People at the Department of Environmental Studies

Department Staff

An aesthetician and historian of natural sciences by training, he is interested in the interrelationship of culture and nature, especially the history of aesthetic and artistic attitudes towards landscape in the modern period, the relationship between visual arts and natural sciences, and the history of nature conservation and environmental thinking. He is the author of Darwin and Aesthetics (2006), On the Picturesque. The Aesthetics of Nature between Garden and Wilderness (2011), The Aesthetics of Nature. Towards a History of the Aesthetic Appreciation of Nature (2019), among others. Chair of the discipline's board of directors.

Consultations: Tuesday 14:45-15:45

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

doc. Mgr. Bohuslav Binka, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Environmental ethicist, philosopher and gestalt therapist with a focus on environmental grief, winner of the Josef Vavroušek Prize in the category of scientific research (dissertation). He has been working at our department since 2004, from 2012 to 2019 he was the head of the department. From 2019 to 2021 he served as Vice Dean for Internal and External Communication at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University. He is an expert guarantor of the Symbios project of shared housing for young adults from children's homes and students of Brno universities. He is the author of the book monographs Environmental Ethics, Analysis of Deep Ecology, Green Extremism and Ciencias sagradas.

Consultations: Monday 12:00 - 13:15 

doc. PhDr. Jan Činčera, Ph.D.

Associate professor, Departement deputy head

It deals with the theory, methodology and evaluation of environmental education, education and awareness programs. He is the author of several monographs and a number of partial research studies. He has collaborated in defining the objectives and outcomes of environmental education and the action plan of education for sustainable development. In cooperation with environmental education centres he researches educational programmes and verifies the effectiveness of new methodological approaches. In March 2022, he collaborated in the organization of the World Congress of Environmental Education in Prague.

Consultations: Wednesday 14:00 - 15:00 (ask via email before)

Mgr. Jan Dostalík, Ph.D.

Assistant professor

He is mainly interested in the history of environmentally friendly trends in urban planning and spatial planning. His teaching focuses on the following topics: architecture - city - landscape. He tries to combine his work experience from a private company, where he worked for several years on development studies and master plans, with a historical and environmental perspective. His professional interests also include 20th and 21st century architectural history and theory and environmental history. He is the author of Organic Modernity. Environmentally Friendly Tendencies in Czechoslovak Urbanism and Spatial Planning (1918-1968) (2015).

Consultations: Wednesday 15:30 - 17:00 

Mgr. Eva Fraňková, Ph.D.

assistant professor

Assistant professor, graduated in biology in České Budějovice (B.Sc.) and in environmental humanities (M.Sc. and PhD.) in Brno. During her studies she gained experience in the functioning of community-based ethical financial institutions in the UK and in the concept of ecological economics, political ecology and the work of the Research and Degrowth group in Barcelona. She has a long-standing interest in alternative economic practices, the topic of local production and consumption and the concept of sustainable non-growth. She has recently completed research on the functioning of social enterprises in the Czech Republic and is currently working on bringing the topic of degrowth into the Czech mainstream. She also works with the organisations Trast pro ekonomiku a společnost, NaZemi a Re:set - Platforma pro sociálně-ekologickou transformaci.

Consultations: Thursday 10:00-11:00 

She graduated in biology at Charles University, her PhD thesis at the FSS at MU focused on (eco) social entrepreneurship. Her research focuses on the economic roots of the ecological crisis, a critique of hidden economic assumptions and alternatives to the economic mainstream. Her main interests include the so-called economic alternatives or eco-social entrepreneurship, and in 2014-2016 she led a research project on this topic at GAČR ( She is the author of Living in the Cracks (2005), Where Money is Servant, Not Master (2008), Economic Dissenters (2014) and Ecological Economics: Selected Chapters (2015). She is a co-founder of the Trust for Economics and Society, a member of the Community Economies Institute and the editorial board of the journal Seventh Generation.

Consultations: Thursday 15:30-17:00 (except 15.9.)

