Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague – Culturology (2008 MA, 2009 PhDr., 2012 PhD)
I am researcher in the Department of Regional Development. Apart from research and teaching, I am a member of Faculty Editorial board, Internal Grant Competition Committee and Platform for research discussion and I coordinate the seminars Pluralism in Economics. I also represent the Faculty of Economics in the network of Regional Centre of Expertise Czechia supervised by United Nations University and in the Editorial Board of the website CzechRural. Until recently I organized annual interdisciplinary conference Our Common Present and discussion seminar Budějovice Economic Days.
The human-environment relationship from the viewpoint of social sciences, namely environmental and rural sociology, cultural ecology, and ecological economics. I focus mostly on the social perception of climate change; energy demand and carbon footprint of households; climate change consequences; food self-provisioning; history of cultural landscape and its perception; and wider philosophical, economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainable development and environmental aspects of economic theory and practice.
Currently, I am co-investigator of project focused on informal food production and quiet sustainability (Czech Science Foundation) and I am member of research team of H2020 POWER4BIO project and Technology Agency of the Czech Republic funded project on sustainable deveIopment at local level. Additionally, I prepare pilot research of student's visions of sustainable future within COST Action European Network for Environmental Citizenship, in which I am a Member of Committee. I am co-editor of Speciall Issue of Sustainability focused on urban agriculture.
Recently, I participated in the international 7FP project GILDED focused on social, cultural and economci context of household energy consumption; COST Action project dealing with socio-economic aspects of sustainability using the example of Land, People and Art concept; project ALTEKO (Czech Science Foundation) investigating alternative economic initiatives; and I was principal investigator of project Socio-economic aspects of soil degradation funded through Internal Grant Competition of the Faculty of Economics, USB.
Currently, I teach Sociology in Bachelor studies and I participate in the teaching of Planning of rural countryside and Sociology and methodology of research for Master students (all in Czech language).
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CV a publications
List of publications with links
Selected recent publications
Jehlička, P., Daněk, P., Vávra, J. (2019). A change engaging resilience: Home gardening, food sharing and everyday resistance. Canadian Journal of Development Studies 40 (4): 511–527. link
Vávra, J., Duží, B., Lapka, M., Cudlínová, E. Rikoon, J. S. (2019). Socio-economic context of soil erosion: A comparative local stakeholders’ case study from traditional agricultural region in the Czech Republic. Land Use Policy 84: 127–137. link
Cudlínová, E., Giacomelli Sobrinho, V., Lapka, M., Vávra, J. (2019). Bioeconomy as a New Phenomenon in Land Grabbing: The Case of Brazil. Pp. 59–73 in L. Westra, K. Bosselmann, V. Zambrano (Eds.). Ecological Integrity and Land Uses: Sovereignty, Governance, Displacements and Land Grabs. Nova Science Publishers. here
Vávra, J., Megyesi, B., Duží, B., Craig, T., Klufová, R., Lapka, M., Cudlínová, E. (2018). Food self-provisioning in Europe: An exploration of socio-demographic factors in five regions. Rural Sociology 83 (2): 431-461. link
Vávra, J., Daněk, P., Jehlička, P. (2018). What is the contribution of food self-provisioning towards environmental sustainability? A case study of active gardeners. Journal of Cleaner Production 185: 1015-1023. link
Duží, B., Tóth, A. Vávra, J. Supuka, J. (2018). Where are the post-communist allotment gardens heading? Focus point on the Czech Republic. Pp. 46–49 in AESOP Sustainable Food Planning Workshop 2018: Towards Sustainable City Region Food Systems. Torino: Politecnico di Torino, Universita di Torino. link
Tóth, A., Duží, B., Vávra, J., Supuka, J., Bihuňová, M., Halajová, D., Martinát, S., Nováková, E. (2018). Changing patterns of allotment gardening in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Nature and Culture 13 (1): 162-188. link
Vávra, J., Lapka, M., Cudlínová, E., Dvořáková-Líšková, Z. (2017). Local perception of floods in the Czech Republic and recent changes in state flood management strategies. Journal of Flood Risk Management 10 (2): 238-252. link
Cudlínová, E., Lapka, M., Vávra, J. (2017). Bioeconomy as a New Perspective for Solving Climate Change? In L. Westra, J. Gray, F.-T. Gottwald (Eds.). The Role of Integrity in the Governance of the Commons: Governance, Ecology, Law, Ethics. Springer. link
Cudlínová, E., Vávra, J., Lapka, M. (2016). Soil as a key to food security. Social perception of soil erosion in the Czech Republic (a case study). Pp. 22–35 in L. Westra, J. Gray, A. D’Aloia (Eds.). The Common Good and Ecological Integrity. Human Rights and the Suport of Life. Abingdon, New York: Routledge. link
Vávra, J., Peters, V., Lapka, M., Craig, T., Cudlínová, E. (2015). What shapes the temperatures of living rooms in three European regions? Sociální studia 12 (3): 135-158. link