URBAN AND REGIONAL TRANSFORMATIONS

Urban and regional transformations mean changes in structures of all housing and commercial real estates, as well as infrastructure developments, which beyond their interrelationships are in interaction with all local, national, regional and global dynamics of social, economic, political and cultural processes. In our researches we have been focusing on the socio-spatial inequalities these dynamics and transformations also produce: we have dealt with the relationships between gentrification and displacement; the impact of economic restructuring on uneven urban development; and the interplay between migration and urban renewal. In our current research on transport infrastructures we conceive of infrastructure developments not only as means for social integration and economic progress, but we are to show the mechanisms which through the development process may also enforce inequalities, or cause further crises.

PUBLIC LECTURES
 

What is our position in the 8th? [Hol a helyünk a 8-ban?]

October 31, 2018. Czirfusz, Márton. Budapest: Gólya. Free October Festival.

Discussion on gentrification in Budapest

May 26, 2018. Jelinek, Csaba. Budapest. Organized by Klu-Béla Community

Sociological aspects of contemporary urbanism. [A kortárs urbanisztika szociológiai kihívásai]

May 7, 2018. Jelinek, Csaba. Veszprém: Hangvilla.

 

Urban marginalization and segregation. [Nagyvárosi marginalizáció és szegregáció]

October 24, 2017. Pósfai, Zsuzsanna. Budapest: Eötvös Loránd Science University, Criminology Department.

The dual city and the global processes. [Kettészakadó város a globális folyamatok tükrében]

November 12, 2015. Berki, Márton, Márton Czirfusz, and Csaba Jelinek. Békéscsaba: Hungarian Association of Geographers, Department of Körösvidék.

Dialectic critical urban theory in a gentrifying neighbourhood of Budapest

June 13, 2015. Collective for Critical Urban Research. Thessaloniki: UniConflicts in spaces of crisis. Critical approaches in, against and beyond the University

Introducing a critical approach in Hungary’s urban research and policy

June 12, 2015. Collective for Critical Urban Research. Thessaloniki: UniConflicts in spaces of crisis. Critical approaches in, against and beyond the University

The dual city - Gentrification in Budapest. [A kettészakadó város - dzsentrifikáció Budapesten]

March 17, 2015. Czirfusz, Márton, Vera Horváth, Csaba Jelinek, and Zsuzsanna Pósfai. Budapest: Gólya Community House and Cooperative.

Critical urban studies in Hungary. [Kritikai városkutatás Magyarországon]

April 14, 2014. Bodnár, Judit, Zoltán Gyimesi, Zsófia Ivanics, Csaba Jelinek, and Zsuzsanna Pósfai.  Budapest: Budapest Circle 104.

For whom do they build the creative city? [Kinek épül a kreatív város?]

April 4, 2014. Márton Czirfusz. Budapest: Construma 34. International Exhibition for Construction  Industry

Chinese Retailers in Budapest, with Special Focus on Skála-stores [Kínai vállalkozók Budapesten és a Skála áruházakban]

November 16, 2013. Szabó, Linda. Budapest: Rethinking Spaces of Retail: Skála Metro at Nyugati Square. Failed Architecture Workshop. Organized by the Municipality of Budapest and the Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre

Struct.Zine #3 journal launch event. [Struct.Zine #3 – Lapszámbemutató kerekasztal-beszélgetés]

June 11, 2013. Czirfusz, Márton, and Csaba Jelinek. Budapest: FUGA Architecture Center of Budapest

Integrated Urban Planning in the hierarchy of plans - Hungarian and international examples. [IVS a tervhierarchiában: nemzetközi és hazai tapasztalatok]

November 30, 2009. Czirfusz, Márton. Budapest: Budapest Circle 55.

 
WORKHOPS

Urban movements in Visegrád countries and in Ukraine: A Way to an Inclusive, Gender Sensitive Participatory Democracy [Városi mozgalmak a visegrádi országokban és Ukrajnában: Egy befogadó szemléletű és genderérzékeny részvételi demokrácia iránytűi?]

