City and countryside – identity and space in the 21st century

The complexity of mutual interactions in the peri-urban interface

Kraków, 16-17 May 2019

The conference was dedicated to celebrating
the 70th anniversary of the birth of Prof. Tadeusz Kudłacz, Ph.D.,

The Head of the Department of Regional Economy

Presentations from the conference

Conference programme

Aim of the Conference

The conference aims at identifying research problems that arise from current changes in the relationship between the city and the countryside.

Climate changes and globalization of economic and social processes – regarding the growing importance of information and computer technologies as well as automation – create contemporary conditions for the settlement system. In particular, it concerns the growing importance of suburban zones and functional changes, both economic and social, characterizing today’s urbanized and non-urbanized spaces.

The subject of the scientific reflection was to present the directions of research and attempts to conceptualize the contemporary problems of the city together with its functional area and rural area. It is worth raising – for example – the following questions today:

  1. What is a modern city: a settlement core developed in the process of historical development or a multi-faceted zone with a relatively high intensity of investment and density of housing?
  2. What is or what will be the non-urbanized area in the conditions of progressing suburbanization?
  3. How to take advantage of the relationship between the city and the countryside in the context of a circular economy?
  4. How does the blurring of the differences between the city and the countryside affect local, metropolitan and regional communities?
  5. How to manage area variable multifunctional suburban zones?

The subject of the conference was the reflection on the above-mentioned topics, and any proposed idea on the changing relationship between the city and the countryside is welcome. We invited the participants to present theoretical reflections, research projects or research results, as well as expert studies that in some way lead the scientific community to deepen their knowledge about the conference topic.

We were open to the speeches delivered by scientists, scholars, and practitioners who apply innovative, organizational and implementation program solutions related to the evolution of the role of the city and the countryside and changing relations between them.

Conference Organisers

Conference Organisers 

Department of Regional Economy, Cracow University of Economics

Scientific Committee

Prof. Lino Bianco, University of Malta, Malta
Prof. Bohdan Cherkes, National University Lviv Polytechnic, Ukraine
Prof. Paweł Churski, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland
Prof. Jean Christophe Dissart, Universite Grenoble Alpes, France
Prof. Bolesław Domański, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Prof. Horatiu Dragomirescu, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, Romania
Prof. Tomasz Kaczmarek, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland
Prof. Tadeusz Kudłacz, Cracow University of Economics, Poland – Chairman of the Committee
Prof. Alma Zavodnik Lamovšek, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Prof. Tadeusz Markowski, University of Lodz, Poland
Prof. Stanisław Mazur, Cracow University of Economics, Poland, Dean of the Faculty of Public Economy and Administration,
Prof. Aleksandra Nowakowska, University of Lodz, Poland
Prof. Aleksaner Noworól, Cracow University of Economics, Poland
Prof. Daniele Paragano, Università degli Studi Niccolò Cusano, Italy
Prof. Jacek Purchla, Cracow University of Economics, Poland
Prof. Jacek Szlachta, SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Poland
Prof. Andrzej Szromnik, Cracow University of Economics, Poland
Prof. Katalyn Takacs, Obuda University, Hungary
Prof. Istvan Takacs, Obuda University, Hungary
Prof. Andrzej Zborowski, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Prof. Zygmunt Ziobrowski, National Institute for Spatial Policy and Housing, Poland

Organizing Committee

Dorota Jopek, D.Sc., Ph.D. – Chairwoman of the Committee
Artur Hołuj, D.Sc., Ph.D.
Marcin Semczuk, Ph.D.
Agnieszka Włoch-Szymla, D.Sc., Ph.D.
Bernadetta Zawilińska, Ph.D.
Magdalena Zdun, Ph.D.


Conference partners:

Urząd Miasta Krakowa

Gmina Dobra


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