The focus of scientific-research activities of the Faculty result from its aim and research activities of individual departments. It focuses mainly on the issues of regional development, in the area of rural regions as well as urbanised agglomerations. Within solving the problems of regional development the research activity focuses mainly on economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects of the development.

The development of regions is solved at the local and national level as well as at international and global levels. From global point of view the Faculty focuses on solving problems in the developing world.


Karstic water environment: the impact of human activities on "geomycobacteriology"

  • 01. 01. 2016 – 31. 12. 2018
  • The Czech Science Foundation (GACR)
  • Project nr. 16-13231S
  • prof. MVDr. Ivo Pavlík, CSc.

The Moravian Karst presents unique holokarstic phenomena in the Czech Republic. Water has played key role in its origin and development. Surface water pollution affects significantly the ecology of the karstic ecosystem whereas the quality and safety of water may change quickly due to many factors. Mycobacteria cause not only tuberculosis (obligate pathogenic mycobacteria), but also mycobacterioses (nontuberculous mycobacteria; NTM) in humans and animals. NTM occur in soil, waste and waters polluted by organic compounds. The aim of the project is to elucidate the impact of human activities on the surface on the occurrence and significance of NTM in ecosystem of Moravian Karst by connection of molecular and classic microbiology, geography, demography and physical chemistry. Risks of human and animal exposure to contaminated karstic waters will be evaluated and propagation of selected NTM will be explored in field experiments.

Capacity building in agricultural innovation services in CEE countries

  • 01. 09. 2016 – 28. 02. 2018
  • ERASMUS+ Strategtic partnership
  • Project nr. 2016-1-HU01-KA202-022944
  • Ing. Vojtěch Tamáš, Ph.D.

In every industry innovation is the driving force of development and progress, and agriculture is certainly no exception. However innovation and innovative results do not always reach the end users who could benefit from them, there is a big gap between research institutes and the potential end users of research results. For this reason agricultural innovation services appeared on the market with the aim of providing agricultural innovation advices and the EC’s Standing Committee on Agricultural Research introduced the concept of innovation broker, whose role would be to act as intermediary between the demand and supply of agricultural research and extension services. As the field of agricultural innovation services and professionals (brokers) is a very new field the skillset and the competences of these professionals have not yet been clearly defined, training materials related to this topic have not yet been developed. The project aims to clearly define the expectations of end users with regards to the agro innovation services and professionals, to develop and describe the optimum profile of these professionals and prepare training materials and tools to be used during the agro innovation vocational trainings.

Sustainability of Small and Family Farms (SOILS)

  • 01. 09. 2016 – 31. 08. 2019
  • ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership
  • Project nr. 2016-1-SK01-KA203-022611
  • Ing. Ivo Zdráhal, Ph.D.

The aim of the submitted project was to strengthen cooperation in the field of innovation of pedagogical activities between selected higher education institutions and professional practice in the field of agriculture. The area of cooperation was the issue of education, focusing on small and family farms and their functions (business, economic, production, organizational, technical, environmental and social functions). From a regional point of view, the project focused on small farms in selected regions of Europe. Recently, business networks have started to expand rapidly in developed countries as a form of cooperation agreements associating together small farms and bringing a special effect to the economy and business (especially in terms of cost reduction, use of new technologies, more information, etc.). The project also focused on the issue of young farmers, who are the future of agriculture and they must first apply innovative business tools. For this reason, the project involved not only universities (Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Mendel University in Brno and Vytatutas Magnus University in Kaunas), but also partners of the association of young farmers from Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary (6 subjects altogether).

Partnership and active institutional networks of Cyril and Methodius route in the moravia-slovakia border area

  • 01. 01. 2017 – 31. 12. 2019
  • Interreg VA SK-CZ
  • Project nr. MPRV-2017-2320/9889-10
  • Ing. Alice Kozumplíková, Ph.D.

The project aims to develop a sustainable plan of development of the Cyril and Methodius Route, as a crucial prerequisite for it to operate as a European Cultural Route.

