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.


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.


VEENEX project

Kuishuang Feng

Dr. Feng is a Associate Research Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). He is an expert in spatial economic modeling and related environmental issues. He has rich experience in developing regional, national and global economic models with extension of environmental parameters. He published extensively on ecological-economic modeling in high level scientific journals including Nature Climate Change, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Global Environmental Change, and Environmental Science & Technology. Much of his research has been highly cited and received public discussion in international media outlets such as The BBC, CBS, Reuters, Science Magazine, Smithsonian, the LA Times, and the Guardian. Dr. Feng has received funding support from many national and international agencies such as NASA, European commission, the World Bank, and National Natual Science Foundation of China, Energy Foundation Beijing Office. Dr. Feng serves as associate editor, guest editor and editorial board member for several international peer-reviewed journals.

Stefania Barca

Stefania Barca (Naples 1968) is senior researcher at the Center for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES/UC). She obtained her PhD in Economic History from the University of Bari (Italy) in 1997 and holds the title of associate professor in Modern History and in Economic History (by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research – MIUR). She has been vice-president of CES scientific board, co-director of the PhD program ‘Democracy in the 21st century’ (2012-15), coordinator of the research group on Social Policies, Labor and Inequalities (2010-14). She currently coordinates a graduate seminar on Ecological Crisis and Democracy and lectures in Political Ecology at CES/UC.
She was visiting scholar at the Program in Agrarian Studies of Yale University (2005-06), and ‘Ciriacy Wantrup’ postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley (2006-08); she has been Guest Researcher at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies of Lund University in 2015-16. She has served as vice-president of the European Society for Environmental History (ESEH) between 2011 and 2013, and now serves as member of the editorial board of the journal Environmental History. She has been member of the Supervisory Board of the EU ‘Marie Curie’ ITN ‘Entitle’ – European Network of Political Ecology, and Chair of the organizing committee of the international conference Undisciplined Environments (Stockholm, March 2016).
She has published articles in national and international journals in the fields of Economic History, Environmental History, Ecological Economics, and Political Ecology and is the author of two books and co-author of a textbook on environmental history. Her Enclosing Water. Nature and Political Economy in a Mediterranean Valley (Cambridge, UK: White Horse Press 2010), was awarded the Turku Book Prize in 2011.
Her current research interests cover the environmental impact of industry in the Anthropocene, the relationship between labor and the environment, environmental justice, degrowth and commoning.
Christina Prell

Christina Prell’s research focuses on the intersection of social networks and the environment. On a more local or regional scale, her work considers the role of social networks in shaping and/or diffusing views, values, and/or cultural beliefs about the environment and natural resource management. On a global scale, she considers how the structure of global trade networks drive a number of environmental inequalities, chief among these being between-country differences in pollution, as embodied in trade. For this later stream of research, she works with input-output modelers from Maryland’s Geographical Sciences department. Currently, Christina is taking a more longitudinal look at these processes of networks and environmental outcomes, to consider how outcomes and network features ‘co-evolve’ with each other. She has published articles in such sociological venues as Social Forces and Journal of Mathematical Sociology, and she has published two books on social networks and network analysis; the first is a sole-authored book entitled, Social Network Analysis: History, theory, and methodology (Sage), and the second is a co-edited book with Orjan Bodin, entitled Social Networks and Natural Resource Management (Cambridge University Press). On an undergraduate level, Christina teaches research methods and courses on the social perspectives pertaining to the environment and/or social-ecological systems; on the graduate level, she teaches social network analysis and research methods.

Inaki Arto

Iñaki Arto is a research fellow at BC3. He has a PhD in Economics (Environmental Economics), a MSc in Engineering (Environmental Technology and Management) and a degree in Economics (International Economics and Development).

He has occupied research positions at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (2010-2013) and at the University of the Basque Country (2001-2010). His research focuses on environmental-economic modelling (Integrated Assessment, Computable General Equilibrium, Dynamic Econometric Input-Output), Input-Output analysis and social metabolism. He has contributed to several books and has published articles in international journals such as Ecological Economics, Environmental Science & Technology or Journal of Industrial Ecology. He has also participated in several publicly funded international research projects (EXIOMOD, WIOD, FLAGSHIP, COMPLEX, DECCMA,…).

Tiziano Gomiero

Tiziano Gomiero´s main research interests are integrated farming system analysis, rural development, organic farming, and biodiversity and environmental conservation. On these topics, he has worked in various international projects both in Europe and Asia. He holds a MSc in Nature Science from the Università di Padova, Italy, and a MSc in Ecological Economics and Environmental Management and a PhD in Environmental Science from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.