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  • The Department of Environmental Studies


  • Staff

    Head of the Department:
    Assoc. Prof. Mgr. Bohuslav Binka, Ph.D.

    Associate professor with focus on philosophy. His areas of specialisation are environmental ethics, radical ecological movements and problems of manipulation. His most significant scholarly experiences include studying with Professor McLeane at Washington University and winning the Josef Vavroušek Prize awarded by Charles University.

    Staff:

    Prof. Hana Librová
    Specialises in the study of mutual relations between lifestyle and environmental problems. Her research concentrates on ecologically-favourable lifestyles. She has written four books: Social Need and the Value of Landscape (1987), Love for the Landscape? (1988), The Colourful and the Green: Chapters on Voluntary Simplicity (1994) and The Half-Hearted & the Hesitant: Chapters on Ecological Luxury (2003).

    Ing. Zbyněk Ulčák, Ph.D.
    Specialises in issues of agricultural sustainability, organic agriculture and the relationships between agriculture and society.

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

    Associate professor working as aesthetician and science historian. He studies the relationship between culture and nature, with a focus on the history of aesthetic and artistic attitudes toward the landscape, and the evolution of environmental thinking in view of the history of culture and the natural sciences, especially biology. He is the author of the publication Why is Nature Beautiful?(2005).

    RNDr. Naděžda Johanisová, Ph.D.
    Assistant professor. She is interested in the economic dimensions and implications of environmental and social issues, with a focus on the hidden assumptions of economic theory, and economic alternatives at the community level. Her book, Living in the Cracks: A Look at Rural Social Enterprises in Britain and the Czech Republic, was published by Feasta and nef in 2005.

    Eva Fraňková, Ph.D.
    Her long-term research interests include alternative economic practices, eco-localisation and the concept of sustainable degrowth. Currently she works on social and financial metabolism of local food systems, network analysis of a Local Exchange Trading System in Brno (CZ) and further development of the social enterprise indicators. She is also involved in the Association of Local Food Initiatives and the Fair Trade movement in the Czech Republic.

    Mag. Dr. Christian Kerschner MSc.
    holds a PhD and master’s degree from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a master’s in business and economics from the University of Vienna. His main research interests are economic vulnerabilities to Peak Oil, attitudes toward technology and alternatives to the economic growth paradigm. His article which proposes a consolidation of the concept of a steady state economy with that of economic degrowth (2010) has been cited widely in the community.

    Christian Kimmich, Ph.D., M.Sc.
    Works on questions of natural resource use, infrastructures, commons, cooperatives, and technology adoption. His perspectives include behavioral and institutional theories, ecological macroeconomics, and related models. Christian holds a PhD from HU Berlin, where he also studied agricultural sciences and economics. He was a visiting scholar at the Ostrom Workshop and worked at the Swiss Federal Institute WSL of ETH Zürich before joining MU.

    Mgr. Jan Dostalík, Ph.D.

    specializes in the history of architecture and urban and regional planning in the 20th century, including overlaps into the 19th and 21st centuries. He is particularly focused on the environmental and social aspects of architecture and urban and regional planning as well as eco-friendly spatial theories and practice.

    External collaboration:

    Prof. Klaus Hubacek

    An ecological economist, is University of Maryland (USA) professor. His research interests are modeling the interaction between human and environmental systems and developing scenarios of future change. Klaus has published more than 200 articles on climate change adaptation and mitigation, participatory modelling and land use change and governance. He has been a collaborator of several international institutions such as the European Statistical Office (EUROSTAT), the International Union for Conservation and Nature (IUCN), and the World Bank. He is a council member of the International Input-Output Association.