The Institute of Regional and Security Sciences was established at the Faculty of Economics and Administration on 1 January 2012 and represents institutional roofing of a segment of activities undertaken by the faculty involved with scientific research, educational and other professional activities. The institute is focused on regional economics disciplines in a broader interdisciplinary context and emphasizes two directions: urbanism – linked to the regional development issues traditionally – and security (of residents, businesses, state) – as a directions which connection with regional development has been rising and requires more attention in practice.
The institute participates in implementation of all three study programmes conducted at the Faculty of Economics and Administration, ie, HPS, SII and EM, both in bachelor and master study. In the case of the Regional and Public Economics programme (HPS) the institute also participates in doctoral study where associates of the institute operate as PhD supervisors.
For bachelor study, the institute provides subjects as Regional Sciences and Micro-Regional Development, Enterprise in a Regional Environment, Crisis Management, Population Protection and Terrorism, Society Protection, Security State Policy, Internal Security and Public Order above all.
For master study, the institute provides subjects as Regional Development Theories, Global Economics, Regional Policy of EU, Human Resources in the Region, Industry Regional Analysis above all, also Methods and Prognoses in Regional Development, Urban Theory, Theory and practice of urban and municipal development, Strategic Planning, Urban Planning, The international environment of national security policy, Integrated Rescue System, Terrorism and national security system, Crisis Communication.
The Institute of Regional and Security Sciences has been developing its scientific research activities linked to its professional focus when relying on the participation of academic staff in current research projects, such as
- Analysis of historical development of the European integration process and international vs. supranational concepts
- Financial aspects of public projects supported by the EU structural funds and their impact on regional development.
- Model of sustainable regional growth
- Performance and power of enterprises as a presumption for regional development
- Analysis of qualification and age structure of enterprises across chosen sectors in the Pardubice Region
- Indicators for evaluation and modeling of interactions between environment, economy and social context
- The spa industry as a segment of economies of the Czech Republic and Japan
- Public spaces as a means of promoting local tourism
- Suburbanization – a threat for functioning of small towns
- Reconversion and revitalization of military areas in urban and socio-economic environment of our cities
- Security of citizens – crisis management
- Research of new principles and methods within the framework of civil protection measures, crisis management and IRS preparedness increase in case of possible effects of chemical, radiological and nuclear weapons and other dangerous substances.
The institute has been developing cooperation with the Czech practice, mainly with the Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic, Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, Police of the Czech Republic, General Directorate of Fire Rescue Service of the Czech Republic, Labour Office in Pardubice, Chamber of Commerce, Institute of European Regional Development, also with international subjects, mainly with important foreign universities such as the University of Economics in Bratislava, Technical University of Kosice, University of Hyogo (Japan), University of Matsumoto (Japan), Uniwersytet Ekonomiczny w Krakowie.