The faculty is divided into 8 independent departments which guarantee education as well as scientific-research activities. Apart from this each department offers its professional knowledge and experience which is realised in cooperation with practice, according to requests of companies and institutions of public administration. For better orientation we introduce the individual departments by a short characteristics.

 

Department of Regional and Business Economics

 

Head of Department: prof. Ing. Iva Živělová, CSc.

Telephone: +420 545 136 404

E-mail: iva.zivelova@mendelu.cz

The members of the Department of Regional and Business Economics have long been focusing on regional and business economics and policy, evaluating the sustainability of regional development and assessing the efficiency of business management in various sectors of the national economy. This is also related to the role of businesses in the development of regions, the definition and verification of the factors influencing the success of businesses, including the analyses of differentiation of the business environment. Attention is also paid to agribusiness and the role of local actors and clusters, the evaluation of the competitiveness of agriculture within food verticals and consumer behaviour in the agricultural products market. The department is divided into two units: the Unit of Agricultural Economics and Policy, specializing in the issues of agriculture and related sectors and the Unit of Project Management focusing on scientific and research activities particularly in the area of ​​using standards and methods of project management in relation to regional development.

The results of scientific research activities are presented to students in the courses provided by the department. These are courses mainly from the areas of regional economics and policy, business economics and financial management, non-profit organizations, development economics, agricultural economics and policy, agribusiness and project management. Several subjects are taught by lecturers who have experience in the non-academic sphere or by foreign lecturers, who have been cooperating with the department for a long time.

 

Department of Social Studies

 

Head of Department: doc. PhDr. Mgr. Josef Smolík, Ph.D., MBA, LL.M. 

Telephone: +420 545 136 321

E-mail: josef.smolik@mendelu.cz

The Department of Social Studies offers a wide range of subjects in the fields of political science, sociology, demography and psychology, and provides courses in methodology, political science, demography, criminology, sociology, and intercultural, social and managerial psychology. We try to incorporate the results of our research in the courses taught by the department staff. The issues we deal with are analyzed from the perspective of social, human, cultural, political and health capital at different regional levels.

The members of the department deal with topics such as ethical aspects of management, management in a multicultural environment, adaptation of an individual to a host culture, prevention of socio-pathological phenomena at a regional level, local politics, security and criminological aspects of regions, regional identity, regional and local traditions, quality of life in regions, discrimination and stereotyping, social structure and stratification. The department also gives support to other departments in the field of empirical research methodology with human subjects.

 

 

Department of Territorial Studies

 

Head of Department: doc. MVDr. Helena Modrá, Ph.D.

Telephone: +420 545 136 320

E-mail: helena.modra@mendelu.cz

The members of the Department of Territorial Studies are specialists focusing on different world regions and their development, both in the regional and international context. Research carried out at the department involves political science and international relations while paying special attention to the impact of social, economic, religious, health and other factors on the development and processes in individual countries and regions. The factors researched in more detail include safety, migration, the influence of Islam, the spread of serious diseases, and food safety. The focus of the research at the department can be divided into two areas: the first area covers the developing world with special attention being paid to the regions of Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia, China and the Near East; the second area is focused on political development in the European Union. The recent publications, which are the result of the research carried out at the department, concern the institutional system and the external policy of the EU, the role of China in the global economic governance, and the historical contexts that influence contemporary political arrangement. Other important publications focus on the topic of health risks.

The staff of the Department of Territorial Studies guarantee and teach in particular those courses that are related to the International Territorial Studies study programme. Instruction in bachelor’s and master’s study programmes takes place in both Czech and English languages. With regard to the topics covered in the courses offered by the department, the staff of the department often travel to internships abroad with students and participate in the internationalization of the faculty. Academic staff participate in the projects of the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic and other scientific projects. In addition to research and teaching, the specialists at our department are often asked by the media to comment on contemporary international affairs. Last but not least, they give lectures to the public. 

 

Department of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resources

Head of Department: doc. RNDr. Aleš Ruda, Ph.D.

Telephone: +420 545 136 252

E-mail: ales.ruda@mendelu.cz

The employees of Department of environmentalistics and Natural Resources deal with the issues of protection of landscape, care for living environment, sustainable use of natural resources. All research areas are solved in the sense of multipurpose use of landscape and based on the principles of sustainable development.

Scientific-development activities project on the practical applications where we deal with evaluation of ecosystem functions of landscape, suggestions of complex landscape adaptations and consultancy activities in the area of care for landscape and individual parts of living environment.

The results of the scientific-research activities are used in the education of our subjects. The theoretical education in the classrooms is always amended with practical demonstrations, field excursions and exercises. These are subjects focusing on the area of environmentalistics, protection of landscape and sustainable development of regions.

 

Department of Regional Development

 

Head of Department: Mgr. Ondřej Konečný, Ph.D.

Telephone: +420 545 136 328

E-mail: ondrej.konecny@mendelu.cz

The wide expertise of the staff of the Department of Regional Development results in a varied portfolio of topics addressed that capture individual disciplines and approaches to regional development. Studying the dynamics of selected socio-economic characteristics of the territory using geographic, economic and geostatistical approaches and methods is considered as key. The most common themes dealt with at the department are related to economic geography, foreign investment in the Czech Republic, current form and impact of the regional policy in the Czech Republic and the EU, the application of tourism in territory development or the redevelopment of abandoned (not only) industrial areas. The study of rural areas, especially the implementation of the LEADER method developed through local action groups, is also of interest. The staff of the department address (not only) these topics while using geoinformation tools and geostatistics and while developing special decision-making tools.  The spectrum of subjects taught, research and development projects and cooperation (contractual research, consultancy) reflects the above-mentioned professional profile of the staff of the Department of Regional Development.

 

Department of Language and Cultural Studies

 

Head of Department: Mgr. Pavel Reich, Ph.D.

Telephone: +420 545 136 257

E-mail: pavel.reich@mendelu.cz

The Department of Language and Cultural studies provides courses of foreign languages at the Faculty of Regional Development, the Faculty of AgriSciences, the Faculty of Horticulture and the Institute of Lifelong Learning. The courses offered include beginner, intermediate and advanced level and students can choose from English, German, French and Spanish. In addition to general language courses, the department also offers courses of languages for academic and specific purposes, academic writing in English, presentation skills in English and other courses focused on applied linguistics and cultural studies. These are offered to students of the Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies as elective courses.

In its research and publishing activities, the department focuses on three main areas - applied linguistics, cultural studies and didactics of foreign languages. In the field of applied linguistics, the staff of the department focus on the analysis of professional discourse, in particular political and corporate discourse, but also on various topics related to language policy, especially in the context of the European Union. In the field of cultural studies, the department staff deal primarily with international differences in community drug treatment and the possibility of using traditional Amazon medicine while addressing this health issue. Another topic addressed by the staff of the department is the education of disadvantaged groups in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil. As far as the methodology of foreign languages ​​is concerned, the staff of the department focus on the so-called “practitioner research”, which is based on practice and leads to improving the quality of foreign language teaching. Research is focused on teaching, i.e. the creation of the syllabus and the materials, as well as learning oneself, i.e. the strategies used by students during the study, testing, etc. Particular emphasis is placed on research in the field of autonomy of university students when studying foreign languages.