Form of study
Full-time
Type of study
Doctoral
Awarded title
You get the title Ph.D.
Standard length of study
4 years
Language of study
English
Open Day
Number of students admitted last year
4

Characteristics of the branch of study Regional and Public Economics:

The doctoral study programme Regional and Public Economics is based on two basic scientific disciplines, namely "public economics" and "regional economics". Emphasis is placed on examining the needs of regions, which determine the performance of public administration, or public sector management at the national government level, but also at the level of local governments. To the extent necessary, the program also focuses on the problems of financing regional and public policies in the national and European context and their effectiveness, and on the socio-economic effectiveness of the region as a whole. 

Objectives of the branch of study:

The doctoral study programme Regional and Public Economics is aimed at deepening the knowledge and acquiring competencies needed for independent scientific work in the field of regional and public economics, and educating highly qualified professionals able to effectively participate in public sector management and regional development management.

Graduate profile: 

Graduates of this doctoral study program have developed the necessary theoretical knowledge of economics, public economics and regional sciences at the appropriate level, with an emphasis on the financing and management of the public sector and regions.

Initial requirements for applicants: 

Applicants who have duly completed a postgraduate study programme in the same or a related field at a university in the Czech Republic or abroad may apply for admission to study in the doctoral study programme. In the field of language skills, a working knowledge of English is required.

Focus and scope of required knowledge and courses:

The courses included in the standard study plan as compulsory or compulsory elective options are designed to enable the student, in cooperation with the lecturer in the doctoral study programme, to obtain a sufficient basis corresponding to the current state of knowledge in the field to which the doctoral study programme belongs. To achieve the required knowledge, the student chooses the courses in connection with their research orientation and the focus of their dissertation. The student draws up an individual study plan in cooperation with their supervisor at the beginning of their studies. In addition to the courses, the study plan also lists scientific research activities, or pedagogical activities, of the doctoral student and planned study stays or internships.

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You can choose the following topics for your dissertation

Doctoral thesis themes available in the academic year 2022/2023
Before submitting your application please contact a potential supervisor to discuss a dissertation topic. Applicants can propose their own themes of dissertation theses. Such themes will be accepted upon agreement of a supervisor and advisory board of a particular study programme.

 

Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Liběna Černohorská, Ph.D. (libena.cernohorska@upce.cz)

1. Impacts of Pandemic COVID-19 on the Regional Policy and an Opportunity Development of the Selected Region
The aim of the dissertation is to analyse the selected aspects that influence the development of the selected region. The work will focus on the future prediction of the economic development of the selected region after the end of the pandemic with regard to the economic and political measures taken.

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Supervisor: Prof. Petr Hájek, Ph.D. (petr.hajek@upce.cz)

1. Modelling Dynamics of Regional Innovation Systems
The aim of the dissertation is to evaluate current approaches to modelling dynamics in regional innovation systems, to define the elements of regional innovation systems and its environment, to propose a suitable model, to simulate the development of regional innovation systems and assess the impact of public policies, and to compare the simulation results with the actual situation. 

2. Impact of Interregional Cooperation on Regional Economic Development
The aim of the dissertation is to summarize current knowledge on the determinants of regional economic development with a focus on spillover effects, to propose ways of measuring interregional cooperation, to obtain relevant spatial data and to assess the impact of the proposed measures on the economic development of selected regions).

3. Towards Business Model Innovation for a Circular Economy
The aim of the dissertation is to summarize existing business models in the area of circular economy, to choose a suitable application domain, to propose a framework for evaluating the innovation of business models in this domain, to evaluate its impact on business performance, and to discuss implications for the development of circular economy.

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Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Viktor Prokop, Ph.D. (viktor.prokop@upce.cz)

1. Sustainable Innovation Ecosystems at National and Regional Levels
The aim of the dissertation is to map the current conditions enabling the emergence and functioning of innovation ecosystems in Europe at the national and regional levels. Subsequently, the dissertation should suggest ways that would enable the creation of sustainable (national / regional) innovation ecosystems, key elements, the role of individual actors, but also examples of good practice from abroad.

2. The Influence of Regional Development Instruments on the Business Models Innovation based on Triple-Helix Cooperation
The aim of the dissertation is to identify appropriate tools for regional development that will help to effectively innovate business models, which will be based on the cooperation at the university, firm, and government level.

