Dr. Timár, Judit
senior research fellow

Hungarian Academy of Sciences,
Centre for Regional Studies, Alföld Institute
Bekescsaba Department

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

Personal Information

Name: Dr. Judit Timár

Nationality: Hungarian

Date of birth: June 1, 1955

Place of birth: Gyoma, Hungary


PhD in Geography at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, in 1995. Title of the thesis: Some Theoretical Questions in Addition to Features of Suburbanization in the Great Hungarian Plain.

University Doctor degree in Geography at the University József Attila, Szeged, in 1980. Title of the doctoral work: Investigations of Attraction Zones in the Area of Szarvas and Gyoma.

Graduated from University József Attila, Szeged, in 1978.

Present position and place of work

Senior research fellow, Center for Regional Studies, HAS, Alföld Institute, Békéscsaba Department, Békéscsaba.


1995-2000 ead of Department, Center for Regional Studies, HAS, Alföld Institute, Békéscsaba Department, Békéscsaba.

1984-1995 Research Associate, Center for Regional Studies, HAS, Alföld Institute, Békéscsaba Department, Békéscsaba.

1982-1984 Research Associate, Geographical Research Institute, HAS Alföld Research Group, Békéscsaba.

1978-1982 Teacher, Primary school, Pilisvörösvár.

Teaching activity

Part-time teacher of graduate courses at the Department of Geography, University of Szeged and formerly at three different Colleges, partly in TEMPUS program in Hungary.

Courses taught: Urbanization, economic geography, regional development and policy, women’s studies, feminist geography

Specialized professional competence

The characteristics of suburbanization, gentrification and urban-rural fringes in Hungary comparing to Western countries

The characteristics of urban-rural relationships in the Great Hungarian Plain

Social geographical research of the farmstead settlements belonging to towns in Hungary

Regional development and urban policy

Gender studies

A selection of most recent research projects:

"Urban space in transition: Suburbanization and gentrification in Hungarian county towns in the period of transition" (Program coordinator. Erika Nagy, National Social Science Research Fund, Hungary), 2003-2006.

Városfejlődés Erdélyben, a Partiumban és a Bánátban, 1867-1940, OTKA (T034103) 2001-2004-ig)

“Women in local governments and policy-making, Slovenia and Hungary compared”, Open Society Institute, Local Government and Public Service Initiative, Hungary, 2001-2002.

"Regional differences in women' s entrepreneurship in rural Hungary", National Science Foundation, USA (Program coordinator: Janet Momsen, University of California, Davis, USA), 1997-1999.

"The situation of women in different regions in Hungary", German Research Foundation (Program coordinator: Peter Meusburger, Geographisches Institut Universitaet Heidelberg, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg), 1997-1999.

“Focus group meetings for rural women”, Central European University, Gender Studies Small Grant Program, Hungary

"Environmental Policy Implementation in Hungary", Economic and Social Research Council, Great-Britain (Program coordinators: Chris Pickvance and Katy Pickvance, University of Kent), 1996-1998.

"Gender roles in household survival strategies in rural areas of different regions", National Scientific Research Fund, Hungary), 1996-1998

“Peculiarities of urbanization in urban-rural fringes in the Great Hungarian Plain", National Social Science Research Fund, Hungary), 1994-1996.

"The influence of suburbanization on the settlement structure in the Great Hungarian Plain", (National Scientific Research Fund, Hungary) 1991-1993.

Membership and service in professional organizations

International Group of Critical Geographers (Steering Committee member since 2002)

Gender and Geography Committee of the International Geographical Union (1997-2004 appointed full member)

Research Support Scheme Committee, Soros Foundation, Prague (1997-2002 expert of urban and regional studies)

Editor (since 2007) and Editorial Advisory Board member of the journal "European Urban and Regional Studies", United Kingdom (since 1994)

Editorial Advisory Board of the "International E-Journal for Critical Geographies" (Canada; (2002-2004)

Editorial Advisory Board of the "Gender, Place and Culture", USA (since 2006)

