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Head of Department

PhDr. Petr Suchý, Ph.D.

About Petr

Head of Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University. After finishing his Master’s degree at the Faculty of Social Studies MU in 1998 he completed also doctoral studies at Department of Political Sciences FSS MU. He focuses mainly on development of foreign as well as security policy of the US since the World War II until present, with a special emphasis on period of the Reagan administration, further on security issues – the role and development of nuclear weapons, development of arms control and disarmament between the superpowers in the first as well as the second nuclear age.

In the summer of 2002 he took part in Fulbright’s Institute of American Studies on U.S. Foreign Policy: Foundations and Formulations held at The Walker Institute for International studies at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. In July 2009 he lectured at Department of Defence and Strategic Studies, Missouri State University, Campus Washington D.C. He is the author of Reagan a říše zla, Strategie zadržování v americké zahraniční politice. Vznik a vývoj koncepce 1945-1953 and the editor of studies Zahraniční politika USA v devadesátých letech dvacátého století a Vývoj a výsledky procesů kontroly zbrojení a odzbrojování. Marnost nad marnost? (with Petra Kuchyňková).

Room 443, phone: 549 498 126, e-mail: psuchy@fss.muni.cz

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Professors

prof. PhDr. Petr Fiala, Ph.D., LL.M.

About Petr

Political scientist, Rector Emeritus of Masaryk University and Minister of Education in 2012-2013.

He graduated in Czech language and History at the Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University (1983-1988) and then worked as a historian at the museum in Kromeriz (1988-1989). In the 1980s he participated in independent civic activities and co-organized a student movement (a samizdat periodical Revue 88). After November of 1989 he shortly worked as an editor and then co-founded the Political Science Department. In 1996 he habilitated at the Charles University in Prague, in 2002 was appointed the first professor of political science in the Czech Republic. He founded and led a number of political science institutes, he was among others Head of the Department of Political Science (1993-2002), Department of International Relations and European Studies (2002-2004), Head of International Institute of Political Science (1996-2004, 2012), Head of Institute of Comparative Political Research (2005-2011) and Dean of the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University (2004). He had been the Rector of Masaryk University for two terms (2001-2011). In the years 2011-2012 he was the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, from May 2012 to July 2013 he was the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports. Since 2013 he has been a Member of Parliament of the Czech Republic, since January 2014 the Chairman of the Civic Democratic Party.

In years 2005-2009 he was a Deputy Chairman and in years 2009-2011 the Chairman of Czech Rectors Conference, he was also among others a member of the Council of the European University Association (2009-2011). He was a member of Accreditation Commission of the Czech Republic (2002-2004), of the Council of Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (2007-2012); in years 2008-2014 he was a member and a Deputy Chairman of the council of government’s Research, Development and Innovation. He had a function in many research and academic councils of universities and research institutions in the Czech Republic as well as abroad. He has received a number of awards for his academic activities both at home and abroad. 

In his academic research he specializes in comparative political science and European policy. He is the author/co-author of 14 monographs and more than 200 expert studies that have been published in a number of countries; he participated in many national and international research projects. Among his best-known publications belong Evropská unie (with M. Pitrová, 2003, 2009), Teorie politických stran (with M. Strmiska 1998, 2009), Katolicismus a politika (1996), Partie i systemy partyjne Europy Środkowej (with A. Antoszewski, R. Herbut and J. Sroka 2003), Die Verborgene Kirche (with J. Hanuš 2004), Laboratoř sekularizace (2007), Evropský mezičas (2007, 2010), Politika, jaká nemá být (2010) and Na konci bezstarostnosti (2015). 

Room 447, phone: 549 49 4411, e-mail: pfiala@muni.cz

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prof. PhDr. Vít Hloušek, Ph.D.

About Vít

Vít graduated in history and political science at the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University (1995 – 2000). He has worked at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at FSS MU since 2002. In 2015 he was appointed professor. He is a guarantor for European Governance Master’s study programme, which is taught at the Masaryk University together with Utrecht University, and holds a function of member of the Doctoral board. Since 2012 he has been a Director of International Institute of Political Science FSS MU.

Professionally and pedagogically he focuses on issues of contemporary history and comparative political science. He deals mainly with research of changing relations between domestic policy and political system of the European Union and examination of development of tools and forms of multilevel governance in the European Union, while he develops especially those qualitative methods, which combine social science and historical ways of asking questions and finding answers. In the fields of his research interests he willingly supervises Diploma and Dissertation theses.

