History and future of housing estates: quality of residential environment and residential satisfacti

The PhD project is expected to be an integral part of the research project funded by the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic.

Post-war housing estates (HEs) represent an important part of the housing stock in postsocialist countries and their development over the past decades is often discussed. Yet, in spite of relatively rich research evidence based on case studies, systematic and comprehensive research on housing estates in specific countries or regions is lacking. This project aims to bring new empirical knowledge about HEs in Czech cities using a comparative perspective and a combination of qualitative and quantitative research methods. The project has three main interrelated aims: (1) to identify development trajectories of HEs in Czech cities; (2) to assess residential satisfaction of inhabitants and their attitudes towards residential mobility; (3) to understand everyday life in today's HEs, residents' attachment to place, and their relation to the material environment and social environment of HEs. The results will also contribute to developing theories in urban studies and are useful for planning and creating interventions in HEs. The applicants are encouraged to get in touch with the PhD supervisor to discuss the details of their PhD project based on their personal interests and research skills. It is expected that Slavomíra Ferenčuhová will act as a co-supervisor.

  • Type: STARS
  • Supervisor: Petra Špačková
  • Programme: Social Geography and Regional Development
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Start date: March 13, 2020
  • Funding: 20.500 CZK (800 EUR) + (additional 2.000 CZK once the doctoral examination is successfully passed). The scholarship is guaranteed for the four years of the PhD study period.