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Curriculum vitae


Culturology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague

2012 PhD / 2009 PhDr. (MA extension) / 2008 MA



Field of specialisation: 

Environmental sociology; Alternative food systems, agriculture, gardening; Carbon footprint of households; Regional development



Teaching activities: 

Faculty of Social and Economic Studies, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem: since 2021 Society, ethics and environment (PhD, in Czech)

Faculty of Economics, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice: 2015-2020 Sociology (BA); 2016-2020 Sociologie and methodology of research (MA, both in Czech)

Charles University in Prague/Council on International Educational Exchange: 2011-2018 European Environmental Studies (BA, in English)

Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague: 2011 Contemporary Cultural Ecology (ERASMUS, in English)



Foreign scholarships, fellowships or other academic study abroad: 

2014 Open University (2 weeks)

2014 University of Oslo (2 weeks)

2013 University of Missouri, Department of Rural Sociology (3 months)



Biographic information: 

Work experience

Faculty of Social and Economic Studies, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem

Faculty of Economics, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice

Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology, Czech Academy of Sciences



Selected publications

Daněk, P., Sovová, L., Jehlička, P. Vávra, J., Lapka, M. (2022). From coping strategy to hopeful everyday practice: changing interpretations of food self-provisioning. Sociologia Ruralis 62(3): 651-671.

Vávra, J., Dlouhá, J., Pospíšilová, M., Pělucha, M., Šindelářová, I., Dvořáková Líšková, Z., Hartych, M., Dlouhý, J., Cudlínová, E. (2022). Local Action Groups and Sustainable Development Agenda: Case Study of Regional Perspectives From Czechia. Frontiers in Sustainability 3: 846658

Vávra, J. Smutná, Z., Hruška, V. (2021). Why I would want to live in the village if I was not interested in cultivating the plot? Home gardening in rural Czechia. Sustainability 13 (2): 706.

Artmann, M., Sartison, K., Vávra, J. (2020). The role of edible cities supporting sustainability transformation – A conceptual multi-dimensional framework tested on a case study in Germany. Journal of Cleaner Production 225: 120220.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Vávra, J., Peters, V., Lapka, M., Cudlínová, E. (2014). Social perception of climate change consequences in the Czech Republic and Germany. Pp. 21–35 in B. Duží, J. Vávra et al. Environmental change: Adaptation challenges. Brno: Centrum výzkumu globální změny AV ČR.

Vávra, J., Lapka, M., Cudlínová, E. (Eds.) (2014). Current challenges of Central Europe: Society and Environment. Praha: Filozofická fakulta Univerzity Karlovy.

Fischer, A., Peters, V., Neebe, M., Vávra, J., Kriel, A., Lapka, M., Megyesi, B. (2012). Climate change? No, wise resource use is the issue: Social representations of energy, climate change and the future. Environmental Policy and Governance 22 (3): 161–176.

Lapka, M., Vávra, J., Sokolíčková, Z. (2012). Cultural ecology: Contemporary understanding of the relationship between humans and the environment. Journal of Landscape Ecology 5 (2): 12–24.

Fischer, A., Peters, V., Vávra, J., Neebe, M., Megyesi, B. (2011). Energy use, climate change and folk psychology: Does sustainability have a chance? Results from a qualitative study in five European countries. Global Environmental Change 21 (3): 1025–1034.