Vít is an author of a number of articles in journals and anthologies, an editor of many publications; most recently Towards the Partnership: The Third Decade of Czech – German Relations (s B. Dančákem; muni press 2016); Presidents above parties? Presidents in Central and Eastern Europe, Their Formal Competencies and Informal Power (muni press 2013), an author or co-author of many monographs, for example Europeanised Defiance: Czech Euroscepticism since 2004 (with V. Havlík and P. Kaniok, Barbara Budrich Verlag 2017), Party Systems in East Central Europe (with L. Cabada and P. Jurek, Lexington Books 2014), or Origin, Ideology and Transformation of Political Parties: East-Central and Western Europe Compared (with L. Kopeček, Ashgate 2010).

Room 447, phone: 549 49 4761, e-mail: hlousek@fss.muni.cz

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Associate Professors

doc. Mgr. Filip Černoch, Ph.D.

About Filip

Filip Černoch finished his Doctoral degree in European Studies at Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University. Here he currently works as a researcher and the study advisor for International Relations and Energy Security and Energy Security Pogramme. He was advisor to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic on energy issues and a member of  vládního Výboru pro udržitelnou energetiku. He focuses on the EU energy policy.

Room 426, phone: 549 49 3694, e-mail: cernoch@mail.muni.cz

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doc. PhDr. Břetislav Dančák, Ph.D.

About Břetislav

Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies MU (since 2008). Here, he worked as a Vice Dean (since 2008), in present, he holds the position of Dean (since 2011). In the past, he had worked as a Director of International Institute of Political Science of Masaryk University (2004 – 2009).

In his research, he specializes in US foreign policy after the Cold War with a focus on US priorities towards Central and Eastern Europe. In light of political development in Central European countries, he deals with their domestic policy and foreign policy aspects. He puts special emphasis on Visegrad Group and analysis of mutual relations between these states as well as their membership in the European Union and North Atlantic Alliance.

He has published a number of articles, studies and analyses in the Czech Republic and abroad, he contributed as an author and editor to several book titles: Zahraniční politika politických stran v České republice, Maďarsku, Polsku a na Slovensku (author and editor with Miroslav Mareš), Národnostní politika v postkomunistických zemích (author and editor with Petr Fiala), Nacionalistické politické strany v Evropě (author and editor with Petr Fiala), Pobaltí v transformaci – politický vývoj Estonska, Litvy a Lotyšska (author and editor) or Integrační pokusy ve středoevropském prostoru I., II. (author and editor, 1998, 1999).

Besides lecturing activities at the Faculty of Social Studies MU he lectures abroad on regular basis and participates in international conferences and seminars.

In academic year 2003 – 2004 he held a function of Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Columbia in New York, where he realized his research on US foreign policy in 1990s.

He is a member of several expert commissions and councils: Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Czech Committee for Central and Eastern European Studies at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Board of Institute for Strategic Studies. In years 2002 – 2004 he had a function of Executive Director of the East European Summer School Club.

Room 453, phone: 549 493 551, e-mail: dancak@fss.muni.cz

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doc. PhDr. Petr Kaniok, Ph.D.

About Petr

Since 2016, Petr Kaniok has been working as an associate professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. At the same time he works as Academic Researcher at the International Institute of Political Science. Since 2012, he has been the editor-in-chief of Czech Journal of Political Science.

In his research he focuses on the issue of Euroscepticism, EU institutions, political system of the EU, theory of European integration and political systems of Nordic countries. He is the author of monographs Předsednictví Rady EU – příběh půlstoletí"(2008) and České předsednictví Rady EU – most přes minulost (2010), editor of several reviewed works (for example Česká politika v Evropské unii: Evropský integrační proces a zájmy České republiky, together with Vít Dočkal, Petr Fiala and Markéta Pitrová, 2006, or Euroscepticism and European Integration, together with Krisztina Arató, 2009). He periodically publishes in scientific journals with impact factor in the Czech Republic as well as abroad and appears at important scientific conferences.

As for grant and project activities, he was a successful principal investigator of grants Předsednictví Rady EU – most přes minulost (2009-2010, Czech Science Foundation - GAČR) and Předsednictví Rady EU a jeho role v rozhodovacím systému EU (European Commission, Jean Monnet Teaching Module, 2009-2013). He is currently the principal investigator of following grants: All Rights Reserved? Barriers towards EUropean CITIZENship (2013-2017, European Commission, 7th framework programme) and Evropa 2020: Horizont proměny relevantních aktérů politického systému České republiky (2013-2016, Czech Science Foundation - GAČR). 

Room 454, phone: 549 49 3571, e-mail: kaniok@fss.muni.cz

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doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Oldřich Krpec, Ph.D.