October 1-2, 2015. Budapest: Polish Institute and Kossuth Klub. Organized in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Foundation and Polish Institute

 
PUBLICATIONS

Creativity and culture in reproducing uneven development across Central and Eastern Europe.

2017. Czirfusz, M.

In: Lux G, Horváth Gy (eds.): The Routledge Handbook to Regional Development in Central and Eastern Europe. London; New York: Routledge, 106-119.

 

Do we need a re-theorization of global urbanism from Eastern Europe?

2016. Czirfusz, M.

In: International Conference From CONTESTED_CITIES to Global Urban Justice. Madrid: Grupo de Estudios Urbanos y Teoría Social, Paper WPCC-161005. 

Józsefváros dzsentrifikációja és annak káros hatásai a helyi kisebbségekre [Gentrification of Józsefváros and Its Detrimental Effects on Local Minorities].

2015. Szabó, Linda.

In: Minority Rights Group International (ed.) State of the World's Minorities and Indigenous Peoples 2015: Case Studies

Gentrification and Rescaling Urban Governance in Budapest-Józsefváros.

2015. Czirfusz, M., V. Horváth, Cs. Jelinek, Zs. Pósfai, and L. Szabó 

Intersections, 1(4), 55–77. 

Spatial inequalities of public works employment.

2015. Czirfusz, M.

In: Fazekas, K., Varga, J. (eds.):  The Hungarian Labour Market, 2015. Budapest: Institute of Economics, MTA KRTK, 128–143. 

 

Kritikai városkutatás.

2013. Jelinek, Cs., J. Bodnár, M. Czirfusz, and Z. Gyimesi 

Budapest: L'Harmattan.

Domesticating Neo-Liberalism. Spaces of Economic Practice and Social Reproduction in Post-Socialist Cities. (review)

2012. Czirfusz, M.

Urbs: Magyar Várostörténeti Évkönyv (7): 575-580.

A Társadalomelméleti Kollégium Városműhelye. Kritikai városkutatás Magyarországon.

2012. Jelinek, Cs.

Tér és Társadalom, 26(4): 136–141.

State-Led Gentrification and Relocation in Budapest: Vacating a House in Ferencváros.

2011. Jelinek, Cs.

MA thesis, Central European University.

Régi és új mechanizmusok és ezek hatásai a kelet-közép-európai városközpontok átalakulási folyamataiban.

2010. Földi Zs., and M. Czirfusz

In: Barta Gy, Beluszky P, Földi Zs, Kovács K (eds.): A területi kutatások csomópontjai. Pécs: MTA Regionális Kutatások Központja (MTA RKK), 244-260.

The Phenomena of Displacement and Relocation during the Process of Gentrification in Budapest.

2010. Jelinek, Cs.  

Studia Sociologia, 55(2): 105–116.

Elszalasztott előny a városok pozíciós versenyében? Egy '"Kínai negyed" lehetőségei Budapesten 

2009. Szabó, Linda

Café Babel, 60. 81-91.

Why would we need a 'Chinatown'? : the case of Chinese entrepreneurs in the rust belts of the 8th and 10th districts of Budapest

2009. Szabó, Linda

MA Dissertation, Central European University

Re-industrialization in the World and in Hungary.

2008. Barta, Gy., Czirfusz, M., Kukely, Gy.

European Spatial Research and Policy. (2): 5–26.

Rehabilitating the Brownfield Zones of Budapest.

2006. Barta, Gy., Beluszky, P., Czirfusz, M., Győri, R. Kukely, Gy.

Discussion Papers of the CRS HAS. 51. 