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

Research specialist

Researcher and teacher. His research focuses on the use of nature for economic purposes; issues of management and common ownership of natural resources, especially cooperative ownership. In addition, he is interested in the sustainability of natural resource infrastructure and the topic of technological innovation and its role in the use of nature. Christian Kimmich holds a PhD from Humboldt University in Berlin, where he previously studied agricultural sciences and economics. Previously, he was, among others, a visiting scholar at Indiana University (Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Analysis) and at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy in Potsdam. He was a research fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research. He is now also based in Vienna at the Institut für Höhere Studien. He is known for his publications on situation-relational networks.

PhDr. Jan Krajhanzl, Ph.D.

Research specialist

Assistant professor, social and environmental psychologist. He deals with what helps and hinders people to protect the environment, why contact with nature is important from the psychological point of view, what is characteristic for the Czech public opinion in the environmental field and how to communicate with different target groups about "green" topics. He is the author of Psychology of Relationship with Nature and Environment (2014) and co-author of Relationship of Czech Public to Nature and Environment (2018). He cooperates with non-profit organizations and public institutions. Together with his team, he founded the Institute 2050, which is dedicated to empirical research of public opinion and preparation of communication activities to reach different segments of the Czech public.

Consultations: ask via email before

Mgr. Vojtěch Pelikán, Ph.D.

Research specialist

Environmental anthropologist working on environmentally friendly lifestyles, perceptions of environmental issues or media. Graduate of Environmental Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Masaryk University; his dissertation examined the links between Roma and nature. Recently, he has been involved in longitudinal research on the ecologically friendly lifestyle of the so-called "diverse" and in research on the environmental context of the restitution process or the perception of drought and climate change. He spices up his academic work by popularizing in the social-ecological journal The Seventh Generation.

Consultations: Thursday 14:00-15:00

Ing. Zbyněk Ulčák, Ph.D.

Assistant professor

Landscape ecologist, agricultural engineer, and occasional insite poet; focuses on sustainable landscape management and the social aspects of organic farming and food production. He has also published on these topics in the national and international professional press, and collaborates with the Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon. Study advisor and field coordinator for Erasmus+ study and work placements.

Consultations: Tuesday 14:30- 16:00


Other Department Collaborators

Bc. Petra Burišková

Department Secretary

She takes care of the Department matters, such as preparation of contracts and personnel agenda, scholarships payments, schedules, property management etc. She tries to keep everything running as it should. Previously, she worked as a secretary at the Faculty of Medicine of MU. She studied at the Faculty of Arts of Modern Greek Language and Literature and during her studies she was several months of study in Greece.

Mgr. Kristína Markechová

project manager

Kristína Markechová works as a project manager and focuses mostly on TAČR and GAČR projects. Apart from that she i salso repsonsible for the study agenda. She studied international relations and european studies at FSS MU. During her studies she focused on the topic of security and the EU and attended internships in the Center for Security Analyses and Prevention and in the Information Center of Europe Direct Brno.

Mgr. Tomáš Chabada, Ph.D.

Doctoral Student and Specialist

Mgr. Tomáš Chabada holds a Master’s degree in sociology and is now in the Doctoral Program in Environmental Humanities at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University. At the Department he participates in research projects that deal with the relationship of the Czech public to nature and the environment. In his dissertation, he focuses on public attitudes and behavior of the public regarding climate change. He teaches courses on global environmental problems and on environmental issues in the Czech Republic.

Mgr. Ing. Jan Malý Blažek

Doctoral Student and Specialist

As a doctoral student, Jan focuses primarily on the economy of residential eco-communities. His extensive dissertation research includes numerous eco-community projects in six European countries. As a research specialist, he works on preparing a new international Master’s degree program focused on Sustainability-Driven Entrepreneurship, carried out as part of OPRDE Smart Accelerator in the South Moravian Region project.

Mgr. Mikuláš Černík

Doctoral Student and Specialist

Mgr. Mikuláš Černík is interested in environmental justice, political ecology, and environmental conflicts. The topic of his dissertation is a comparison of the conditions for protest against coal mining in the Czech Republic and Poland. He works as Dr. Christian Kerschner’s assistant on the VE2ENEX project. This project examines issues related to the vulnerability of economies (and their individual sectors) during transformations of the energy system.

