Diversity and Ageing

The research interests focus in particular on social and human capital, developing fundamental knowledge about a range of recent social phenomena linked to global trends in modern societies like retirement timing, aging employees, demographic change, etc.

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doc. PhDr. Martina Rašticová, Ph.D.

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is an associate professor at Mendel University in Brno, currently a vice-dean for internationalisation and also leading the Department of Law and Humanity Sciences, she has been working on gender, age and cross-cultural research projects and publishing since 1998. From 2004 – 2007, she lived in Washington, DC, in 2006 – 2007, she received the Associated Research Scholarship at George Washington University…

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She is the author of the monograph Czech Woman between Profession and Family (2011), editor of the monographs Diversity is Reality (2011), Age management (2013), To work or to be retired? (2018). She has also contributed several chapters to the monographs edited by Michele Paludi, issued by Praeger Publisher, USA. She is currently a member of Management Committee of COST Action IS 1409 Gender and health impacts of policies extending working life in western countries. Also, participates on the international project: Dynamics of Accumulated Inequalities for Seniors in Employment (DAISIE) supported by NORFACE; provider of few national projects focusing on extending working life. Since 2008, she has lived with her husband and four children in Bílovice nad Svitavou, Czech Republic.

Mgr. Hana Porkertová, Ph.D.

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in Sociology at Masaryk University in 2017, having defended a thesis focused on visually impaired experience. She spent part of her doctoral study in the United Kingdom and Canada, where she developed her research and participated in discussion groups on social theory. Currently, she works as an assistant professor at Mendel University in Brno, where she coordinates a project focused on experience of people with visual disability with urban space funded by the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR).

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Her research draws on qualitative methods, which she innovately develops together with her colleagues to capture experience not based on vision. To analyze constructions of disability and visual impairment, she uses post-structural approaches, mainly Deleuzo-Guattarian philosophy and actor–network theory, and her new work lies at the intersection of sociology and human geography. She has been publishing in the Czech Republic and abroad, and she actively participates in organizing events for professionals and the public with the aim to raise awareness about disability and disability rights.

Mgr. Martin Lakomý, Ph.D.

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is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Business and Economics at Mendel University in Brno with a strong background in quantitative methodology and data analysis, who studies activities of older adults, including labour force participation and their consequences. His research activities are based on quantitative data from international surveys and innovative techniques of data analysis.

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He got Ph.D. from sociology in 2019 and obtained many research experience both in Czechia and during research stays at University of Bergen and the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic institute. He has published as a lead author in highly impacted journals, such as the European Journal of Ageing, European Societies, Plos One and Social Science Research.

Mgr. Bc. Ondřej Pavelek, Ph.D.

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is an assistant professor at Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Business and Economics, Department of Law and Humanity Sciences. In 2014, he graduated from the Faculty of Social Studies, European Studies, and in 2015 graduated from the Faculty of Law, Law and Legal Science, at Masaryk University in Brno. In 2020,  he completed his Ph.D. studies in civil law.

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During his studies, he took an internship in the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament and at the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations in New York, USA. As part of his doctoral studies, he completed an internship at the law faculties in Vienna (Austria) and Bremen (Germany). After graduation, he worked for the Supreme Court of Justice of the Czech Republic. He is the author of the monograph Náhrada nemajetkové újmy na zdraví a při usmrcení [Compensation for non-material damage on health and death] issued by C.H. Beck. Since 2019, he has lived with his wife and two children in Lipůvka, Czech Republic.

Mgr. Radka Klvaňová, Ph.D.

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is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Law and Humanities (Faculty of Business and Administration) at MENDELU. Her student internship in a refugee camp initiated a long-term research interest in migration, immigrant reception and integration that she has studied mainly from the perspective of immigrants.

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She is currently involved in projects “Smart Migration to the Czech Republic” (TAČR) where she focus on identification of main challenges of Czech migration policies and “The Thirteenth Immigrant?: An in-depth exploration of the public perception of migration in the Czech Republic” (GAČR). Her book The Brother of the Other: Immigration from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to the Czech Republic and the boundaries of belonging (2017) examined how symbolic boundaries of belonging are constituted in everyday encounters in the social and cultural context of immigration in the Czech Republic.

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Extended Working Life Policies

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Projects

Project GAČR: Disability geography – visually impaired experience with urban space

The research project has three main goals – to understand the spatial experience of visually impaired people; critically reflect the prevailing conception of visuality in current geography; to establish disability geography in the Czech context. 

Visuality has dominated the Western world since ancient times, which leads to devaluing experience that is not based on visual perception. The favoritism of sight has also permeated both natural and social sciences, including both physical and human geography. The results of geographical research often consist of distances, angles, or measures, all of them captured in a visual form like maps, graphs, pictures, photographs etc. The spatial experience of visually impaired people offers a critical reflection of the dominance of visuality in human geography and opens up a question of how to conceptualize this experience geographically. The research draws on the poststructuralist approaches that focus on spatial practices – urban space is not a starting point in which miscellaneous activities are being done, but a result of these activities/practices, from urban planning to living in such a space. The project follows disability geography that focuses on personal experience with space and departs from the conviction that the modern city is configured for able-bodied subjects, and thus neglects other bodies. The research examines comprehending space and its borders in the visually disabled perspective, the effect of the type of assisted movement on experience with space, or studies how visuality is projected into the visually impaired experience.  The research uses qualitative research methods – repeated semistructured interviews and go-along research.  

