Spaces of Social Exclusion: Spatial Inequality, Social Injustice and Urban Change

The project investigates the development and nature of socio-spatial exclusion. Fueled by the pursuit of neoliberal practices in decision-making, new socio-spatial formations, such as gated communities and gentrified neighborhoods, concentrations of immigrants and socially excluded localities signaled the fast development of socio-spatial inequality.

This project specifically focuses on the spaces of social exclusion, with the increasing concentration of the most vulnerable population. The spatially embedded social exclusion has developed into a phenomenon perceived by local governments as one of the major threats of urban development. It concerns especially medium and large cities in regions affected by economic decline and smaller settlements in peripheral rural areas. The project maps the most pronounced spatial concentrations of poverty and social exclusion, evaluates growing intra-urban and intra-region differences and documents developments towards continuing spatial concentration of socially vulnerable population.

The data analysis is further enhanced by analyses of perception (interviews with key stakeholders) and representation (analysis of media discourse) and through field inquiry in identified localities of social exclusion.

  • Type: STARS
  • Supervisor: Luděk Sýkora
  • Programme: Social Geography and Regional Development
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Start date: March 16, 2019
  • 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.