Research & Publications

Research Focus Areas

The Department of Development Studies research activities are specialized mainly on five areas of development and environmental studies:

  1. Pro-poor growth and inequality
  2. Aid effectivness
  3. Development and environmental indicators
  4. Land use and ecosystem services
  5. Applying Landscape Ecology in Biological Conservation, especially in the frame of Forest Ecosystems

For the research orientation of individual researchers, please see the profiles of department members.

DEF Journal

Development, Environment and Foresight (DEF Journal) publishes articles about recent research achievements within Environmental Studies, Development Studies and Foresight. The goal of this journal is to track the development tendency of these fields of expertise and make contributions in the development of the subject.

The journal is published by the Department of Development Studies, the first in Central and Eastern Europe to earn the highly prestigious EADI accreditation (IAC/EADI Accreditation – The International Accreditation Council for Global Development Studies and Research) for the International Development Studies Master’s Program. For more information about DEF Journal please follow the link.

Selected Publications

Articles in Peer Reviewed Journals

Syrovátka, M., Hák, T. (in press) Measuring rich-country policies towards the global environment: A critical analysis of the environmental component of the Commitment to Development Index. Journal of Environment & Development.

Opršal, Z., Harmáček, J., Syrovátka, M. (in press) The Allocation of Czech Foreign Aid in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Influence of Historical Relationships,  International Journal Economic Policy in Emerging Economies.

Pánek, J. 2015. How participatory mapping can drive community empowerment – a case study of Koffiekraal, South Africa. South African Geographical Journal  97 (1) 18–30.

Kladivo, P., Nováček, P., Macháček, J., Teichmann, J. 2014. The State of the Future Index for the Czech Republic. Moravian Geographical Reports 22 (3) 42–52.

Nováček, P. 2013. After Rio+20: Preparing for Sustainable Retreat? Quaestiones Geographicae 32(1), 55–60.

Nováček, P. 2013. Human Values Compatible with Sustainable Development. Journal of  Human Values, 19 (1), 5–13.

Nováček, P. 2013. Rethinking sustainable development – a challenge for the post Rio+20  Process. Polish Geographical Review 85 (1), 5–14.

Nováček, P. 2013. Thinking oriented towards the future – key to prosperity and sustainable   development? Foresight, 15 (5), 354–362.

Opršal, Z., Šarapatka, B., Kladivo, P. 2013. Land-use Changes and their Relationship to Selected Landscape Parameters in three Cadastral Areas in the Moravia Region, Czech Republic. Moravian Geographical Reports, Vol. 21, No. 1.

Pánek, J. 2013. Geographic information systems in developing countries – what are the ethical issues we need to be aware of?. GeoScience Engineering 59 (2) 40–48.

Pánek, J. 2013. The Commercialisation of Public Data – How Does Participatory Data-mining Look on a Global Scale? South African Journal of Geomatics. 2 (3) 231–245.

Krylová, P., Syrovátka, M., Opršal, Z. 2012. Assessing the aid effectiveness of the Czech Republic: Commitment to Development Index and beyond. Perspectives on European Politics and Society 13 (1), 100–116.

Pánek, J. 2012. Dangers of commercialising public data. PositionIT: the geoinformatics, surveying, GIS, GPS and location based services journal for southern Africa. 2012, Nov/Dec, 40–46.

Syrovátka, M., Krylová, P. 2012. Aid dimension of the Commitment to Development Index: Case study of the Czech Republic. International Journal of Sustainable Economy 4 (4), 323–339.

Šafaříková, S. 2011. The influence of football on the personal development of children in Uganda (using semistructured interviews). Journal of Human Sport & Exercise, 7(1), 173-177.

Nováček, P. Mederly, P., Armand, P., C., Skácelová, I. 2007. Marshall Plan for Haiti: initial project of the global partnership for development. Foresight  9 (1) 59–66.

Monographs and Chapters in Monographs

Krylová, P., Syrovátka, M., Opršal, Z. 2013. Assessing the aid effectiveness of the Czech Republic: Commitment to Development Index and beyond. In: Horký-Hlucháň, O., Lightfoot, S. (eds.) Development policies of central and eastern European states: From aid recipients to aid donors. London: Routledge.

