Research

The Institute conducts research in the field of socio-economic geography and spatial economy, including:

  • local centers (small towns) – determinants of growth, spatial development, spatial and functional structure, and role in space organization;
  • spatial organization of urban systems (metropolization processes, metropolises and metropolitan areas), structure and territorial organization, cohesion, functions and delimitation;
  • housing - development factors, location and spatial structure, housing policy and management;
  • natural determinants of spatial development – development of river valleys and flood hazard zones;
  • transport systems - transport policy, transport functions of cities and transport accessibility;
  • cultural heritage and its role in space organization, revitalisation of degraded and historical areas;
  • urban planning, development and functions of cities, urban policy, municipal infrastructure and management;
  • social determinants of spatial economy, geography of crime, social policy;
  • settlement system, spatial linkages of settlement units;
  • regional studies – historical and environmental (natural and cultural) issues.

The Institute is an organizer and co-organizer of many scientific conferences. In 1993 it organized (in cooperation with other departments of University of Łódź) the 7th Annual Conference of Association of European Schools of Planning, entitled ‘Planning and environment in transforming Europe’, with about 300 participants from 28 countries. In 1994-2003 the Institute was the organizer or co-organizer of 8 international scientific conferences on spatial economy issues.

Since 2004 Institute of the Built Environment and Spatial Policy is co-organizing (with Department of Spatial Economy of Academy of Economy in Katowice) a series of annual scientific conferences on the topic of small towns.

The Institute is also engaged in international projects, i.a. in 1994-1997 it took part and was the coordinator of the project ‘Education of employees for local economy’ within the frames of Tempus programme, in cooperation with University Paris VIII, Ecole Nationale des Travaux Public d’Etat in Lyon, Technical University of Berlin, University of Carl the IIIrd in Madrid and Technical University in Bari. In 2000-2004 the Institute, in co-operation with the University of Utrecht, participated in scientific program ‘Contemporary tendencies in spatial patterns of economic development in the Netherlands and Poland’.

The Institute works on projects in cooperation with, and commissioned by public administration and local authorities. Between others, it prepared reports and expertises for local authorities of Łódź (The functions of Łódź metropolitan area, Łódź 2004), Szadek (Transformations of borders of Szadek, Szadek 2002), Skierniewice (Transformations of borders of Skierniewice, Skierniewice 2005). In 2007 a new project for Stryków town and commune has been undertaken as a research subject.

The Institute is releasing scientific publications, in the form of books, publishing series, or scientific journals. In the last group we can name European Spatial Research and Policy (issued since 1994), in cooperation with University of Groningen (the Netherlands), University of Western England in Bristol (UK), Komensky University in Bratislava (Slovakia), as well as the University of Karl in Prague which joined this initiative later on.
Research-and-teaching staff of the Institute in cooperation with local authorities launched the annual issues:

The scientific achievements of the Institute contains, between others, the following collective publications (in English):

  • Marszał T. (ed.), Urban space management. The case of Łódź, Łódź University Press, Łódź 1996
  • Marszał T. (ed.), Local economy and urban development in Poland, Łódź University Press, Łodź 2000
  • Habrel M., Marszał T. (eds) Economic and social functions of Polish and Ukrainian big cities at the begining of XXI century, Łódź University Press, Łódź 2010, 129 p.
  • Habrel M., Marszał T. (eds), Spatial development of Polish and Ukrainian big cities at the begining of XXI century, Łódź University Press, Łódź 2010, 132 p.
  • Habrel M., Marszał T. (eds), Urban management and territorial organisation the case of Polish and Ukrainian big cities at the begining of XXI century, Łódź University Press, Łódź 2010, 102 p.
  • Marszał T. (ed.), Urban Regions as Engines of Development, Studia Regionalia KPZK Vol. 31; Warszawa, 2011, 160 p. ISBN: 978-83-89693-78-5, ISSN: 0860-3375.
  • Habrel M., Kobojek E. (eds), Lviv and Łódź at the turn of 20th century. Historical outline and natural environment, Łódź University Press, Łódź 2013, 139 p. ISBN: 978-83-7525-980-3.
  • Habrel M., Wojnarowska A. (eds), Lviv and Łódź at the turn of 20th century. Spatial devolopment and functional structure, Łódź University Press, Łódź 2013, 197 p. ISBN: 978-83-7525-956-8.
  • Habrel M., Mularska-Kucharek M. (eds), Lviv and Łódź at the turn of 20th century. Structure and social space, Łódź University Press, Łódź 2013, 154 p. ISBN: 978-83-7969-028-2.
  • Marszał T., Pielesiak I. (eds.), Spatial Inequality and Cohesion, Studia Regionalia Vol.38, Warszawa 2013, 138 p.
  • Habrel M., Bartosiewicz B. (eds), Lviv and Łódź at the turn of 20th century. Structure and economic space, Łódź University Press, Łódź 2014, 131 p. ISBN: 978-83-7969-261-3.
  • Kobojek E., Marszał T. (eds.), Natural environment of Poland and its protection in Łódź University geographical research; Łódź University Press, Łódź, 2014, 150 p. ISBN: 978-83-7969-134-0.
  • Kobojek E., Marszał T. (eds.), Origin of relief of central Poland and its anthropogenic transformation in Łódź University geographical research; Łódź University Press, Łódź, 2014, 145 p. ISBN: 978-83-7969-133-3.
  • Marszał T. (ed.), Society and space in contemporary Poland in Łódź University geographical research; Łódź University Press, Łódź, 2014, 170 p. ISBN: 978-83-7969-131-9.
  • Marszał T. (ed.), Spatial development of contemporary Poland in Łódź University geographical research; Łódź University Press, Łódź, 2014, 160 p. ISBN: 978-83-7969-130-2.
  • Mularska-Kucharek M., Social capital and quality of life, Łódź University Press, Łódź, 2014, 169 p. ISBN: 978-83-7969-428-0.
  • Mularska-Kucharek M., The role of social capital in the development of entrepreneurship, Science Publishing Group, New York, 2015, 179 p. ISBN: 978-1-940366-46-3.