3. The Influence of Intellectual Capital on the Regional Development within the Conditions of Open Innovation Approach
The dissertation will first focus on the issue of open innovation approach and its importance for creating innovation and increasing regional and national competitiveness. Subsequently, the role of individual elements forming intellectual capital (e.g. human, structural, social) in the creation of innovations in selected European regions will be analysed. The aim of the dissertation will also be to map the role of the public sector in these processes.

4. Quintuple Helix Innovation Model and its Application in European Regions
The dissertation will focus on the issue of the creation of the Quintuple Helix innovation model and on the readiness of European regions to apply this model. The dissertation will also verify whether there is a "win-win" situation in the countries where this model has been applied, leading to the satisfaction of ecological, economic, but also societal needs.

5. Dynamics and Resilience of Regional Innovation Systems
The doctoral student will focus on the issue of the dynamics of regional innovation systems with regard to the role of individual actors operating in these systems. At the same time, the dissertation will also address the issue of resilience of regional innovation systems.

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Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Romana Provazníková, Ph.D. (romana.provaznikova@upce.cz)

1. Fiscal Aspects of Regions Development
Regions (i.e. territorial units within individual states, or the EU) represent an important element for the development of the whole country and its economy. In most countries, for objective economic reasons, these units are not completely financially independent and are linked to funding from a higher level (state or another tier of government). These fiscal flows take the form of subsidies and transfers – e.g. shared tax revenues, but there exist some autonomy in generating revenues by the regions themselves. The dissertation theses aim to find out to what extent regions are independent or to what extent they are dependent on these fiscal flows, and how fiscal flows contribute to the development of regions and the reduction of disparities between them.  

2. Problems of Public Finances Sustainability in Regions
In most countries, public finances consisted of different budget units. Global economic development affects not only the functioning of the state as the most important fiscal unit but also the functioning of regional fiscal units. However, many activities (services) for which lower levels of public budgets are primarily responsible are affected by current economic or demographic developments. The dissertation thesis aims to analyse the impact of these trends on the public budgets of lower territorial units, whether these fiscal units will be able to finance the provision of goods and services in the long term and to propose possible solutions (change financing of services, change financing of fiscal units).

3. Sub-Central Governments Indebtedness - Evaluation, Approaches, Prevention and Impacts on the Development of Economies
Sub-central government budgets are part of the system of public budgets, which are subject to the rules of budgetary responsibility set by law. Budgetary responsibility rules exist in some form in all EU Member States. The indebtedness of sub-central governments can worsen not only the situation and the development of themselves but also the overall fiscal macroeconomic situation of the state. The dissertation thesis aim is to analyse the indebtedness of sub-national governments, the causes and effects of indebtedness on the development of sub-national governments themselves and the state.

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Supervisor: Prof. Jan Stejskal, Ph.D. (jan.stejskal@upce.cz)

1. An Open Innovation Approach to Support the Effectiveness of Regional Innovation Systems
The open innovation approach is one of the most frequently applied approaches to supporting innovation or implementing innovation processes in the firms. It is currently undergoing a major debate and is complemented by other elements arising from the latest research findings. Ph.D. student should perform a taxonomic analysis of the OI approach and, with the help of data analyses, find out which of the determinants (or set of determinants) most influences the innovation performance in a given regional innovation system. The solution must also include a draft recommendation for the innovation system in order to maximize its effectiveness.

 2. Difficulties in Implementing Public Decisions through Public Choice
The inefficiency of public choice is a well-known fact and has been proven by a number of scientific studies. It is also discussed by political leaders, especially after the elections, when low turnout and ways to influence it are discussed. Ph.D. student should perform an analysis of data inputs so that he can provide guidance on increasing voter turnout, analyse experiences and examples of good practice from abroad describing implemented measures. The dissertation may also include a part dealing with the methods of recalculation of votes cast for mandates in individual types of elections so that the so-called loss of a large volume of votes does not occur, which fundamentally reduces the effectiveness of public elections.

3. The Importance of Geography of Discontent for Reducing Regional Inequality
"Geography of discontent" is a modern phenomenon, especially in the EU region. Political voices for EU disintegration are intensifying and understanding the concept of "geography of dissatisfaction" needs to be addressed responsibly. Ph.D. student will analyse the factors that affect the level of dissatisfaction within selected EU countries, especially focusing on anti-system political parties, populist parties and the characteristics of voters of these parties. As a result, he/she should characterize this problem in detail and provide recommendations for political representation to minimize the causes of the geography of discontent, respectively its negative effects.

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