Nagy, Erika
senior research fellow

Hungarian Academy of Sciences,
Centre for Regional Studies
Bekescsaba Department

H-5601 Békéscsaba Szabó D. u. 40-42. P.O. Box 185.
Phone/fax: (+36 66) 441 801
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Personal information

Family name: Nagy

First names: Erika

Date of birth: 25 January 1968

Nationality: Hungarian

Marital status: married


Institution: József Attila University, Szeged, Hungary
Date: from (month/year): September, 1986 to (month/year): June 1991
Degrees obtained: MA in Geography and History

Institution: University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom
Date: from (month/year): September, 1996 to (month/year): June 1997
Degree obtained: MA in Urban History

Institution: Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Date: from (month/year): September, 1991 to (month/year): September, 1994
PhD studies in Human in Geography
Degree obtained: PhD in Geography; December, 1998

Language skills (Mark 1 to 5 for competence) Language Reading Speaking Writing

Hungarian 5 5 5
English 5 5 4
Russian 3 2 2

Membership of professional bodies

Regional Science Association International

Hungarian Society of Economists

Hungarian Geographical Society

European Urban and Regional Science Association

RESER (European Network of Researchers for Studies on Services)

Post-socialist Geographies Research Group, Royal Geographical Society

Other skills

8 years of teaching experience in institutions of higher education, training teachers, urban and regional planners and urban engineers (József Attila University, Szeged; Széchenyi István College, Győr).

Experience of databases management and editing under Windows operation system (Word, Excel, SPSS).

Editorial work for Tér és Társadalom (Space and Society), the professional journal of Centre for Regional Studies for 3 years.

Present position: senior research fellow; Centre for regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Alföld Institute, Békéscsaba Department

Years within the firm: 11

Key qualifications

Comparative studies on the transformation of urban hierarchy and urban space in the countries of emerging markets; spatial aspects of the transformation of the service sector ECE countries; socio-spatial conflicts emerged in cities, stimulated by the economic transition process. Recent research projects:

· A four-year research project focused on the suburbanisation and gentrification process in provincial towns in Hungary in the transition period. (Project leader. Supported by the National Research Fund, Hungary, 2003–2006).

· 2003. Soziale Integration und kulturelle Identität – Handlungsfelder regionaler Herrschaftsinstanzen in Demokratien und Diktaturen Ost- und Westeuropas 1945-1990. Participation in an International Research Program, co-ordinated by the Dept. of Contemporary History, Univ. of Magdeburg; a case-study: Szeged, Hungary.

The emergence and expansion of service industries forming urban space. (A 4-year research project, that reveals the very latest trends in retail and business services and their impact on local economies and transformation of urban hierarchy. Supported by the National Research Fund, Hungary, 1999-2002).

A 3-year research programme that aimed at the definition of “competitive” and “habitable” cities revealing emerging conflicts between local interest groups, putting them in the context of transition of national economy and globalisation furthermore, highlighting the changing nature of the relations of provincial cities to their (suburban/rural) hinterland in Hungary. (Strategic Research Programmes, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1997-2000)

Transition of cities in two systems: changes to the land-use maps and the mechanisms behind in East Central European cities. A research project supported by the Research Support Scheme, Soros Foundation 1998-2000.

Empirical studies in Prague, Czech Republic, concerning the transformation of city centre retail, particularly, the social, economic and spatial/environmental consequences of large scale commercial developments. (1999, Ministry for Education, Hungary)

The role of the service sector in the transition of urban space. PhD dissertation (1998). Focused on historical (spatial) aspects of transformation of urban space and the entry and role of new agents in the transition period. Empirical results rested on comparative studies done in Győr and Szeged (Hungary).

The role of human potential in transformation of Hungarian provincial cities. Leading a research project supported by the National Research Fund, 1994-1996.

Lecturer of urban development and planning and geography of services at University of Szeged, 1998-

Lectures on urban development in Hungary, Charles University, Praha 1999, winter semester

Consultancy work on regional and urban planning and development in the Northwestern and Southeastern Regions and cities of Hungary, 18 projects, between 1994

The service sector in the urban space of emerging market economies – the new geography of retail and business services. A 4-year research programme supported by the National Research Found 1999-2002, working as a project leader, too.

AN alternative interpretation of “success” of cities – empirical research in cities of the Great Plain, Hungary. A research programme supported by the Strategic Research Programmes, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1999–2003.

The typology and mechanisms of restructuring o regional economies in Hungary. A research programme supported by the Ministry for Economic Development; working as a project leader, too; 2001.

The role of producer services in economic development. Methodological studies on the economic performance of micro-regions in Hungary. A research programme supported by the Ministry for Agriculture and Rural Development; 2001.

Participation in the organisation of 3rd International Congress of Critical Geographers. 2002.

Global agents and spatial conflicts emerging and managed locally in European cities. A 3-month study trip and research programme supported “Eötvös” Foundation of the Ministry of Education; University of Trier Dept. of Cultural and Regional Geography 2004.

Organisation of the 3rd Congress of the “Alföld” Region as the head of LOC, 2003.

Suburbanisation and gentrification in Hungarian cities and towns in the transition period. A research programme supported by the National research Found; 2003–2006; working as a project leader, too.