Mgr. Ing. Martin Černý

Doctoral Student and Specialist

Martin Černý holds degrees in Environmental Studies from the Faculty of Social Studies and in Economic Policy and Administration from the Faculty of Economics and Administration at Masaryk University. In his dissertation, he deals with the transition to a low-carbon economy, economic degrowth, and climate justice. He participates in the project MEDEAS – Modelling Energy System Development under Environmental and Socioeconomic Constraints – in which he uses the input-output analysis to model the impact of a low-carbon transition on the structure of employment in the European Union and on the production of greenhouse gas emissions.

Dipl.Ing. Jan Haverkamp

Foreign Lecturer and Project Collaborator

Jan Haverkamp is senior nuclear energy and energy policy specialist for Greenpeace and the World Information Service on Energy (WISE), and professional group facilitator. The Dutchman works since 1986 in the development of environmental NGOs in Central Europe. His academic background is in biochemistry, nuclear physics, environmental sciences and social and communication psychology. He teaches ‘facilitation of environmental communication processes’ and ‘the role of environmental NGOs in society’ at the Masaryk University. He lives in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Mgr. et Mgr. Šárka Doležalová Křepelková

Doctoral Student and Specialist

Mgr. et Mgr. Šárka Křepelková is a doctoral student, an ecopsychologist and a lecturer of developmental courses. She focuses on the topic of children’s contact with nature.

Mgr. Ing. Tereza Modráková

Financial Manager

Tereza Modráková has worked mainly as a manager of educational projects OPVK at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University and at FNUSA-ICRC at St. Anne’s University Hospital in Brno. Currently, she administers EEA and Norway Grants and other projects at the Department. She holds a degree in sociology from the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University and in economics from the Faculty of Business and Economics at Mendel University in Brno. During her studies, she spent a year at Université Catholique de Lyon in France.

Thomas Smith, Bsc. (Hons), MA, PhD.

Research Specialist - postdoc

Thomas Smith researches the role of creativity and craft in grassroots sustainability transitions, with particular interests in post-capitalist social theory (relating to diverse and community economies). Thomas received his PhD in Human Geography at the University of St Andrews, examining the role of the maker movement and community workshops in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is also a member of the editorial collective at the Dark Mountain Project ( He is the author of Sustainability, Wellbeing and the Posthuman Turn (2018, Palgrave MacMillan), has edited three books for Dark Mountain, and has published in a number of leading geographical journals.

Harald Waxenecker, MA

Early Stage Researcher

He has long-standing experience of doing research on power networks in Central America. His Ph.D project explores drivers and dynamics of (catastrophic) transitions in political and economic systems, based on an empirical and comparative network/connectivity approach in transactions between private (economic) and public (political) nodes. Harald studied History at the University of La Habana (2014) and Latin American Studies at the University of Vienna (2018).

Yanhua Shi, M.A.

Early Stage Researcher

Yanhua is currently working in the iConn project as a Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher. Her topic is to identify the critical nodes and determinants for transitions in various social-ecological systems, applying methods such as input-out analysis, social network analysis, game theory etc. She holds a master’s degree of rural development jointly issued by Ghent University and Humboldt University, of which her master thesis is to explore the transitional role of informational and knowledge governance in climate change adaptation. Prior to joining the Department of Environmental Studies, she worked in the field of deforestation-free supply chain for NGO and environmental consultancy company.

Mgr. Lucie Sovová, Ph.D.

Doctoral Student, currently abroad

Mgr. Lucie Sovová is interested in alternative economies and sustainable food systems. Her dissertation deals with food self-provisioning in urban gardens. She was involved in the Department’s research project on allotment gardens. She co-teaches a Bachelor level Seminar on Ecological Economics. She also cooperates with Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Mgr. Renata Svobodová

Doctoral Student

Mgr. Renata Svobodová specializes in the psychology of climate change. She is interested in how people perceive climate change, what they feel, and how they cope with it. She participated in the research for “The Czech Public and Climate Change” project, and now she is on the team that maps Czech people’s environmental attitudes and behavior. She received an honorable mention within the Josef Vavroušek Prize for her Master’s thesis. She is the editor of the magazine Sedmá generace [The Seventh Generation].

