Mgr. Alena Coblence

Alena Coblence

Study programme: Social Geography and Regional Development

Thesis title: Metropolitan urban development in the age of knowledge economy: the role of the public sector in the development of new knowledge sites in Prague hinterland. 

Supervisor: prof. RNDr. Luděk Sýkora, Ph.D.

Main section: Ph.D. students
E-mail: WerxRWfj--ukb9enW7c-4Zjm~5pE4729g
Department: Social Geography and Regional Development

Thematic research group: CVMR

Thesis title: Metropolitan urban development in the age of knowledge economy: the role of the public sector in the development of new knowledge sites in Prague hinterland. 

Funding: Self

Begun: October 2014

 

Qualifications: 

2014 - Present PhD in Social Geography & Regional Development, Charles University, CZE

2012 - 2014 Master Degree in Social Geography & Regional Development, Charles University, CZE

2007 - 2012 Bachelor Degree in Geography and Cartography, Charles University, CZE

 

Research:

Her research focuses on how the current context of knowledge economy triggers new dynamics in metropolitan regions and territorial policies. Using practice- and process-based research methodologies, she analyses the performative dimension of public territorial policies (at European, national, regional and local levels): her work suggests that actors and stakeholders engage in institutional work to implement and materialise top-down territorial discourses and policies.

 

Publications:

"The Performativity of Metropolization: How Material-discursive Practices Institutionalize the

Prague Metropolitan Region" Coblence, A., Sýkora, L.; currently under R&R in IJURR (2020)

 

"Unpacking the knowledge and urban dynamics: The case of a knowledge location in Czechia" Coblence, A.; currently under R&R in European Planning Studies (2019)

 

Conference contributions:

"Bifurcated city region: R&D clusters, trap of spatial-institutional fault-lines and threat of competitiveness?" Coblence, A., Sýkora, L.; RSA Annual Conference 2017, Dublin, 4th - 7th June 2017

"Prague metropolitan region as a political and planning construct: discourse analysis of strategic development documents" Procházková, A., Sýkora, L.; RSA Annual Conference 2016, Graz (A), 3rd – 6th Apr. 2016

“The Transformation of the Victory Square in Prague: media discourse analysis and the links between the actors” Procházková, A.; The 5th Conference of urban studies in Brno, Brno (CZ), 12th – 14th Nov. 2015

“The Impact of Research Institutions and their Role in the Development of Metropolitan Areas. A Literature Review” Procházková, A.; The 5 th EUGEO Congress on the Geography of Europe, Budapest (HU), 30th August – 2nd Sept. 2015

“The Representation of Research Institutions and Their Localization in the Context of Development of Metropolitan Areas” Procházková, A.; The 10 th Czech-Polish-Slovak Geography Seminarium, Litomyšl (CZ), 1st -3rd June 2015

 

External activities

Alena Coblence participated in several research projects for the Czech national government ministry (Labour and Social Affairs), national government agencies (Agency for Social Exclusion), local municipalities, and NGOs.