Raisa Gracheva

Keywords Earth and Planetary Sciences , Social Science , Agricultural and Biological Sciences , Environmental Science ,

Country: Russia

Organization:Russian Academy of Sciences

Department:Institute of Geography

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Senior Research Scientist
Laboratory of Soil Geography and Evolution


Soil genesis and geography, mountain soils, land use, soils and society; natural hazards in the mountains. 

STUDY AREAS: Far East, the Caucasus, Stara Planina, Russian Plain.



  • Leading Researcher

    Institute of Geography of RAS
    1975 – Present (41 years)Moscow, Russian Federation

    Study of mountain soils and land use; post-soviet transformation of mountain society and environmental change; natural hazards; soil and landscape evolution (Holocene). Regions: the Caucasus (Russia and Georgia), Central Russia, Far East.
    Experience: soil maps; leader of Projects funded by RFBR, MacArthur Foundation, RAS-BAS, NWO, SNF

  • Project team leader

    Russian Regional Environmental Centre
    November 2003 – December 2012 (9 years 2 months)Moscow, Russian Federation

    National coordinator and leader of project team of international mountain projects: Sustainable Development of Mountain Regions of the Caucasus - Local Agenda 21; Fostering Community Forest Policy and Practice in Mountain Regions of the Caucasus

  • Lecturer (geography and ecology)

    Humanitarian lycées
    1990 – 2006 (16 years)Moscow, Russian Federation
  • Lecturer (geography)

    University of Russian Academy of Education
    1996 – 1998 (2 years)Moscow, Russian Federation


Gracheva R., (2012) Population dynamics, changes in land management, and the future of mountain areas in Northern Caucasus: The example of North Ossetia. Erdkunde, vol: 66, 197-219

Gracheva R., (2007) Mountain settlements of North Osetiya: Modern situation and perspectives of development . Izvestiya Akademii Nauk, Seriya Geograficheskaya, 28-36

Gracheva R., (2006) Modern land use and its consequences for the mountains regions of West Georgia. Izvestiya Akademii Nauk, Seriya Geograficheskaya, 87-94

Gracheva R., (2011) Landslides in a Rural Mountainous Region: Damaging and Resource-Forming Impacts (South Caucasus, Georgia).

Gracheva R., (2010) Landslides in Mountain Regions: Hazards, Resources and Information. Geophysical Hazards, Springer Netherlands, 249-260

Gracheva R., (2011) Landslides as factor of destruction and formation of mountain ecosystems and soils. ANNALS OF AGRARIAN SCIENCE, vol: 9, 1-10

Belonovskaya E., Gracheva R., Vinogradova V., (2016) Grasslands of intermontane basins of Central Caucasus: Land use legacies and present-day state. Hacquetia, vol: 15, 37-47

Gracheva R., (2011) Formation of soil diversity in the mountainous tropics and subtropics: Rocks, time, and erosion. Geomorphology, vol: 135, 224–231

Vinogradova V., Gracheva R., Belonovskaya E., (2017) Climate Change Effects on Mountain Regions Marginalized by Socio-Economic Transformation—The Case of North Caucasus. Nature, Tourism and Ethnicity as Drivers of (De)Marginalization, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, 79-90

Gracheva R., Vinogradova V., (2018) Mountain grassland ecosystems on abandoned agricultural terraces (Russia, North Caucasus). Hacquetia, vol: 17, 61-71