About Oldřich

He graduated in Political Science at the Faculty of Social studies and in Law at the Faculty of Law at Masaryk University. He finished his Doctoral degree in 2007 at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University, where he currently works as a researcher. In years 2009 – 2012 he was a director of International Institute of Political Science MU. He is a member of Board of Scientific Editors MU. In his research he focuses on political economy of international trade and development, economic history and the process of interests mediation in modern societies. He is the author and co-author of a number of research articles and monographs, especially Evropa ve světové ekonomice-historická perspektiva (with Vladan Hodulák, 2013), Politická ekonomie mezinárodních vztahů (with Vladan Hodulák, 2011) and Národní zájmy v moderní demokracii – Česká republika (2009).

Room 4.56, phone: 549 49 3877, e-mail: krpec@mail.muni.cz

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doc. PhDr. Zdeněk Kříž, Ph.D.

About Zdeněk

He graduated in political science and history at the Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University. He became associate professor of political sciences in 2006, based on his habilitation thesis “End of Germany as a civilian power? Germany’s out-of-area operations during the red-green coalition of 1998-2005.” In further training he completed courses „1st Security Policy and Defense Management Course“ (Center for Defense Studies in Aberdeen and Center for European Security Studies in Groningen) and „Leaders for the 21st Century Course 99-2“ (George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies). In 2009, he studied U.S. National Security at the U.S. Winter Institute on (University of Delaware, Newark, USA). 

He specializes in international relations, international security organizations, German and Czech security policies, civilian command and democratic control of armed forces, and the history of armed conflicts. He has authored or co-authored five monographs and over forty peer-reviewed articles home and abroad, including five studies indexed in Web of Science, four in SCOPUS, and dozens of popularizing and journalistic texts. Between 2006-2010 he participated as co-investigator in the German PRIF project „The Image of the Democratic Soldier in European Comparison“. He was also lead investigator in national projects funded by the Grant Agency of the CR (NATO Adaptation, Armed conflicts after the Cold War), and by the Czech Academy of Sciences (Civilian Command and Democratic Control of the Czech Armed Forces).

He is currently lead investigator in the Grant Agency of the CR project “Germany and military out-of-area operations: civilian power, trading state, or middle power?”, set to conclude in 2019 and lead investigator and manager of the Czech Ministry of the Interior grant “Methodology for the forecast, early warning, and prevention of threats to Czech internal security from regional armed conflicts”. This project is set to conclude in 2020. On a long-term basis, he is also involved in specific research grants at MU. He has successfully supervised 8 Ph.D. candidates. In 2010 and 2011 he was part of the Czech Defense Minister’s expert team producing the White Paper on the Defense of the Czech Republic 2011.

Room 440, phone: 549 494 996, e-mail: zkriz@fss.muni.cz

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doc. Mgr. Jan Osička, Ph.D.

About Jan

In the past, Jan worked as a co-editor of „Analyses and Commentaries“ column of information portal of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Natoaktual.cz. In 2009 he participated in six-month stay in Istanbul Bilgi University focused on international dimension of energy commodities transport. After he returned at FSS MU he took part in research of energy security at the Department of International Relations and European Studies and International Institute of Political Science where he focuses on mainly on international trade of energy commodities and unconventional sources of natural gas. During the recent years he has worked also as a member of the research team of a number of short-term projects of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Government of the Czech Republic, Czech-Polish forum or International Visegrad Fund, focused on energy security. Jan is also a member of research team of Grant Agency MU focused on research of local oppositions to infrastructure projects.

He is the author and co-author of several important publications and articles, for example: The framing of unconventional natural gas resources in the foreign energy policy discourse of the Russian Federation (2014), The Future of the Druzhba Pipeline as a Strategic Challenge for the Czech Republic and Poland (2012), Technicko-ekonomické aspekty energetiky (2014) and other.

Room 435, phone: 549 49 6896, e-mail: osicka@mail.muni.cz

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doc. PhDr. Markéta Pitrová, Ph.D.

About Markéta

Vice Dean for Strategic Development at the Faculty of Social Studies MU and docent at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies MU. After studying Political Science at the Faculty of Arts and completing postgraduation studies at the Faculty of Social Studies MU she joined the Department of International Relations and European Studies as an expert on European integration. She specializes on political development in the EU, its institutional issues and constitutional development. She is also an author, co-author and editor of monographs, studies and articles, principal investigator of grants, member of the Scientific Board at FSS MU, member of the Editorial Board of International Relations journal (Mezinárodní vztahy). Since 2012, she has held a title of Jean Monnet Chair.