Main goals of the project are to:

  • define the theme of the route in the cross-border area, emanating from the cultural and historical heritage of the Great Moravia and
  • develop a strategy for development of the route, using the grass-roots approach and involving the locals, as well as stakeholders from the public and private sector
  • strenghten the cooperation between project partners and develop new partnerships with the public and private sector
  • apply the strategy for the route development in its pilot phase

Sustainable Management of Cultural Landscape (SUMCULA)

  • 01. 10. 2017 – 31. 08. 2020
  • ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnership
  • Project nr. 2017-1-SE01-KA203-034570
  • Ing. Alice Kozumplíková, Ph.D.

Cultural landscapes can be understood in many perspectives such as The agricultural landscape, The industrial landscape, The urban cityscape, The coastal maritime landscape, …and even more denominations are possible for example Foodscape, Soundscape, etc. What they share is the material and intangible consequences of man’s interaction with the landscape in a broad variety of different areas and contents.

The issues motivating this strategic partnership build on the experiences and competences of the partners and rests in a number of issues such as:

  • how to organize the numerous stakeholders in landscape questions into a sustainable governance structures;
  • how to develop models for identifying, describing and interpreting material and intangible properties of the landscape;
  • how to develop strategies for valuation, preservation, development; and
  • how to develop local economies and sustainable tourism building on identified qualities and properties of the landscape.

China’s multifaceted economic diplomacy in the era of the Belt and Road Initiative

  • 01. 01. 2019 – 31. 12. 2021
  • The Czech Science Foundation (GACR)
  • Project nr. 19-01809S
  • Mgr. Ing. Richard Turcsányi, Ph.D.

The project analyses China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI, also called ‘One Belt, One Road’ or China’s New Silk Road), President Xi Jinping’s flagship foreign policy initiative since 2013, via a theoretical framework of state-led, coordinated, multifaceted economic diplomacy in which three main strategic tools are utilised to achieve the initiative’s three primary goals. The three primary goals are: (i) expanding China’s geopolitical and geo-economic influence in developing countries across Asia and Europe; (ii) providing an outlet for Chinese companies competing in an overcrowded domestic market; and (iii) sustaining China’s economic growth and economic security. The three strategic tools are: (i) infrastructure construction by Chinese companies; (ii) loan financing from Chinese state banks; and (iii) a state-led soft power ‘charm offensive’. The framework will be applied to examination of texts and data relating to Chinese policy and investment in selected countries in each BRI region (Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia).

Healing Places

  • 01. 04. 2019 – 31. 03. 2022
  • Interreg Central Europe
  • Project nr. CE1308
  • Mgr. RNDr. Pavel Ptáček, Ph.D.

The Healing Places project aims at a more sustainable development of spas by protecting the unique resources that constitute their basis. The partners will extend knowledge and awareness regarding the influence of various factors on underground water deposits by building multi-level and multi-territorial governance models of managing natural spa resources. A crucial element of the project will be the construction of common, innovative and web-based tool for the assessment of threats and pressures on mineral and hot water deposits.

Hey, Slavs! Visual culture of propaganda inspired by Slavic nationalisms in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and its anti-European character

  • 01. 01.2020 – 31. 12. 2022
  • The Czech Science Foundation (GACR)
  • Project nr. 20-07592S
  • doc. JUDr. PhDr. Marek Čejka, Ph.D.

This project is aimed at investigating visual culture of propaganda as inspired by various motives found in Slavic nationalisms in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In addition, the project is aimed at discursively analyzing nationalist agendas as found in various political addresses, speeches, statements, as well as social media platforms of various political subjects in both states. In that regard, the project aims to analyze the anti-European nature of political discourses, in both visual and written form, in the given countries so as to gain insight into their identity roles and modes they are (ab)used in political terms.

 New political parties in the party systems of Poland and the Czech Republic

  • 01. 01.2020 – 31. 12. 2021
  • MOBILITY (Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport)
  • Project nr. 8JPL20XXX
  • doc. PhDr. Mgr. Josef Smolík, Ph.D., MBA, LLM

The project focuses on „new“ political entities, their functioning, development, communication with the public and reasons for their success. The last decade of the evolution of the political party system in the Czech Republic will be studied. Apart from other aspects, the electoral support of these “new” political entities will be studied (SPD, ANO, Czech Pirate Party). During the lifetime of the project, the Czech and Polish research teams will cooperate, especially on the final outcome, which will be an analysis of the political systems in the Czech Republic and Poland after 2010 in the context of the newly emerged political entities.

 

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