People at the Department of Environmental Studies

Department Staff

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

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.

Vice-dean for internal and external communication

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)

doc. 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)

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.

Departement deputy head, 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)

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)

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

Research specialist

He works on natural resource issues from the perspective of institutional economics. 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. Before joining the Department of Environmental Studies, 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

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.”


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


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. Kristýna Pešáková, Ph.D.

Project Administrator

Kristýna Pešáková works as a project manager, mainly in charge of GAČR, TAČR Beta and OPVVV projects. She studied social policy and social work at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University. In her academic work, she focused on gender-based violence, violence against women and violence against men in partnership. For many years she worked in the non-profit organization NESEHNUTÍ, where she also gained experience in managing projects of various sizes.

Mgr. Zdeňka Lechnerová

Project Administrator

Zdeňka Lechnerová is administrator of TAČR projects (the ÉTA program, Environment for Life), previously managed large-scale projects SOVA and INZA financed from the EC OP and projects supported by the EEA and Norway financial mechanisms. Since 2008, she has worked for four years as a researcher at the Institute for Research on Corporate Reproduction and Integration (IVRIS). In 2010 she completed her master's degree in sociology at the Faculty of Social Studies.

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

 Inactive employment status

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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