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Centre for Digital Built Britain completed its five-year mission and closed its doors at the end of September 2022

This website remains as a legacy of the achievements of our five-year foundational journey towards a digital built Britain

Research background

A human geographer by background, Dr Sabina Maslova's research interests include migrant housing, professional migration, housing decision-making, expatriates, residential mobility, and transnational work.

She holds a PhD (cum laude) in Urban Studies from Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI) jointly awarded with Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies (Italy). Her research project focused on the high-skilled transnational professional migrants and housing choices in the destination cities. Particularly, she investigated the socio-spatial organization of the ‘middling’ group of transnational migrants in Moscow and London, examining spatialities and housing practices.

Sabina has a BSc (Hons) and MSc (Hons) in Human, Social and Economic Geography from Lomonosov Moscow State University and completed a PGRP in Urban Studies at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design (Russia). She also has extensive experience outside academia, having worked on various consulting and research projects in the field of planning and urban development.

CDBB projects involved with

Analysing the Social Context to Transforming Construction Through Digital Innovation

Stakeholder Engagement in Smart Cities and Digital Infrastructure Projects

Housing Digital Built Britain Network

Research ambitions for CDBB

Having an interest in housing choices and needs, I would like to explore how the end-users experience the projects using digital innovations in construction and housing designs and how a better understanding of customer experiences can inform decisions about the uptake and suitability of particular technologies. Also, I am interested in examining the impact of digital infrastructure projects within the Smart City framework on the planning systems and housing provision in cities.


Key publications: 

Projects and Publications

Maslova, S., & Chiodelli, F. (2018). Expatriates and the city: The spatialities of the high-skilled migrants’ transnational living in Moscow. Geoforum, 97, 209-218.

Other publications: 

Maslova, S., & King, R. (2020). Residential trajectories of high-skilled transnational migrants in a global city: Exploring the housing choices of Russian and Italian professionals in London. Cities, 96, 102421.

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