Editorial Advisory Board of the Anthology of"Feminisms in geography: space, place and environment" (2004)

Editorial Board of the journal "Tér és Társadalom" /Space and Society/

Editorial Board of the journal "Geographical Bulletin" (since 2008)

Editorial Board of the yearbook "Alföldi Tanulmányok" (Studies on the Great Hungarian Plain) - co-editor

Editorial Board of the book series on "Field works" (since 2006)

Editorial Board of the journal "Bárka" (2001-2008)

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Committee of Geography (since 1999)

Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Committee of Settlement studies (2005-2008)

Board of the Scientific Committee of Békés County of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Board of the Hungarian Geographic Society

Member of the Hungarian Regional Science Society

Member of the Hungarian Sociological Society

Member of the Monitoring Board of the National Rural Development Plan, Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (2004-2005)

Member of the National Plan Council, Ministry of agricultural and Rural Development (1999-2000)

Board of the Foundation for the Women of Hungary/MONA

Professional honors, awards, and fellowship

2005: "Pro Regio" national award (Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development)

2004: Fellowship of the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), Maynooth, Ireland

2000: Fulbright fellowship (Davis, CA, USA), 5 months

1990/91: fellowship to study at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA (given by Soros Foundation and Rutgers University), 10 months

1990: Junior Award of the Center for Regional Studies, HAS

1989: Award of the Hungarian Geographic Society

Conference and university lectures and research stays abroad

2008: Turkey (6 th European Urban and Regional Studies Conference, chairperson)

2007: India (5th Internatioanl Conference of Critical geography, organiser)

2007: Switzerland ("Sustainable Public places", chairperson)

2006: Spain (Geography and gender worldwide, guest lecturer)

2006: Denmark (Sixth European Urban and Regional Studies Conference, chairperson)

2005: United Kingdom (RGS-IBG International Annual Conference, guest lecturer in Post-socialist session)

2005: Poland (Europe in transition… Post-soc conference)

2005: Mexico (4th International Conference of Critical Geography)

2004: United Kingdom (IGU Congress)

2004: Poland (Fifth European Urban and Regional Studies Conference, chairperson at plenary)

2004: Holland ("Living Transformations in East-Central Europe and Russia" workshop, guest lecturer)

2004: Ireland (NIRSA visiting researcher grant, Maynooth)

2003: United Kingdom (RGS-IBG International Annual Conference, guest lecturer)

2003: Ireland (exchange program - 14 days)

2003: Ireland (European Society for Rural Sociology Biennial conference, workshop organizer)

2003: Italy (conference of the Commission on gender and geography of the IGU on gendered cities; Rome)

2002: Spain (Fourth European Urban and Regional Studies conference)

2000: USA (Fulbright Lecturing Grant, lectures at the University of California, Davis; the City University of New York; the University of Connecticut, Storrs)

2000: Norway (Third European and Regional Studies Conference, chairperson)

1999: Great Britain (ESRC-founded Seminar at Hertford on Restructuring Employment and Work in East-Central Europe, invited lecturer)

1998: Portugal (IGU Gender and Geography Commission conference on Gender, Migration and Human Rights, chairperson)

1998: Spain (workshop on women’s rights within the context of the European integration strategies, invited lecturer )

1998: Austria (Politik und Forum for Feministische Diskussionen Geschlecht conference on „Losers of the ’Wende’ – Winners of the EU”, invited plennary session lecturer)

1998: Great Britain (Secund European and Regional Studies Conference, chairperson)

1997: India (conference on research management and development strategies, invited lecturer)

1997: Czech Republic (RSS Seminar "People on the Move", invited referee)

1996: Japan (conference on urban crises, invited lecturer)

1996: Poland (conference on the transformation of spatial economy in Hungary and Poland)

1996: Romania (workshop and summer school on "Women and Men in Eastern European Transition", invited lecturer)

1996: Great Britain (First European and Regional Studies conference, chairperson)

1996: Great Britain (exchange program - lecture at the University of Sussex)

1995: Finland (invited lecturer at the University of Joensuu)

