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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.

Public lectures


The impact of China’s rise and the ‘infrastructure turn’ on the governance and financing of infrastructure in Hungary

September 14-16, 2022. Szabó, Linda and Tamás Gerőcs. Leipzig. RSA Central and Eastern Europe, Panel Chinese Investments in East Europe’s Infrastructures: A Relational Critical Political Economy Perspective

State, capitalism and infrastructure-led development: a multi-scalar analysis of the Budapest-Belgrade railway construction

June 7-10, 2022. Szabó, Linda and Csaba Jelinek. Dublin. GCEG, Panel Making Space for the “New” State Capitalism

The BRI and Infrastructure Development in Eastern Europe: A Multi-Scalar Analysis of the Budapest-Belgrade Railway Construction

Aug 24, 2021. Szabó, Linda. Online: ICAS 12, Leveraging Chinese Dreams and Capital: State Power and Dynamics and Subnational Industrial Manouvers - Infrastructure and Connectivity through BRI

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

April 24, 2021. 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

May 20, 2021. Szabó, Linda and Csaba Jelinek . Cluj: International Karl Polányi Society - Thirty Years of Capitalist Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe: Inequalities and Social Resistance

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 

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