She is an author of a number of significant publications focused especially on issue of European integration and the European Union. For example, this includes titles such as Institucionální struktura EU (1999), Rozšiřování ES/EU (ed. with Petr Fiala, 2002), Institucionální struktura Evropské unie. Vliv integračních paradigmat na výstavbu institucí (2002), Evropská unie (with Petr Fiala, 2003; new updated edition in 2009).

Room 445, phone: 549 495 782, e-mail: pitrova@fss.muni.cz

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doc. PhDr. Tomáš Vlček, Ph.D.

About Tomáš

Tomáš Vlček works at the Department of International Relations and European Studies and the International Institute of Political Science of Masaryk University. He is a member of the Center for Energy Studies, an independent research platform, a Senior Expert of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Energy Strategy Expert Group (EESEG), and a member of the Czech Nuclear Education Network academic association. He was selected for the International Visitors Leadership Program, the prestigious professional program run by the United States Department of State, and also initiated and manages the widely respected International Summer School on Energy Security, held every August in Telč since 2012. He has taken part in nearly 30 government and academic research projects on energy security and energy policy, has delivered tens of papers at international conferences and has undertaken a number of research forays to Russia, the USA, and countries in Europe, especially the Central and Eastern Europe, as well as South-Eastern Europe. His research specialization focuses on geopolitical aspects of energy, nuclear energy, and energy security of post-communist Europe.

Room 435, phone: 549 49 7156, e-mail: tomas.vlcek@mail.muni.cz

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Assistant Professors

Mgr. Zinaida Bechná, Ph.D.

About Zinaida

She is an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University and since 2012 she has worked as a researcher at the International Institute of Political Science (IIPS MU). In her research she focuses mainly on the issue of non-international armed conflicts, ethnic conflicts, international relations theory, conflicts in the Caucasus, translatlantic relations, NATO enlargement, foreign policy of Russia and international security.

In 2014 she finished her Doctoral degree in International Relations at FSS MU. During her doctoral studies she took part in six-month stay at the Department of Political Science, Baylor University of Texas, USA; doctoral course at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in Norway; ECPR Summer School on Methods and Techniques, Mixed Methods Design in Ljubljana and research stay at Freie Universität Berlin. Zinaida Bechná is the author or co-author of many research articles in Czech and foreign revues and she regularly presents her research at prestigious international conferences, as for example at Annual Convention na International Studies Association (ISA) and at the Department of War Studies na King's College London.

As a member of faculty research team she participates in following projects: Ozbrojené konflikty v mezinárodních vtazích po skončení studené války (GA407/09/0153) and Aktuální otázky evropské a mezinárodní politiky II (MUNI/A/0898/2013).

Room 427, phone: 549 49 6761, e-mail: ziko@mail.muni.cz

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Mgr. Monika Brusenbauch Meislová, Ph.D.

About Monika

Monika Brusenbauch Meislová graduated in Political Science and European Studies at Faculty of Arts at Palacký University Olomouc. During her university studies, she undertook two study stays abroad: the first one at Loughborough university in the United Kingdom and the second one at Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany. She holds a Ph.D. degree from the Department of Political Science and European Studies at Palacký University Olomouc. She also conducted an internship at the European Parliament and several research stays in London and Brussels.

Currently, she is an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at Masaryk University Brno. She cooperates externally also with Palacký University Olomouc. She designs and teaches courses on British politics and relations between the UK and the EU.

Her main research interests revolve around the study of British politics (especially British European policy and Brexit), Czech foreign policy and EU external relations. She is the author or co-author of one book, several book chapters and many research articles in peer-reviewed journals (including British Politics published by Palgrave Macmillan). Dr. Brusenbauch Meislová has also published numerous reviews and texts in popular venues and occasionally contributes to ČT24 web and London School of Economics and Political Science blog. She regularly presents her work at both domestic and international scientific conferences and often participates in public debates.

Room 446, phone: 549 49 8794, e-mail: brusenbauch.meislova@mail.muni.cz

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PhDr. Vladimír Černý, Ph.D.

About Vladimír

Vladimír Černý studied history and political science at Masaryk University in Brno. In 2007 he was awarded the doctoral degree in history at the Historical Institute of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University. Now he works as an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, and gives outside lectures at the Faculty of Arts of the same university. In the past, he worked on special projects with the Institute for Contemporary History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. He specializes in the history of international relations, focusing on the 19th and 20th centuries. His main interests include the development of Central Europe between 1914 and 1989, armed conflicts of the previous two centuries, and the history and political development of the United Kingdom. He has written or co-written seven monographs, a number of studies published in professional journals, and popular science articles.

