David Karacsonyi

M.A. in Geography (Budapest), Regional and Urban Development, PhD in Human Geography (Budapest)

PhD Candidate

David completed his human geography studies at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest, Hungary) in 2009. Since then he worked at the Geographical Institute of Hungarian Academy of Sciences and maintains a volunteer researcher agreement there.

His PhD research at the Northern Institute is focusing on population migration patterns in remote areas of Northern Australia using quantitative methods and GIS to analyse migration flows and explore spatial relationships.

David is interested in the geography of peripheral and rural areas and has conducted his research in Ukraine and Belarus, studying rural spaces and their populations. Recently he has spent two and half years in East Asia (Taiwan & Japan), studying the impacts of disasters like the Fukushima disaster on rural populations.

PhD Project Title

How have internal migration patterns affected population trends in Northern Australia and Northern Sweden: a case study approach

Research Interests

  • Quantitative geography, GIS, mapping
  • Geography of remote peripheries and rural areas
  • Demography, migration
  • Regional geography


Dr Andrew Taylor, Principal (Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University)
Professor Ruth Wallace (College of Indigenous Futures, Arts & Society, Charles Darwin University)

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Publications & Resources

Full list of publication


Karácsonyi D, Kocsis K, Bottlik Zs (eds.) (2017). Belarus in maps. 194 p. Budapest: MTA RCAES Geographical Institute.

Erőss Á., Karácsonyi D. (eds.) (2014). Discovering migration between Visegrad countries and Eastern Partners. RCAES HAS Geographical Institute, Budapest

Knappe E, Wust A, Ratschina M, Karácsonyi D, Leibert T (2012). Weißrussland – Aktuelle Probleme und Entwicklungen (in German) (Belarus – Current Problems and Changes), Daten-Fakten-Literatur zur Geographie Europas 11, Institut für Länderkunde, Leipzig

Erőss Á, Karácsonyi D (ed.) (2011). Geography in Visegrad and neighbour countries: regional socio-economic processes in Central and Eastern Europe - 20 years in transition and 2 years in global economic crisis. HAS Geographical Research Institute, Budapest.

Karácsonyi D (2010). Ukrajna vidékföldrajza (in Hungarian) (Rural Geography of Ukraine). Studies in Social and Economic Geography. Trefort. Budapest.

Journal Articles

Karácsonyi D (2017). Attempt to interpret economic development in Belarus: Survival or alternative model? Regional Statistics 57(6) 608-638.

Chen Y, Chang K, Han F, Karácsonyi D, Qian Q (2016). Investigating urbanization and its spatial determinants in the central districts of Guangzhou, China. Habitat International 51 59–69.

Karácsonyi D (2014). Effects of the Chernobyl disaster on the spatial demographic and urbanization processes of the Polesye region. Space and Society 28(1) 130-154.

Karácsonyi D, Chang K (2014). Comparison of Urban Land Expansion and Population Growth in the Taipei Metropolitan Region. Global Environmental Research 18(2) 173-180.

Skryzhevska L, Karácsonyi D, Botsu K (2014). Separatism in Donbas in the context of Ukraine’s regional diversity. Perspectives on Europe 44(2) 50-62.

Chen J, Chang K, Karácsonyi D, Zhang X (2014). Comparing urban land expansion and its driving factors in Shenzhen and Dongguan, China. Habitat International 43 61-71.

Karácsonyi D, Mezentsev K, Pidgrushnyi G, Dövényi Z (2014). From global economic crisis to armed crisis: changing regional inequalities in Ukraine. Regional Statistics 4(2) 18-39.

Karácsonyi D, Kocsis K, Kovály K, Molnár J, Póti L (2014). East-West dichotomy and political conflict in Ukraine - Was Huntington right? Hungarian Geographical Bulletin 63(2) 99-134.

Karácsonyi D (2012). Long-term socio-demographic effects of the Chernobyl disaster on rural areas of the Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian Polesie. Der Donauraum 52(3-4) 489-502.

Skrizhevska Y, Karácsonyi D (2012). Rural Population in Ukraine: Assessing Reality, Looking for Revitalization. Hungarian Geographical Bulletin 61(1) 49-78.

Karácsonyi D (2011). Rural Geography in New Independent States – a review of its literature. Hungarian Geographical Bulletin 60(1) 79-99.

