The international research project Management of Crossborder Rurality | Bavaria Bohemia 1990 2020 evaluates spatial development processes in both Bavaria and Czech Republic after the ending of the Cold War. It is the first of its type and uses a transnational research perspective, while its research approach is interdisciplinary and applied. The project is located at the interface of historical geography, political sciences and sociology, connecting historical and contemporary perspectives and working both qualitative as well as quantitative in sense of a method triangulation.
Map collection and both qualitative and quantitative data will be connected and interpreted based on the scientific concepts of shrinking regions and learning regions. Through this, transnational knowledge networks can be worked out and show, how political and administrative development strategies of the passed 30 years in Bavaria and Czech left their traces in the spacial structure of the common border region. Based on this analysis, prognostic guidances for further rural development in the study region can be developed.