Faculty of Human Geography and Planning

Geography has been part of Adam Mickiewicz University since its early days.

The Faculty continues the tradition of the Institute of Socio-Economic Geography and Spatial Management, which had been established in 1981 on the initiative of Prof. Zbyszko Chojnicki.

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The 2019 foundation of the Faculty in its current format was a milestone in the history of the Poznań School of Economic Geography, associated with the creation of conceptual models and the use of quantitative research methods.

As of November 2020, the Faculty has a staff of 94, including 25 professors and 40 doctors representing a variety of specialities. It also provides supervision for 12 PhD students.

  • Authorities


    Prof. dr hab. Paweł Churski, chur@amu.edu.pl


    Dr hab. Joanna Dominiak, AMU Professor, dominiak@amu.edu.pl

    Dr hab. Adam Radzimski, AMU Professor, adam.radzimski@amu.edu.pl

  • Structure
    • Department of Spatial Econometrics
    • Department of Economic Geography
    • Department of Integrated Geography
    • Department of Agriculture and Rural Geography
    • Department of Social Geography
    • Department of Spatial Planning and Urban Design
    • Department of Regional and Local Studies
    • Department of Urban Systems and Territorial Governance
    • Critical Geography Research Unit
    • Econometric and Spatial Modelling Laboratory
    • Urban Regeneration and Village Renewal Laboratory
    • Digital Geography and Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
    • Centre for Spatial and Socio-Economic Analyses
  • Research

    Research activities of the Faculty include several areas, such as:

    • Changes in socio-economic structures in the conditions of globalisation and international integration
    • Cities, metropolises and metropolitan areas: spatial structures, functions, restructuring, management and revitalisation
    • Contemporary determinants of, mechanisms for and trends in urban and regional development
    • Spatial patterns of human behaviour in the urban environment
    • Fractal analysis of complex spatial dynamic systems
    • Spatiotemporal structure of selected crop species in Poland
    • Factors affecting the development processes determining the cohesion level of less developed regions
    • Planning socioeconomic and spatial development on various scales: theoretical, methodological, empirical and practical aspects
    • Spatial differences in agriculture and rural areas in local, regional and European dimensions
    • Spatial organisation of the economy and its institutional, economic and social determinants
    • Modelling of socioeconomic spatial processes on various scales
  • International cooperation and research projects

    The Faculty cooperates with a number of research institutions at home and abroad. It is a member of the Association of European Schools of Planning, the Regional Studies Association, the European Regional Science Association, and the Network of Institutes for Spatial Research and Planning in Central and Eastern Europe.

    The Faculty has been involved in the implementation of many research projects in Poland and abroad, such as:

    • ACRE – Accommodating Creative Knowledge – Competitiveness of European Metropolitan Regions within the Enlarged Union (under the 6th EU Framework Programme)
    • CIRES – Cities Regrowing Smaller (the COST programme)
    • FilmInd – Indian film industry as a factor in new socio-economic links between India and Europe (as part of the EU-India Platform for Social Sciences and Humanities)
    • RE-CITY: Reviving shrinking cities – innovative paths and perspectives towards livability for shrinking cities in Europe (as part of Horizon 2020)
    • RURACTION – a project concerning the development of social entrepreneurship in structurally weak regions (as part of Horizon 2020)
    • TeRRIFICA – Territorial RRI Fostering Innovative Climate Action (as part of Horizon 2020)

    In addition, the Faculty implements numerous research projects funded by the NationalScience Center, National Center for Research and Development and other research funding agencies.

    The faculty also participates in the implementation of projects aimed at developing students’ competences, including Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development financed from European Funds.

  • Teaching

    Teaching activity embraces lectures, sessions and seminars for students of the two following majors and specialities (offered in Polish):

    • Spatial Management (bachelor’s, engineering and master’s studies)
    • Integrated Development Planning (engineering studies)

    Together with the Faculty of Geographic and Geological Sciences we also conduct studies (in Polish) in the field of:

    • Geography (bachelor’s, master’s)
    • Socio-Economic Geoanalysis

    Spatial Management offers Master studies (all in Polish) in the following specialities:

    • Physical Planning, Renewal of Cities and Degraded Areas,
    • Regional Development
    • Spatial Management

Research personalities

Inverview with prof. Tomasz Kaczmarek on metropolitan areasread!