Karácsonyi D (2010). The Ukrainian agrarian sector and the global economic crisis. East European Studies, Institute of World Economics HAS 91-138.

Karácsonyi D (2009). Typologie der ländlichen Räume in der Ukraine. Europa Regional (1) 34-50.

Conference Proceedings

Karácsonyi D, Taylor A (2017). The Demography of Disasters: Exploring the research praxis. In: Organising Committee of the Congress (ed.) 6th EUGEO Congress = 6ème Congrès EUGEO. 270 p. Brussels, Belgium, 2017.09.04-2017.09.06. Brussels: Société Royale Belge de Géographie

Karácsonyi D, Hanaoka K, Skryzhevska Y (2017). Long-term mass displacements after nuclear disasters: are they the largest? In: Organising Committee of the Congress (ed.) 6th EUGEO Congress = 6ème Congrès EUGEO. 270 p. Brussels, Belgium, 2017.09.04-2017.09.06. Brussels: Société Royale Belge de Géographie

Karácsonyi D, Hanaoka K (2016): The spatial demography of mass displacements from disasters: the case studies of Fukushima and Chernobyl, the largest peacetime emergency displacements. In: Taylor A (ed.) People, Cities, Future Conference 2016: delegate handbook. Sydney, Australia, 2016.11.29-2016.12.02. Sydney: Australian Population Association, p. 48.

Karácsonyi D, Hanaoka K (2015): Chernobyl and Fukushima: demographic trajectories after nuclear disaster. In: Hungarian Geographical Society (ed.) EUGEO Budapest 2015: congress programme and abstracts. Budapest, Hungary

Karácsonyi D, Erőss Á, Kincses Á, Mezentsev K (2015): Armed conflict, identity and outmigration in Ukraine. In: Hungarian Geographical Society (ed.) EUGEO Budapest 2015: congress programme and abstracts. Budapest, Hungary

Karácsonyi D, Chang K, Chen J (2015): Modelling of urban land expansion in China – A Case Study of the Pearl River Delta. In: International Geographical Union Regional Conference: geography, culture and society for our future Earth. Moscow, Russia

Karácsonyi D, Chang K (2014): An area-weighted index for measuring urban land expansion in East Asia. East Asian International Symposium on GIS, 8-9 November 2014, Nagoya, Japan

Karácsonyi D, Hanaoka K (2014): Demographic effect of Chernobyl – experiences for Fukushima. Japanese Geographers Association annual meeting, 20-21 September 2014, Toyama, Japan

Karácsonyi D (2012): Long Term Socio-demographical Effect of Chernobyl Disaster on Rural Areas of Belarusian, Russian and Ukrainian Polesye. 3rd Young Scientists Forum on Central and South East Europe, 6-8 December 2012, Vienna, Austria

Karácsonyi D, Kovály K (2012): Is it an economic advantage to be member an ethnic minority? Case of Hungarians in Transcarpathia, Ukraine. International Conference of Faculty of Geography of Belarusian State University, 25-28 October 2012, Minsk, Belarus

Mezentsev K, Karácsonyi D (2012): Characteristics of religious affiliation in the Hungarian-Ukrainian ethnic mixed areas of Transcarpathia, Ukraine. Regional development problems. Finno-Ugric areas in geographical researches, international conference, 13 June 2012, Saransk, Russia

Karácsonyi D, Menentsev K (2012): Effect of Economic Crisis on the Spatial Processes in Ukraine – Analysis on Oblast- and Rayon-level Data. Challenges of Human Geography, international conference, 29-30 March 2012, Berehovo, Ukraine

Professional Positions, Fellowships, Memberships & Awards


2018 Endeavour Postdoc Fellowship (6 months), Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia

2017 Postdoc Fellowship of Ministry of Education, Taiwan (6 months), National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.

2014-2015 JSPS postdoc fellowship (12 months), International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.

2013 Visegrad-Taiwan Scholarship (10 months), Kainan University, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.

2011 Visegrapd Scholarship (5 months), Kiev National Taras Sevchenko University, Ukraine.

2009 Eötvös Scholarship (5 months), Institut für Länderkunde, Leipzig, Germany.

2008 Visegrad Scholarship (5 months), Kiev National Taras Sevchenko University, Ukraine.


Member of Public Board of Hungarian Academy of Sciences (since 2010)

Member of Hungarian Geographical Society (since 2005)


T: 08 8946 7457
E: david.karacsonyi@cdu.edu.au

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