Curriculum vitae

University education and qualifications:

1998 Mgr. (equiv. M.A.) - Faculty of Education, University of Hradec Kralove, the Czech Republic,

Fields of study: History, Geography, and Philosophy and Social Sciences

2001 Mgr. (equiv. M.Sc.) - Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University in Brno, the Czech Republic,

Field of study: Environmental Studies

2010 Ph.D. - Faculty of Science, University of Ostrava, the Czech Republic,

Field of study: Environmental Geography

(Dissertation thesis-Environmentally-induced Migration in the World)

2010 – Brown International Advanced Research Institute, Brown University, Providence, USA – certificate Climate Change and Its Impact

 

 

Work Experiences:

1999        volunteer as humanitarian aid convoy leader and social worker with children of asylum seekers

1999 – 2002 teacher at secondary (high) schools

2003 – 2004 Charles University in Prague, Centre for Social and Economic Strategies, Faculty of Social Sciences, the Czech Republic (visiting research fellow)

2003 – 2008 Palacký University in Olomouc, Department of Geography and Development Studies, Faculty of Science, the Czech Republic (assistent, research fellow)

2008 – 2010 Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies  the Czech Republic (assistant professor)

2010 - 2014 The Czech Academy of Sciences, Department of Adaptation Strategies Research, Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology - Global Change Research Centre (postdoc; head of department)

2014 - 2017 Charles University in Prague , Department of Social Geography & Regional Development, Faculty of Science (assistant professor)

since 2016  Mendel University in Brno,  Spatial Hub, Department of Informatics, Faculty of Business and Economics, the Czech Republic (assistant professor)

2017           the World Bank, Washington, D.C., USA – a consultant on south-south climate migration

2017 - 2018 European University Institute, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence, Italy (Jean Monnet Fellow)

 

 

Other Experiences:

  • research team leader,

  • field research in developing countries and states in transition,

  • research and publication collaboration in international level,

  • project manager and designer,

  • projects (grants) evaluation,

  • lecturing and training, management of seminars and courses.

  • language competencies – Czech (natural), English (advanced), Russian (good)

 

Editorial board

Migration and Development (since 2015), Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies (2011-2012)


Review for scholar journals

Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences (NHESS), The World Economy, Geoforum, The Social Science Journal, Development Southern Africa; International Journal of Disaster Risk Science; International Review of Applied Economics; Island Studies Journal; Scientific Reports (Nature); International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management; Disasters; Population and Environment; International Journal of Global Warming; Asian Studies Review; Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies


Membership

The Population-Environment Research Network (PERN)
Czech Society for Ornithology


International conference organizing:

"Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention" (June-July 2015, University of Durham, member of boader organization committee)

"New Directions in Climate Governance Innovation" (June 2015, Přírodovědecká fakulta, Univerzity Karlovy v Praze, chair of organization committee)

„Global Change and Resilience“ (May 2013, Czech Academy of Sciences, chair of organization committee)

„Migration and Development“ (September 2007, University of Ostrava, chair of organization committee)

 

Research and Teaching Interests and Activities:

  • social and economic impacts of climate change and adaptation strategies;
  • environmental (climate) change and population dynamics;
  • migration and development;
  • effectiveness of development interventions and financial flows (development aid, remittances);
  • environmental security and development;
  • global, environmental and development education.

 

RESIDENCE AND FIELD RESEARCH ABROAD

August- September 1999

KOSOVO - volunteer in post-conflict area - the convoy-leader of trucks with humanitarian aid and social worker in the asylum shelter for refugees)

October/November 2004

CHINA - research tour oriented on environmental and social impacts of economic growth in Western China – Three Georges Dam area, Beijing 

February/March 2007

KENYA, TANZANIA – field research oriented on environmental security, migration at North and West Kenya, and development capacity and benefits of Fair Trade production in North Tanzania (regions Kagera, Kilimanjaro)

June 2007

BELARUS, UKRAINE – field research dealing with social and economic situations of displaced and resettled population due to disaster at Chernobyl - comparison of the conditions before catastrophe and after relocation

