Delimitation of metropolitan areas for Integrated Territorial Investments in the Czech Republic

Research Team Leader: 
Doc. RNDr. Martin Ouředníček, Ph.D.
Funded by: 
Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic
Metropolitan Area
Integrated Territorial Investments
Mobile phones data


Research team:

doc. RNDr. Martin Ouředníček, Ph.D.

RNDr. Jiří Nemeškal

RNDr. Lucie Pospíšilová, Ph.D.


Project’s overview

The project for Ministry of Regional Development of the Czech Republic methodically and conceptually follows delimitation of Prague metropolitan area in 2014. There are three outputs of the project - Policy methodology, Technical methodology and Final document. Policy methodology was made by a project partner Ernst & Young and focuses on strategical and thematic framing of ITI topic. Second part, Technical methodology introduces initial principles of agglomerations delimitation and its testing on two different areas in the Czech Republic. Two ways of delimitation by different administrative units are introduced together with its analysis. Final document presents 3 newly delimited metropolitan areas (Pražská, Brněnská and Ostravská) and 10 agglomerations (Ústecko-Chomutovská, Olomoucká, Hradecko-pardubická, Plzeňská, Českobudějovická, Liberecko-jablonecká, Karlovarská, Jihlavská, Zlínská and Mladoboleslavská).

Methods used for delimitation are primarily based on location data of mobile phone operator O2, which was a part of a consortium URRlab and Ernst & Young. Mobile phones location data show short-term mobility between cities and towns around them. Main examples of such short-term mobility is commuting to work, school, services or leisure time activities. Indicators were chosen to catch bonds at a core of agglomeration same as at surrounding secondary cores. The other indicator (zones of suburbanization) shows long-term mobility represented by suburbanization intensity. Additionally there is a rule considering the importance of larger towns bordering with metropolitan area/agglomeration.


Research period

June 2019 - April 2020