Applied geography in theory and practice by Aleksandar Lukic

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As these two domains are highly interconnected, recent theorizing focusing on the relationship between the natural and the social suggests that their boundaries might be (and needed to be) transgressed. In this context, beyond the physical geography / human geography dualism, there is a third way of considering the discipline which is referred to as the “hybrid geographies”. Despite its growing popularity in recent (predominantly Western) geographical literature, the notion of “hybridity” is still not present in Hungary; neither in the undergraduate geographical curriculum, nor in current academic debates.

A. Melik (1957), D. Radinja (1974; 1983), K. Natek (1989; 1990) and B. Komac & M. Zorn (2007; 2008; 2009). The first author studied the relation between landslides and geomorphic development in the Slovenske gorice hills (NE Slovenia), while the second and the third determined the geomorphic effect of landslides in relief development in the Haloze, Voglajna and Sotla hills (E Slovenia). The last mentioned authors reflected on the problem of landslide geomorphology on the case of Goriška brda hills (W Slovenia) and the Mura region (NE Slovenia).

The European Spatial Development Perspective (ESDP) 1999, European Territorial Cooperation (ETC) within EU Regional Policy in 2007-2013, the Territorial Agenda from 2007 and Territorial Cohesion as a 3rd pillar in EU policy since the Treaty of Lisbon enhance this development. Following the today’s understanding, planning is a multi-level and multi-actor policy where applied spatial science – also applied geography – plays its own role. With this contribution, the author will give an insight into strategic concepts of spatial development on European level, how they get transformed into operation (via programmes and funding) and set into practice on various tiers and will show in which way an applied spatial science like geography takes part in this complex process.

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