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Geopolitics Doctoral Program

The program has been running since September 2017, and is open to students conducting research primarily in the fields of economic geography, geopolitics, development policy, urban studies, environmental economics and environmental policy. As a geopolitical program of this kind, we are unique in the country. Despite the short past, nearly 40 students have been enrolled in the program as of September 2020. The quality of education is raised partly by the courses and lectures of renowned colleagues in our field, and partly by renowned foreign guest researchers and lecturers. Along with many others, we had e.g. George Friedman, László Borhi, John Morelli and Deirdre Pfeiffer as visiting professors. 

From the beginning, foreign students have also been admitted to the program, from various countries such as China, Myanmar, Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The special feature of the program is that in the framework of the cooperation between CUB and the Central Bank of Hungary and its foundations, we can support our self-financed students with performance-based scholarships, and we are able to provide many other opportunities to promote the development of our doctoral students (e.g. granting conference participation and travel costs, native language proofreading etc.).


The research opportunities of the doctoral program cover a broad area, in line with the diverse profile of the Department of Geography, Geoeconomy and Sustainable Development, which are as follows: 
  • economic geography, 
  • geopolitics, 
  • development policy, 
  • urban planning, 
  • environmental economics, 
  • environmental policy, 
  • green finances, 
  • the relationship between sustainability and any of the above topics. 

Due to its international nature, the Program is open to applicants to examine issues arising at global, regional and other levels, in a geographical sense as well. We place special emphasis on issues affecting the Carpathian Basin.

Contemporary Global Challenges in Geopolitics, Security Policy and World Economy

The Geopolitics and Sustainable Development Doctoral Program maintains good professional relations with other doctoral schools as well as with domestic and international organizations. 

We held a number of joint events with the Doctoral School of Earth Sciences at the University of Pécs, which has a similar scientific profile, however, rather focuses on the connections between political geography and earth science within the broader field of geopolitics. 

The lecturers of CUB and the University of Pécs mutually support each other in the progress of the students, in the organization and achievement of professional milestones (such as the comprehensive exam). 

We have a very close relationship with the Hungarian Society for Urban Planning (MUT), which significantly helps the work of our students who are conducting research in this topic. 

Cooperation with the Hungarian Regional Science Association (MRTT) has also been established in various fields. 

Our students dealing primarily with climate change and any of its territorial consequences can rely on the help of the Mining and Geological Survey of Hungary (MBFSZ). 

Our international relations and memberships are the following: 

  • Faculty of Geography and Faculty of Sociology and Social Work of the Babeș-Bolyai University 
  • Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP) 
  • Urban Affairs Association 
  • furthermore, we are having negotiations on joining NEURUS (Network for European and U.S. Regional and Urban Studies, http://www.neurusinfo.org)

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