Syrovátka, M. 2013. The environmental performance of Visegrad countries in composite indicators. In: Šauer, P. (ed.) Visegrad countries: Environmental problems and policies. Praha: CENIA.

Nováček, P. 2011. Sustainable Development. Olomouc: Palacky University Press.

Syrovátka, M., Melichar, J., Harmáček, J., Krylová, P., Kaprová, K. 2011. Are rich countries’ democratic institutions key to favourable environmental policies toward developing countries? In: Melichar, J., Kaprová, K., Máca, V. (eds.) Applied environmental economics and econometrics: Czech perspective. Praha: Litomysl Seminar Publishing.

Nováček, P., Schauer, T.  (eds.) 2010. Learning from the Futures. Olomouc: Palacky University Press.

Syrovátka, M. 2009. Financing adaptation to climate change in developing countries. In: Šauer, P., Šauerová, J. (eds.) Environmental economics and management: Young scholars perspective. Praha: Litomysl Seminar Publishing.

Nováček, P., Mederly, P., Armand, P., C. 2008. Un Plan Marshall pour Haiti. Un projet initial du Partenariat Mondial pour le développment. Olomouc: Palacky University Press.

Syrovátka, M. 2008. Barriers to international climate policy. In: Šauer, P. (ed.) Environmental economics, policy and international relations: Young researchers perspective. Praha: Litomysl Seminar Publishing.

Nováček, P., Mederly, P.,  Armand, P. 2007. Partnership for Development of Haiti. In: Mack, T., C. (ed.) Hopes and Visions for the 21st Century. Bethesda: World Future Society.

Others

Brychtová, A., Pászto, V., Marek, L., Pánek, J. 2013. Web-design evaluation of the crisis map of the Czech Republic using eye-tracking. In: 13th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference. Albena.

Machar I., Pechanec V., Kiliánová H., Opršal Z., 2013. Adaptation measures for the central European floodplains landscape in the context of global changes. Case study from the Czech Republic. 13th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Geoconference. Ecology, Economics, Education and Legislation. Conference Proceedings, vol.I: pp 11–16.

Pánek, J., Geletič, J., Voženílek, V. 2013. Concept of advanced decision-tree tool for selecting optimal participatory mapping method. In: Proceedings of Global Geospatial Conference 2013. Addis Ababa.

Pánek, J. 2013. The assessment of participatory mapping methods based on expert system. In: Popelka, S., Voženílek, V. Second InDOG Doctoral Conference Proceedings. Olomouc.

Pánek, J., Vlok, A.C. 2013. Participatory mapping as a tool for community empowerment – a case study of community engagement in Koffiekraal, South Africa. In: Proceedings of the 26th International Cartographic Conference. Dresden .

Pánek, J., a Van Heerden, S. 2013. Participatory GIS for water provision and community planning – case study Koffiekraal, South Africa. In: 13th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference. Albena.

Machar I., Pechanec V., Opršal Z., 2012. Applying of land-use analyse in environmental impact assessment of the gravel mining activities in floodplain landscape case study: Sustainable management plan of the Tovačov lakes (Czech Republic). 12th International Multidisciplinary Scientific GeoConference and EXPO – Modern Management of Mine Producing, Geology and Environmental Protection, SGEM 2012. pp 457–464.

Pánek, J. 2012. The commercialisation of public data – how does participatory data-mining look on a global scale?. In: GISSA Ukubuzana 2012: Day 1. Johannesburg.

Vlok, A.C., Pánek, J.,  CAMP for change in the Bojanala Region of North West Province. In: GISSA Ukubuzana 2012: Day 2. Johannesburg.

Pánek, J. 2011. Participatory and Public Participation GIS: A Phenomenon of Neocartography with a High Potential in Developing Countries?. In: The Scale of GlobalizationThink Globally, Act Locally, Change Individually in the 21 st Century. Ostrava.

Syrovátka, M. 2007. Aggregate measures of welfare based on personal consumption. In: Šauer, P. (ed.) Environmental economics, policy and international relations. Proceedings from the conference hold in Prague in October 2007. Praha: Litomysl Seminar Publishing.

Šafaříková, S. & Khomutova, A. 2011. The interpersonal relations in a group of young adolescents – participants of the football programme in Uganda. In Scientific report series physical education and sport.Nr 15 (1/2011). University of Pitesti, Faculty of physical education and sport.