Room 454, phone: 549 49 6373, e-mail: vlcerny@mail.muni.cz

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Vratislav Havlík, Ph.D.

About Vratislav

Vratislav Havlík graduated in European Studies and Media Studies and Journalism at Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University, where he continued with his doctoral degree in European Studies. He also participated in six month stays at Universität Wien and Technische Universität Dresden (Herbert Quandt Foundation). In 2011 he took part in six month internship at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, during which he among other activities led a course on Europeanisation of Political Systems. In 2012 – 2013 he organized a conference coorganized with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung as a researcher of International Institute of Political Science.

Vratislav Havlík focuses on research of Europeanisation, multi-level governance, paradiplomacy and the role of cities in the EU, and further on Hungarian and German politics and Hungarian-Slovak relations. He is the author of monograph Města jako partner v procesu vládnutí (2013), he is also author of various research articles mainly dealing with participation of local level on European governance and current Hungarian politics.

Under the Department of International Relations and European Studies he participates in projects  Evropa 2020: Horizont proměny relevantních aktérů politického systému České republiky (GA13-24657S) – Czech Science Foundation (GAČR) and Aktuální otázky evropské a mezinárodní politiky II (MUNI/A/0898/2013).

Room 426, phone: 549 49 6267, e-mail: vhavlik@fss.muni.cz

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Mgr. Vladan Hodulák, Ph.D.

About Vladan

At the Department of International Relations and European Studies FSS MU in Brno he works as a researcher – postdoc. He finished his Doctoral degree in International Relations in 2012 at Faculty of Social Studies MU. In 2013 he worked as Visiting Scholar at the Department of Economics at University of Missouri – Kansas City.

In his research he focuses on international political economy, especially on the role of power in international monetary and financial relations and on the development of international economic institutions.

He is the co-author (with Oldřich Krpec) of books Politická ekonomie mezinárodních vztahů and Evropa ve světové ekonomice. He further published several research articles and chapters in collective works.

Room 426, phone: 549 49 4982, e-mail: vlod@mail.muni.cz

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Mgr. Martin Chovančík, Ph.D.

About Martin

Martin Chovančík received his doctoral degree in the field of international relations from the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in 2014 for his thesis on the utilization of arms embargoes. During his studies, he spent a semester of methodological instruction at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth and cooperated professionally with the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the SR, as well as Jagello 2000 as the editor of analyses on the web portal natoaktual.cz. After his Ph.D. degree he joined Palacký University in Olomouc as a post-doc and was a Visiting scholar at the University of Toronto in 2015. He is currently involved with a number of research projects at the International Institute of Political Science at Masaryk University.

His research focuses on coercive diplomacy, arms trade, and non-military variants of armed conflict resolution, especially international sanctions and crisis mediations. He has authored or co-authored a series of articles on these issues including Iran coercion success and the use of non-kinetic force to support sanctions and prevent military escalation (2016), Managing armed conflict and the use of arms embargoes (2014), and in a more specific local context Czech and Slovak Defense Policies Since 1999: The Impact of Europeanization (2013).

Room 427, tel.: 549 49 7649, e-mail: chovancik@mail.muni.cz

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Mgr. Martin Jirušek, Ph.D.

About Martin

Martin is professionally focused on energy security in the central and Eastern Europe, post-communist countries and on the transatlantic dimension of energy security. He has also published articles on conceptual foundations of the energy policy of CEE countries and the European Union, the role of Russia in the energy sector in CEE and role of the US in the global energy environment.

He co-organizes the annual Energy Security Summer School of the Masaryk University and has participated in a number of research projects focused on the areas of his interest.

Room 428, phone: 549 49 3994, e-mail: jirusek.martin@mail.muni.cz

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Mgr. Hedvika Koďousková, Ph.D.

About Hedvika

She finished her Master’s degree in International Relations at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University. In 2012 she successfuly finished her Doctoral degree focused on foreign energy policy of China. In her research she specializes on conceptualisation of energy security, geopolitical aspects of energy policy and mainly on energy relations in Asia. She leads several courses in Czech and English. In 2009 and 2011 she took part in study stays in Great Britain and China. She was a co-investigator of analysis for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Zkapalněný zemní plyn: potenciál pro energetickou bezpečnost EU (2009) and principal investigator of the project Ruské aktivity v zemích vyvážejících zkapalněný zemní plyn (2010). At FSS she led a project focused on education of students in the field of energy security co-funded by European Social Fund and Czech national budget. In present she works as a researcher at International Institute of Political Science (IIPS MU).

