MU - Masaryk University

Masaryk University (MU), the second largest Czech university, has an internationally respected research program, state-of-the-art infrastructure and 38000 research results visible on the European scale.

The faculty of Social Studies is continuously receiving top ratings among social sciences faculties. Research activities grant a budget of about 14 million Euros to the Faculty with 160+ academic publications per year. The Department of Environmental Studies, with background in environmental sociology (Prof. Librová, As. Prof. Stibral, Ulčák, PhD.) and environmental evaluation (Činčera, PhD., Krajhanzl, PhD.), takes as its starting point the historic and cultural causes of the environmental crisis and looks for possible solutions in the areas of social, economic, legal and political studies and their interactions, considering also natural sciences approach. There are numerous projects in progress in the Department, administered by 3 project coordinators funded by EC ECP to upgrade the teaching and study performance (15 mil. CZK), Social and financial metabolism of selected local food systems or participation in ICNP SD. The department has a long-standing and fruitful cooperation with Austrian and German universities, Telemark University College, Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, and Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai.

Location
Masaryk University
Joštova 10,
CZ-602 00 Brno
Czech Republic
Members: 

Christian Kerschner is a full time assistant professor at MU. He is interested in how scarcities of key resources affect transitions towards a sustainable post-carbon (degrowth) society. For this purpose he uses Input-Output analysis and other methods to look at potential systemic vulnerabilities and is known for his conceptual and analytical work on Peak-Oil. Moreover he publishes on the role of technology for such a transition and on general attitudes towards technology. He is the PI of MEDEAS for MU and together with his team and colleagues from IIASA he is responsible for the integration of Input-Output analysis into the MEDEAS model.

Martin Černý is a PhD. Student at MU. He specializes on combining input-output analysis with multi-scale integrated analysis of societal and ecosystem metabolism in relation to post-carbon and post-growth transformation. His research interest includes simulating changes in employment and functional time-use allocation necessary to deal with a zero growth or a de-growing economy. In MEDEAS he focuses on methods of constructing future input-output tables for a post-carbon economy.

Christian Kimmich is a researcher at MU. He holds a PhD and MSc from HU Berlin, where he studied agricultural engineering and economics. Before joining MU, Christian was visiting scholar at the Ostrom Workshop and worked at the Swiss Federal Institute WSL of ETH Zürich. He currently studies natural resource sectors and related infrastructures. In MEDEAS project, he focuses on micro- and macroeconomic aspects, integrating input-output structures.