The critical catologue for NAKI project is done

We have completed work on the critical catalogue Prague suburbs: the dynamics of social environment within the growing metropolis, which complements the finished exhibition and is one of the important outputs of the NAKI project of the same name. The full catalogue can be read on the project website. We are still waiting for the printed version. But the printer is already hard at work on it!

The 4EU+ course will re-open this academic year

We are excited to share with you that last year the 4EU+ course „Urban Regulations and Political Memory: Towards Understanding Spatio-Temporal aspects of Urban Development was a great success and will continue in the new academic year too.
  • The course is conducted by an interdisciplinary team of historians, lawyers, and geographers, and it’s organised by three universities: University of Warsaw, University of Milan, and Charles University.
  • The course will be held online, except for the final stage, which will be held at Charles University, where the participants can meet the lecturers and students from other universities in person.
  • The course is open to students of all levels. If you are interested in joining the course, please send a short CV and Motivation Letter to unread@wpia.uw.edu.pl.
  • The deadline for sending the document is the 25th of September, 2022.

More information about the course, programme and how to apply:

Or you can also contact Adela Petrovic via email (petroviade@natur.cuni.cz)

We attended the ENHR conference in Barcelona

Five members of our team attended the European Network for Housing Research (ENHR) Annual Conference. This year it was entitled „The struggle for the right to housing. The pressures of globalisation and affordability in cities today“.

Who was presenting and what about?

  • From childhood to old age: Life-course differences and similarities in the perception of the residential environment (Frydrych, Horňáková, Sýkora)
  • Revisiting residential satisfaction in a post-socialist city: the case of Prague, Czech Republic (Dilnoza Tasheva)
  • Gentrification as rejuvenation of consumption, but also its population? (Adela Petrovic)


New paper in Social & Cultural Geography journal

Jan Sýkora and Maria Horňáková have a new article in the journal Social & Cultural Geography. The article is titled ‘It is natural’: sustained place attachment of long-term residents in a gentrifying Prague neighbourhood. It was written together with Kirsten Visser and Gideon Bolt from Utrecht University. 

What is the paper about?

This paper examines how long-term residents of an inner-city neighbourhood in Prague undergoing residential and commercial gentrification have perceived and lived through its change. Specifically, it reveals how the ongoing changes influence residents’ place attachment. The paper relies upon qualitative methodology using semi-structured in-depth interviews with long-term inhabitants (>20 years).

What are the results and conclusions?

  • Empirical findings point to a strong and stable place attachment, despite ambivalent attitudes towards recent changes related to gentrification.
  • The effect of gentrification on place attachment appears to be relatively limited. Many residents acknowledge that gentrification has reversed the deterioration that characterised the neighbourhood in the past.
  • Moreover, negatively perceived changes to the neighbourhood are often not attributed primarily to the gentrification process but understood as a natural part of residents’ own ageing, wider societal changes, and historical development of the neighbourhood.
  • The article highlights the need to investigate the personal, spatial and temporal contexts to comprehend the complex effects of gentrification on long-term residents.

Where to read it?

You can read and download the paper here

A new book on the socio-spatial differentiation of Prague and the Central Bohemian Region has been published!

We have a new book on the socio-spatial differentiation of Prague and the Central Bohemian Region! The book is one of the outputs of the project Prague suburbs: the dynamics of social environment within the growing metropolis, which was supported by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic and ran from 2018 to 2021. The objectives of the project were to map contemporary changes in the social environment of the Czech suburbs and to test hypotheses about increasing ethnic heterogenization and the return of part of the suburban population back to the core cities. The book is in English and is entitled Prague and Central Bohemia: Current Population Processes and Socio-spatial Differentiation The editor of the book is Doc. RNDr. Martin Ouředníček Ph.D.

What is the book about?

The theme of socio-spatial differentiation has belonged to the core issues of social geography and urban studies for a long time. The general aim of the book is to describe and explain the current socio-spatial differentiation of Prague and the Central Bohemian Region and the processes that have influenced it during the first two decades of the twenty-first century. The book offers its own theoretical perspective on the structuration of spatial patterns and the social environment, a general view of regional development, and the main socio-spatial processes of the period after transition. Maps are an important part of this volume and concentrate crucial information within most chapters. Apart from the static information described in the maps, the book offers a look at current population “processes”, as hinted at by the subtitle of the publication. The presentation and evaluation of “processes” require more dynamic forms of cartographic visualisation and new methods of investigation. Among them, new tools of segregation measurement, various approaches for the use of mobile phone data, and an innovative form of population forecast are presented in the book. The common thread connecting all chapters is a regional focus on Prague and the Central Bohemian Region and a quantitative approach to comparing spatial patterns and regional processes.

What chapters are in the book and who are the authors?

