Department of Development and Environmental Studies, Palacky University in Olomouc

National Network
Czech Republic

17.listopadu 12
77900 Olomouc

Organisation Type
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Democracy and community development
  2. Environment/Sustainable development
  3. Research
General Information
Palacky University in Olomouc is one of the oldest universities in Central Europe, established in 1573. With eight faculties and about 25 000 students it is one of the leading centres of teaching and research in the Czech Republic. The university is located in Olomouc, a small historical city with a pleasant university atmosphere. The Department of Development and Environmental Studies ( has 10 years of experience in the field of development studies. It is one of the first programmes in development studies in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. The Department offers wide range of development and environment-related programs (on bachelor, master and doctoral level): Programs taught in English: • International Development Studies Master’s Program • GLODEP International Development Studies Joint Master Program (together with University Clermont Auvergne in France and University of Pavia in Italy) ( • Foresight for Environment and Development Master’s Program • International Development Studies PhD Program Programs taught in Czech: • International Development Studies Bachelor’s Program • Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development Bachelor’s Program • International Development Studies Master’s Program • International Development Studies PhD Program The programme emphasizes practical hands-on experience and international outreach. Students have an opportunity to participate in the Erasmus programme and spend a semester or two at one of our more than 25 partner universities worldwide. Students also have a possibility to apply for Josef Vavrousek scholarship funded by the Department of Development Studies, which enables them to conduct research, implement projects and undertake internships abroad. Annually students can participate in different field trips which aim to introduce various international organizations important in the area of international development. The interdisciplinary team of the Department comprises of 12 academic staff members and 3 non-academic staff members. The Department strongly encourages the participation of experts from the field of development policy and practice (government, NGOs, development agency, private companies implementing the development cooperation etc.) as well as the visiting lecturers from the partner universities.  In 2015 the department began the publication of the journal Development, Environment and Foresight (
Mission and Objectives

Our Mission
We are an open, progressive and dynamically growing academic department within the Faculty of Science. We provide education opportunities and conduct research in the areas of development studies, environmental studies and foresight.
We strive to inspire our students, professionals and the public and thus contribute to the sustainable development of civil society. We support the personal growth and future employability of our students by focusing on their individuality and strengths as well as on international cooperation opportunities.

Main Projects / Activities

-  teaching - development and environmental studies
-  research in the area of development and environmental studies, esp.
• Pro-poor growth and inequality
• Aid effectivness
• Development and environmental indicators
• Land use and ecosystem services
• 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 (participatory mapping in community development; sport and development; evaluation of development and peace-building interventions etc.)
- publishing of Encyclopaedia of Development Studies
- 20 years history of organisation of the Summer School on Development Cooperation (
- organisation of conferences (e.g. „Searching for Sustainable Living – Different Approaches, Shared Vision“ in October 2015 in cooperation with EADI)
- field-trips for students to development related institutions and to the target regions of the development cooperation
- "Missing Maps" - organisation of "mapatons" (creation of maps in developing regions in cooperation with Médecins Sans Frontières)
-simulations for students on negotiation and conflict resolution (in cooperation with Partners for Democratic Change Slovakia); on conflict sensitive development

How can you contribute to the Network in your country?

- provide academic expertise in the areas of our research and teaching focus
- help to host events

Why do you want to join the ALF Network?

- creating partnerships for common research projects
- exchange of best practices in education
- create partnerships and new opportunities for knowledge exchange
- create partnerships and new opportunities for students to enhance their interpersonal and intercultural capacities and gain new hand on experience together with their counterparts from different areas of the world

Contact (1) Full Name
Lenka Dušková
Job Title
Head of the organisation
Pavel Nováček