People at the Department of Environmental Studies

In depth

Assoc. Prof. Mgr. Bohuslav Binka, Ph.D.

Department head


He completed a semester-long study stay at the Catholic University in the United States and a semester-long research stay at Glasgow University in Scotland. For his dissertation, he won the Josef Vavroušek Prize in the science and research work category awarded by the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague and the Petra and Josef Vavroušek Foundation. He works on environmental ethics and the history of environmental movements. He is the author of the publications Environmentální etika [Environmental Ethics] and Zelený extremismus [Green Extremism].

Consultations: Tuesday 4:30pm – 5:30pm (or arrange via email)

Prof. RNDr. Hana Librová, CSc.

Founder of the department


A sociologist and biologist, she is interested in the connections between lifestyle and environmental problems; her research focuses on environmentally friendly lifestyles.
Besides publishing in Czech and international academic journals, she has also published several book-length monographs: Sociální potřeba a hodnota krajiny [The Social Need And Value Of The Landscape] (1987), Láska ke krajině?
[Love For The Landscape?] (1988), Pestří a zelení: Kapitoly o dobrovolné skromnosti [The Colourful and the Greens: chapters on voluntary modesty.] (1994), Vlažní a Váhaví: Kapitoly o ekologickém luxusu [The Half-hearted and the Hesitant: Chapters on Ecological Luxury] (2003).

Consultations: Monday 10:00am - 11:00am

Assoc. Prof. PhDr. Jan Činčera, Ph.D.

Associate professor


He works on theories, methods, and evaluation of environmental education; he has helped define the objectives and outputs of environmental education in the Czech Republic. He researches strategies for effective environmental education. In collaboration with environmental education centers, he tests various teaching methods (e.g. Earth education, thematic interpretation). He is also a consultant and leads evaluation studies of several programs (such as Ekoškola and GLOBE). He has published many academic studies and guidelines for evaluating programs. He also teaches at the Technical University of Liberec.

Consultations: even Tuesdays 10:00am – 11:30am (ask via email before)

Assoc. Prof. Mgr. Karel Stibral, Ph.D.

Departement deputy head


The recipient of degrees in esthetics and the history of the natural sciences, he studies the mutual relationships between culture and nature, primarily the history of the esthetic and artistic perception of the landscape in the modern era, as well as the development of environmental thought in the context of cultural history and the history of the natural sciences, and of biology in particular. He is the author of Proč je příroda krásná? [Why is Nature Beautiful?] (2005), Darwin a estetika [Darwin and Aesthetics] (2006), O malebnu. Estetika přírody mezi zahradou a divočinou [On The Picturesque, Or The Esthetics Of Nature Between The Garden And The Wilderness] (2011). He also teaches at the Institute of Esthetics and Art History at the Faculty of Arts of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice.

Consultations: to be arranged via email

Mgr. Jan Dostalík, Ph.D.

Assistant professor


He works primarily on the history of green ideas in urban and regional planning. In his courses, he focuses on architecture, city, and landscape. He combines his practical knowledge in the field, gained from working for several years on regional development studies and planning documents, with historical knowledge and an environmental perspective. His academic interests also include the history and theory of architecture of the 20th and 21st century and environmental history.

Consultations: Wednesday 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Mgr. Eva Fraňková, Ph.D.

Assistant professor


As an undergraduate, she studied biology in České Budějovice before completing her master’s degree and Ph.D. in environmental humanities in Brno. She is an assistant professor and has long been interested in alternative economic practices, local production and consumption, and the concept of sustainable degrowth. Currently, she is researching the material, energy, and money flows involved in local food production, as well as mapping alternative economic practices in the Czech Republic. She is also involved in the activities of The Economy and Society Trust and of the newly founded Association of Local Food Initiatives (AMPI, o.p.s.).

Consultations: to be arranged via email (maternity leave)

Mgr. Tomáš Chabada

Specialist


He is the project coordinator of the EEA-funded project “Support of information exchange about impact of the climate change and adaptation on national and regional level.” He holds a master’s degree in sociology and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in environmental humanities. He has spent a semester studying at the University of Bergen in Norway and at the Socrates Institute in Slovakia.

Consultations: Thursday 1:00pm – 2:30pm

RNDr. Naděžda Johanisová, Ph.D.

Associate professor


She deals with the economic aspects of environmental and social problems as well as ecological economics. Her main interests include hidden assumptions of mainstream economics and community-level economic alternatives. She is the author of the books Living in the Cracks (2005), Kde peníze jsou služebníkem, nikoliv pánem [Where Money Is The Servant, Not The Master] (2008), Ekonomičtí disidenti [Economic Dissidents] (2014), and Ekologická ekonomie: vybrané kapitoly [Ecological Economics: Selected Chapters] (2015).

Consultations: Wednesday 3:30pm – 4:30pm, (or arranged via email)

Mgr. Christian Kerschner, M.Sc., Dr.

Assistant professor


He holds a master’s degree in business and economics from the University of Vienna and a doctorate from theUniversitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He studies the vulnerability of economies to peak oil, attitudes towards technology, and alternatives to the paradigm of economic growth. His paper proposing a connection between the steady state economy and economic degrowth has been widely cited in his field.

Christian Kimmich, Ph.D., M.Sc.

Research specialist


He works on natural resource issues from the perspective of institutional economics. In the past, his research focused on the commons and cooperative ownership in the context of energy infrastructure. Currently, he is examining the influence of technological changes on the environment and the socioeconomic aspects of transformation into a low-carbon economy. Christian received his Ph.D. in agricultural sciences and economics from Humboldt University in Berlin. In the past, he worked for the Swiss Federal Institute WSL in Zurich and he was visiting scholar at the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University Bloomington.

PhDr. Jan Krajhanzl, Ph.D.

Research specialist


A social psychologist who specializes in conversation psychology and environmental communication. In his research, he focuses on the attitudes of the Czech people towards nature and the environment, human motivation for protection of the environment, children’s contact with nature, and methods for communicating environmental issues to the public. He is the author of the publications Psychologie vztahu k přírodě a životnímu prostředí [The Psychology Of The Relationship To Nature And The Environment] (2014) and Dobře utajené emoce a problémy životního prostředí [Well-Hidden Emotions And Problems Of The Environment] (2012). He enjoys integrating scholarship into practice. For more than twelve years, he has been supporting the development of ecopsychology in the Czech Republic.
He is editor of the website www.ekopsychologie.cz.

Consultations: even Wednesdays 10:45am – 11:30am

Mgr. Vojtěch Pelikán, Ph.D.

Research specialist


He began at the department as a bachelor’s student. He is currently working on his dissertation about the Romani and their relationship with the environment under Professor Hana Librová. In his research, he examines environmental topics, the environmental movement, lifestyle, and the media from the perspective of social anthropology. Since 2008 he has been popularizing academic research in the socioecological magazine Sedmá generace. He works as a research assistant at the department and manages the Czech Science Foundation-funded project “Environmentally-Friendly Lifestyle in the March of Time.”

Consultations:

Ing. Zbyněk Ulčák, Ph.D.

Assistant professor


A landscape ecologist and agricultural specialist who focuses on sustainable land management and the social aspects of organic farming and food production. His work on these topics has been published in both Czech and foreign scholarly journals. He also teaches at the Department of Applied and Landscape Ecology at the Agrisciences Faculty of Mendel University in Brno and collaborates with Lillehammer University College in Norway.

Consultations: Tuesdays 1:30pm – 3:00pm

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