Carpathian Development Institute

As a think-and-do tank organisation, CDI works with its expert team and partner institutions to promote systemic changes in the area of innovative sustainable development of regions, cities and towns in accordance with its key principles.
CDI was founded in 2004 and became a leading independent expert non-governmental organisation which embodies the connection of development research, state-of-the-art global expertise and experience with the operation of self-governments and other territorial development actors. CDI’s priority focus is on the comprehensive and systemic regional and local development, while special attention is paid to residential areas.

Most of CDI’s activities are carried out as pilot projects which may subsequently be replicated in similar conditions. Cooperation with a variety of institutions – both Slovak and foreign – such as universities, specialised expert organisations, departments of territorial and urban development of municipalities and towns, NGOs and relevant individual experts is an important part of CDI’s approach.

CDI offers independent development analyses, studies and scenarios, as well as draft methodologies, concepts, development strategies, plans and programmes, complete with their implementation mechanisms, which can be used in decision-making processes at national, regional or local levels.

CDI Approach and Key Principles

Comprehensive approach to development
CDI sees the term of municipal/city/regional development as a wider concept which, apart from the economic dimension, also includes positive changes occurring in other spheres of life, such as social, cultural, health-related, environmental, technological, HR, civil society development, etc.
Awareness and utilisation of uniqueness of each territory
All of CDI’s activities and outputs are “tailored” to the territories in question and to the challenges (problems and opportunities) these territories face. CDI always makes the most of local knowledge and respects the genius loci of each territory.
Inclusion of external environmental influences
CDI considers it right to not have territorial governance principles based solely on previous experience, existing needs and requirements and on traditional development management systems. Therefore, CDI’s proposals also reflect anticipated threats and opportunities coming from outside of the territory in question.
Mobilisation of local stakeholders and of local human potential
CDI understands that, in order to ensure dynamic and synergic territorial development, it is essential to accumulate local social and human capital, initiate and coordinate activities and make the most of the potential of a vast variety of stakeholders (both institutions and individuals) active within the territory.
Indispensability and key importance of territorial self-government
CDI works with the premise that transparent and participative governance is a direct responsibility of territorial self-governments. Therefore, CDI strives to help these self-governments to link and coordinate the various activities and interests of citizens and public and private institutions to search for the most effective and the most efficient solutions to common development issues.
Awareness raising and harmonisation of territorial development interests
CDI sees its role in helping to overcome gaps between different understanding of development priorities of the public and of the public administration bodies in order to ensure more efficient reaction to the real needs of territorial development.
Research & Innovations & Implementation
In all its activities, CDI combines research, innovative solutions and their practical implementation.
Good regional solutions framework
CDI promotes “best solutions” and their application at both local and regional level by participating in national and international strategic, institutional and legislative processes.
Knowledge and experience sharing
CDI considers it its priority to transfer positive experience and knowledge from more developed countries to Slovakia and, at the same time, to transfer Slovak expertise to other developing countries of Europe.

