Tatiana Kluvánková (executive director), is head of the department of Strategic Environmental Analyses at the SPECTRA Centre of Excellence, Bratislava, associated with the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Slovak University of Technology. Her research focuses on institutional ecological economics and transdisciplinary collaboration between natural and social sciences under conditions of complexity and uncertainty. Her current research interests include earth system governance, in particular commons and ecosystem service governance to trigger behavioural change for sustainability in biodiversity, as well as climate change applied to urban areas and marginalised regions. Publishing and in Science, Ecological Economics, Environment and Planning C, MIT press and others. Active member of International Human Dimension Program on Global Environmental Change (Member of Scientific Committee of IHDP (2003-2008), Member of Standing Committee of Social Sciences, European Science Foundation (2011-2012) and European Society for Ecological Economics  (ESEE) – vice president 2009-2015). Currently Faculty Member of Earth System Governance, and CzechGlobe (2013- ). From 2003 partner investigator of 8 international EU Framework projects, 2 H2020 projects and several Cost Actions. In the policy area she acts as a member of the IPBES expert group on “Policy support tools and methodologies”, and the national committee on MAES under the EEA.

jilkovaJiřina Jílková (executive director) is a Professor and vice-rector at the University of J. E. Purkyne, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, where she teaches courses on environmental policy and public finance and sustainable regional development. She is also Research Director of the Institute for Economic and Environmental Policy (IEEP) and co-founder of the Institute for Structural Policies (IREAS) – a research and educational network in Central and Eastern Europe. Her research and consulting activities are primarily in the areas of sustainable regional and sectoral policies . Her recent work has focused on economic and policy problems with respect to energy, agriculture, and regional development, mostly relying on interdisciplinary approaches to evaluation.

Maroš Finka, Univ.Prof. M.Arch., Ph.D. in Spatial Planning and Urban Design (1990) at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava; Full Professor ( 2002) at the Institute of Management at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava,  Slovakia, number of years Director of the Institute of Spatial Planning at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava and  Vice-Chancellor of the University, recently director of Central European Research and Training Centre in Spatial Planning – Centre of Excellence EU. Prof. Finka has participated in and led numerous research projects in the field of European spatial planning, urban development and regeneration, environmental planning and SEA. He is also widely published in books (18 monographs) and international planning journals and international scientific events (more than 200)  and is considered to be one of the leading academics in CEE countries in the field of spatial planning. He was awarded as Scientist of the Year in Slovakia. He teaches Spatial Planning, Strategic Planning, Urbanism, European Spatial Planning  and Landscape management at his home university and abroad.


Veronika Chobotová (secretary) graduated from the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Comenius University in Slovakia (MSc in Environmental Sciences). She started her PhD within the IDARI Project, having PhD degree from University of Sussex, United Kingdom (PhD in Ecological Economics). Since 2003 she has been investigator of 7 international EU Framework projects and she is author of several international publications. She is a member and the administrator of Virtual Commons group initiative and of the International and European Society for Ecological Economics. She lectures in ‘Ecological Economics’ at the Faculty of Natural Sciences Comenius University Bratislava and ‘Multiple methods in interdisciplinary research’ at the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University Bratislava and Slovak Technical University, participated on several summer schools and meetings. Within the last 5 years Dr Veronika Chobotová has undertaken several traineeship and visiting scholar opportunities in Europe (European Commission in Brussels) and US (Arizona State University, AZ, USA). Currently her research focuses on experimental social science in the field of payments for ecosystem services.

Mária Kozová is a professor of environmental sciences and works at the Department of Geography, Faculty of Education Catholic University in Ružomberok. Her research work and teaching activities are related to the field of Landscape Ecology and Environmental Planning and Management. She specialises in Environmental Impact Assessment, assessment of environmental changes (incl. climate change), sustainable development and environmental governance. She is the author/or co-author of more than 60 scientific and 110 professional publications, co-author of 6 monographs and 12 textbooks for university students. She has supervised 10 PhD and more than 50 MSc theses. She has been principal investigator of 16 scientific and research oriented projects and co-worker in another 40 projects. She was the founder of MSc and PhD programmes “Environmental Planning and Management” at the Faculty of Natural Sciences Comenius University in Bratislava and has 20-year experience with managing master and doctoral studies in Environmental sciences. Maria has extensive experience with developing and managing international educational Tempus projects with international cooperation with former Soviet Union countries (Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan).

Membership of international and domestic professional organizations and advisory bodies: International Association for Landscape Ecology (vice-president in 2005-2009), European Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE-Europe, member of the Executive Committee in 2009-2011), Slovak Association for Landscape Ecology (chairman since 2004), member of the Society for Urban Ecology (SURE, since 2011), member of the Consultation Commission at the Committee for the Environment and Nature Protection in the National Parliament of Slovakia (1999-2003), vice-chairman of the Commission of Education for Sustainable Development of the Ministry of Education of Slovakia (2005-2010), member of the Consultation Commission at the Committee for the Land management and the Environment in the National Parliament of Slovakia (since 2012).

