Environment Centre
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What is CU Environment Centre

The Charles University Environment centre, was founded as a part of Charles University in 1992. It conducts environmental research and provides environmental expertise and information for students, university staff and for the general public. The centre collaborates with parliamentary bodies, state administration, non-government organizations and many academic and research institutions both locally and abroad. CUEC consists of the three units: sustainable development indicators, environmental economics, and education and information for sustainable development.

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Limited-term study and scientific internship options at the Charles University Environment centre ...

What we offer

• consultation with the centre’s scientific staff; involvement in centre research projects
• possibility to use technical equipment and licenced software
• possibility to use the centre’s offices and rooms
• ability to do dissertation and thesis work as part of a research internship
• confirmation of successful completion of internship for your employer or university. The centre provides study internships, for example, to students from the Sociology Department of Charles University’s Faculty of Philosophy, or the Institute of Sociology Studies from Charles University’s Faculty of Social Sciences.


• internships are usually of a limited duration and last several months
• all costs associated with an internship (e.g. travel, accommodation) are paid by the intern himself or herself. The centre can provide confirmation of conditional acceptance for an internship as the basis for an application for funds for an internship from a third institution
• the centre does not provide any allowance for completing an internship. An intern may obtain an allowance of a symbolic nature only in exceptional cases and only in the event of his or her involvement in managing a centre research project.

The thematic focus of an internship

• analysis of consumer behaviour and demand; environmentally significant behaviour, behavioural research of company conduct, the relationship of environmental and economic performance
• quantification of damages and benefits; externalities; evaluation of health risks
• indicators of environmental sustainability; MFA; HANPP; EKC and de-coupling
• environmental threats and risks; impacts on ecosystem services
• modelling the impact of regulation; analysis of the acceptability of policies and measures; CBA; LCA; scenario building
• inequalities and disparities; analysis of distributional impacts
• e-learning, environmental education

Applicable scientific disciplines and methods

• social science branches – (environmental) economics, sociology, social psychology, law, empirical research; contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• environment sciences; contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• pedagogy; contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Everything that should be included in an application for an internship at the centre

• internship timeline
• topic and type of research/study as part of the internship
• scientific discipline and methods applied during the internship
• studies to date and research experience
• CV

Our past interns from abroad

• 2011 - Dr. Andrey Kalugin, Hiroshima University, Japan; non-market benefits of remediation of contaminated sites; application of non-market valuation methods;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• 2010 - Ferenc Kiss, University of Novi Sad, Serbia;  external costs of biofuels; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• 2012 - Alberto Callejas Delgado; application of GIS for evaluating non-market impacts on ecosystems 

Our recent publications

Weinzettel, Jan; Wood, Richard. Environmental Footprints of Agriculture Embodied in International Trade: Sensitivity of Harvested Area Footprint of Chinese Exports. Ecological Economics. March 2018,  145, pp. 323–330. Available for limited time here. Permanent link.

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Alberini, A., Bigano, A., Ščasný, M., Zvěřinová, I. (2018) Preferences for Energy Efficiency vs. Renewables: What Is the Willingness to Pay to Reduce CO2 Emissions? Ecological Economics. Permanent link.

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Kapitulčinová, D., Atkisson, A., Perdue, J., Will, M. (2017) Towards integrated sustainability in higher education – Mapping the use of the Accelerator toolset in all dimensions of university practice. Journal of Cleaner Production. Permanent link.

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Dlouhá, J.,  Henderson, L., Kapitulčinová, D., Mader, C. (2017) Sustainability-oriented higher education networks: Characteristics and achievements in the context of the UN DESD. Journal of Cleaner Production. Permanent link

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Dlouhá, J., Pospíšilová, M. (2017). Education for Sustainable Development Goals in public debate: The importance of participatory research in reflecting and supporting the consultation process in developing a vision for Czech education. Journal of Cleaner Production, Permanent link

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Janda K., Málek J., Rečka L. (2017) Influence of renewable energy sources on transmission networks in Central Europe. Energy Policy, Vol. 107, September 2017, pp 524–537 dostupný zde/available here

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Mulà, I., Tilbury, D., Ryan, A., Mader, M., Dlouhá, J., Mader, C., ... & Alba, D. (2017). Catalysing Change in Higher Education for Sustainable Development: A Review of Professional Development Initiatives for University Educators.  Permanent link

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Helena Medková, David Vačkář, Jan Weinzettel: Appropriation of potential net primary production by cropland in terrestrial ecoregions, Journal of Cleaner ProductionVolume 150, 1 May 2017, Pages 294–300 - available online.

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