Our Team

Andrej Steiner, PhD.
A co-founder of CDI and the Institute’s director since its establishment in 2004 boasts profound theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience in the field of territorial development governance – namely in strategic planning and implementation of development plans at national, regional and local level; forming legislative, institutional and policy frameworks; and incorporation of environmental considerations into public authorities’ decision-making processes. In the past Andrej worked as the UN’s principal adviser on Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union in the field of environmental governance; as American Peace Corps environmental program director for Slovakia and as a consultant to the European Commission.
Michal Schvalb
With a background in political science, after more than 10 years in CDI Michal has won the reputation of an outstanding expert on regional development and its governance. Michal has vast experience with knowledge transfer in the abovementioned field both in Serbia and in Ukraine. At present, he mainly applies his analytical, strategic and methodological skills in the areas of climate change vulnerability assessment, local adaptation strategy preparedness and implementation and that of preparation of materials for awareness raising and increasing the involvement of the public and public authorities in solving these issues.
Alena Kozlayova
A graduate of the Faculty of Economics, Košice Technical University, Alena has been a part of CDI since 2006. She specialises in territorial development governance. Apart from her expert knowledge of public administration processes and, in particular, of strategic planning and plan implementation at various levels, Alena also boasts valuable skills in project preparation and management. In connection with the inclusion of climate policies in territorial self-governmental authorities’ planning and decision-making, she currently uses her expertise in drafting urban area development plans and of public urban climate policies.
Zuzana Jarosova
Zuzana, with her expertise in geography, cartography and applied geoinformatics which she has gained during her studies at Prešov University, the University of Žilina and Charles University in Prague, has been one of CDI’s assets since the beginning of 2017. In her capacity as an expert, she has been involved in analytical, methodological and strategic activities and the processing of outputs, with special focus on topics such as local adaptation to climate change impacts and climate change impact on sustainable tourism. Zuzana specialises in data processing and visualisation in geographic information systems.
Mgr. Pavol Stano
Absolvent Prírodovedeckej fakulty Univerzity Komenského v Bratislave so zameraním na regionálnu geografiu, ochranu a plánovanie krajiny pôsobí v KRI od jesene 2019. Je expertom na fungovanie regionálnych a lokálnych samospráv, zvyšovania ich adaptívnej kapacity na dopady zmeny klímy a prípravu strategických dokumentov a projektov samospráv. Svoje odborné znalosti a skúsenosti aplikuje pri tvorbe, analytických podkladov a plánov pre zvyšovanie adaptácie sídelného prostredia na negatívne dopady zmeny klímy.
Experts we cooperate with
If necessary, the expertise of our in-house team is complemented by varied professional qualities offered by a network of collaborators both from Slovakia and abroad.

Zuzana Zaborska
strategic planning and management of socio-economic territorial development processes, consultant, Spisská Nova Ves

Ladislav Hegyi
environmentalist, consultant, Bratislava

Zuzana Hudekova, PhD.
landscape architect, Regional Environmental Centre, Bratislava

Jana Knezova, PhD.
consultant in the field of process management in self-government, Kosice

Martin Jergus
urbanist, Chief Architect Office of the City of Kosice

prof. Oto Hudec
regionalist and economic expert, Faculty of Economics Kosice Technical University

Eduard Vokal
expert on self-government processes and systems, City of Presov

Pavel Stastny, PhD.
climatologist, Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, Bratislava

Jozef Pecho
climatologist, Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, Bratislava

Josef Novak
expert on carbon footprint, low-carbon strategies and adaptation strategies, CI2, Prague

Aleksandra Kazmierczak
expert on socially just adaptation, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen

Juraj Mesik, M.D.
environmentalist and journalist, consultant, Bratislava 

Christian Walloth
urbanist, Walloth Urban Advisors SPRL, Brussels

Anna Dobrucka, PhD.
landscape architect, Ateliér Dobrucká s.r.o., Nitra

Silvia Sokolova
expert on tourism, consultant, Košice

Vladan Jeremic
regionalist, RARIS, Zajecar Serbia

Institutions we cooperate with

Bratislava Self-Governing Region

City of Presov

City of Trnava
Union of Slovak Towns and Cities, Bratislava
Faculty of Economics, Kosice Technical University
Faculty of Humanities and Natural Sciences, Presov University
Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, Bratislava

Center of Social and Psychological Sciences of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava
CI2, Prague, Czech Republic

Energiaklub, Budapest, Hungary
Regional Development Agency Eastern Serbia, Zajecar, Serbia
Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, Oslo, Norway
The Institute for Sustainable Development (ISD), Warsaw, Poland
The Timok Club, Knjazevac, Serbia
Creative Industry, Kosice
Carpathian Foundation Slovakia, Kosice

Ekopolis Foundation, Banska Bystrica

Environmental Partnership Foundation, Brno

Carpathian Development Institute
Moyzesova 46, 04001 Kosice
tel.: +42155/7994920

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