Prof. Mária Kozová

Department of Geography, Faculty of Education

Catholic University in Ružomberok

Hrabovská cesta 1, 034 01, Ružomberok, Slovakia,

Mobile: +421 907 795835

Urban Kováč graduated from Faculty of National Economy, University of Economics in Bratislava in June 1999. Faculty of Mathematics Physics and Informatics, Comenius University in Bratislava in Slovakia (M.Sc. in Mathematics) in August 2006. He did PhD in Finance University of Economics (2006) and Nanotechnology, University of Glasgow  (2011). His research experience are mainly in mathematical and statistical applications in engineering, behavioural sciences and economics, including software development, such as agent based models, neural networks module, genetic programming and algorithm, and evolutionary programming module, and strong numerical optimization routines module.  He worked 6 years at the University of Glasgow and at Software Design Executive at Gold Standard Simulations Ltd . Apart from engineering research he has also 9 years experience in artificial modelling of the capital and financial markets using neural networks and genetic algorithms and programming. He has already published his research work in two distinguished international current content journals (Microelectronics Reliability and journal IEEE Transaction on Electron Devices), participated at 8 international and national grant projects. The strong interest in interdisciplinary economic research he has been demonstrating in non-profit nongovernmental organization Virtual Scientific Laboratories (VSL) in Slovakia  by organizing five Nobel prize lecture series in Bratislava (Prof. Robert Aumann (May 2008), Prof. Edward Prescott (September 2009), Prof. Robert Mundell (March 2010), and Prof. Edmund Phelps (September 2010), and prof. Oliver Williamson (September 2010), three conferences with CERGE-EI Prague cooperation  (Bratislava Economic Meeting (BEM) 2008, BEM 2010,Prague Economic Meeting 2011) and several workshops and lectures for students.

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Lenka Slavíková
 graduated at the University of Economics in Prague, specialization Public Policy and Public Administration with the focus on Environmental Economics. Her long-term interest is in water and biodiversity governance and institutional analysis of the environmental policy tools. In April 2009, Mrs. Slavíkova finished her Ph.D. programme and her dissertation on the economic school of thought that is relevant for nature protection. In 2015 she was given the tittle Assoc. Prof. in Public Economics at Masaryk University in Brno.

She has cooperated with IEEP since 2001. In 2007, she became an executive director. In 2006–2008, she was a member of the Department of Institutional Economics, in 2008–2014 she was a member of the Department of Environmental Economics at University of Economics in Prague. In 2010– 2011 she also worked as a researcher for the Prognostic Institute of Slovak Academy of Sciences. From 2014, she is a member of the Faculty of Social and Economic Studies of J.E.Purkyně University in Usti nad Labem. For the list of key publication see:

Ass. Prof. Dagmar Petrikova

Matej Jaššo is researcher and lecturer at Department of Spatial Planning, Institute of Management of STU, has a master degree in psychology and PhD. in urban planning. He is specialising in soft issues of spatial planning like regional identity, urban semiotics, planning culture, regional marketing and management, participative planning etc. Teaching and lecturing the urban sociology, social communication and psychology, social ecology and regional marketing and management. He is a tutor of students project „City as a Personality and its manifestation in urban semiotics“. In recent years he led the PR Unit of the Spectra, Centre of Excellence, prepared Corporate Identity project for Spectra. Currently he is network coordinator of Space-net, international network of spatial planning research institutons.

Zuzana Ladznianska

Vladimir Ondrejička

Luboš Jamečný

Andrej Udovč is Associate Professor of agricultural economics and rural development at Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljublana. He is Head of the Chair for Agrometheorology, Agricultural land management, Agricultural economics and Rural Development. His main research interests pertain to farm management, coexistence of rural economies and high-value natural landscapes and common pool resources management. He was also the member of the Slovenian team which drafted the Slovene agri-environmental programme for period 2002-2006 and rural development strategy for 2007-2013. He is member of International Committee for the Research of the Alps. He acted as a vice president of this committee between 2002 and 2004. He is a member of the International Society of Ecological Economics since 2004 and he organized the conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics in Ljubljana in 2009. Since 1997 he participated in several international and bilateral projects as researcher or leader of Slovenian project partner. He has cooperated in several national and EU projects: (PLUREL, contract no.: 036921), Network of the local agricultural production for the valorisation of the alpine area (acronym: NEPROVALTER, contract no.: 002/I/1.2/1-1/15.V/25 ), Integrated development of agricultural and rural institutions (Acronym: IDARI, contract no.: QLRT-2001-02718), Support for farmers’ cooperatives (contract no.: AGRI-2010-EVAL-13). He  participated on CETIP projects: lectured at THEMES summer school in High Tatras (2007) and GOVERNAT project (2010). At present cooperation has been expanding in the experimenting with the governance of the commons (porject COST) and VEEL.

