Geographia Polonica

Geographia Polonica has been published since 1964; in the years 1964–1998 as a serial publication. Since 1999 – as a journal with two issues per year (Spring and Autumn), and since 2012 there are four issues per year (March, July, October, December). Contributions to the journal on both human and physical geography topics as well as related fields (e.g. urban and regional planning, ecology) should be submitted to the Editor. Papers dealing with Central and Eastern Europe are particularly welcomed.

News

Geographia Polonica appreciated by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education

tl_files/igipz/ZPZ/GP/mse.jpgOn 23 December, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced a new list of scientific journals, along with the number of points awarded for articles in these journals.  With pleasure and great satisfaction we announce that Geographia Polonica has received the highest score, which is 15 points. It is the highest possible score for a Polish journal outside of the  Philadelphia List, but also the absolute highest possible score for a general geographical periodical. It is worth noting that our magazine has the highest metrics of Polish general geographical periodicals in Scopus database (SJR and IPP).We hope that this is another step to strengthen position of Geographia Polonica also on the international area.

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Geographia Polonica: A window onto the world. An interview with Professor Leszek Antoni Kosiński - IN POLISH

tl_files/gp/kosinski.jpgTo mark the 50th anniversary of Geographia Polonica, we are publishing an interview with Professor Leszek Antoni Kosiński, who was a member of its first editorial team. The interview with Professor Kosiński became an opportunity to talk about the work and successes of Polish geographers on the international stage after the Second World War, and to consider the origins as well as ways of achieving those successes, which are still relevant today. This is a Polish version of the interview. English version is available here.

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Special issues for 2014 IGU Regional Conference and 50th anniversary of the founding of Geographia Polonica

tl_files/gp/zajawka.jpgWe have great pleasure in inviting you to read the contents of this special issue of Geographia Polonica as well as the upcoming one (vol. 87, issues 2 and 3 of 2014). The special issues have been prepared to coincide with Krakow’s hosting of the 2014 IGU Regional Conference. However, this year also marks a second important occasion for us - the 50th anniversary of the founding of Geographia Polonica. At the same time it is our hope that the two issues will represent that most important voice in geography since the changes in our editorial team at the beginning of 2012, with special attention being paid in many cases to Central and Eastern Europe (including Poland). Our idea in this case has been to compile and present a series of articles written by key persons of the IGU (i.e. Chairs of the IGU Commissions, and Vice-Presidents of the IGU). My vision was for the Commission Chairs to each prepare and publish an article – theoretical or empirical, or even an essay, concerning the stage that has currently been reached by his/her field of interest (Commission subject/sub-discipline), some of the new trends therein, and future directions of research.

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Current Issue

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4

Preface

From the Editor

Przemysław Śleszyński

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4, pp. 535-537 | Full text

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Przemysław Śleszyński [psleszyn@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization PAS

Articles

Spatial patterns of regional economic development in Central and Eastern European countries

Maciej Smętkowski

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4, pp. 539-556 | Full text
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0033

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The aim of the work described here has been to analyse the spatial patterns of regional economic  development in the EU 10 New Member States located in Central and Eastern Europe. Its first hypothesis suggests that regional convergence observed at macroregional level should lead to a decrease in spatial dependency at the NUTS3 level, i.e. to overall diffusion of development across particular countries. However, a second hypothesis claims that diffusion processes from national growth centres to their regional surroundings would be still quite limited and negligible. The latter hypothesis relates to a different pattern of diffusion in selected economic secto rs that should largely explain the overall regional convergence process. To verify these hypotheses, the spatial autocorrelation method based on the Global Moran’s I Statistic and Local Indicators of Spatial Association (LISA) has been applied for the period 1995-2009/2010, with special  emphasis put on particular sub-periods reflecting different stages of the transformation process, EU membership and the recent economic crisis. Furthermore, the analysis covers values of GDP per capita both absolute and relativised (to the national averages), as well as structural differences that allow for the  presentation of the diverse dimensions to regional economic growth.

