Palacký University Olomouc


Geography of gambling

Geografie hazardu

Gambling is characteristic of its negative impacts on the lives of individuals and their families, on the other hand it brings partially positive economic impacts into public budgets (national as well as municipal). Although it is not a typically geographical research topic, geography may be helpful in providing a missing comprehensive approach that would take into account the mutual relations of institutions, space, and society. The research team of the Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, Palacký University Olomouc has been dealing with spatial differentiation of gambling facilities and with the approach of individual municipal authorities towards regulation of gambling, as well as it has aimed to study the attitudes of the Czech population to gambling and to reveal the factors that influence those attitudes.



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Web of Science

Fiedor, D., Seidlová, M. (2021): Gambling Patterns Among People from Vietnam and Ukraine Living in the Czech Republic. Journal of Gambling Studies. DOI: 10.1007/s10899-021-10049-8

Villar Lama, A., Fiedor, D., García Martín, M., Šerý, M. (2021): Gambling in Spain: The Need for a Geographical Perspective. Boletín de la Asociación Española de Geografía 89, 1–39.

Fiedor, D., Král, O., Frajer, J., Šerý, M., Szczyrba, Z. (2019): What do residents consider to be gambling and what are their attitudes towards it? Evidence from the Czech Republic. Journal of Gambling Studies 35(4), 1347–1360.

Fiedor, D., Šerý, M., Frajer, J., Szczyrba, Z. (2019): Attitudes of mayors towards gambling: Evidence from the Czech Republic. Lex Localis-Journal of Self-Government, 17(1), 1–21.

Fiedor, D., Szczyrba, Z., Šerý, M., Smolová, I., Toušek, V. (2017): The spatial distribution of gambling and its economic benefits to municipalities in the Czech Republic. Moravian Geographical Reports, 25(2), 104–117.

Szczyrba, Z., Mravčík, V., Fiedor, D., Černý, J., Smolová, I. (2015): Gambling in the Czech Republic. Addiction, 110(7), 1076–1081.

Other publications

Fiedor, D. (2017): Regionálně-geografická diferenciace hazardu v ČR. Disertační práce. Brno: Masarykova univerzita.

Fiedor, D. (2016): Gambling and its accessibility: case study of Olomouc (Czech Republic). Acta Universitatis Palackianae Olomucensis – Geographica, 47(1), 5–20.


Fiedor, D. (2020): Hazard v České republice. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství (SLON). ISBN 978-80-7419-303-3.