Suburbanization in CEE countries: a comparative perspective

Suburbanization and population deconcentration are relatively strong regional processes that are transforming settlement systems in CEE countries after 1989. There are currently a number of publications that describe and explain suburbanisation in individual cities, but little attention is still paid to comparing size, intensity, distribution and impacts of suburbanization. The main goal of the dissertation project is to describe and explain the core common and different features of suburbanization in the settlement systems of CEE countries.

The first step of the quantitative analysis will be the collection of statistical data from population and migration statistics of selected CEE countries. Emphasis will be placed on long-time comparative analyses of suburban development from 1989 to 2020s. Central will be the creation of a unified methodology for the delimitation of urban, rural and suburban settlements and the subsequent comparison of the size, intensity and distribution of suburbs and their population. This analysis at the scale of the whole national settlement system can then be developed into several alternative research directions: analyses of individual case studies, analyses of the impacts of suburban development or deeper analyses of the social environment in suburbs. In terms of the data, the use of newly available data from the 2021 population censuses and their processing in the GIS and cartographic visualization environment is assumed.

  • Type: General
  • Supervisor: Martin Ouředníček
  • Programme: Social Geography and Regional Development
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Start date: 1st October
  • Application deadline: 30th April (consulting with the tutor in advance is strongly recommended)
  • Funding: Scholarship 10 500 CZK per month (+ additional 2.000 CZK once the doctoral examination is successfully passed); PhD scholarship at the Urban and Regional Laboratory is often connected to partial employment with projects of pure and applied research.