Thesis topic proposal
Erika Nagy
Zoltán Kovács
Production of core-periphery relations through the social nexuses of economic agents settled in backward regions


Institute: University of Szeged
earth sciences
Doctoral School of Geosciences

Thesis supervisor: Zoltán Kovács
co-supervisor: Erika Nagy
Location of studies (in Hungarian): University of Szeged
Abbreviation of location of studies: SZTE

Description of the research topic:

The core-periphery relations are constantly shaped by social interactions between various agents reflecting their specific institutional environments. In this context, the project aims at understanding how the interactions of “peripheral” economic agents with “core” actors and their embeddedness into various non-local networks reflect, reproduce or counteract the peripherality of the region under study. Therefore, it will support the development of an open, reflexive approach towards researching the production of core–periphery relations through economic relations, to understand their multiple embedding and cross-scalar nature. To better understand how these processes are shaped by different national contexts, the project will focus in comparative studies on (eastern) Germany and Hungary. It will combine qualitative and quantitative methods to ‘excavate’ social relations in backward regions.
- Transdisciplinary and culturally widespread review and analysis of related theories and concepts;
- Analysis: policy contexts (critical discourse analysis; expert interviews; transnational comparative study HU/DE); sociospatial inequalities (HU and EU regional data/quantitative methods);
Empirical studies/a regional case study (HU) focused on social relations of the local economy (interviews; focus groups; participation in local events; local project and firm history).

Required language skills: English
Number of students who can be accepted: 1

Deadline for application: 2018-12-15

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