Department of Regional Management

 

News

  • Three new research projects are to be launched in the beginning of year 2019: project focused on sustainable development of local communities (Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, co-investigator Dagmar Škodová Parmová, with Charles University), project dealing with informal food production (Czech Science Foundation, co-investigator Jan Vávra, with Masaryk University) and project analysing the relation of bioeconomy to strategies in forest management (Ministry of Agriculture, co-investigator Eva Cudlínová, with Czech Life Science University).
  • New 2,5 year H2020 international project titled POWER4BIO started in October. Czech part of the project focused on research and promotion of bioeconomy in South Bohemia Region is coordinated by Eva Cudlínová.
  • Paper on farmers markets co-authored by postdoctoral researcher Lenka Fendrychová has been published in Geoforum  in October.
  • Visiting researcher Valny Giacomelli Sobrinho (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria in Brazil) is currently working on the energy policies of Brazil, Czechia and EU in collaboration with department members (visit from April 2018 to January 2019).
  • Paper on informal food production in five European regions has been published in June issue of Rural Sociology. The paper was co-authored by Jan Vávra, Renata Klufová, Miloslav Lapka and Eva Cudlínová from Faculty of Economics USB.
  • Our good friend and colleague James Sanford Rikoon from University of Missouri was awarded by honorary doctoral degree of University of South Bohemia (see here).

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About the department 

Teaching

Alumni

Research

Projects

Publications

Conferences and seminars

Cooperation beyond academia

Media

Contact

About the department

Department of Regional Management represents multidisciplinary approach towards economic research and teaching, inspired by ideas of regional and sustainable development, environmental and ecological economics and pluralism in economics. Theoretical multi- and interdisciplinary approach is accompanied by practical focus on the regions and their needs. This is realised through the cooperation with mayors, preparation of development plans for municipalities, projects and consultancies with national and regional Local Action Groups.

The diversity of thinking is supported by the background of department members. Their education and expertise consists of economics, regional science, sociology, geography, political science, culturology and applied ecology.

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Teaching

Two Czech study programmes are taught at the department. Bachelor Structural Policy of the EU for Public Administration and Master Structural Policy of the EU and Rural Development. In both study programmes, the traditional economic education is accompanied by public administration and governance, and regional, social and environmental context of economic phenomena. Both study programmes could be studied in full-time or combined (distance) mode.

One international Master study programme is offered at the department. Regional and European Project Management is taught as a joint degree programme in English and French language in cooperation with Université de Bretagne Sud (France) and Westsächsiche Hochschule Zwickau (Germany). The programme consists mostly of the regional development and management courses and offers unique opportunity to live and study in three EU countries.

All offered study programmes introduce the concept of sustainable development to students with its balanced economic, social and environmental pillars and its possible application in regional development. The department also offers various English courses for international students (currently Environmental Management, Environmental Policy, Green Economy and Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Rural Sociology, Regional Management and Management of Services).

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Alumni

Students who graduated in the above mentioned programmes find their jobs in public administration, non-profit sector and private companies in various work positions. Currently, our alumni work at Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Regional Development, State Environmental Fund, State Agricultural Intervention Fund, Local Action Group Sdružení Růže, town administration in Milevsko, taxation authority in Třeboň, rectorate of University of South Bohemia, companies like E.On, Komerční banka, Agrico, and many others.

Working positions include, for example, analyst, subsidies controller, project administrator, regional administrative positions for regional development and tourism, or Environmental Impact Assessment administrator.

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Research

Research themes of the department could be summarized into four categories:

  • Socio-economic aspects of regional development
  • Bioeconomy, environmental and ecological economics
  • Environmental and rural sociology
  • Regional and global aspects of energy demand and climate change

Current research topics include bioeconomy, socio-economic aspects of soil degradation (erosion), sustainable tourism and agrotourism, informal food production, regeneration of brownfields, assessment of Czech and EU Local Action Groups, comparison of national and regional strategic documents, policies supporting ecosystem services of landscape, and sustainable development of urban areas.

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Projects

Full list of projects can be viewed here in Czech. Most important current projects with participation of department’s members include POWER4BIO (H2020), SIP-SME (Interreg) and membership in COST Action European Network on Environmental Citizenship.

Recent projects include 7FP GILDED, Land and Art as social movement and example of cultural sustainability (COST/Czech Ministry of Education), UNICREDS (Interreg) or research of  brownfield regeneration (Czech Science Foundation).

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Publications

Full list of publications can be found here or in the profiles of the department’s members.

Among recently published works, you can read the chapter on bioeconomy published by Springer; paper comparing local perception of floods and changes in Czech flood risk management policies in Journal of Flood Risk Management or paper analysing climate mitigation potential of informal food production, published in Journal of Cleaner Production.

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Conferences and seminars

Department organises international Bioeconomy course and co-organises international economic conference INPROFORUM and multidisciplinary conference Our Common Present. Other events (in Czech language) include seminars focused on pluralistic thinking in economics, seminar on qualitative methods or students’ research competition.

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Cooperation beyond academia

Department acknowledges the importance of cooperation with non-academic institutions and the responsibility of the university in its relationship to the region. Members of the department therefore cooperate with Local Action Groups, municipalities, Microregions of municipalities and Landscape Protected Areas, mostly from the South Bohemia Region. The cooperation involves not only academics but also students, who deal with the real world problems in their seminar works, participate in the preparation of strategic development plans for the municipalities and have their practical training in municipalities or Local Action Groups.

Department offers services and expertise, especially in the areas of regional development, politics and management of environmental protection, rural and sustainable tourism. These services and expertise include project consultations and monitoring of subsidies; research on socio-economic topics; preparation and consultation of strategic documents; evaluation of Local Action Groups; financial calculations for procurement; consultations, preparation and analysis of questionnaire studies; evaluation of environment; evaluation of effectivity of subsidies.

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Media

Short video presenting the research of the department created in 2015. Other media appearance (talks in Czech Radio and Television of South Bohemia) can be found in the Czech language.

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Contact

Department of Regional Management

Faculty of Economics, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice

Studentská 13

370 05 České Budějovice

tel.: +420 38903 2515

e-mail: matejckova@ef.jcu.cz

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