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Dr Petr Jehlicka

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Snr Lecturer in Environmental Geography
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Social Sciences & Global Studies
  • Geography
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Professional biography

I hold a Master degree in Geography from Charles University, Prague and a PhD in Social and Political Science from the University of Cambridge. I worked at the Open University in the mid-1990s facilitating the transfer of environmental undergraduate modules to Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Subsequent to holding a range of academic posts in geography, sociology and international relations in Prague and a Jean Monnet Fellowship at the European University Institute, Florence, I returned to the Open University’s Department of Geography in 2002. I am currently the Module Team Chair of the third level module DU311 Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context and the Department of Geography’s Post-graduate Convener.

Research interests

My research, with a long-term focus on East European environmentalism, was initially concerned with the unintended consequences of the import of the western ideal of civil society in post-socialist societies and the continuity and divergence this represented from state-socialist and pre-socialist alternative culture and politics. This work was published in Environment and History, Environmental Politics, Czech Sociological Review, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers and several book chapters. Later the scope of my research broadened to study the process of ‘Europeanization' of environmental governance in new EU member states. This has led to the current interest in sustainable food production and consumption, and diverse and sharing economies, the outcome of which has been published in a range of book chapters and articles in Social Indicators Research, Geoforum and Journal of Rural Studies co-authored with Open University colleague Joe Smith and with Tomáš Kostelecký from the Institute of Sociology in Prague.

Conducted under the Quiet Sustainability project, this work explores everyday, food-related sustainable practices in Eastern Europe, and highlights the contribution of this research to current debates on the food system transformation. It proposes a new conceptualisation of these food practices as exuberant, appealing and socially diverse, but also unforced, forms of sustainability which nurtures cooperation and sense of accomplishment. This work also highlights the unequal knowledge production and contentions arising from the endeavour to use insights from the East European ‘periphery’ to unsettle the hegemony of concepts generated in Western contexts. The most recent project in this area, on which I am working with Naďa Johanisová, Eva Fraňková and Petr Daněk from Masaryk University, Brno, is Forms and norms of alternative economic practices in the Czech Republic funded by the Czech Science Foundation.

Teaching interests

Since rejoining the Open University in 2002, I have played a key role in the presentation and production of interdisciplinary environmental modules, both at the masters and undergraduate level. I chaired the production of DU311 Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context (2007 - 2009) and the module’s mid-life review (2013 - 2014). I was a leader of Block 5 ‘Food’ produced for the second level module DST206 Environment: Sharing a dynamic planet and co-edited the module’s Book 1 Introduction, Life, Water (2010 - 2012).

I have supervised four PhDs to completion (Open University; Birkbeck, London; Charles University, Prague). I currently have two PhD students, Ana Harrison and Liz Wright, working with me at the Open University. I also supervise Lucie Sovová’s joint PhD study at Masaryk University, Brno and Wageningen University.

I have served as external examiner on the two-year Erasmus Mundus European Masters Programme on European Spatial Planning, Environmental Policies and Regional Development ‘PLANET Europe’ (delivered by Cardiff University, Radboud University Nijmegen, and Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona) based in Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning. I have acted as PhD examiner at Manchester University, Wageningen University, Netherlands; Central European University, Budapest; Charles University, Prague and Masaryk University, Brno.

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
OpenSpace Research CentreCentreFaculty of Social Sciences