March 2008

BANGLADESH, INDIA – field research oriented on causes and consequences of human migration from Bangladesh to India (Assam), and social-economic aspects of environmental (climate) change in the region

March 2009

NEPAL – research oriented on migration processes in Nepal and South Asia, and their social and economic consequences

December 2009

UKRAINE – research oriented on local development and social impacts of emigration to the Czech Republic

August 2013, March-April 2017
MALDIVES – research focusing on climate change impacts on local population, sea level rise, mitigation and adaptation challenges and migration patterns.

September 2016
TURKEY – research focused on drought impacts in Syria on immigration to Turkey and Europe, social and economic livelihoods conditions before and during conflict in Syria

 

SCHOLARSHIPS - INTERSHIPS

June 2000

AUSTRIA - scholarship given by non-governmental organization Trialog for participation at Summer School: „The Role of Development Education in Process of Creating of Civil Society“ in Puchberg.

November 2003

AUSTRIA – scholarship of US organization Global Salzburg Seminar for international session „Environmental Policy and Public Dialogue“, Salzburg.

January/February 2004

CANADAThe Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) study tour - Development Studies programmes at Canadian universities (Saint Mary´s University, Laval University, McGill University, Carleton University, York University, University of Toronto) and The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

October 2004

CHINA - scholarship given by UN Environment Programme for participation at the 2nd International Conference on Environmental Concerns: Innovative Technologies and Management Options in Xiamen. Event was co-organized by State Environmental Protection Administration of China.

July/August 2008

GERMANY - Institute for Environment and Human Security, UN University in Bonn, and Munich Re Foundation scholarship given for participation at 2008 Summer Academy on "Environmental change, migration, & social vulnerability" in Hohenkammer (Munchen).

March 2009

NEPAL - Development Research Centre on Migration, Globalisation & Poverty, University of Sussex - scholarship given for participation at Third Residential Training Workshop on Migration, Globalisation, Security and Development, Kathmandu.

June 2010

USA – Brown International Advanced Research Institute, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island – internship for Climate Change and its Impacts: Resilience & Adaptation to Changes in Precipitation

September 2010

AUSTRIA - Vienna University of Economics and Business – scholarship given for participation on EASY-ECO Training Course for Young Researchers on Evaluation of Sustainability.

May 2012

USA - University of Colorado at Boulder – scholarship given for participation on CUPC_NCAR Migration, Urbanization and Climate Change Workshop.

December 2013
SPAIN - University of Basque Country, Department of Geography, Prehistory and Archeology, 

January 2014
UNITED KINGDOM - University College London, Institute of Global Health, and Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction

June 2017
NORWAY - Department of Global Development and Planning, University of Agder, Norway – visiting researcher - focus on climate change impacts and migration

September 2017 – August 2018
ITALY - Jean Monnet Postdoctoral Fellowship, Migration Policy Centre, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy

 

INVITED LECTURES AT UNIVERSITIES, SEMINARS, AND CONFERENCES

August 2000, 2001

"Development Education." Lectures in Summer School of Development Assistance and Cooperation organized by Center of Interdisciplinary Studies, Palacky University, Olomouc, the Czech Republic.

April 2001

"Wars, Conflicts and Human Rights in sub-Saharan Africa.". Lecture for Amnesty International, Brno, the Czech Republic.

November 2002

"The Environmental Problems of Africa in Relation to Breaking of Human Rights." Lecture for Amnesty International, Brno, the Czech Republic.

September 2004

"Environmental Migration - Determining Factors." Lecture in Third Central European Countries' Summer School of Development Assistance and Co-operation organized by Palacky University, Olomouc, the Czech Republic.

October 2004

"Environmental Migration - Summary Analysis of The Process." Keynote speech in section in Secondnd  International Conference on Environmental Concerns: Innovative Technologies and Management Options organized by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and State Environmental Protection Administration of China, Xiamen, China.

