Petr Jehlička

Petr Jehlička



  doc. RNDr. Petr Jehlička, Ph.D.

  Department of Ecological Anthropology

   Email: jehlicka[at]  

   Twitter: @jehlicka_petr

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1998      Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, UK
Thesis: A comparative investigation into the dynamics of environmental politics in Western and Eastern Europe 1988-1993 with special reference to the Czech Republic Funded by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the MacArthur Foundation, USA

1990      RNDr. in Geography, Charles University, Prague, Czechoslovakia 


Informality, everyday sustainability, resilience, alternative food networks, outdoor cultures, green politics, geography of knowledge production


2021    Changing the food provisioning landscapes: What lessons can we learn from the post-socialist countries? Invited talk at the open seminar series 'Exploring Landscape Boundaries' (online), Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, 28 May 2021.

2021    Reimagining informal food practices: sustainability lessons from the European East. Invited talk at the RIHN 15th International Symposium ‘Transitioning Cultures of Everyday Food Consumption and Production: Stories from a Post-growth Future’, Kyoto, Japan, 13-16 January.

2019    East European informal food production and distribution: socially resilient, economically diverse and quietly sustainable. Keynote address at the 19th IAMO Forum: ‘Small farms in transition: How to stimulate inclusive growth?’ Halle, Germany, 26-28 June.

2019   (Home-grown) Food for Thought: Putting the European East Back on the Map of Knowledge Production. Keynote address at the Conference of the Estonian Social Sciences Society, University of Tartu, Estonia, 26-27 April.

2018      Food for thought: Food re-localisation and the unequal geography of knowledge production. Invited colloquium talk, Geographical Colloquium, Institut für Geographie, Fakultät Geistes- und Kulturwissenschaften, Otto-Friedrich-Universität, Bamberg, Germany, 3 May.

2017      Sustainability hidden in plain sight: Lessons from Central and East European food practices. Opening keynote address at the conference ‘Alternative food supply networks in Central and Eastern Europe: Towards new grounds for interpretation and collaboration’, Baltic Studies Centre and Latvian Academy of Culture, Riga, Latvia, 13–14 October.

2016      The pleasure of growing and sharing: informal food economies, Central and Eastern Europe and unequal knowledge production. Invited talk at the conference ‘Greening the economy: A colouring or a reseeding’, Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, Centre for Social Inequalities and Sustainability (CRiSIS), Croatia, 23–24 September.

2016      Wasted Eastern promise: The sustainability lessons the West ignores. Invited opening plenary talk at the conference ‘Political Ecology, Environmentalism and Greens in the Centre and East of Europe: Past, Present and Prospects’, Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium, 2–3 June.

2016      Extending Western Views of the Social World: Home Gardening, Social Science and Unequal Knowledge Production. Invited talk at the International Lecture Series in Human Geography 2016 ‘EDIBLE MATTERS: More-than-Human Geographies of Food’, Institut für Geographie und Raumforschung, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria, 19 May.

2015      The invisible gardener: Why key sustainability lessons from the East are being ignored. Semi-plenary keynote address at the 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association ‘Differences, Inequalities and Sociological Imagination’, semi-plenary ‘Extending Western view of the social world: Eastern Europe, social science and unequal knowledge production’, Prague, Czechia, 25-28 August.

2014      Rural resistance hidden in plain sight: East European household food production across regimes. Keynote address at the conference ‘Farmland, Food and Forests in Transition: 25 Years After’, organised by the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam and Fransisc I. Rainer Institute of Anthropology, Eurasian Agrofood and Land Initiative and Land Deal Politics Initiative, Bucharest, Romania, 7 November.

2013      Food Self-provisioning, rural resilience and vulnerability in Central and Eastern Europe in times of crisis. Keynote address at XXV Congress of the European Society for Rural Sociology, Florence, Italy, 29 July-1 August.