 
CONFERENCES

New Roles Chinese Can Play on Budapest Housing Market

November 12-13, 2020. Szabó, Linda, Fanni Beck, and Eszter Knyihár. Paris: 4th CERPE Workshop - Chinese migrations in Europe: between continuity and renewal

Belt and Road Initiative in Eastern Europe: the Case of the Budapest-Belgrade Railway Line

July 18-20, 2020. Szabó, Linda and  Csaba Jelinek. Amsterdam: Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics - State Capitalism  and State-led Development in the 21st Century: China and Beyond 

Changing global conditions of infrastructural and large-scale development projects in Eastern Europe

September 15-19, 2020. Szabó, Linda and Csaba Jelinek. Leipzig: 2nd British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies Regional Conference - EEGA.

The Flow of Chinese Capital into Eastern European Infrastructures: the Case of the Budapest-Belgrade Railway Line

September 2020. Szabó, Linda and Csaba Jelinek. Cluj: International Karl Polányi Society - Thirty Years of Capitalist Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe: Inequalities and Social Resistance

The spatial transformation of gentrification and displacement  in Hungary between 2001 and 2011 [Geographische Prozesse der Gentrifizierung und Verdrängung in Ungarn von 2001 bis 2011]

September 25, 2019. Czirfusz, Márton, István Pósfai, and Zsuzsanna Pósfai. Kiel: Arbeitskreis Geographische Wohnungsmarktforschung

Centering the Periphery: Creative Marginality and Radical Activism in Neoliberal Cities

May 2-3, 2016. Budapest: Gólya. Organized in cooperation with Central European University, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology

Urban political economies of Eastern Europe from a global perspective

Aug 31- Sep 2, 2015. Budapest: Eötvös Loránd Science University. EUGEO Conference: Section P58.

Following transition: Kelet-európai városok átalakulása

November 27, 2010. Budapest: Corvinus University of Budapest

 
PRESS APPEARANCES

Gentrification in the Corvin Quarter [Dzsentrifikáció a Corvin-negyedben]

2020. Zsuzsanna Pósfai, in cooperation with Demnet Foundation, and Zöldpók

Staying silent is a political act, too ['Csendben maradni is politikai tett']

March 12, 2014. Jelinek, Csaba, et al. vs.hu

+1 - Episode 3_CSI: Budapest.

2014. Czirfusz, Márton, Zsófia Ivanics, Csaba Jelinek, and Zsuzsi Pósfai

Chinese  migrants in Hungary [Kínaiak Magyarországon]

April 17, 2014. Szabó, Linda. Radio Talk - Tilos Rádió: Kovács Ádám Hangpostája 

Vanishing marketplaces - for the sake of the middle class [Megszűnő piacok: A középosztály nevében]

December 13, 2013. Szabó, Linda. hvg.hu

 
EDUCATION / TRAINING

This Is Not an Atlas, 2019

Subtitling a documentary film on counter-cartography, in co-operation with Kitti Baracsi, Orangotango

Critical Urban Theory course, 2012-

College for Advanced Studies in Social Theory

Economic and Human Geography lectures and seminars, 2008-

Corvinus University of Budapest, Department of Economic Geography, Geo-Economy and Sustainable Development

Eötvös Lóránd Science University, Eötvös József Collegium;

Eötvös Lóránd Science University, Department of Social and Economic Geography;

University of Miskolc, Insitute of Geography and Geoinformatics

 

8ker+me photovoice project in Józsefváros [video]

2010. Pósfai, Zsuzsanna

 
URBAN WALKS AND LOCAL HISTORY EVENTS

'Towards a Chinatown' [2020]

Szabó, Linda

In case you are interested to participate in this thematic tour, you can sign up here.

We have organized thematic urban walks in Hungarian, English and German for various groups (e.g. architects, university students, high school students) about the history of the Budapest inner city, with special focus on transformations after 1989, about gentrification in various districts of Budapest, about the history of Chinese entrepreneurship and investments in Budapest, about the Infopark office development project, about waterfront urban development projects, and about the transformation of the agglomeration areas of Budapest after 1989.


In 2014 we organized a local history exhibition and community event in Gólya Community House and Cooperative, with the participation of the former guests of the bar and restaurant, as well as neighborhood residents.

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