Keywords: regional convergence, spatial autocorrelation, economic development, Central and Eastern European countries

Maciej Smętkowski, Centre for European Regional and Local Studies (EUROREG) University of Warsaw Krakowskie Przedmie ś cie 30, 00-927 Warsaw: Poland

Control functions within large cities and foreign direct investment in the transport sector: Empirical evidence from Poland

Zbigniew Taylor, Ariel Ciechański

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4, pp. 557-573 | Full text
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0035

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On the basis of inventory research carried out by the authors on single transport FDI, a hierarchy of the ten largest Polish cities is created, and then related to the number of inhabitants. The paper focuses on the location of corporate headquarters (HQs) serving various control (decision-making) functions and simultaneously playing an urban-creative role. The analysis confirms in part only the idea that the more advanced the branch of the economy, the more the city in which a corporate HQ is located is likely to occupy a higher rank in the administrative hierarchy, with a simultaneous large number of affiliates. The findings arise out of in-depth research, albeit on the basis of a relatively small number of incidences of foreign investment in the Polish transport sector. Whether it is the criteria of absolute amount of capital invested, number of employees or number of controlled investments, it is consistently the city of Warsaw and its metropolitan area that tops the rankings. Alongside inter-urban differentiation in transport FDI, analysis also confirms substantial intra-urban variation.

Keywords: transport, FDI, control functions, corporate headquarters, large cities, Poland

Zbigniew Taylor [z.taylor@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-818 Warsaw, Twarda 51/55, Poland
Ariel Ciechański [ariel@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-818 Warsaw, Twarda 51/55, Poland

Structural changes in Polish industry after 1989

Tomasz Rachwał

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4, pp. 575-606 | Full text
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0036

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It has been 25 years since the beginning of the economic transformation in Poland and other countries of Central and Eastern Europe, associated with the change of the centrally controlled system over economy towards an economy based on market rules. Those changes, taking place in the conditions of globalisation of the world economy and European integration, and in recent years also the global recession, affect previously developed socio-economic structures, including the structures of industry. The aim of the article is to present changes in the role of industry in the economy of Poland, transformation of the ownership, branch and spatial structure of the industry of Poland and its diversification in regional and supra-regional systems as well as to attempt to answer the question of how the processes of industrial restructuring, undertaken during the years of economic transformation, contributed to its adaptation to the conditions of the market economy and improvement of its competitive position in global and European levels, including the possibility of integration into the global industrial networks.

Keywords: economic transformation, FDI, industrial change, privatisation, Polish industry, spatial structure

Tomasz Rachwał, Institute of Geography Pedagogical University of Kraków Podchor ąż ych 2, 30-084 Kraków: Poland

Monitoring of changes in road potential accessibility at municipality level in Poland, 1995-2015

Piotr Rosik, Marcin Stępniak

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4, pp. 607-620 | Full text
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0037

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The main objective of this article is to show the effects of changes in road accessibility in Poland at municipality level over the long term of 20 years (1995-2015). The methodological basis is the potential accessibility indicator. A multi-criterion analysis of accessibility dimensions has been prepared and the international level has been included, with destinations located across the whole European continent. One of the main conclusions is that, during the years 1995-2015, regional disparities to the level of accessibility increased. Improvements in accessibility were found to be distributed across the country unevenly, with regions located in central and southern Poland identified as the greatest beneficiaries. The results can be seen to represent scientific background for transport policy priorities in Poland.

Keywords: potential accessibility, roads, evaluation, Poland

Piotr Rosik [rosik@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences Twarda 51/55, 00‑818 Warsaw: Poland
Marcin Stępniak [stepniak@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences Twarda 51/55, 00‑818 Warsaw: Poland

Transformations of large housing estates in Central and Eastern Europe after the collapse of communism

Ewa Szafrańska

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4, pp. 621-648 | Full text
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0038

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The main purpose of this paper has been to identify ongoing changes in post-socialist large housing estates and to clarify the main factors underpinning them. The transformations in question were analysed in two dimensions: a social dimension encompassing structural socio-demographic and socio-economic changes among inhabitants, and a spatial dimension relating to socio-spatial, functional and physical (morphological and physiognomic) changes. The main question concerned the ways in which large housing estates built during the communist era have changed under the new socio-demographic, political and economic conditions emerging following the collapse of communism. The study was thus based on a review of the available literature.