Room 435, phone: 549 49 7388, e-mail: kodouskova@mail.muni.cz

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PhDr. Michal Kořan, Ph.D.

About Michal

He is an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at FSS MU in Brno and the Head of Research Department of Institute of International Relations in Prague. He finished his Doctoral degree in International Relations in 2008 at the Faculty of Social Studies MU in Brno.

In his research and teaching activities he focuses on analysis of foreign policy (especially of the Czech Republic and smaller European states), on Central European regional cooperation and its iterference into European transatlantic policy and into eastern and south-eastern external dimension of the EU. He also specializes in philosophy of sciences, especially in developement in the field of pragmatism and scientific realism.

He is the author and co-author of a number of research articles on the mentioned issues in Czech as well as foreign periodicals (for example, Osteuropa, EuropeanSecurity, Perspectives or Mezinárodní vztahy), the main author of annual analytical studies of the Czech foreign policy and a co-author (together with Martin Hrabálek) of publication Czech Foreign Policy in 2007 – 2009: Analysis, Česká zahraniční politika: Aktéři, struktura, proces and the author of monograph Člověk, poznání a mezinárodní politika.

He was the principal investigator of grant by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Rozvoj výzkumu v oblasti zahraniční politiky a mezinárodních vztahů, in present he is the principal investigator of the Czech Scientific Foundation’s grant Bezpečnostní multilateralismus jako instituce and the principal investigator of strategic grant of International Visegrad Fund Visegradgroup in the Post-Lisbon EU: GettingCloser to MoveFurther. He was granted the „Visiting Scholar“ scholarship for spring term of 2012  by Fullbright Foundation on Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University.

Room 446, phone: 549 494 718, 251 108 110, e-mail: 11048@mail.muni.cz

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Mgr. Petra Kuchyňková, Ph.D.

About Petra

She is an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies MU.

She graduated in International Relations and European Studies and finished her Bachelor‘s degree in Political Studies at Faculty of Social Studies MU. In 2007 she became an assistant at the Department of International Relations and European Studies and since 2010 she has worked here as an assistant professor. In 2004 – 2013 she worked as analyst of European legislation in Centre for the Study of Democracy and Culture, with which she still intensively cooperates. In years 2008 – 2009 she worked as an assistant in European Parliament in Brussels.

She specializes in foreign policy of Russian Federation after 1991 with focus on Russian-EU relations, current development of the European Union‘s legislative, EU Common Agricultural Policy and  eastern dimension of EU foreign policy. She is the author and co-author of research articles in published reviews (e.g. Central European Political Studies Review) and works, chapters in specialized books (e.g. for Institute of International Relations Prague) and analyses (e.g. for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic or Government of the Czech Republic) and papers presented at conferences in the Czech Republic and abroad. She is the co-editor of Vývoj a výsledky procesů kontroly zbrojení a odzbrojování (with P. Suchý, 2005) and Rusko jako geopolitický aktér v postsovětském prostoru (with T. Šmíd, 2006) and the co-author of monograph Energetická bezpečnost asijských zemí a Ruské federace (with H. Koďousková and A. Leshchenko, 2012; 2nd edition with H. Koďousková, A. Leshchenko and M. Jirušek, 2014).

As a principal investigator and co-investigator she participated in many projects, e.g. Ruské aktivity v zemích vyvážejících zkapalněný zemní plyn realizovaný in 2010 for Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (as a co-investigator) and project Prosazování zájmů ČR v rozhodovacích orgánech EU: Hledání kompromisů, budování koalic v Evropské radě a Radě EU a spolupráce s ostatními institucemi realized in years 2012 – 2013 for Technology Agency of the Czech Republic and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (principal investigator). She currently participates in specific research project of Masaryk University Aktuální otázky evropské a mezinárodní politiky II(MUNI/A/0898/2013) realized in 2014 (as a co-investigator).

Room 4.54, phone: 549 496 439, e-mail: kuchynko@fss.muni.cz

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Mgr. Lukáš Lehotský, Ph.D.

About Lukáš

Lukáš is Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies. His current research focuses on activism networks in response to lignite coal mining and policy networks related to coal mining and environmental policy in the Czech Republic.

In the past, he participated in research projects on gas market integration in Visegrad countries, energy efficiency in the Visegrad Group and Ukraine, as well as a project on behaviour of Russian state-owned enterprises in Central and Eastern Europe.

He lectures on energy efficiency, social science methods, programming for social scientists, and computer-aided text analysis.

Mgr. Petr Ocelík, Ph.D.

