WE ARE COMPLETING THE PREPARATION OF THE QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY
Based on archival research, we were able to partially reconstruct what the questionnaire looked like in a well-known research in the second half of the 1970s led by Jiří Musil at the Research Institute of Construction and Architecture. In our "city neighborhoods survey", we have taken over some of these questions and supplemented them with new questions that are relevant to the current research of housing estates. Our survey focuses on comparing different types of neighbourhoods in Prague. We will ask questions related to the topics of residential satisfaction, residential mobility, neighbourhoods, home management, and views on architecture, urban planning and the perception of housing estates.
NEW PHD STUDENTS
July 6, 2020
We are happy to announce that we have another new project team member and a PhD student. It is Niloufar Ghafouriazar! Topic of her dissertation is: Upgrading and gentrification-like processes in socialist housing estates in Prague
We are happy to announce that we have a new project team member and a PhD student. Dilnoza Tasheva got the STARS scholarship. Topic of her dissertation is: The landscape of belonging: Place attachment among different housing estates residents in Prague.
NEW POST-DOC RESEARCHER FROM ESTONIA
We are very pleased that from October 2020 to April 2021, Kadi Kalm, who was accepted for a post-doc position at the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development (CUNI), will join our team. Kadi currently works at the University of Tartu (Estonia) and focuses mainly on ethnic segregation and internal migration. In 2018 she defended her dissertation, which looked at ethnic residential segregation and integration of the Russian-speaking population in Estonia.
THE URBAN NEIGHBOURHOODS QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY
The urban neighbourhoods survey (Prague survey) will compare urban neighbourhoods of a different character in Prague, as they were identified in previous social-geographical research (inner city, housing estates, villa quarters, historical working-class housing areas, suburban areas, new residential estates within the compact city). The classification of housing type areas and their localisation in Prague is based on previous social-geographical studies of Prague residential structure.
DEPICTING AND ANALYSING DIFFERENT DEVELOPMENT TRAJECTORIES OF CZECH HOUSING ESTATES HAS STARTED
March 2, 2020
We started the work on depicting and analysing different development trajectories of Czech housing estates with the help of a visiting student from Brazil. Vicente is interested in urban geography. He currently focuses on material and symbolic transformations in Rio de Janeiro of the last decades. Together with others, he seeks for the main stakeholders and processes that re-organise the setting and functioning of urban areas, particularly the central ones. He came to visit Prague for a comparison with European urban environment.
THE ANALYSIS OF HISTORICAL MATERIALS AND LIBRARY RESEARCH IS BEING DONE
February 25, 2020
We started to work on the first research activity of our project which is focused on library research. The results will serve as background material while designing our questionnaire surveys and analysing survey data, but also as data for comparison across historical periods.
NEW PHD STUDENTS HAVE STARTED WORK ON THE PROJECT
From October, new PhD students Niloufar Ghafouriazar from Iran and Dilnoza Tashev from Kyrgyzstan, which we already wrote about at the beginning of the summer, have started to work on the project. Niloufar studied at the University of Tehran (Master of Science in Urban Planning) and Dilnoza received a master's degree in the 4Cities program.
DATA COLLECTION - THE QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY INTERRUPTED
In connection with the development of the Covid-19 epidemic, we had to interrupt data collection as part of our questionnaire survey. We hope that the current crisis will be alleviated as soon as possible and that we will return to our respondents soon!
KADI KALM IS IN PRAGUE
Kadi Kalm started her postdoc position at the Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Faculty of Science, Charles University. As part of her work in the team of the Urban and Regional Laboratory, she will focus on the research of housing estates. Together we will work on the comparison of development trajectories of housing estates in large cities in Czechia and Estonia, as well as patterns of migration of foreigners in housing estates in Prague and Tallinn.
NEW PHD POSITION OPEN
February 12, 2020
We are looking for a new PhD candidate who would be interested in working with us on the project since October 2020. (THE CALL IS CLOSED FOR NOW!)
PROJECT'S KICK-OFF MEETING
January 25, 2020
At the end of January, we held a project’s kick-off meeting! Most of us met in person in Prague but we connected online also with those based currently in other cities: Jena and Brno. The project’s team is comprised of researchers from two institutions (Charles University, Faculty of Science and Academy of Sciences, Institute of Sociology) in different career stages. We are looking forward to the next three years full of housing estates research!
We are excited to invite you to an online seminar that we are organizing in the coming days. It is entitled "Various housing estates' trajectories in post socialist cities: does the socialist legacy still matter?" and will focus on the developmental trajectories of different housing estates in Czechia and Estonia from 1989 to 2011.
When: 4 May 2021, 14:00
Where: online - meet.google.com/hmm qfbh pjr
QUALITATIVE PART OF OUR RESEARCH HAS STARTED
We have finalized the methodology and chosen case study localities for the qualitative part of our research! We will perform semi-structured interviews, go-alongs and participant observations. Where? In Prague (Petřiny, Barrandov, Hloubětín), Brno (Kohoutovice, Bohunice, Kamechy) and Ostrava (Poruba VII).