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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, sociology of health and illness, medical sociology, sociology of media, 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.


Mgr. Lukáš Dirga, Ph.D.

Lukáš Dirga graduated with a degree (MA) in Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of the University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic. His main research interests lie in penitentiary sociology (sociology of prison life), criminology, criminal justice, penal policy and sociology of deviance. Lukáš Dirga has conducted qualitative empirical research projects focused on different topics related to prison environment. He is particularly interested in the process of humanization of Czech prison system and the role of religion in prison environment. In his last ethnographic research project, Lukáš Dirga analyzed the relationship inmates have to their bodies during imprisonment.


Mgr. Alena Glajchová

Alena Glajchová completed a master's degree in Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen in 2014. In her master's thesis, called A point of view of doctors on patients and perception of their position in the current health care system, she have focused on how do doctors perceive their role and relationship with patients in the context of public health. Based on findings from in-depth interviews, she have delineated changes in medical profession and in doctor-patient relationship in current Czech society. She have pointed also how do doctors consider the functioning of the Czech health care system with regard to ongoing transformation of society since 1989. She is currently postgraduate student at the Department of Anthropology and lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. Her research interests include issues relating to the provision of health care, interaction between health care providers and patients and health inequalities. In her doctoral thesis she focuses on vulnerable population and relationship between them and health care professionals and she aims to analyze interpretations of health care professionals' experiences of providing health care for vulnerable population, specifically migrant women and elderly patients, communication and ways of treatment between them. She emphasize their vulnerability and disadvantageous position in the context of institutional context of health care resulting from intersection of many factors.


Mgr. Veronika Hásová

Veronika Hásová graduated with a degree (MA) in Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts of the University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic in 2014. She is interested in topics such as religion and community. In her own research she uses both quantitative and qualitative methods. In dissertation she focuses on redefinition of community on the background of modern phenomenon especially individualization.


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).


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 works as assistant professor at Department of Socialogy at University of West Bohemia. He studies the public opinion formation processes (mainly spiral of silence, agenda-setting, and framing), religious collective memory, and cooperative behaviour. He is methodologically focused on agent-based modelling, survey data analysis (including panel data), and Q-methodology. In the field of applied reserch, he is specialised on quality assurance of university education, and social services evaluation.


PhDr. Tomáš Kobes, Ph.D.  

Tomáš Kobes is social anthropologist. His main field research is in Slovakia, where he focuses on regional development and social exclusion, kinship, gender and building of identity in its broad term. Having completed in 2004 his doctoral research on the role of regional development project in the integration of local Roma people, his research since has focused on such topics as kinship, homosexuality and transsexuality, the infrastructural implementation in Eastern Slovakian Roma settlements, or building the social memory in relation to materiality and infrastructure. These ethnographic interests formed his theoretical concerns with such areas as new kinship studies, critical discourse analysis, actor-network theory and more generally the ontological turn in social sciences. Since 2007 Tomáš Kobes is assistant professor at Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia.


Mgr. Alena Pařízková, Ph.D. 

Alena Pařízková is interested in the issues of international migration, life course, health, inequality and gender. In the past, she has participated in the project analysing changes intimate and family relations in the Czech society. She conducted qualitative research of Czech economic migrants in the UK and examined their family relations, working trajectories and gender aspects of their experiences. She also led a small research project on football fans analysing processes of identity and neo-tribes processes. Currently, she is focusing on health and migration or travel. First she focuses on migrant women and their maternal health. Phenomenon of women who travel for preferred services for long distance or abroad is another research focus. In the area of social work and inequality, she is focusing on intersection of violence, marginalisation and sex-work.


Mgr. Martina Štípková, Ph.D.

Martina Štípková studied sociology and demography. She does quantitative research on family, health, and social stratification. In her Ph.D. research she studied causes of the spread on non-marital childbearing in the Czech Republic and consequences of this trend on health of newborns. Her current project focuses on the dynamic of partnership among the elderly. Her research interests also include socioeconomic inequality in health, impact of parental breakdown on children, or grandparenting.


Mgr. Martin Švantner, Ph.D.

Martin Švantner, PhD is an assistant professor at the Charles University in Prague (Department of Electronic Culture and Semiotics) and is a lecturer at the West Bohemian University in Pilsen (Department of Sociology). He is also a researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences (Charles University; HYDRA project, focused on interrogation of "hybrid revolutionary actors" in global politics). His general interest is focused on semiotics, cognitive semiotics, social semiotics, history of semiotics, history of rhetorics, social philosophy, theory of argumentation and critical theory. He is a member of the International Association for Semiotic Studies, Semiotic Society of America, Central European Pragmatist forum. He is also a member of scientific comitte of the The International Association for Cognitive Semiotics and a member of an editorial board of The American Journal of Semiotics. His latest publication is co-edited volume on Peirce´s theory of sign (How to Make our Signs Clear, Leiden: Brill, 2018).


Doc. PhDr. Jan Váně, Ph.D.

Jan Váně (Associate Professor), is a Chairman of the Department of Sociology, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. He concentrates on comparative research in the field of sociology of religion (individualization, intergenerational transmission of religiosity, religious cultural memory, transformation of religious communities); sociology of education (creation and choice of educational strategies on the part of the actor and the system) and problems of homelessness and social services provided to socially disadvantaged groups. He also focuses on social theories emphasizing the issue of justice and methodological innovation in research.