1995: India (conference on sustainable development, invited lecturer, chairperson)

1993: Spain (conference on women after dictatorship, invited lecturer)

1993: Sweden (Migration conference)

1992: Sweden (exchange program - lectures at the University of Lund, University of Umea, Stockholm University)

1992: USA (IGU Gender and Geography Study Group Pre-Congress Symposium)

1992: USA (27th International Geographical Congress)

1991: USA (Southern Regional Science Association Annual Meeting)

1991: USA (Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting)

1990/91: USA (Grant from the Rutgers University and Soros Foundation - 10 months)

1990: Canada (Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting)

1990: USA (IGU conference on European urbanization)

1989: The Netherlands (exchange program - 2 months: research and lectures at the University of Utrecht)

1989: Poland (sociological conference)

1988: India (exchange program - 30 days: lectures at Aligarh Muslim University, Banaras Hindu University, University of Madras, University of Poona)

1986: Portugal (rural sociological conference on survival strategies)

1984: Czechoslovakia (migration conference )

Language proficiency

English - advanced
Russian – lower

Selected list of publications

114 publication (out of which 26 abroad).

The 30 most important publications since 1990:


Gender at the Border. Entrepreneurship in Rural Post-socialist Hungary London: Ashgate, 2005. Co-author: Momsen J H, Kukorelli Szörényiné I.

(co-ed.) Hungarian Spaces and Places: Patterns of Transition. Pécs: Centre for Regional Studies. 2005. Co-editors: Barta Gy, G.Fekete É, Kukorelli Szörényiné I.

(co-ed.) Várossiker alföldi nézőpontból. (Urban success from the point of view of the Great Hungarian Plain) Békéscsaba-Budapest: MTA RKK ATI, MTA Társadalomkutató Központ. 2003. Társszerkesztő: Velkey G.

(co-ed.) Területfejlesztés, rendszerváltás és az Alföld (Regional planning, the change of regime and the Great Plain) Magyarország az ezredfordulón. Stratégiai tanulmányok a Magyar Tudományos Akadémián. IV. A területfejlesztési program tudományos megalapozása Budapest: MTA Társadalomkutató Központ. 2002. Társszerkesztő: Csatári B.

Articles and chapters in books:

Differences and inequalities: the "double marginality" of East Central European feminist geography, Documents D'an?lisi Geogr?fica, 2007. (49): 73-98.

Gender studies in the gender-blind post-socialist geographies of East-Central Europe, Reuve Belge de Geographie, BELGEO 2007. (3): 349?369.

A középvárosi dzsentrifikáció és társadalmi hatásai a posztszocialista Magyarországon (Gentrification and its social impacts in small towns of post-socialist Hungary) In: A történelmi városközpontok átalakulásának társadalmi hatásai. Magyarország az ezredfordulón. Stratégiai tanulmányok a Magyar Tudományos Akadémián. Műhelytanulmányok (ed. Enyedi Gy.), Budapest: MTA Társadalomkutató Központ, 2007. pp. 293-317. Társszerző: Nagy E.

Társadalmi nemek, aprófalu- és közösségtanulmányok (Gender, tiny villages an community studies) In: Közösségtanulmány. Módszertani jegyzet (ed. Kovács É.), Budapest-Pécs: Néprajzi Múzeum - PTE-BTK Kommunikáció- és Médiatudományi Tanszék, 2007.pp. 115-133.

The transformation of social and cultural geography during the transition period (1989 to present time) in Hungary. A társadalom- és kulturális földrajz átalakulása Magyarországon az átmenet korszakában (1989-től napjainkig), Social & Cultural Geography 2006. 7 (4): 649-667.

Gendered urban policy-making; the role of geographical scale in women's participation in Hungarian local governments In: Gendered Cities. Identities, activities, networks. A life-course approach (eds.) Cortesi G, Cristaldi F, Droogleever F), Societa Geografica Italiana, Rome, 2004. pp 227-243.

Applied Human Geography and Ethics from an East Central European Perspective, Ethics, Place and Environment 2004. 7 (3): 173-184 Co-author: Enyedi, Gy.

