Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague – Culturology (2008 MA, 2009 PhDr., 2012 PhD)
I am assistant professor in the Department of Regional Development. Apart from research and teaching, I organize annual interdisciplinary conference Our Common Present and discussion seminar Budějoice Economic Days. I am a member of Faculty Editorial board 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.
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 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.
Jehlička, P., Daněk, P., Vávra, J. (accepted). A change engaging resilience: Home gardening, food sharing and everyday resistance. CanadianJournal of Development Studies.
Vávra, J., Megyesi, B., Duží, B., Craig, T., Klufová, R., Lapka, M., Cudlínová, E. (in press, 2018). Food self-provisioning in Europe: An exploration of socio-demographic factors in five regions. Rural Sociology. 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
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
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. link
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. link