Keywords: large housing estates, CEECs, post-socialist city, collapse of communism

Ewa Szafrańska, University of Łódź Kopcińskiego 31, 90-142 Łódź: Poland

Twenty-five years of humanising post-socialist housing estates: From quantitative needs to qualitative requirements

Petr Šimáček, Zdeněk Szczyrba, Ivan Andráško, Josef Kunc

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4, pp. 649-668 | Full text
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0039

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After the fall of the Iron Curtain, CEE cities (as well as other cities in the former Socialist Bloc) experienced dynamic development in many areas. The presented article deals with one of the key areas of the post-socialist transformation of the city, specifically the humanisation of mass housing in large housing estates. These housing estates from the central planning period still dominate the skyline of many CEE towns. At the beginning of the 1990s, housing estates suffered from a number of shortcomings that needed to be put right within the frame of their humanisation. The paper analyses a more than two decade-long process of housing estate humanisation which gradually led to the replacement of the monofunctional (strictly residential) model with a multifunctional model. This leads to improvement of civic amenities, implementation of new urban-architectural solutions and the creation of new job opportunities. As a result, these changes increase the quality of life in housing estates, both from an objective and subjective point of view. Changes in the spatial, social, economic and physical structure of housing estates after 1989 will be analysed using examples from hierarchically different locations in the Czech Republic. The synthesis of findings will be supplemented with the results of empirical studies that were carried out by geographers, sociologists and urban planners.

Keywords: humanisation processes, postsocialistic housing estates, postsocialistic transformation, Central and Eastern Europe

Petr Šimáček, Masaryk University Kotlá ř ská 2, 611 37 Brno: Czech Republic
Zdeněk Szczyrba, Department of Geography Palacký University Olomouc 17. listopadu 12, 771 46 Olomouc: Czech Republic
Ivan Andráško, Masaryk University Kotlá ř ská 2, 611 37 Brno: Czech Republic
Josef Kunc, Department of Regional Economics and Administration Masaryk University Lipová 507/41a, 602 00 Brno: Czech Republic

‘John-Paul-the-Second-isation’ of cultural landscape in Poland

Lucyna Przybylska, Izabela Sołjan

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4, pp. 669-686 | Full text
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0039

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The aim of this paper is to identify, categorize, explain and interpret the process of ‘John-Paul-the-Second-isation’ which has been taking place for the last three decades in Poland. ‘John-Paul-the-Second-isation’ is perceived as a kind of landscape sacralisation, i.e. the process of filling the cultural landscape with objects and phenomena related to Pope John Paul II, his work and personality. The process is analysed on three basic levels: architectural, nominative and temporal. The growing cult of the ‘Polish Pope’ is a visible sign of social, cultural, religious and political factors influencing cultural landscape.

Keywords: cultural landscape, John Paul II, Poland, geography of religion, sacralisation

Izabela Sołjan, Jagiellonian University Institute of Geography and Spatial Management ul. Gronostajowa 7, 30–387 Krakow: Poland

Research notes

A vision for a future Europe according to a Russian map of 1914

Piotr Eberhardt

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4, pp. 687-693 | Full text
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0040

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In this article, a map published and popularized in Moscow at the end of 1914 is presented and analyzed from a cartographic and factual perspective. Drawn up on the initiative of the highest Russian authorities, the map presents the post-World War One political system in Europe as envisaged by the author. He believed that, in the aftermath of a victorious war for Russia, the significant shifts of political boundaries in Europe which are shown on the map would take place. The cartographic document in question thus constitutes interesting historic evidence attesting to the expansionist ambitions of the Russian Empire of that time.

Keywords: Russia, World War One, political boundaries in Europe

Piotr Eberhardt [p.ebe@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-818 Warsaw, Twarda 51/55, Poland

Project Report

On non-agricultural and non-tourism-related economic industries in rural areas: Report on research project financed by the international Visegrad Fund

Konrad Czapiewski, Vladan Hruška

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4, pp. 695-700 | Full text

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Konrad Czapiewski [konrad@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, 00-818 Warsaw, Twarda 51/55, Poland

Poland on maps

Economic control functions in Poland in 2013

Przemysław Śleszyński

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 4, pp. 701-708 | Full text
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0041

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The map and the accompanying description present the variability of revenues and the spatial distribution of the corporate headquarters of the 2000 largest companies registered in Poland as of 2013, excluding banks. The study demonstrated a strong concentration of the decision-making and control functions in Warsaw. It found variability depending on the type of activity and ownership. The study also confirmed previous findings about economic management models and their links to the administrative and settlement hierarchy (Śleszyński 2002, 2007).

Keywords: geography of enterprise, corporate geography, control function, decision function, economic power, enterprise, Poland

Przemysław Śleszyński [psleszyn@twarda.pan.pl], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization PAS