Examining Czech population structure through surnames

Geographical differences in surname structure capture a great deal of ethno-cultural variation. Surnames also have demonstrable utility as proxies for genetic information. This PhD project will utilise information on the spatial distribution of surnames in Czechia to examine both large-scale patterns and local specifics of the Czech population structure. Based on current data as well as historical surname data dating back to the seventeenth century (Berní rula, Lánové rejstříky), it will focus on its various aspects, such as population stability and historical migrations. A positive attitude towards spatial data analysis is required for this PhD position.  

  • Type: General
  • Supervisor: Josef Novotný
  • Programme: Social Geography and Regional Development
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Start date: October 1, 2020
  • Application deadline: 30th April 2020 (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)