More than 'Anglo-American', it is 'Western': hegemony in geography from a Hungarian perspective, Geoforum 2004. 35 (5): 533-538.

What Convergence between what Geographies in Europe? A Hungarian perspective, European Urban and Regional Studies 2004. 11 (4): 371-375.

Female Representation in the Higher Education of Geography in Hungary, Journal of Geography in Higher Education 2004. 28 (1): 101-110. Co-author: Jelenszkyné Fábián I.

Problémák és perspektívák: "Mi a teendő" a kialakulóban lévő kritikai geográfia számára Magyarországon? (Problems and Perspectives: "What's left" for Emerging critical geography to do in Hungary?) Tér és Társadalom 2003. (2): 53-65.

Lessons from Postsocialism: "What's Left for Emerging Critical Geography to Do in Hungary?", Antipode 2003. 35 (1): 24-33.

'Reform or revolution?' Soft critical geography in Hungary, with hard issues, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 2003. 21 (2): 154-160.

Restructuring labour markets on the frontier of the European Union: Gendered uneven development in Hungary. In: Work, Employment and Transition: Restructuring livelihoods in post-communism. (eds.) Rainnie, A., Smith, A., Swain, A. London and New York: Routledge. 2002. pp. 134-154.

The Uneven Development of Suburbanization during Transition in Hungary, European Urban and Regional Studies 2001. (4): 349-360. Co-author: Váradi M. M.

Geographical aspects of changing conditions of women in post-socialist Hungary. In: Hungary Towards the 21st Century. - The Human Geography of Transition (ed.) Kovács Z. Budapest: Geographical Research Institute HAS, 2000. pp. 151-167. (Studies in Geography in Hungary, 31.).

A szuburbanizáció egyenlőtlen fejlődése az 1990-es évek Magyarországán (The uneven development of suburbanization in the 1990s of Hungary) In: Magyarország területi szerkezete és folyamatai az ezredfordulón (eds.) Horváth Gy, Rechnitzer J, Pécs: MTA Regionális Kutatások Központja. 2000, pp 153-175. Társszerző: Váradi M. M.

Elméleti kérdések a szuburbanizációról (Theoretical questions on suburbanization), Földrajzi Értesítő 1999. (1-2): 7-32.

A "város-vidék peremzóna" néhány sajátossága és szerepe az alföldi városok átalakulásában (A few characteristics and the role of the 'rural-urban fringe' in the transformation of the cities in the Great Plain)In: Alföldi Tanulmányok XVII. (eds.) Rakonczai J, Timár J., Nagyalföld Alapítvány, Békéscsaba, 1999, pp 94-111. Társszerző: Baukó T.

The Changing Relationship between Village, Large-scale Farming and Enviroment Protection in Hungary in the Period of Social Transition In: Research Management (ed.) Singh, A.L., Delhi: B.R. Publishing Corporation, 1999, pp 137-154.

Recent Changes and Governmental Problems in Urban-Rural Fringes in the Great Hungarian Plain In: Local Development and Public Administration in Transition (eds.) Barlow M, Lengyel I, Welch R. Szeged: JATEPress.1998, pp 150-157.

The question marks of the relatively favourable rate of female unemployment in Hungary. In.: Windows on Hungarian Geography, (eds.) Bassa L., Kertész L. Budapest: Geographical Research Institute HAS. 1998. pp.199-209. Co-author: Velkey G.

Feminista földrajz (Feminist geography) In: Általános társadalomföldrajz I. (szerk.) Tóth J., Vuics T. Budapest - Pécs: Dialog Campus. 1998. pp. 266-283.

Changing Political System and Urban Restructuring in Hungary, Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie 1992. (5): 380-389. Co-author: Beluszky P.

The Main Features of Suburbanization in the Great Hungarian Plain, Landscape and Urban Planning (2-4) 1992. 177-187.

Kérdőjelek és hiányjelek a tanyakutatásban (Questions and gaps in 'tanya' research), Tér és társadalom 1990. (2): 49-61.