Project name

Disability geography – visually impaired experience with urban space 

Project duration:

1/2020 – 12/2022 

Principal investigator

RNDr. Robert Osman, Ph.D. , Masaryk University

Principal Co-inverstigator

Mgr. Hana Porkertová, Ph.D., Mendel University in Brno

RNDr. Lucie Pospíšilová, Ph.D., Charles University 

TAČR Project: Methodology for Assessing Social Effectiveness of Institutions Executing Public Policies

The objective is to create and introduce new procedures enhancing efficiency of existing public policies at central, regional and local level and develop a certified methodology assessing social effectiveness of institutions executing public policies. The implementation of this methodology will facilitate the identification of good practices, improvements in governance and administration, and cultivation of public institutions. Simultaneously it will also assist the implementation of the recently adopted civil service law.

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Methodology for Assessing Social Effectiveness of Institutions Executing Public Policies

Project duration

11/2015 – 12/2017

Principal investigator

Doc. Ing. Marie Bohatá, CSc., CERGE – EI

Principal co-investigator

doc. PhDr. Martina Rašticová, Ph.D., and doc. Ing. Ing. Lea Kubíčková PhD., Mendelu PEF ÚPHV

TAČR project: Increasing Efficiency of National Action Plan (NAP) supporting positive ageing in the period of 2013 to 2017.

The project aims to design a methodology and create measurable indicators to evaluate the National Action Plan (NAP) supporting positive ageing in the period of 2013 to 2017. Using such measurable indicators it will be possible: – to precisely assess the impact of the measures undertaken to ensure and protect rights of elderly people, lifelong learning, employmentof elderly people and senior persons in relation to the pension insurance system, volunteering and cross-generation cooperation, senior-citizen-friendly environment, healthy ageing, care of the most vulnerable elderly people with limited self-sufficiency – to efficiently plan further actions -to compare the results with other EU countries. Positive and active ageing has been incorporated in a number of EC programme documents such as the Strategic Implementation Plan of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, also adopted by EU countries.

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Increasing Efficiency of National Action Plan (NAP) supporting positive ageing in the period of 2013 to 2017.

Project duration:

1/2015 – 8/2016

Principal investigator

doc. PhDr. Martina Rašticová, Ph.D
Mendelu PEF ÚPHV

Project TAČR: Ethics in public administration

The objective is to enhance Czech public administration ethics and integrity.Current efforts to increase ethical awareness and competences of public officials will be analyzed, shortcomings and gaps in the implementation of existing tools identified, and reflecting on research findings and proven good practices recommendations for a common integrity framework and greater efficiency of existing practices formulated (4/2019). The recommendations will be discussed at an international conference in order to get feedback (6/2019). In a dialogue with relevant stakeholders and in workshops training needs will be identified, a training programme designed and a textbook

Project name 

Ethics in public administration

Project duration

02/2018 – 06/2021

Principal investigator

doc. Ing. Marie Bohatá CSc., PhDr. Mgr. Pavel Seknička Ph.D., Národohospodářský ústav AV ČR 

Principal co-investigator

doc. PhDr. Martina Rašticová, Ph.D., Mendelu PEF ÚPHV
doc. RNDr. Anna Putnová Ph.D., MBA, VUT v Brně FBM ÚM

Dynamics of Accumulated Inequalities for Seniors in Employment (DAISIE)

The DAISIE project explores the gendered impacts of policies and practices aimed at extending working life (EWL) in five contrasting national settings (the Czech Republic, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK), using a mixed methods research design inspired by insights from life-course and gender studies. The project addresses two significant and timely issues: labour market participation in later life and retirement and the analysis of labour market and family trajectories.

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Increasing Efficiency of National Action Plan (NAP) supporting positive ageing in the period of 2013 to 2017.

Project duration:

01/2018 – 12/2020

Principal investigator

doc. PhDr. Martina Rašticová, Ph.D., Mendelu PEF ÚPHV 
Dr. Alena Křížková, Prof. Radka Dudová, Dr. Marie Pospíšilová, Dr. Marie Heřmanová, 
Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague

COST Project  – Action IS 1409: Gender and Health Implications of Extended Working Life: Key Policy Messages

The main goal of this Action is to advance scientific knowledge about the gendered impacts of extended working life on the health and economic well-being of older workers in Europe and to support informed gender-sensitive future policy, explicitly considering the differential needs of women and men. Specific aims are (1) to develop new understandings and best practice for research into extended working life and gender and to create a platform which harmonises a number of methodologies, disciplines and approaches; (2) to enhance and add value to current research in these fields and build capacity for future collaborative research; (3) to provide training, support and mentoring for emerging researchers in the field of gender and extended working life; (4) to act as an innovative platform for knowledge exchange and dissemination of good practice among researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders including trade unions and employers.

Project duration

4/2015 – 4/2019

Principal investigator

doc. PhDr. Martina Rašticová, Ph.D., Mendelu PEF ÚPHV