Doctoral Studies

Geographies of Transformations

This interdisciplinary programme, offered in English, develops the skills of students to examine and understand multiple feedbacks among socio-economic, cultural and environmental processes resulting in the transformation of geographic systems. Studied topics include, for example, local adaptation to climate change, transformations of the society and economy of old industrial regions, the effects of globalisation on sustainability of traditional communities.

The programme responds to the current issues and challenges arising from the relationship between society and the environment. The fact that these issues and challenges are integrally connected and have spatial anchoring and manifestations is documented, for example, by OECD (namely Regional Outlook 2019: Leveraging Megatrends for Cities and Rural Areas). Specifically, the issue and its solutions are expressed in the transformation of geographic systems. With considerable specialisation, geography covers the processes leading to transformation and their mutual relations on clearly defined time, spatial and functional benchmarks. Find more information in the information leaflet.

Topics for dissertation theses by doctoral students include, for example:

  • Management of Traditional Cultural Landscapes in the Conditions of the Environmental Change
  • Transformation Initiatives and Adaptation of Cities to the Climate Change
  • Changes in Soil Lease Models in the Conditions of Economic Transformation
  • Changing Policies and Participants in Contracting Cities
  • The Impacts of Cultural Globalisation on Sustainable Livelihood of Peripheries
  • Visualisation of Changes in the Spatial Behaviour of Society
  • The Concept of Ecological Insecurity and Its Perception in the International Comparative Perspective

Graduates are prepared to work in three spheres:

  1. in public administration in the creation and coordination of fulfilling strategies and policies focused on reducing the risks and insecurities arising from the transformation of the landscape and society, and their mutual relations
  2. in both non-profit and private sectors, with focus on monitoring and managing negative manifestations of geographic transformations and initiation of participants in land development. They can especially use their integrated view of mechanisms of geographic transformations of localities and regions, and the ability to critically assess insecurities in the pre-conditions of development policies and strategies
  3. in the academic sphere and in other research organisations, where they can especially use their ability to define a research problem and a suitable methodological approach, to analytically process the research outcomes, and to communicate them as well as teach them to students in the form of geographic synthesis.