Revealing the hidden geography of alternative food networks: The travelling concept of farmers’ markets (2018-10)
Fendrychová, Lenka and Jehlicka, Petr
Geoforum, 95 (pp. 1-10)
What is the contribution of food self-provisioning towards environmental sustainability? A case study of active gardeners (2018-06-01)
Vávra, Jan; Daněk, Petr and Jehlička, Petr
Journal of Cleaner Production, 185 (pp. 1015-1023)
Rethinking resilience: home gardening, food sharing and everyday resistance (2018)
Jehlicka, Petr; Daněk, Petr and Vávra, Jan
Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement ((Early Access))
Rendering the Actually Existing Sharing Economy Visible: Home-Grown Food and the Pleasure of Sharing (2017-07-11)
Jehlicka, Petr and Daněk, Petr
Sociologia Ruralis, 57(3) (pp. 274-296)
Reluctant pioneers in the European periphery? Environmental activism, food consumption and “growing your own” (2017)
De Hoop, Evelien and Jehlička, Petr
Local Environment ((Early Access))
Quietly does it: questioning assumptions about class, sustainability and consumption (2015-12)
Smith, Joe; Kostelecký, Tomáš and Jehlicka, Petr
Geoforum, 67 (pp. 223-232)
Everyday resistance in the Czech landscape: the woodcraft culture from the Hapsburg Empire to the communist regime (2013-05)
Jehlička, Petr and Kurtz, Matthew
East European Politics and Societies and Cultures, 27(2) (pp. 308-332)
Food self-provisioning in Czechia: beyond coping strategy of the poor: a response to Alber and Kohler's 'Informal Food Production in the Enlarged European Union' (2008) (2013-03)
Jehlicka, Petr; Kostelecký, Tomáš and Smith, Joe
Social Indicators Research, 111(1) (pp. 219-234)
Quiet sustainability: Fertile lessons from Europe’s productive gardeners (2013)
Smith, Joe and Jehlička, Petr
Journal of Rural Studies, 32 (pp. 148-157)
Environmental Values in Central and Eastern Europe: Perspectives from East and West (2012)
Smith, Michael L. and Jehlicka, Petr
Sociologicky casospis/Czech Sociological Review, 48(3) (pp. 409-419)
Czech Green politics after two decades: the May 2010 general election (2011-05)
Jehlička, Petr; Kostelecký, Tomáš and Kunštát, Daniel
Environmental Politics, 20(3) (pp. 418-425)
An unsustainable state: contrasting food practices and state policies in the Czech Republic (2011)
Jehlicka, Petr and Smith, Joe
Geoforum, 42(3) (pp. 362-372)
Navigating institutional pressure in state-socialist and democratic regimes: The case of movement brontosaurus (2010)
Carmin, JoAnn and Jehlicka, Petr
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 39(1) (pp. 29-50)
Environmental movements in space-time: the Czech and Slovak republics from Stalinism to post-socialism (2007-07)
Sarre, Philip and Jehlicka, Petr
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 32(3) (pp. 346-362)
Stories around food, politics and change in Poland and the Czech Republic (2007-07)
Smith, Jonathan and Jehlicka, Petr
Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 32(3) (pp. 395-410)
Out of the woods and into the lab: exploring the strange marriage of American woodcraft and Soviet ecology in Czech environmentalism (2007-05-02)
Jehlicka, Petr and Smith, Joe
Environment and History, 13(2) (pp. 187-210)
By the masses or for the masses?: the transformation of voluntary action in the Czech Union for Nature Protection (2005-12)
Carmin, JoAnn and Jehlicka, Petr
Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary Nonprofit Organizations, 16(4) (pp. 397-416)
The Czech Environmental Movement’s knowledge interests in the 1990s: compatibility of Western influences with pre-1989 perspectives (2005-02)
Jehlicka, Petr; Sarre, Philip and Podoba, Juraj
Environmental Politics, 14(1) (pp. 64-82)
Environmental implications of Eastern enlargement: the end of progressive EU environmental policy? (2004-03)
Jehlicka, Petr and Tickle, Andrew
Environmental Politics, 13(1) (pp. 77-95)
Czech minerals policy in transformation: the search for legitimate policy approaches (2004-01)
Jehlicka, Petr and Cowell, Richard
Environmental Sciences, 1(1) (pp. 79-109)
Contours of the Czech Environmental Movement: a comparative analysis of Hnuti Duha (Rainbow Movement) and Jihoceske Matky (South Bohemian Mothers) (2003-06)
Fagan, Adam and Jehlicka, Petr
Environmental Politics, 12(2) (pp. 49-70)
Czech Greens in the 2002 General Election: a new lease of life? (2003-06)
Jehlicka, Petr and Kostelecky, Tomas
Environmental Politics, 12(2) (pp. 133-139)
The development of Czech environmental policy 1990-1995 : a sociological account (1999)
Jehlicka, Petr
Czech Sociological Review, 7(1) (pp. 37-50)
Backyard and biosphere: the spatial distribution of support for English and Welsh environmental organisations (1995-06)
Cowell, Richard and Jehlicka, Petr
Area, 27(2) (pp. 110-117)
Ups and downs of Czech environmental awareness and policy: identifying trends and influences (1994)
Jehlicka, Petr and Kara, Jan
Regional Politics and Policy, 4(1) (pp. 153-170)
The development of the Czechoslovak Green Party since the 1990 election (1992)
Jehlicka, Petr and Kostelecky, Tomas
Environmental Politics, 1(1) (pp. 72-94)
Sustainability and the “urban peasant”: rethinking the cultural politics of food self-provisioning in the Czech Republic (2012-12)
Jehlička, Petr and Smith, Joe
In: Zahrádka, Pavel and Sedláková, Renáta eds. New Perspectives on Consumer Culture Theory and Research (pp. 78-96)
ISBN : 978-1-4438-4157-3 | Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing | Published : Newcastle upon Tyne
Shelf life: post-socialism, food and the politics of sustainable consumption (2012-02)
Jehlicka, Petr and Smith, Joe
In: Butcher, Melissa; Clark, Nigel; Smith, Joe and Tyszczuk, Renata eds. Atlas: Geography, Architecture and Change in an Interdependent World (pp. 56-63)
ISBN : 9781907317392 | Publisher : Black Dog Publishing | Published : London, UK
Indiáni z Čech: Kouzlo woodcraftu v české společnosti ve 20. století (2010)
Jehlicka, Petr
In: Blecking, Diethelm and Waic, Marek eds. Odraz středoevropských minoritních kultur ve sportu (pp. 97-114)
ISBN : 978-80-246-1729-9 | Publisher : Karolinum | Published : Praha
The souvenirs of communism: missed opportunities for sustainable development innovations in the enlarged European Union? (2009)
Jehlicka, Petr
In: Wilson, Gordon; Furniss, Pamela and Kimbowa, Richard eds. Environment, Development, and Sustainability: Perspectives and cases from around the world (pp. 45-53)
ISBN : 9780199560646 | Publisher : Oxford University Press | Published : Oxford, UK
Indians of Bohemia: the spell of woodcraft on Czech society 1912-2006 (2008)
Jehlicka, Petr
In: Blecking, Diethelm and Waic, Marek eds. Sport - Ethnie - Nation: Zur Geschichte und Soziologie des Sports in Nationalitatenkoflikten und bei Minoritaten (pp. 112-130)
ISBN : 978 3 8340 0336 2 | Publisher : Schneider Verlag Hohengehren GmbH | Published : Baltmannsweiler, Germany
The new subversives - Czech environmentalists after 1989 (2001)
Jehlicka, Petr
In: Flam, Helena ed. Pink, purple, green: women's, religious, environmental, and gay/lesbian movements in central Europe today (pp. 81-94)
ISBN : 0 88033 475 4 | Publisher : East European Monographs | Published : Boulder, USA
Dilemmas of Transition: The Environment, Democracy and Economic Reform in East Central Europe (1998-09-30)
Baker, Susan and Jehlicka, Petr eds.
ISBN : 714643106 | Publisher : Frank Cass | Published : London

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