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Grant project supported by the Czech Science Foundation, no. 16-06077S. The project started at 1.1.2016 and will be finished at 31.12.2018. The head of the project is Petr Gibas, MSc. 

Aims of the project: To establish practices of urban gardening and their changes from socialism to post-socialism; to analyse how the changing practices reflect changing experience of home, nature and city; to provide an empirically based analysis of developments in the politics of urban nature over the given period.

Abstract: The project focuses on Prague allotments as an empirical example of the changing approach to urban nature and urban planning after the fall of socialism. Allotments represent spaces of affection and care. As urban nature, they are spaces of intense political negotiations. The project aims to analyse how allotments reflect changes in urban developments and nature, politics of urban space as well as the experience of the city and home. Combining the micro and macro perspective in a multi-method research (Burawoy’s (1998) extended case method), the project will (1) produce detailed understanding of practices/experiences of urban gardening and their changes in the transformation from socialism to post-socialism; (2) explore how changes in imaginaries and experiences of home, nature and the city manifest; and (3) analyse negotiations over the spaces of allotment gardening. The objective is to show how the transformation from socialism has affected the complexities of the politics of urban nature, and what its impact is on everyday experience of home and nature in the post-socialist city.

Grant project supported by the Czech Science Foundation, no. 16-06335S. The project started at 1.1.2016 and will be finished at 31.12.2018. The head of the project is Martin Lux, Ph.D.

The project focuses on the future role of housing as an asset for supplementing retirement income, sometimes called asset- (housing-) based welfare (ABW). The interest in this subject is motivated by the process of population ageing. The partial shift from public to private welfare provision is assumed to take place due to unsustainable public pay-as-you-go pension schemes; and housing wealth forms the major part of European households’ wealth. However, the future consequences of ABW on social inequalities among the elderly and social inequalities in general (as a result of changes in inter-generational solidarity ), as well as efficiency and sustainability of ABW itself for future generations against alternative housing market trends, are empirically unexplored in recent research. Situation in post-socialist societies has remained wholly outside the scope of existing research. This project aims to fill in these gaps in existing research, by applying both qualitative research and microsimulation and agent-based modelling.

Grant project supported by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, no. TD03000050. The project started at 1.1.2016 and will be finished at 31.12. 2017. The head of the project is Petr Sunega.

The project aims to develop a certified method serving for identification of local housing market failure and its quantification. The method will be applied in municipal applications for state subsidies on social housing investments as a service of general economic interest. Market failure is defined as an inability of household to get adequate (by quality and size), financially affordable and spatially integrated housing under standard market conditions. The employment of the proposed methodology should guarantee the effective use of public sources for social housing investments; i.e. the subsidies will (1) fit with EU rules, (2) optimise the public expenditures, and (3) will not create housing market distorsions.

Acronym HELPS means Housing and Home-care for the Elderly and Local Partnership Strategies in Central European cities.

Grant project supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Programme: Active ageing in the CENTRAL EUROPE

  • Priority 4: Enhancing competitiveness and attractiveness of cities and regions.
    • Area of Intervention 2: Addressing the territorial effects of demographic and social change on urban and regional development.
      • Concept 6: Innovative housing and care solutions for the elderly and vulnerable persons in Central European cities.

 Duration: October 2011 – September 2014

Grant project supported by the Czech Science Foundation, no. GA403/09/1915. Project started 1.1.2009, finished 31.12.2011. The head of the project was Martin Lux, Ph.D. The total financial support amounted CZK 3.4 mil.

The objective of the project is to make a comprehensive, theoretically framed, and empirically grounded, context-based description of the transformation of housing conditions in the CR after 1990, including both the identification of the main causes of this development and an analysis of its effects on social inequalities and market risks. In the area of inequalities the project focuses on housing affordability, the residential property distribution, access to housing, and extreme forms of inequalities (social exclusion). In the area of market risks the project focuses on risks arising from the growth in the level of homeownership, the mortgage market development, and the "manipulation" of housing demand. The goal is also to evaluate current tools of state housing and monetary policy, whether they effectively limit the growth of social inequalities that are a threat to sustainable economic growth and social cohesion, whether they limit the growth of market system risks, and to make general recommendations for changes in this fields.