Assoc. Prof. Pavel Raška, Ph.D.

Vice-Rector for Internationalization / Guarantor of the study programmes

Research interests: environmental geography, geomorphology, disaster risk reduction, historical geography, geoecology, urban environmentalism

Office: CPTO-4.26, Telephone: +420 475 28 6777, E-mail:

Office hours: Thursday 9.00–9.50, by appointment

Recent Thesis

Personal profile

Pavel Raška studied history and geography at the J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem (M.A.) and physical geography at Masaryk University in Brno (Ph.D.). He has been chairing the department of geography since 2015. In his research, he first focused on the long-term dynamics in cultural landscapes and on geomorphological processes in the landscape, later shifting the focus of his research to historical and social aspects of natural hazards and disaster risk reduction. Framed by debate on resilience and adaptive planning, his research focuses on analysing both the historical and present day disastrous events with respect to their social impacts and community responses. At the theoretical level, he critically analyses the concepts of risk, adaptability and community-based approaches, while at the practical level he focuses on the role of spatially oriented disaster risk reduction measures and the barriers to their implementation in multi-level governance. He has also been involved in projects devoted to long-term land use/land cover changes, environmental management and to the interactions within the complex biogeomorphic systems. As an expert consultant, he has provoded extensive consulting services to practitioners on urban regeneration, nature and landscape conservation and local community development.

Education and internships

  • 2005 J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem (Teachers training in geography and history, Mgr.)
  • 2011 Masaryk university, Brno (Physical geography, Ph.D.)
  • 2017 Charles University, Prague (General geography, Associate professor – habilitation)
  • 2018 University College Londong – Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (6 months EU-funded research internship)

Academic and professional service

  • since 2005 Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem
  • since 2008 Landscape Synthesis Research Unit, J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem
  • since 2017 Member of the Internal Evaluation Board of the university
  • Member of the Scientific board at Faculty of Science, Faculty of Environmental Studies, and Faculty of Social and Economic Studies
  • Member of the Programme Committee of PhD programme (Charles university) and State Exam Committee (Masaryk university)
  • Evaluator for the National Accreditation Bureau for Higher Education of the Czech Republic
  • Panel member for the ERC Consolidators Grants SH7 (2021-2022)

Selected recent papers

  • RAŠKA, P., WARACHOVSKA, W., SLAVÍKOVÁ, L., AUBRECHTOVÁ, T. (2020). Expectations, disappointments, and individual responses: Imbalances in multilevel flood risk governance revealed by public survey. Journal of Flood Risk Management, (IF=3.240). DOI: 10.1111/jfr3.12615
  • RAŠKA, P. (2019). Contextualizing community-based landslide risk reduction: an evolutionary perspective. Landslides, 16(9), s. 1747−1762, (IF=4.252).
  • RAŠKA, P., STEHLÍKOVÁ, M., RYBOVÁ, K., AUBRECHTOVÁ, T. (2019). Managing flood risk in shrinking cities: dilemmas for urban development from the Central European perspective. Water International, 44(5), (IF=1.885).
  • DOLEJŠ, M., NÁDVORNÍK, J., RAŠKA, P., RIEZNER, J. (2019). Frozen Histories or Narratives of Change? Contextualizing Land-Use Dynamics for Conservation of Historical Rural Landscapes. Environmental Management, 63(3), s. 352–365, (IF=2.376).
  • SLAVÍKOVÁ, L., RAŠKA, P., KOPÁČEK, M. (2019). Mayors and “their” land: revealing approaches to flood risk management in small municipalities. Journal of Flood Risk Management, 12(3), e12474, (IF=3.240).

Selected recent research projects


  • Czech Association of Geomorphologists (vice-president 2014-2017)
  • Czech Geographical Society
  • International Academic Association for Planning, Law, and Property Rights
  • GeoScape journal (Managing editor), Moravian Geographical Reports (editorial board member), Geografie (editorial board member)