus; as well as the structural alterations of spatial inequalities. In this sense, the emergence and increasing role of Chinese capital in infrastructure developments on the peripheries of Europe of the last decade accounts for a significant turn from various perspectives and on different scales. In our research we study the impacts of Chinese investments in European infrastructures through the case of a major (re)development project of transport infrastructure in Southern and Eastern Europe, that is following trading routes from Port Piraeus, through Belgrade and Budapest, to Germany, with reference to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.


Belt and Road Initiative in Eastern Europe: the Case of the Budapest-Belgrade Railway Line

July 18-20, 2020. Szabó, Linda and Csaba Jelinek. Amsterdam: Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics - State Capitalism  and State-led Development in the 21st Century: China and Beyond 

Changing global conditions of infrastructural and large-scale development projects in Eastern Europe

September 15-19, 2020. Szabó, Linda and Csaba Jelinek. Leipzig: 2nd British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies Regional Conference - EEGA.

The Flow of Chinese Capital into Eastern European Infrastructures: the Case of the Budapest-Belgrade Railway Line

September 2020. Szabó, Linda and Csaba Jelinek . Cluj: International Karl Polányi Society - Thirty Years of Capitalist Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe: Inequalities and Social Resistance