2022      McGreevy, Steven R., Rupprecht, Christoph, D. D., Niles, Daniel. et al. (2022) Sustainable agrifood systems for a post-growth world, Nature Sustainability, Open Access

2022      Daněk, Petr, Sovová Lucie, Jehlička, Petr, Vávra, Jan and Lapka, Miloslav. From coping strategy to hopeful everyday practice: Changing interpretations of food self‐provisioning. Sociologia Ruralis, 62(3), pp. 651-671.

2021   Jehlička, Petr, Ančić, Branko, Daněk, Petr and Domazet, Mladen. Beyond hardship and joy: framing home gardening on insights from the European semi-periphery, Geoforum, 126, pp. 150–158.

2021      Sovová, Lucie, Jehlička, Petr and Daněk, Petr: Growing the Beautiful Anthropocene: Ethics of Care in East European Gardens, Sustainability, 13(9), 5193. Open Access:

2021      Jehlička, Petr and Jacobsson, Kerstin: The importance of recognizing difference: Rethinking Central and East European environmentalism, Political Geography, 87. Open Access:

2021    Jehlička, Petr: Eastern Europe and the geography of knowledge production: The case of the invisible gardener, Progress in Human Geography.

2020      Jehlička, Petr, Grīviņš, Miķelis, Visser, Oane and Balázs, Bálint: Thinking food like an East European: A critical reflection on the framing of food systems. Journal of Rural Studies, 76, pp. 286-295.

2019      Visser, Oane, Dorondel, Stefan, Jehlička, Petr and Spoor, Max: Post-socialist smallholders: silence, resistance and alternatives. Canadian Journal for Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement, 40(4), pp. 499-510.

2019      Jehlička, Petr, Daněk, Petr and Vávra, Jan: Rethinking resilience: Home gardening, food sharing and everyday resistance. Canadian Journal for Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement, 40(4), pp. 511-527.

2018      Fendrychová, Lenka and Jehlička, Petr: Revealing the hidden geography of alternative food networks: The travelling concept of farmers’ markets. Geoforum, 85, pp. 1-10.

2018      Vávra, Jan, Daněk, Petr and Jehlička, Petr: What is the contribution of food self-provisioning towards environmental sustainability? A case study of active gardeners. Journal of Cleaner Production, 185, pp. 1015-1023.

2017      De Hoop, Evelien and Jehlička, Petr: Reluctant pioneers in the European periphery? Environmental activism, food consumption and ‘growing your own’. Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 22(7), pp. 809-824.

2017      Jehlička, Petr and Daněk, Petr: Rendering the actually existing sharing economy visible: home grown food and the pleasure of sharing. Sociologia Ruralis, 57(3), pp. 274-296.

2015      Smith, Joe; Kostelecký, Tomáš and Jehlička, Petr: Quietly does it: questioning assumptions about class, sustainability and consumption. Geoforum, 67, pp. 223-232.

2013      Smith, Joe and Jehlička, Petr: Quiet sustainability: Fertile lessons from Europe’s productive gardeners. Journal of Rural Studies, 32, pp. 148–157.

2013      Jehlička, Petr; Kostelecký, Tomáš and Smith, Joe 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). Social Indicators Research, 111(1), pp. 219–234.

2013      Jehlička, Petr and Kurtz, Matthew: Everyday resistance in the Czech landscape: the woodcraft culture from the Hapsburg Empire to the communist regime. East European Politics and Societies, 27(2), pp. 308–332.

2012      Smith, Michael L. and Jehlička, Petr: Environmental Values in Central and Eastern Europe: Perspectives from East and West. Sociologický časopis/Czech Sociological Review, 48(3), pp. 409–419.

2011      Jehlička, Petr and Smith, Joe: An unsustainable state: Contrasting food practices and state policies in the Czech Republic. Geoforum, 42(3), pp. 362-372.

2011      Jehlička, Petr; Kostelecký, Tomáš and Kunštát Daniel: Taking stock of Czech Green politics after two decades: The May 2010 general election. Environmental Politics, 20(3), pp. 418-425.

2010      Carmin, JoAnn and Jehlička, Petr: Navigating institutional pressure in state-socialist and democratic regimes: the case of Movement Brontosaurus. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 39(1), pp. 29-50.