About Petr

Petr Ocelík took his PhD in International Territorial Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, where he works as an Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies and a Researcher at the International Institute of Political Science.

His main research interests are social acceptance and local opposition towards energy infrastructure. In his teaching, Petr focuses on social science methodology, social network analysis (SNA), International Relations theories, and international security. He has been involved in both domestic (GA ČR, GA MU, TA ČR) and international (COMPON) research projects. Petr is a member of Center for Energy Studies (CENERS), a co-founder of informal network of Czech researchers interested in SNA (CNSNA), and a member of Standing Group on Political Networks in the European Consortium of Political Research (SG PN ECPR). In 2013, he has completed a one-semester research stay at Aberystwyth University.

Selected publications are available here.

Room 450, phone: 549 49 6233, e-mail: petr.ocelik@gmail.com

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Mgr. Barbora Padrtová, Ph.D.

About Barbora

Barbora Padrtova is an Assistant Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, where she graduated with a PhD in International Relations. She is also an Expert on Geopolitics and Security at the British think-tank Polar Research and Policy Initiative (PRPI), based in London. Previously she was a research group leader at the Institute of International Relations in Prague which elaborated an analysis of Arctic policy tailored for the purposes of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. She also served as Programme Director for Transition (2014-2015) and Project Manager (2011-2014) at the Bratislava-based security and defence policy think-tank Centre for European and North Atlantic Affairs (CENAA). In 2011, she was working at the Political Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, D.C.

Her research interest focuses mainly on geopolitics and security in the Arctic region, securitization theory and the US/NATO-Russia relations. She has published numerous peer-reviewed academic and policy papers, while she has presented outcomes of her research at several high level international conferences. She has also successfully implemented several international research and policy projects. Her teaching experiences include a number of courses related to International Relations, International Security, Foreign and Security Policy to Bachelor and Master students. Additionally, she gained international teaching experience in Norway, during the High North Dialogue seminar, where she tutored Master students of International Relations and Business; and in Slovakia, during the Summer School for Young Professionals, where she tutored Master students of Security Policy and during School of Foreign and Security Policy for Journalists.

Barbora Padrtova is a Czech Delegate before the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) at the Social & Human Working Group. She is also a member of the UArctic Thematic Network on Geopolitics and Security (University of the Arctic and Northern Research Forum), a member of the Arctic-FROST Network (National Science Foundation) and a member of the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS). She is also an Editorial Board Member of Philosophy Study Journal, David Publishing Company. Apart from her research and academic activities, she is a keen reader of different kinds of literature, a passionate traveller and an active horse rider.

Room 448, tel.: 549 49 4433, e-mail: padrtova@mail.muni.cz

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JUDr. Mgr. Ivo Pospíšil, Ph.D.

About Ivo

He graduated in Political Science at Faculty of Social Studies and Law at Faculty of Law MU. In years 2001 – 2005 he finished his Doctoral degree in Public International Law at the Department of International and European Law at Faculty of Law MU. In the past he worked for International Institute of Political Science MU as a coordinator of projects (1999 – 2001), in the Office of Public Defender of Rights as a lawyer (2001 – 2002), at the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic as judge’s assistant (2002 – 2008) and as a head of his Analysis Department (2009 – 2012). He currently holds a position of Secretary General at the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic and part-time positions as an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at FSS MU (since 2005). He is a member of Government Legislative Council and Examination Board of the Czech Bar Association.

He is the author of a number of texts in the field of constitutional law, international law and political transitology: e.g. monograph Pobaltí v transformaci. Politický vývoj Estonska, Litvy a Lotyšska (with Břetislav Dančák and Adam Rakovský; 2000) or Utváření politického systému v Estonsku: příklad napětí mezi institucionálním rámcem a dynamikou tranzice (2005); further in the field of protection of human rights and freedoms and its regimentation in Czech, international and European law: monograph Práva národnostních menšin: mezi univerzalismem lidských práv a partikularismem skupinových odlišností (2006). He is also the co-author of commentary on Zákon o Ústavním soudu (2007) (Law on the Constitutional Court) and Listina základních práv a svobod (2012) (Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms) and the co-author and editor of In dubio pro libertate, Pocta Elišce Wagnerové (2009), Vladimír Klokočka Liber Amicorum (2009), Ozbrojené konflikty po konci studené války (2013) and other. He regularly publishes on issues of public life in the daily press (Lidové Noviny, Mladá fronta DNES, Hospodářské noviny).

Room 446, phone: 549 494 816, e-mail: ipospisi@fss.muni.cz

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Zuzana Ringlerová, Ph.D.

