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Tuesday, 22. October 2019 - 13:39

Eight URRlab members participated in the 8th International Urban Geographies of Post-communist States Conference (CAT-ference) in Belgrade, Serbia. We would like to thank organizers for the successful event (both professionally and socially). We look forward to attending the next edition of CAT-ference in Budapest! 

 

Friday, 18. October 2019 - 16:00

On 13th and 14th September, Marie Horňáková, Jan Sýkora and Adam Klsák took part in the 11th edition of the International Student and Early Career Conference New Wave (organized by Geografický ústav PřF MU in Brno). Marie and Jan prepared for the conference two papers together ("Residential mobility of young families in the Prague metropolitan region" and "Neighbourhood Change Dynamics of Prague Inner city"), Adam presented his work with Jiří Nemeškal and Nina Dvořáková dealing with "Contemporary trends in population change and migration in Central Bohemia". 

Friday, 18. October 2019 - 16:05

The ENHR 2019 conference was held in Athens, Greece at the end of August, this time with the subtitle "Housing for the next European social model". Marie Horňáková and Jan Sýkora presented their working paper "Residential mobility of young families in  the Prague Metroplitan Area" and Petra Špačková collaborated on the paper "Ethnic differences in mobility mobility and its impact on neighborhood change in high-rise Housing estates of Tallinn, Estonia".

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.

Thursday, 27. September 2018 - 11:36

Students are welcome to register for several courses in urban geography taught in English this winter term. Apart from the annual Urban Social Geography course (Thursdays), our visiting professor Monika De Frantz will give lectures on Planning and Governance in Complex Social Spaces (Mondays) and Cities, Development and Globalisation (Tuesdays).

Wednesday, 5. September 2018 - 14:22

A new book focusing on the development of housing estates in Europe since 1990 has just been published by Springer. The entire book entitled Housing Estates in Europe: Poverty, Ethnic Segregation and Policy Challengesedited by DB Hess, T Tammaru, and M van Ham, is available for free download. A number of authors contributed to the volume which presents case studies of cities such as Athens, Birmingham, Helsinki, Madrid, Milan, Stockholm and Tartu, including also a chapter on housing estates in Prague by Martin OuředníčekPetra Špačkováand Lucie Pospíšilová from Urban and Regional Laboratory. The book first introduces two crucial topics related to housing estates: physical structure and design of housing estates, and their social strcture including demographic and ethnic change. It then turns to 14 case studies of individual cities and countries across Europe. The chapter about Prague assesses the development of housing estates in the second half of the 20th century and the specifics of their social-spatial differentiation.

Thursday, 14. June 2018 - 17:56

Being one of the most cited papers published in Sociologia Ruralis which contributed to the journal's Impact FactorMartin Šimon's article on counterurbanisation in post-socialist countries is now available in open access. Congratulations!

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