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Research orientation

The scope of our research activities is quite extensive: the traditional Anglo-Saxon concept of social demography as a comprehensive field of study represents the basis for our inquiry into the domains of social inequalities and social mobility, education, religion, family life, kinship relations, life cycle and gender, urban sociology, sociology of health and illness, medical sociology, sociology of media, sociology of bureaucracy and formal organizations, sociology of the professions, sociology of public opinion and contemporary as well as classical sociological theory and historical sociology. For the research orientation of individual researchers, please see the profiles of department members.


PhDr. Jaroslava Hasmanová Marhánková, Ph.D.  

Jaroslava Hasmanová Marhánková concentrates on gender, corporeality and ageing, using qualitative methodological tools. She has also been studying, on a long-term basis, issues related to the sociology of medicine. In the past, she has worked on projects analyzing active ageing policies and the Czech Republic's senior citizens policies. She currently focuses on the experience of grand-parenthood and its significance in Czech society, on the concept of biological citizenship and on forms of resistance to biomedical knowledge (which she researches within the framework of case studies of parents critical of the fact that vaccination of their children is compulsory).


Mgr. Ema Hrešanová, Ph.D.  

Ema Hrešanová is interested in the issues of health and illness and their gender-related aspects. She uses qualitative methodology and primarily employs ethnographic methods. She is also interested in intimate relationships and family, professions and professional groups and organizations in today's society. She has participated in several Czech and international research projects, such as Social stratification and health: trends in the effect of mother's SES on pregnancy and birth outcomes in the Czech Republic after 1989. Her post-doctoral project was called Natural childbirth movement and feminist approaches to childbirth in the Czech Republic: Systems of social actions and thought.


Prof. PhDr. Hynek Jeřábek, CSc.

Prof. Hynek Jeřábek pursues his research career in the field of empirical social research history and methodology, emphasizing the fact that classical research represents a great source of inspiration for scientists today. He specializes in the study of election and media communication methods and the methodology of social research. He has been working, on a long-term basis, on inter-generational solidarity and elderly care research – see for example his Family Cohesion in Elderly Care project.


PhDr. František Kalvas, Ph.D. 

František Kalvas concentrates on social research methodology and sociology of public opinion, focusing mainly on agenda-setting and theory and related theories of public opinion shaping, such as the spiral of silence theory. In the field of methodology, he has previously been interested in longitudinal quantitative designs and respective statistical analysis methods. Currently he is strongly focused on the agenda-based modeling of social processes (for example, see his Use of Agent-Based Modeling in the Study of Development of the Czech Borderland project).


PhDr. Tomáš Kobes, Ph.D.  

The main focus of Tomáš Kobes's work lies in a longitudinal participatory research study carried out mainly in Eastern Slovakia. This research concentrates on the activities of non-governmental organizations striving to improve the life of local Roma settlers, on kinship related issues, and on homosexuality and trans-sexuality in East Slovakian settlements. He specializes in kinship and family theories, regional development and Roma-related issues. He is also interested in the theory and epistemology of social sciences.


Mgr. Alena Pařízková, Ph.D. 

Alena Pařízková focuses on international migration. She uses qualitative methods to analyze job migration in the context of the life cycle, international migration and the construct of home or gender. Her work currently features both the aspect of migration and inter-generational relationships as well as the influence of technologies. She is also interested in social identity.


Mgr. Martina Štípková, Ph.D.

Martina Štípková focuses on family, health and social stratification, using advanced methods of quantitative data analysis. In her dissertation, she explored the inequalities of health in infants according to their mothers' family situation. She has been currently working on a research project focusing on the influence of the size of age cohorts on health and on health related inequalities.


Doc. PhDr. Jan Váně, Ph.D.

Jan Váně concentrates mainly on issues related to the sociology of religion. He is interested in “alternative” currents within denominations (mainly of the Catholic Church) existing in particular sociocultural environments. He explores the ways in which they morph and how their interpretation and self-interpretation change as a result of their blending with other sociocultural phenomena of a non-sacral character originating in modern societies. An inquiry into the processes of individualization and its influence on manifestations and forms of religiosity makes up an integral part of his work.