About Zuzana

Zuzana Ringlerová did her undergraduate and Master studies in Political Science at Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague. She then moved to the United States and obtained a doctorate in Political Science at Purdue University in West Lafayette, USA. She has worked at the Department of International Relations and European Studies FSS MU since September 2014. She teaches courses focused on the American political system, political attitudes and behavior in the EU as well as on the basics of statistical analysis. Her research interests include the study of public opinion and political behavior. Her current projects focus on public support for the EU, attitudes towards immigration, and voting behavior in European Parliament elections. She has published her work in European Union Politics and presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Conference and the ECPR General Conference.

Room 4480, phone: 549 497 213, e-mail: ringler@fss.muni.cz

Website: zuzanaringlerova.weebly.com

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Mgr. Hubert Smekal, Ph.D.

About Hubert

Hubert Smekal holds a PhD in European Studies from Masaryk University, Brno, where he currently works as an assistant professor. He spent a year (2010–2011) as a Fulbright–Masaryk Scholar at the Center for the Study of Law and Society, University of California, Berkeley. He co‑founded the Czech Centre for Human Rights and Democratization and serves as a member of the Human Rights Council of the Czech Government. His academic interests take in the issues of human rights, the political role of the CJEU and ECtHR, and judicialization of (international) politics. Smekal has published articles in European Constitutional Law Review, Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, and Journal of Mixed Methods Research. He has authored two books on human rights, co‑edited four volumes, and published a number of book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals. 

Room 456, phone: 549 49 8264, e-mail: hsmekal@fss.muni.cz

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PhDr. Zdeněk Sychra, Ph.D.

About Zdeněk

He finished his Doctoral degree in Political science at Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University, where he currently works as an assistant professor. In the field of European Studies he specializes in European integration process. He focuses on specific EU policies, especially on Economic and Monetary Union, further on the issue of EU enlargement and generally on analysis of European politics.

He is the author and co-author of many research texts in the field of European studies and chapters in Rozšiřování ES/EU (2003), Evropská referenda (2005), Měnová integrace, Náklady a přínosy členství v měnové unii (2007), Friendship in the Making (2012), and the author of monograph Jednotná evropská měna (2009).

Room 448, phone: 549 498 145, e-mail: sychra@fss.muni.cz

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Mgr. Jana Urbanovská, Ph.D.

About Jana

Jana Urbanovská graduated in Political Science and European Studies at Faculty of Arts at Palacký University Olomouc. During her studies she participated in two-term stay at Friedrich-Schiller Universität (Jena) and one-term stay at Philipps-Universität (Marburg a/d Lahn) in Germany. She finished her Doctoral degree in International Relations at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in 2012 by defending her doctoral thesis “Participation of states in UN peacekeeping operations. The Case of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria”.

She currently works as an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the FSS at Masaryk University and as an academic researcher at the International Institute of Political Science also at Masaryk University. In her research she focuses mainly on EU security policy, UN peacekeeping and German foreign and security policy. She participates in the projects “Germany and military out-of-area operations” (Grant Agency of CR, 1/2017 - 12/2019) and “Methodology for the forecast, early warning, and prevention of threats to Czech internal security from regional armed conflicts” for the Ministry of Interior of the CR (1/2017 - 12/2020). 

Room 427, phone: 549 49 5462, e-mail: urbanovska@fss.muni.cz

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Mgr. et Mgr. Veronika Zapletalová, Ph.D.

About Veronika

Veronika Zapletalová obtained a doctorate in International Relations at the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in 2016. In the past, Veronika was working at Eurocentrum Brno – Office of the Government of the Czech Republic (2007 – 2009). In 2009 she participated in six-month stay in University of Ljubljana focused on the policy-making process in the US and EU. After she returned she took part in numerous government and academic projects on energy security and energy policy.

Veronika currently works as an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the FSS at Masaryk University and as an academic researcher at the International Institute of Political Science. Her majors are the external dimension of the EU energy policy, liberalization of the energy market in the EU and the shape of governance in the EU. Veronika participates in the project  ”United in Differences: Visegrad Contribution to EU Differentiated Integration” (Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, 2018 – 2020).

Room 450, phone: 549 49 5971, e-mail: zapletalova@mail.muni.cz

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Secretariat

Olga Cídlová, DiS.

About Olga

Office 444, phone: 549 495 224, e-mail: cidlova@fss.muni.cz

Office hours:

monday  9:30 - 11:00

tuesday    14:00 - 15:00

wednesday   9:30 - 11:00

thursday  9:30 - 11:00