  1. Prague and the Central Bohemia Region: Main Socio-Spatial Processes in the Period After Transition (Martin Ouředníček)
  2. Methodological Approach: Concentric Zones of Prague and Typology of Municipalities in the Central Bohemian Region (Martin Ouředníček, Jiří Nemeškal)
  3. Spatial Patterns of the Foreign Population in Prague and the Central Bohemian Region: The State 10 Years After the Financial Crisis (Adam Klsák, Ivana Křížková)
  4. Migration and Residential Mobility of Foreign Citizens in Prague and the Central Bohemian Region (Ivana Křížková, Adam Klsák, Martin Šimon)
  5. Residential Segregation in Prague and the Central Bohemian Region in 2012–2018: A Multiscalar Approach Using Individualised Neighbourhoods (Martin Šimon, Ivana Křížková, Adam Klsák)
  6. Real Population and Daily Mobility in Prague and the Central Bohemian Region (Jiří Nemeškal, Martin Ouředníček, Lucie Pospíšilová, Pavel Frydrych)
  7. The Dynamics of Age Structure and Primary School Network Development and Its Consequences for Municipalities Within the Central Bohemian Region (Jana Jíchová, Zuzana Kopecká)
  8. Residential Mobility Within the Central Bohemian Suburbs (Nina Dvořáková, Marie Horňáková)
  9. Demographic future of the Central Bohemian Region: A prognostic vision for the next three decades (Tomáš Kučera, Boris Burcin) 
The book was published by Karolinum Publishing House, where it is also available for purchase.

New paper in Applied Geography

A new paper about residential segregation of non-European migrants in Czechia by URRlab’s Ivana Křížková and Martin Šimon has been published recently in Applied Geography. It analyses residential segregation using the method of individualised scalable neighbourhoods and uses anonymised geocoded register data. Comparing residential segregation in Czechia and in Northwest Europe, the authors draw implications for neighbourhood research and policy and question the pertinence of the term segregation in the European context. Read the full text of the paper at https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0143622822001011

CATference 2022 in Budapest

We attended the 9th International Urban Geographies of Post-Communist States Conference (CATference). The Budapest CATference was held at the Danube waterfront campus of Eötvös Loránd University and was followed by a 2-days post-conference field trip. 

Members of our team took part in the following papers:

  • Nina Dvořáková: Prague suburbs – History and present
  • Slavomíra Ferenčuhová, Marie Horňáková, Jana Kočková: “It depends on how much coronavirus there is at the moment…” – Residents’ perspective on the large housing estates (LHEs) during the covid-19 pandemics in three Czech cities
  • Niloufar Ghafouriazar & Dilnoza Tasheva: Revisiting residential satisfaction in a post-socialist city – the case of Prague, Czech Republic
  • Pavel Frydrych: Changes in children’s rhythms of everyday life during the COVID-19 pandemic in a small town in the Prague metropolitan area
  • Kadi Kalm, Petra Špačková, Jan Sýkora, Ondřej Špaček: Housing estates’ trajectories in post-socialist countries – Similarities and differences of Estonian and Czech cities
  • Adam Klsák: Ethnic turns of one capital – The non-Czech population of Prague in its modern history
  • Jiří Nemeškal & Martin Ouředníček: Disruption of long-term commuting development – the impact of covid-19 on the daily mobility in the Czech Republic and Prague
  • Adela Petrovic & Martin Ouředníček: Changes in the socio-demographic composition and potential gentrification in formerly working-class neighbourhoods of Prague
  • Jan Sýkora, Marie Horňáková, Kirsten Visser, Gideon Bolt: ‘It is natural’ – Sustained place attachment of long-term residents in a gentrifying Prague neighbourhood
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Map of the year 2021 nomination for our specialised maps

The set of specialised maps created in our project Prague suburbs: the dynamics of social environment within the growing metropolis was selected among the 4 best out of 17 entries and nominated for the Map of the Year 2021 award. We value this appreciation very much. The eventual winner in our category is Atlas of Moravian-Silesian Region authored by Moravian-Silesian Region and Urban Planner. See our specialised maps at https://www.atlasobyvatelstva.cz/cs/predmesti and the project website at https://www.prazskapredmesti.cz/en. Mapa roku 2021

New article in Cities focusing on suburbanisation

A new article was published! It was written by our team leader Martin Ouředníček and Jan Kubeš from the Department of Geography of the Faculty of Geography of the University of Bohemia in České Budějovice. The article was published in the journal Cities and is entitled “Functional types of suburban settlements around two differently sized Czech cities”. It describes and explains the current functional differentiation of suburban settlements around two differently sized Czech cities – the capital city of Prague and the regional city of České Budějovice. You can read the whole article here.


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