Going beyond the assumption that East Central European cities are still 'in transition' this book draws on the postsocialism paradigm to ask new questions about the impact of demographic change on residential developments in this region. Focussing on four second-order cities in this region, it examines Gdansk and LÃ³dz in Poland and Brno and Ostrava in the Czech Republic as examples and deals with the nexus between urban development and demographic change for the context of East Central European cities. It provides a framework for linking urban and demographic research. It discusses how residential areas and urban developments cope with changes in population development, household types and different forms of in- and out-migration and goes on to explore parallels and differences in comparison with broader European patterns. This book will be useful to academics of urban planning and development especially in transition areas, Central and Eastern European studies, demographics and population studies, and sociology/social exclusion.
'Rarely have questions of demographic change and housing transformation been brought together in such a convincing and thorough manner. This will become essential reading for scholars wishing to come to grips with the complexities of urban restructuring in the post socialist world, not the least due to the depth of the volume's evidence base, and the richness of its theoretical framework.' Stefan Bouzarovski, University of Birmingham, UK 'Using integrative approach instrumentally linking actors' perspective and structural change, this timely and ground-breaking book offers complex understanding and nuanced interpretation of the interplay between macrosocietal processes and neighborhood transformations. The book provides important new insights and is essential reading for anyone concerned with urban transformations.' Ludek SÃ½kora, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic 'The reader gets a coherent, in-depth monograph of significant cognitive and practical value. That is why it can be recommended to both academics in a variety of disciplines (urban, demographic and population studies, geography, sociology, anthropology) and practitioners, in particular of urban planning.' Housing Studies 'Overall, this book is really valuable in comprehensively laying out the issues of demographic shifts and inner-city residential change during the period of postsocialist transition. It provides and inspiring point of departure for further research on urban development in East Central Europe.' Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 'Residential Change and Demographic Challenge explores important new empirical ground and presents fresh analytical insights. It is recommended reading for all serious students of housing and urban development in postcommunist east central Europe.' Slavic Review 'This edited volume with no less than 19 contributors is an important addition to the literature on cities in Central and East Europe ... likely to be of interest to at least