Politicial geography

PhD dissertation themes concerned with political geography are understood in terms of interdisciplinary perspectives. A key theme is to consider political geographical questions in relation to contextual effects, which arise from differentiations in local and regional contexts and also from differentiations across the contexts of nation states. This research is concerned with systematic research of the political mobilisation of electorates and the historical legacies of the interconnected processes of nation- and state-building, geopolitical traditions, and re-orientations of nation states in Europe and on a global scale. Another researched scope of key themes considers the political geographies of post-communist and post-Soviet countries. Combinations of quantitative methods and qualitative research approaches are usually used when considering the mentioned themes. Some examples of broader themes are as follows:

  • Historical legacies and current geopolitical orientations of political elites and public opinions in the former Soviet Union and Russia.
  • Populism and the electoral geography of European parliamentary elections: Multilevel analyses within Member States and across the EU.
  • High and low populisms in recent Czech parliamentary and presidential elections: Multilevel contextual approach.

Supervisors: Petr Dostál; Libor Jelen; Jiří Hasman

Research team: Center for the Research of Regional and Political Geography Issues (REGPOL)