Brownfields Research Group (Brown-ReG)

Welcome to the web pages of Brownfields Research Group (Brown-ReG). We are group of researchers dealing with socio-spatial and environmental problems connected to brownfields as phenomenon, which heavilly affects contemporary look of Central European urban and rural landscapes. Our work is kindly supported by both institutional supports of the Institute of Geonics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Department of Environmental Geography, The Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening and various types of external funding. Within these pages you can learn more about our activities, international/ national level projects and published results.

The Czech Grant Agency funded project Between de-agrization and perforated development of rural space: The search for development patterns of post-communist agricultural properties (2019-2021) - The project is devoted to the problem of abandoning of agricultural properties that occurred after 1989. This type of abandoned properties forms the largest share of abandoned properties in the Czech Republic. Plenty of them have found new use and some are still utilized for agricultural purposes. The number of successful and permanent re-uses is not so big; in majority cases we should rather talk about extensive use. Systematic and deepening of knowledge on trajectories of (un-)usage of agricultural properties is currently on the edge of attention of researchers. However, the project offers important research potential in deepening of knowledge about changes of rural structures. The project will focus on various types of countryside in the South Moravian Region, the Vysocina Region and the South Bohemian Region. In the project, the database of agricultural properties operating in 1989 will be developed and their re-use will be followed. Evaluation of this database will be connected to quantitative and qualitative research among stakeholders in case study areas.

The European 7FP project TIMBRE (Tailored Improvement for Brownfield Regeneration in Europe; 2011-2014) - supports end-users in overcoming existing barriers by having developed customised problem- and target-oriented packages of technologies, approaches and management tools for a brownfields reuse planning and remediation.

INSPIRATION (Integrated Spatial Planning, Land Use and Soil Management Research Action) is international project (2015-2018) under Horizon 2020 Programme, which aims to coordination and support of action to develop a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for Europe on soil, land use and land management.

Research project with title New methods for improving brownfield regeneration to optimize decision-making processes (funded by the Technology Agency of The Czech Republic, 2014-2015) aims at developing methods for optimization of decission-making processes for brownfields regeneration as a versatile tool used by state and local governement, organization involved in regional development and spatial planning, developers, brownfield site owners, or prospective tenants. New methods for verification, objectification and updating existing brownfields databases through the GIS will be developed as well.

Research project funded by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic with title Web application for the dynamism of spatial data representing industrial monuments through location-based services (2016-2017). The aim of the project is the easy access to industrial monuments for tourists through a sophisticated and intuitive tool for the dynamisation of data about objects of industrial sites into the environment of augmented reality, respectively broader concept of location-based services. To achieve this, the project suggests operational platform in the form of a web application that integrates the requirements for an easy interface and fast conversion of data for the main applications using the basis of augmented reality.