Richard Filčák  has extensive experience as a researcher and social and environmental policy development projects coordinator working in Central Europe, Balkan, Ukraine, Georgia and Russia. He studied at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at the Lund University Sweden, and received his Ph.D. from the Central European University. He worked on forecasting and scenario building projects, policy assessment and implementation. He is contributing author to the UNEP Global Environmental Outlook GEO 4, published 2 books, several book chapters and articles in magazines. His work and research interests are focused on social, economic and environmental trends and socio-environmental impacts of economic transition in Europe – with particular attention to poverty, exposure to environmental and social risks, vulnerability and access to resources.

shioyaMari Shioya is a research fellow, defended dissertation thesis on “Socio-ecological resilience and adaptive governance as dynamic concepts for biodiversity conservation“ in 2012. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Sciences from Chuo University in Japan in 2005 then received an MSc in Environmental Resource Management from University College Dublin in 2007. She was then awarded a national scholarship for pursuing PhD degree studies at the Environmental Planning and Management Programme of the Faculty of Natural Science at Comenius University and Slovak Academy of Sciences. During her studies, she gained experience working as a community development assistant in the State of Johor in Malaysia and as a seasonal park ranger in Killarney National Park in Ireland, economic advisor at the Slovak-Japanese Chamber of Commerce, and a PhD research fellow at United Nations University in Japan. Her areas of  interest are Resource Economics, Environmental Resource Management, Sustainable Tourism Management, Adaptive Governance for Climate Change and Socio-Ecological Resilience.

poklembovaVeronika Poklembová defended her PhD thesis ‘Urban Governance. Sustainable Management of Public Spaces as Commons’ in August 2013. She has a Master’s degree in Spatial Planning and Bachelor in Landscape Architecture. Since her Master’s studies she has cooperated on multiple projects focused on the public spaces and participatory planning (UrbSpace project etc.). In her research she is dealing with public spaces from the ‘commons’ perspective.


Lucia Leváková is a PhD student. She has Bachelor degree in Environmental Science and Master degree in Environmental Planning and Management at the Department of Landscape Ecology, Faculty of Natural Science, Comenius University. Her diploma thesis was on protection of NATURA 2000 sites in Europe. She is interested in topics from agricultural sector, focusing on organic agriculture mainly from institutional point of view. The name of her dissertation is: Integrated approach in protecting biodiversity in EU (example: organic agriculture).

Eva Streberová has defended her PhD thesis at Faculty of Natural Sciences Comenius University Bratislava in Environmental Management and Planning (2014). Currently she isworking as a researcher at the Joint Research Centre of excellence SPECTRA. Her research interests are sustainable management of ecosystem services, environmental and human health (cultural ecosystem services and pollination, climatotherapy). In addition she gives lectures in courses at the Institute of Management of Slovak Technical University in Bratislava called “Methods of interdisciplinary research” and “ Landscape-ecological Basics”,  “Environmental planning” and “Landscape Ecology”. She is a committee member of COST IS 1204 Tourism, Ecosystem services and Wellbeing. Study visits: Wageningen University (Netherlands) and IFF Institute of Social Ecology in Vienna (Austria).

Peter Baus defended his PhD thesis at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Comenius University in Bratislava. He completed the master program Environmental planning and management at the Department of Landscape Ecology at the at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Comenius University in Bratislava.He is working at Institute for Forecasting, SAS from 2010 as an researcher. In the research he is focusing on topics of urban growth and development using tools of GIS and computer modeling, especially by agent-based models.

Michal Maco graduated at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, completing the bachelor and master program Spatial planning. He is currently a PhD student at the Institute of Management at STU Bratislava. During his studies he has successfully attended several exchange programs, internships and workshops abroad, in Sweden, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. In his diploma thesis he focused on the application of commons theories on public spaces. Thus, his PhD research develops this topic particularly concerning the governance of public and common urban spaces.

brnkalakovaStanislava Brnkaľáková completed the master´s program Environmental planning and management at the Department of Landscape Ecology in the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Comenius University in Bratislava. During her studies she has attended a student exchange program in the Netherlands (Wageningen University) in the field of Urban Environmental Management. She has also participated in a two-week workshop under the auspices of a nongovernmental organisation called Grüne Liga in Germany (Osterzgebirge) focused on mountain meadows management. Currently she is a PhD student at the Institute of Management at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. In her PhD thesis she focuses on the concept of adaptive management in terms of the provision of ecosystem services in mountainous regions.

Dejan Popovič

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