SOCIO-ECONOMIC SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

Department of Regional Management

Faculty of Economics University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
Contact details: Studentská 13 370 05  České Budějovice www.ef.jcu.cz  
Head: Doc. Eva Cudlínová tel: +420 387 772 506 e-mail: evacu@centrum.cz

AREA OF RESEARCH

  • regional aspects of sustainable development
  • theory of environmental and ecological economics
  • EU environmental policy and Green Economy
  • employment policy and EU subsidy policy
  • households’ energy consumption and their carbon footprint
  • social perception of environmental issues
  • transformations of contemporary European landscape
  • socio-economic aspects of the climate change
  • services in regions
  • tourist industry and tourism

KEYWORDS

  • sustainable development
  • development of regions
  • EU policy
  • environmental and ecological economics
  • environmental sociology
  • Green economy
  • environment
  • landscape
  • tourism
  • climate changes

OBJECTIVES

  • scientific research activities focusing on the social, economic and environmental context of regional development, the overarching theoretical directions (especially environmental economics) as well as practical aspects of EU structural policies
  • educating students in theoretical and practical context of regional development, impacts on the landscape, environmental economics and EU structural policies
  • strengthening the so called “the third role of universities”, i.e. active sharing of information with the decision-making sphere and the public.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

  • economic valuation of regional development and its disparities within the Czech Republic and the EU
  • environmental and economic valuation of the environment
  • alternative indicators to GDP – the ecological footprint of countries and cities
  • sociological surveys focusing on the perception of environmental issues, especially climate changes, including the analyses of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in households, and landscape changes.

REFERENCE

Project solved:

  • 2012-2015 POSTDOC University of South Bohemia – The Creation of Postdoc Positions at the University of South Bohemia and the Support of Intersectional Mobility by Expert Stays at the Foreign Leading R&D Institutions, ECOP (Reg. No. CZ.1.07/2.3.00/30.0006)
  • 2012–2015 COST Action IS 1007 – Investigating Cultural Sustainability
  • 2011–2014 REFRESH – Adaptive Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of Climate Change on European Freshwater Ecosystems, 7. RP EU (reg. č. 244121)
  • 2010–2012 UNICREDS – University Collaborations in Regional Development Spaces EU,  Interreg IVC – Priority: Innovation and the knowledge economy, Theme: Employment, human capital and education, Type of intervention: Regional Initiative Project
  • 2009–2012 GILDED – Governance, Infrastructure, Lifestyle Dynamics and Energy Demand: European Post-Carbon Communities, 7. RP EU (reg. č. 225383)
  • 2009-2012 Rural area – area for active life – model strategies for development of rural area life, National agency for agricultural research, Ministry of Agriculture (Reg. No. QI92A023)

 

Results:

  • scientific results of the members of the department have been published in prestigious international scientific journals (Global Environmental Change; Ecological Economics; Ecosystems; Environmental Policy and Governance; Agriculture; Ecosystems and Environment; Landscape and Urban Planning; Landscape Research; etc.) and in Czech scientific publications (Agricultural Economics; Journal of Landscape Ecology; Acta Universitatis Carolinae – Environmentalica; Acta Universitatis Carolinae – Studia Sociologica; Acta Universitatis Bohemia Meridionales)
  • scientific outcomes as English and Czech monographs, e.g. Is Globalization Overpowering Democracy?, Towards an Environmental Society?, Changing society?
  • cooperation in the organization of international conferences called “Our common present” and INPROFORUM
  • cooperation with the Regional authorities of South Bohemia – UNICREDS project. This project develops a transferable model for future educational and regional development programmes which may be adopted by the European Commission in the future
  • preparation of documentation for the Regional Development Programme – South Bohemia for the period of 2014 – 2020

COOPERATING INSTITUTIONS

Academic:

  • University of Missouri – Columbia ( USA)
  • Szczecin University/ Uniwersytet Szczeciński ( PL)
  • University of Belgrade/ Универзитет у Београду  ( SR)
  • Mendelova univerzita v Brně (  CZ)
  • Masarykova univerzita ( Brno, CZ )
  • Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze ( CZ)
  • Univerzita Karlova v Praze ( CZ)

 

Companies:

  • Novi Solutions s.r.o. (České Budějovice, CZ)

 

WE ARE LOOKING FOR

  • partners in research projects (or possibly joining the already running projects) HORIZON 2020, Norway grants, COST and ESPON and partners for joint publication activities in the following areas and topics:
    • sustainable development, climate changes, energy consumption and carbon footprint, social and environmental context of Green economy, multifunctional agriculture, landscape changes
    • talented workers with a proactive approach to searching for grant opportunities and to grant writing
    • cooperation with the application sphere (industry) – solution of TAČR (Technology agency of the CR) applied research projects related to energy consumption, its measurement and its reduction
    • partners (academic and industrial) for the solution of projects related to the theory and practice of alternative ways to regional development (new and green, knowledge-based economy)

WE OFFER

  • leadership and cooperation in international projects in the field of regional development, environmental management and policy, rural tourism and agritourism
    • experience from previous projects
    • multidisciplinary team
    • long-term ties to foreign partners
    • language skills – English, German
  • socio-economic analyses especially in the field of regional development and environmental management, rural tourism and agritourism. Questionnaire surveys.
    • analysis of available data from public resources
    • analysis of data from the contracting authority
    • comparison
    • preparation of questionnaires according to the client’s requirements (consultation on the questionnaires)
    • evaluation and interpretation of the questionnaires
  • consultations provided for the state administration in the area of environmental management – reducing CO2 emissions in terms of social management tools
  • environmental valuation
    • utilization of alternative methods for the environmental valuation as a tool for the environmental management and regional development
  • organizing workshops, conferences and lectures on regional development and environmental management, rural tourism and agritourism. Topics: landscape, cultural landscape, landscape valuation.
  •  environmental policy and environmental economics
    • the possibility of taking environment into consideration when making economic decision at the level of ministries and regional authorities. Environmental policy from the economic standpoint. Economic tools, their history, ways and efficiency of application if ecological forms of behavior are required. The course gradually covers wider context of general development of relations between the environmental policy and economy, up to the practical solutions to problems by means of economic policy and economic instruments of the EU and the Czech Republic.