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Vera Kichanova

Vera Kichanova


Vera Kichanova is an urban economist and policy researcher at Zaha Hadid Architects and King’s College London. Her PhD thesis explores the future of private urban development — from charter cities in emerging economies to start-up nations in neutral waters. Vera’s career has spanned roles including elected Municipal Councillor in Moscow, Editor-in-Chief at the Atlas Network-affiliated publication in Kyiv, and President of the Oxford Hayek Society.

Vera’s works — focused on bridging the gap between urban planning theory and classical liberal thought — were published by New York Times, Forbes, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Telegraph, among others. She is a Frédéric Bastiat Fellow at the Mercatus Center (US), a contributor to the Adam Smith Institute (UK) and a Mont Pèlerin Society member. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Oxford and a BA in Journalism from Moscow State University.

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