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Monday, 3. August 2020 - 11:10

Two new papers by Martin ŠimonIvana Křížková and Adam Klsák with a focus on residential segregation were published recently, using newly available register-based data on foreign citizens’ residence in Czechia. Although they are in Czech, the papers also contain an English summary and abstract. The Geografie paper looks at the development of spatial residential distribution of six major immigrant groups, based on citizenship, in selected Czech large cities. The article published in Urbanismus a územní rozvoj deals with Czechia as a whole and introduces the innovative method of measuring segregation using multilevel individualised neighbourhoods. Basic results show a dominant trend of decreasing segregation between the majority and immigrant groups. The slow and constant increase in immigrant population in Czechia thus does not lead to clear segregation patterns, except in some specific areas. The papers were supported by the Czech Science Foundation funded project Residential segregation and mobility of foreign citizens: analysis of neighbourhoods, housing trajectories, and neighbourhood context.

Tuesday, 30. June 2020 - 15:40
 

Cherry-picking was a great start to the day thanks to the Geomigrace team who organised this one-day excursion to Slaný on Tuesday 16/06/2020, attended by some of our URRlab members and a group of bachelors and doctoral students of geography at our faculty. After meeting the boss of the orchards, Mr Kníže, who gave us clear guidelines on how to pick cherries, which size and shades of red we have to search for, we were off to fill up our buckets. We were told that the skilled cherry pickers need approximately 15 minutes to fill up one bucket. Although we were motivated to show off our cherry-picking skills, our productivity was limited by our cherry addiction after the first bite.

 

Thursday, 14. May 2020 - 9:47

We are very pleased that from October 2020 to April 2021, Kadi Kalm, who was accepted for a post-doc position at the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development (CUNI), will join our team. Kadi currently works at the University of Tartu (Estonia) and focuses mainly on ethnic segregation and internal migration. In 2018 she defended her dissertation, which looked at ethnic residential segregation and integration of the Russian-speaking population in Estonia.

Tuesday, 17. March 2020 - 12:25

New paper Immigrant internal migration in a new destination country: Do immigrants suburbanise in Czechia and why? by Ivana Křížková and Martin Ouředníček was published in Population, Space and Place. The paper contributes to the debate on immigrant internal migration that has been limited to established immigration countries. It investigates trends in participation of different groups of foreign residents in urbanisation processes in Czechia, which has recently become a new immigration destination. The paper also evaluates the strength of sociodemographic and place‐based factors contributing to suburbanisation. Similarities are found between the internal migration of different immigrant groups and that of the Czech majority, indicating the predominance of suburbanisation of affluence, notably in culturally and economically well‐off groups.

Thursday, 13. February 2020 - 15:36

A new paper, co-authored by Martin Ouředníček, Adam Klsák and Petra Špačková, focusing on the development of spatial patterns of suburbanisation in Czechia between 1997 and 2016 was published last December in Demografie. The main objective of the article is to furnish a coherent methodology for the delimitation of suburban municipalities in Czechia, to describe and explain the scope and spatial distribution and to compare the development of residential suburbanisation during two distinct periods: 1997–2008 and 2009–2016. The article uses the delimitation of zones of residential suburbanisation (Ouředníček, Špačková, Novák 2013; Ouředníček, Špačková, Klsák 2018), as an analytical tool for the evaluation of positional aspects of municipalities within the Czech settlement system.

Tuesday, 28. January 2020 - 16:59

Registration for Urban Social Geography: Contemporary Issues summer-term course is now open. The URRlab team is welcoming all Erasmus and Czech students who are interested in finding out what the contemporary trends and issues are in the field of urban social geography. The students will have the opportunity to study urban occurrences and processes and to compare those with cases in Prague and other European cities. The course offers lectures, discussions, group work, film seminars and field trips. The language of instruction is English. The lectures will be held at the Faculty of Science on Thursdays from 9 am.

 

Tuesday, 28. January 2020 - 16:45

The first issue of Journal of Maps this year brings a new paper entitled „Temporality of urban space: daily rhythms of a typical week day in the Prague metropolitan area“ by Jiří Nemeškal, Martin Ouředníček and Lucie Pospíšilová. The paper focuses on identification, analysis and explanation of daily rhythms in cadastral units of the Prague Metropolitan Area which are influenced by commuting of inhabitants to work, services and free-time activities. Mobile phone location data on time-space population mobility are used to define and cartographically produce a typology of cadasters according to the predominant use during a working day.

Monday, 27. January 2020 - 14:46

URRlab offers placements for international students. The first of our visitors is Vicente from Brazil who is interested in urban geography. He currently focuses on material and symbolic transformations in Rio de Janeiro of the last decades. Together with others, he seeks for the main stakeholders and processes that re-organise the setting and functioning of urban areas, particularly the central ones. He came to visit Prague for a comparison with European urban environment. Another visiting student is Júlia who we are awaiting in May.

Monday, 20. January 2020 - 17:15

A call is now open to become a STAR by applying for a funded PhD position in our research team! The PhD position will be an integral part of a research project “History and future of housing estates: quality of residential environment and residential satisfaction” funded by the Czech Science Foundation. This project aims to bring new empirical knowledge about housing estates in Czech cities using a comparative perspective and a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods. The deadline for application is March 13, 2020. More information to be found here.

Friday, 20. December 2019 - 10:49

Monday brought a pre-Christmas present from the Czech Ministry of Culture to URRlab. We are delighted to announce that the team around Martin Ouředníček was awarded a 4-year grant for the project entitled Prague suburbs: the dynamics of social environment within the growing metropolis. In the project, we will delve into the history of Prague suburbs from industrialisation until the present day. Research in archives and the first cartographic use of some statistical data will produce a rich collection of data sets, specialised maps, an exhibition, and a bilingual atlas.

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