Wednesday, 17. April 2019 - 15:48

New paper by Jana Jíchová, Ivana Přidalová and Martin Ouředníček published recently in Eurasian Geography and Economics investigates to what extent are mainstream criminological theories useful for researching crime in Czechia today and in the beginning of the societal transformation. The limited relevance of both social disorganisation theory and routine activities theory adds to the critical literature on using theories and concepts formulated in the West in post-socialist countries. The paper is available from the journal and can also be obtained from the authors. Moreover, a pre-print version is available on the website of the research project Spatial patterns of crime and the perception of safety in Czechia which supported the authors' work.

Thursday, 17. January 2019 - 15:47

A new three-year project on Residential segregation and mobility of foreigners is now being co-investigated by Urban and Regional Laboratory. In collaboration with the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Science the project focuses mainly on analyses of neighbourhoods, residential trajectories and neighbourhood effects in Czechia .

Wednesday, 10. October 2018 - 16:28

Members of the Urrlab team participated in the second international conference of the Urban Development Issues journal. The conference title East meets West - Contemporary Urban Issue Revisited  refers to the main topic and aim of the conference, the introduction and discussion of different views on urban topics. The keynote speakers were Loretta Lees, Nick Bailey and Philip Harrison. The papers presented by Urrlab members Martin OuředníčekIvana Přidalová, Adam Klsák and Petra Špačková looked at the participation of foreign citizens on urbanisation processes, particularly suburbanisation.


Na konferenci East Meets West Hlavní řečníci - Loreta Lees a Nick Bailey

Wednesday, 10. October 2018 - 16:18

Greta Kukeli holds the title of Master of Science (Msc.) in Urban Planning and City Management. In her master thesis (2017), she focused on post-socialist urban transformations, specifically the urban shrinkage phenomenon taking place in Albanian cities. The thesis’ title was “Planning for Shrinking Cities- A policy guideline for the management of the shrinking process of the Albanian cities and the preparation of the municipalities to plan for shrinking situations”. The study included 54 Albanian cities, the creation of a specific methodology for measuring shrinkage, specifying its typologies in the country’s context, and providing guidelines for the creation of addressing policies. After her graduation, Greta worked for a year as an urban planner in Tirana, contributing in 2 General Local Plans, 5 Detailed Local Plans and 1 Detailed Local Plan of a National Importance Area.

Since October 2018, she is part of the URRlab team, working on the Ph.D. project “Contemporary changes on the social-milieu within the post-socialist suburbs” and participates also in a Czech Science Foundation project dealing with changes of social milieu in post-socialist suburbs. Her main research interests include urban and regional studies, post-socialist transformation of planning systems and territory, urban policies, neighbourhood qualities and development, urban shrinkage and informal settlement development.