Department of Economic and Social Geography

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Department of Economic and Social Geography was founded in 1944.
The First Head of Department – Candidate of Geographic Sciences, Assoc. Prof. Vaschenko Opanas (Afanasii) Trokhymovych (1908-1984). During the period of 1984-1990 the functions of the Head of Department were executed alternatively by Assoc. Prof. Parobetskyi M. M. (1984-1986), Honak M. I. (1986-1988) and Prof. Zastavnyi F. D. (1988-1990). Since 1990 the Head of Department has been Prof. Shablii O. I.
Currently 17 employees are working at the Department including two professors – doctors of sciences, eight associate professors – candidates of sciences, four lecturers including two candidates of sciences, head of university laboratory, three engineers, three senior laboratory assistants. Eight postgraduate students (five of them on a full-time basis) and five external doctoral candidates are currently studying.
The Department executes a state budget project “Social-geographic problems of the Western Ukrainian region within the framework of European Integration and Eastern Partnership” and participates in executing an inter-department project VS-143F “Natural and social-geographic potential as a factor of fighting social-economic developmental recession (a case study of the Carpathian region of Ukraine)” (Scientific Supervisor Prof. Shablii O. I.).
The Department prepares highly qualified Bachelor, Specialist, Master level experts in the field of Geography. The Department lecturers can participate in preparing economists and psychologists at the Faculties of Economics and Philosophy respectively of the Ivan Franko National University of L’viv.


ChairpersonOleh ShabliyChairperson
ProfessorIvan RovenchakProfessor
Associate ProfessorVolodymyr GrytsevychAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorIryna HudzeliakAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorYaroslav IvakhAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorMyroslava KnyshAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorStepan KuzykAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorOlha MamchurAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorVasyl StetskyiAssociate Professor
Associate ProfessorMyroslava VlakhAssociate Professor
LecturerLubov KotykLecturer
LecturerIryna VandaLecturer
EngineerMaria PelekhEngineer
EngineerNatalia SkabaraEngineer
Senior Department SecretaryMariia FedorusSenior Department Secretary
Senior Department SecretaryOryslava TymchukSenior Department Secretary

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The social-geographic school founded by the Doctor of Philosophy Hryhorii Velychko and Acad. Stepan Rudnytskyi is developing at the department. It covers the following directions of modern scientific research:
  • TheoryandmethodsofSocialGeographyintheperiodofscienceand practice informatizationand the development of globalizing processes (Prof. O. Shablii, Prof. I. Rovenchak, Assoc. Prof. V. Hrytsevych, Assoc. Prof. M. Knysh, Assoc. Prof. M. Vlakh);
  • Geographic Country Studies and Area Studies (Prof. O. Shablii, Prof. I. Rovenchak, Assoc. Prof. O. Vistak, Assoc. Prof. M. Knysh, Assoc. Prof. S. Kuzyk, Assoc. Prof. V. Stetskyi, Cand. Sci. (Geog.) Assoc. Prof. Ya. Ivakh);
  • Social-geographicUkrainianStudies( O. Shablii, Prof. I. Rovenchak, Assoc. Prof. O. Vistak, Assoc. Prof. M. Vlakh);
  • Demographic and socialGeography(Prof. O. Shablii, Prof. I. Rovenchak, Assoc. Prof. M. Biletskyi, Prof. M. Vlakh, Assoc. Prof. V. Hrytsevych, Assoc. Prof. I. Hudzeliak, Assoc. Prof. S. Kuzyk, Cand. Sci. (Geog.) O. Mamchur, Postgrad. O. Tymchuk);
  • Economic Geography( O. Shablii, Assoc. Prof. M. Vlakh, Assoc. Prof. M. Knysh, Assis. I. Vanda, Assist. L. Kotyk, Eng. I. Vovk, Postgrad. O. Horovyi);
  • Politicalgeographyandgeopolitics( O. Shablii, Prof. I. Rovenchak, Assoc. Prof. O. Vistak, Assoc. Prof. M. Knysh, Postgrad. M. Myrosh);
  • Mathematical cartography ( O. Shablii, Assoc. Prof. V. Hrytsevych, Assoc. Prof. M. Knysh, Head of University Laboratory of „Complexatlas cartography” Cand. Sci. (Geog.) T. Kravets);
  • Historical geography( O. Shablii, Prof. I. Rovenchak, Assoc. Prof. O. Vistak, Assoc. Prof. M. Vlakh).

Presentation of vacancies for internships of students of the tourism department from the representatives of the international tourist operator

21.02.2020 | 16:04

On February 18 and 19, 2020, representatives of the international tourist operator TUI (Touristik Union International) met with students and faculty of the Department of Tourism at the Geography Department in the audience # 7. The meeting was held by TUI international regional executives Hassan Keskin and SezginAkpinar and was dedicated to internship programs and training and production practices in Turkey for students of Tourism and Hospitality majors. The event was attended by students of 2nd, 3rd, 4th year and...

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Presentation of internship vacancies in Bulgaria for students of the Faculty of Geography

21.02.2020 | 14:58

On February 19, 2020, at the Faculty of Geography in Audience 6, a presentation of internship vacancies in Bulgaria by Stufforrent, represented by General Manager Maxim Komarov, took place. The event was attended by students of the 2nd and 3rd year of the specialty “Hotel and Restaurant Business” and “Tourism”, teachers of the Department of Tourism (Pankiv Nataliia, Bezruchko Lyubomyr, Bordun Oresta, Hamkalo Mykhailo, Masiuk Yuliia, Bilous Sofiia, Krasko Anna, Hataliak  Oksana, Bilaniuk Olha), and the dean and the administration...

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The Memorial Day of the Hero of the Heavenly Hundred by Ihor Kostenko

21.02.2020 | 14:27

On January 20, 2020, the Faculty of Geography honored Hero of Ukraine, Hero of the Heavenly Hundred, Ihor Kostenko, who died in the battles on Institutska Street during the Revolution of Dignity on February 20, 2014. Heroes do not die!
Ihor Kostenko (born December 31, 1991, Zubrets, Buchach district, Ternopil region, Ukraine – died February 20, 2014, Kyiv, Ukraine) is a Ukrainian journalist, student geographer, Euromaidan activist, Ukrainian Wikipedia contributor. In two and a half years he has created over 280 articles, made over 1600 edits...

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Winter tour to Hoverla

18.02.2020 | 11:13

Winter tour was dedicated to Igor Kostenko (31.12.1991 – 20.02.2014) –  the hero of the Ukrainian revolution of dignity.

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Winter school of active tourism

14.02.2020 | 16:24

Participants of the student scientific circle “Active tourism” conducted field research within the Zaprutsky Gorgany, during February 7-10, 2020.
The state of marking of tourist routes is investigated, highland dwelling structures have been identified used for travel groups. Gained experience in: moving in deep snow, orientation on the terrain, organization of food and everyday life at negative temperatures, etc. The data obtained will be used when writing coursework and master’s theses. In the field research participated students of the Department of Tourism: Pokrovska Yu., Olshanets’kyi I....

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