Urban Geography and Real Estate Market

Urban geography has long been one of the main directions of research in our Department, which is currently being expanded to include research in the area of real estate markets. Cities and towns hold significant concentrations of population and provide the base for a range of functions such as transport, manufacturing, commerce, and culture. They can be considered as developed and built environments, i.e., places that have been gradually transformed by successive human generations to their own design. However, this gradual development brings along a number of problems, whereby a city built to suit the needs of previous generations may no longer meet the requirements of today’s or future generations. 

Our research today focuses on the sub-areas below:

  • Shrinking cities, causes and consequences of urban depopulation and possible solutions
  • Regeneration of urban centres and the quality of life of urban dwellers
  • Revitalisation of brownfield sites and reuse of industrial heritage
  • Urban marketing, strategic planning in different areas of urban development
  • Smart cities and the application of modern technologies for urban development
  • Sustainability of urban growth with respect to financial, transport, and environmental costs and the real estate market

Major grant projects

  • DMS (CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/17_049/0008452): SMART technologies to improve the quality of life in cities and regions (2019-2022)
  • TAČR (TL01000498): Revitalization of city centers and other public spaces in the Czech Republic: Problems, foreign inspiration, possible solutions (2018-2020)
  • COST Action (CA17125) Public Value Capture of Increasing Property Values (2018-2020)

Selected publications

  • ISTRATE, A.-L., BOSÁK, V., NOVÁČEK, A., SLACH, O. (2020): How Attractive for Walking Are the Main Streets of a Shrinking City? Sustainability, 12(15), 1-20.
  • SLACH, O., NOVÁČEK, A., BOSÁK, V., KRTIČKA, L. (2020): Mega-retail-led regeneration in the shrinking city: Panacea or placebo? Cities, 104, 102799.
  • BOSÁK, V., SLACH, O., NOVÁČEK, A., KRTIČKA, L. (2020): Temporary use and brownfield regeneration in post-socialist context: from bottom-up governance to artists exploitation. European Planning Studies, 28(3), 604-626
  • SLACH, O., BOSÁK, V., KRTIČKA, L., NOVÁČEK, A., RUMPEL, P. (2019): Urban Shrinkage and Sustainability: Assessing the Nexus between Population Density, Urban Structures and Urban Sustainability. Sustainability. 11(15), p. 1-22. 
  • BOSÁK, V., NOVÁČEK, A., SLACH, O. (2018): Industrial culture as an asset, barrier and creative challenge for restructuring of old industrial cities: case study of Ostrava (Czechia). Geoscape, 12, p. 52-64.
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Updated: 03. 01. 2023