August 2005

"Environmental Migration – do we expect March of Poor South to Rich North?" Lecture at Summer School „The Phenomenon of Migration in Contemporary Europe“, West-Bohemian University, Pilsen, the Czech Republic.

October 2005

Finance Claims of Czech Republic towards Developing CountriesLecture in international seminar “Odious International Debts“ organized by Ecumenical Academy Prague, the Czech Republic.

October 2005

Chinese Environmental ScrapeLecture within the frame of Socrates Erasmus programme, Faculty of Geography, University of Bucharest, Romania.

October 2006

Poverty, Development and Development Assistance – Introduction” Lecture at University of Economics in Bratislava, the Slovak Republic.

March 2007

Development Capacity and Human Security in Environmental Change Affected Areas”. Lecture in international conference „The Nineteenth Climate Outlook Forum for the Greater Horn of Africa (GHACOF19)”, co-organized by IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre, Nairobi, Kenya.

October 2007

Millennium Development Goals – Commitments and Reality. Lecture within the frame of parliamentary debate “Does Czech Republic sufficiently contribute to the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals and impacts of climate change relief?“, Prague, Parliament of the Czech Republic.

November 2007

Environmntal Migration - Mass Invasion to the “North”? - Lecture at Faculty of Filology, Geography and History, University of Basque County, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

March 2008

Sub-Saharan Africa on Knees. Why Development Assistance Fails and the Remittance are No Match?“ Lecture at Faculty of Arts, University of Hradec Králové, the Czech Republic.

July 2008

Conceptualization of Environmentally-induced Migration“, lecture within the frame of 2008 Summer Academy on Social Vulnerability “Environmental change, migration, & social vulnerability”, Hohenkammer (available at http://www.ehs.unu.edu/article:574).

August 2009

Migration and Climate Change“, lecture at 1st Summer School of Migration Studies, International Organization for Migration, Jindřichův hradec, August 20, 2009.

November 2009

Development Consequences of Remittances“ Lecture at University of Economics, Prague, November 24, 2009.

December 2009

Environmentally-induced Migration – A Reason for Mass Invasion to the “North”? Lecture at Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, The American University in Cairo, December 10, 2009.

June 2010

Environmentally-induced Migration Scholarship lecture at Brown International Advanced Research Institute, Brown University, Providence, USA within the programme of seminar Climate Change and Its Impact: Resilience & Adaptation to Changes in Precipitation, June 23, 2010.

August 2011

Migration & Development – Introduction“, lecture at 3rd Summer School of Migration Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Organization for Migration, Prague, August 22, 2011.

August 2011

Migration and Climate Change“, lecture at 3rd Summer School of Migration Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences and International Organization for Migration, Prague, August 25, 2011.

March 2012
„Climate Change and Migration as Adaptation“, lecture at Masaryk University in Brno, March, 2012.

April 2012
„Climate Change and Migration as Adaptation“, lecture at Mendel University in Brno, April, 2012.

September 2012
„Environmentally-induced Migration – Four Case Studies - Three Continents, lecture at 4th Summer School of Migration Studies, University of South Bohemia and International Organization for Migration, České Budějovice, September 4, 2012.

November 2012
„Climate Change and Migration as Adaptation?“, lecture at Climate Change Impacts on Population and Development Aid Projects, Bratislava, Slovakia, November 8, 2012.

August 2013
„Environment, Climate and Migration“, lecture for students of Environmental Management at Faculty of Education, Maldives National University, Male, Maldives, August 19, 2013.

November 2013
„Definition and typology of environmental migrants: World Reality and state of the art“, lecture at conference “New Challenges of International Law.: Incorrect Refugees”. Faculty in Law, Charles University in Prague, November 30, 2013.

December 2013
„Household Adaptation Strategies to Climate Extremes and Population Consequences in Rural Areas in the Czech Republic“, lecture for Basque Climate Change Centre and Faculty of Economics, University of the Basque, Bilbao, Spain, December 10, 2013.