Mgr. Petra Šimonová

Doctoral Student and an External Specialist

Mgr. Petra Šimonová studied in the field of environmental protection and then worked for ten years in the non-profit sector as an environmental education methodologist, mainly in teacher-training and the educational program Ekoškola [Ecoschool]. Currently, she does environmental education research. At the Department, she focuses on participative approaches and on developing students’ action competencies. She also participates in the CIVIS project in which she examines the impact of educational programs on the development of civic and social competencies.

Dr. Christos Zografos

Foreign Lecturer

Christos is a Ramón y Cajal Senior Research Fellow, with the JHU-UPF Public Policy Centre and the Department of Political and Social Sciences of Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, Spain. His line of research looks at the politics of environmental governance, transformation and conflict in the fields of political ecology, ecological economics, and degrowth. He has worked for the Institute of Environmental Science & Technology (ICTA) of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) managing the FP7 Marie Curie ‘European Network of Political
Ecology’ (ENTITLE), and coordinating the research of the FP7 project ‘Climate Change, Hydro-conflicts and Human Security’ (CLICO); he has also worked as a Lecturer in Environmental Economics at the Scottish Agricultural College in Edinburgh, UK.

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

External Specialist and Project Collaborator

Christian Kerschner holds a PhD and a master’s degree in ecological economics from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a master’s in business and economics from the University of Vienna. He is PI of VE²NEX (Vulnerability and the Energy-Economy Nexus), a research project funded by the Czech science foundation and of the post-carbon economy modelling project MEDEAS (H2020). His main research interests are economic vulnerabilities to Peak Oil, attitudes towards and the role of technology for societal transformation and alternatives macroeconomic narratives with respect to economic growth i.e. Steady State Economy, Degrowth and Post-Growth. Recently Christian finished a special issue on Degrowth and Technology, with 26 contributions and a comprehensive editorial. Currently he is involved in the department's project IMPATECH.

Doctoral students
year of admission
Bc. Nikola Benčová, M.A. 2020 full-time Binka Somatic ecology and inspiration for working with the land in Czechoslovak folk culture
 Mgr. Ing. Jan Blažek 2014 full-time Binka (consultant Kerschner) Economics of eco-socially-minded communities: social-environmental strategies and financial sustainability
 Mgr. Mikuláš Černík 2017 full-time Kerschner (consultant Velicu) The conditions for coal mining resistance in Poland and the Czech Republic
 Mgr. Ing. Martin Černý 2016 full-time Kerschner (consultants Kimmich and Hubacek) Socioeconomic impacts and synergies of the post-carbon and post-growth transformation
 Tamara Faberová, Msc. 2015 combined Binka (consultant Krajhanzl) Sources of motivation for decision-making of key actors involved in projects enhancing the ecological stability of the landscape
 Mgr. Patrik Gažo 2018 full-time Binka (consultant Novák a Zografos) Interests of Workers vs. nature's interests - the necessary antagonism?
Mgr. Miloslav Kolenatý 2020 combined Činčera Czech Students and Climate Change
 Mgr. et Mgr. Šárka Křepelková 2016 full-time Krajhanzl The impact of contact with nature on the child's experience and behavior
Mgr. et Mgr. Michal Medek 2020 full-time Činčera Participative approaches in heritage interpretation
 Mgr. Silvie Punčochářová 2018 full-time Pospěch Renaissance of the French countryside: from history to the present
Yanhua Shi, M.A. 2021 full-time Kimmich Critical nodes in economic connectivity: A multi-method application to facilitate structural transitions
 Mgr. Sandra Silná 2018 full-time Binka Přemysl Pitter. Theological and Ethical Reflection of Animal Status and Rights. Historical and Present Relations
 Mgr. et Mgr. Ľuboš Slovák 2015 full-time Stibral The Idea of Nature in Environmental Thinking
 Mgr. Renata Svobodová 2016 full-time Krajhanzl Psychology of Climate Change: How do people cope with climate change?
Mgr. et Mgr. Tereza Válková 2022 full-time Činčera Climate protection education in rural communities
Harald Waxenecker, M.A. 2021 full-time Ocelík Dramatic regime shifts in socio-political networks
Mgr. Jan Zálešák 2020 full-time Činčera Detailed long-term analysis of perception of place-based education project by the project stakeholders


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