The Image Policy of European Urban Regions. Series of international workshops 2003–2004; Otto von Guericke University, Magdeburg.

“Bolyai János” postdoctoral scholarship 2004–2006. An empirical research and a synthesis of retail restructuring in East Central Europe.

Professional Experience Record

Date: September, 1991–December, 1993
Location: Szeged
Company: József Attila University, Dept. of Economic Geography
Position: PhD student
Description: giving lectures on regional geography; research on the transformation of local economy and transition of urban space

Date: September, 1996– June, 1997
Location: Leicester, UK
Company: University of Leicester, Centre for Urban History
Position: Postgraduate student
Description: studies on urban morphology, town planning and urban social geography.

Date: January 1994– May 1998
Location: Győr
Company: Centre for Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, West Hungarian Institute
Position: assistant research fellow
Description: research on the transformation urban network and inner space of cities; emergence of new retail networks; transition of urban real estate market; giving lectures on urban geography (Széchenyi István College, Győr);

Date: June 1998–
Location: Békéscsaba
Company: Centre for Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Alföld Institute, Békéscsaba Department
Position: senior research fellow
Description: research on the transition of urban space in ECE-countries; transition of the real estate market in cities; impact of large scale foreign investments on local/regional economies and space; giving lectures on urban geography and planning.

Date: June, 1998–June, 2000.
Location: Békéscsaba, Centre for Regional Studies
Company: Soros Foundation, Research Support Scheme
Position: a part-time scholar
Description: comparative research on the transition of urban space in ECE-countries.

Date: September, 1999–December, 1999.
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Company: Charles University, Dept. for Human Geography and Regional Planning.
Position: a full-time scholar of the Ministry for Education, Hungary
Description: Transformation of urban space and emergence of local conflicts by large scale retail developments; responses of local policies and planning.

Date: September, 2004–December, 2004.
Location: Trier, Germany
Company: Universitat Trier, Fach Kultur- und Regionalgeographie .
Position: a full-time scholar of the Ministry for Education, Hungary
Description: Global agents, local conflicts and management of spatial transformation in European cities.

Publications in English (selected)

Books and journals

Nagy Erika (1999): Growth and urban differentiation on the urban periphery: a case study from Szeged, Hungary. GeoJournal, 46. 1999. 1. pp. 221–230.

Nagy Erika (2000): Transition of Urban Space in Two Systems: The Fractal Geometry of Hungarian Provincial Cities. Cybergeo, European Journal in Geography 18/10/2000. p.14

Nagy Erika–David Turnock (2000): Planning regional development: promoting small settlements in a trans-frontier situation. Geojournal. Vol. 48. No.4.

Nagy Erika (2001): Winners and Losers of the Transition of City Centre Retailing in East Central Europe. European Urban and Regional Studies, Vol.8 No.4: 340–349.

Nagy, Erika (2002): Fragmentation and centralisation: Transition of the retial sector in East Central Europe. European Retail Digest, Templeton College, University of Oxford, March 2002. pp. 41–45.

Nagy, Erika (2005): Regional development and the rise of the APs sector in an emerging economy. Service Industries Journal, vol.25.No.2.229-253.

Nagy, Erika (2005): Condition of locality: a critical view of the urbanisation process in the post-transition Hungary. Geographia Polonica. 2005.2. 137-151.

Nagy Erika (2005): Strategies of international investors in Hungary’s emerging retail market In: Foreign Investments and Regional Development in East Central Europe (ed. by D. Turnock) Ashgate: London 291–305.

Nagy Erika (2005): Retail Restructuring and Emerging Spatial Patterns of Consumption: New Aspects of Development Disparities in Hungary. In: Hungarian spaces and Places: Patterns of Transition. (eds. Gy. Barta, É. Fekete G., I. Kukorelli Szörényiné, J. Timár) MTA RKK: Pécs pp. 161–182.

Congress proceedings

Nagy Erika (1994): Changing Spatial Forms of Retailing in the Medium-sized Cities of Hungary. Papers of the RSA, Groningen, 1994. 18 old.

Nagy Erika (1995): Chances for Hungarian Cities: Restructuring Urban Functions. Papers of the RSA, Odense, 1995. 16 old.

Nagy Erika (1997): Winners and Losers: Inner City Shopping Centre Schemes in Britain. Papers of the RSA, Rome (CD-Rom)

Nagy Erika (1999): Urban Space in Transition: Changing Role of the Service Sector in Hungarian Cities. Paper for th 39th European Regional Science Association. Dublin: European Regional Science Association, University College of Dublin, 1999. 16 o. (CD-rom)

Nagy Erika – Nagy Gábor (1999): Transition of Urban Space in Two Systems: The Fractal Geometry of Hungarian Provincial Cities. Paper for the 11th Colloquium of Quantitative and Theoretical Geography. Newcastle, Durham: University of Newcastle, University of Durham. (CD-rom)

Nagy Erika (2000): Global challenges and local responses in the retail sector in Hungary. In: Contemporary role of the service sector. University of Lódz, Institute of Socio-economic Geography. Lódz, 2000

Nagy Erika (2003): A new dimension for spatial disparities and dependence in a transitioning economy: the emergence and development of the APS sector in Hungary.Services and Regional Development: 13th International Conference of RESER. Mons, Ateliers de la FUCAM, Mons, Belgium