Wednesday, 3. February 2021 - 8:48

This upcoming summer semester URRlab welcomes all Erasmus and Czech students and offers two courses taught in English. The registration is open.

Urban Social Geography: Contemporary Issues is for students interested in finding out the contemporary trends and issues in 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 its participants lectures, discussions, group work, film seminar, field trips and the opportunity to carry out their own research. The lessons will be held at the Faculty of Science on Thursdays from 9 am.

Discussion Seminar on Contemporary Urban Studies, new course starting this year, focuses on exploring the phenomena and processes in contemporary cities and analyzing and explaining them in their local context and relationship with different urban actors. The main objective is to promote students' critical thinking and introduce them to a broader spectre of urban issues through alternative teaching methods. The lectures will be held at the Faculty of Science on Wednesdays from 10:40 am.

Friday, 18. December 2020 - 14:29

Urrlab team remains active despite the covid-19 restrictions. On Tuesday 15 December, many of us participated in the urban walk organised by Marie, Greta and Adela. Although the weather was cold, we enjoyed this opportunity to meet some of our colleagues and learn more about Invalidovna. We thank the organisers and wish everyone Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

Thursday, 10. December 2020 - 16:14

Two new articles by Jana Jíchová and Martin Šimon have been published. Both papers focus on the concentration of crime in places and use geolocated data for crime from a regional Czech city. The first article was published in the Czech Sociological Review and focuses on the concentration of crime in street segments. At the same time, it presents a general model of the distribution of crime in the city, based on different levels and concentrations of crime in different types of residential environments. The second article was published online in the European Journal of Criminology. This article combines crime harm indexes and the law of crime concentration in place. The research shows the differences between the concentration of crime and its severity between western cities and in the Czech city, where they are less spatially clustered. These findings are essential for planning locally oriented policies. Both papers are available on the links above.

Thursday, 26. November 2020 - 18:41

In autumn an article by Jan Sýkora and Petra Špačková was published in Housing Studies journal. The article aims to analyze variations in residential change in individual localities within Holešovice, Prague’s inner-city district. It concludes that gentrification influences Holešovice simultaneously with other types of residential change. The most common type of change is incumbent upgrading related to the privatization of the housing stock. At the same time, several stagnating areas were identified. The neighbourhood development indicates the concurrent presence of diversified neighbourhood trajectories with drivers at various spatial and temporal scales. Read here.

Tuesday, 15. December 2020 - 14:06

In the academic year 2020/2021, the Urrlab team has grown again. We are proud to host four new postgraduate students: Adela Petrovic, Dilnoza Tasheva, Jiří-Jakub Zévl and Niloofar Ghafouriazar. They come from diverse educational and national backgrounds, all focusing on urban issues that have been unfolding in the post-socialist region in their PhD projects. We wish them all a successful study and are positive that their experience and personalities will also be beneficial for the team. An introduction of our new colleagues’ background, research plans and more can be found here.

Tuesday, 22. September 2020 - 15:13
Last week, one of the few conferences of this year took place, the Annual Conference of the Czech Geographical Society on the topic of Geography for Sustainable Development of Cities and Regions. The plenary lecture included a paper by Martin Ouředníček, Jiří Nemeškal and Lucie Pospíšilová: Delimitation of metropolitan areas and agglomerations of statutory cities in the Czechia, which was followed by a panel discussion with representatives of the Ministry of Regional Development. The conference in Pilsen was attended also by other team members with interesting papers, and others had an author's contribution to the papers:
  • Adam Klsák: Transformations of "Russian" Karlovy Vary: Five years since the annexation of Crimea
  • Adela Petrović: Gated Communities in Prague Urban Region: Location and Positionality on different Scale
  • Martin Šimon, Ivana Křížková, Adam Klsák, Yana Leontiyeva, Renáta Mikešová: Migrants in selected cities in Czechia 2008–2015: Analysis of changes in spatial distribution using a population grid
  • Robert Osman, Zuzana Kopecká, Veronika Kotýnková: Time disadvantage: when the body does not meet the standards of time
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.