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

The project investigates the development and nature of socio-spatial exclusion. Fuelled by the pursuit of neoliberal practices in decision-making, new socio-spatial formations, such as gated communities and gentrified neighbourhoods, concentrations of immigrants, and socially excluded localities have signalled the fast development of socio-spatial inequality. This project specifically focuses on spaces of social exclusion, which increasingly concentrate 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 the continuing spatial concentration of socially vulnerable populations. The data analysis is further enhanced by analyses of perception (interviews with key stakeholders) and representation (analysis of media discourse) and through field inquiry into identified localities of social exclusion.

  • Type: Regular
  • Supervisor: Luděk Sýkora
  • Programme: Social Geography and Regional Development
  • Duration: 4 years
  • Start date: October 1, 2020
  • Application deadline: 30th April 2020 (it is recommended to contact the tutor in advance and discuss the dissertation project)
  • Funding: Scholarship 10 500 CZK per month (+ additional 2.000 CZK once the doctoral examination is successfully passed); doctoral students at the Centre for Urban and Regional Research are usually supported from the ongoing research projects and activities; during the first months of winter semester a project is designed and submitted to Charles University Grant Agency with funding for 2-3 years commencing from spring semester.

STARS2019 CVMR Spaces of Social Exclusion