December 2013
„Environmental Change and Migration. Challenges from Social Sciences to History.“ Lecture within the frame of I. Serie de Seminarios de Investigación, “Migraciones en el mundo contemporáneo”, University of Basque Country, Vitoria, Spain, December 12, 2013.

January 2014
„Climate Extremes Impacts and Population in South Asia: The Local Experts' Knowledge and Perception“, lecture for Institute for Global Health, University College London, London, January 8, 2014.

March 2014
Household Adaptation Strategies to Climate Extremes and Commuting Patterns of Households Exposed to Flood Risk from the Bečva River Basin, the Czech Republic”, lecture within workshop “Empirical evidence and policy responses regarding climate change and migration – What role for migration in local adaptation?”, organized by Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University, Bonn, 13-14 March 2014

May 2014
Climate Extremes Impacts and Population Movement in the Maldives”, přednáška na workshopu “Understanding and modelling the migration decision making process under a changing climate”,  organized by University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal, 15 May 2014.

May 2014
Migration as a Risk Management Strategy vis-à-vis Environmental Change: Economic Impacts“, speech for World Bank and Global Knowledge Partnership on Migration and Development (KNOMAD) at Symposium on Environmental Change & Migration, Washington, D.C., May 28-29, 2014.

August 2014
Climate Change and Migration as Adaptation?“, lecture at 6th Summer School of Migration Studies, University of South Bohemia and International Organization for Migration, České Budějovice, August 21, 2014.

October 2014
Sea-level Rise Impacts and Human Mobility: Will Maldivians Move to Detroit?”, speech within workshop “Environmental changes and human mobility: what role for migration governance?” organized by World Trade Institute (WTI), University of Bern, Bern, 24 October 2014.

November 2014
Local Expert Perceptions Of Environment And Population Dynamics In Bangladesh: Different Perspectives from Non-Governmental, Public and Academic Sectors?” lecture at workshop Organizational Perspectives on Environmental Migration, organized by University Bochum a Academia Belgica, Roma, 7-8 November 2014.

May 2015
Main challenges for risk management and planning in areas affected by climate extremes impacts and population movement” within 12th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, 26 May 2015, University of Adger, Kristiansand, Norsko

May 2015
Climate Extremes Impacts and Population Dynamics”, lecture on seminar organized by Department of Global Development and Planning, University in Adger, Norsko, 27 May 2015.

June 2015
Climate Extremes Impacts and Population Movement in The Maldives”, presentation on conference “Human Migration and the Environment: Futures, Politics, Invention" at University of Durham, 30 June 2015

September 2015
Climate Extreme Impacts and Population Movement in Maldives. What is Role of Climate Justice and Responsibility?”, presentation for workshop “Climate Justice in Environmental Migration" organized by University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece, September 17 2015.

September 2015
Climate extremes impacts and population immobility: Why people don't move from affected regions?”, presentation for workshop “Combining quantitative and qualitative methods for a better understanding of the climate change-migration nexus" organized by University of Liège, University of Neuchâtel, and Joint Research Center - Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville, Spain, September 29, 2015.

October 2015
Current migration flow to Europe from the perspective of Migration and Development”, speaker at seminar “Migration and Development" organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and International Organization for Migration, Prague, October 22, 2015.

June 2016
Statistics on rejected asylum seekers in the EU member countries”, presentation on seminar “No Asylum and then … The Position of Rejected Asylum Seekers in EU member states“ organized by KU Leuven, Belgium, 21 June 2016.

August 2016
Climate Change and Migration as Adaptation?“, lecture at Summer School of Migration Studies organized by International Organization for Migration and Charles University, Prague, August 25, 2016.

June 2017
"Climate Change Impacts on Populaton Dynamics” presentation for members of Department of Global Development and Planning, University of Agder, Norway, 14 June 2017.

August 2017
Environmental Factors and Current Migration to Europe“, lecture at Summer School of Migration Studies organized by International Organization for Migration and Charles University, Prague, August 28, 2017.