Our People

Jan Grill, PhD is a social anthropologist. He holds a Master’s degree in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University in Budapest and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Technology in Pilsen. In 2012 he received his PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews. He currently teaches social anthropology at the University of Manchenster. His research interests include migration, nationalism, social inequalities, marginality and labour, and the ethnography of the state and borders in Central and Eastern Europe and the UK. He has conducted long-term ethnographic research within a network of Slovak Roma who have migrated between Slovakia and urban parts of the UK. As an independent researcher he has participated in several applied projects in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and the UK. He has worked as an external evaluator of programmes focusing on social exclusion and unemployment in Slovakia.

Dipl. Ing. Jakob Hurrle is an urban planner. Born in Freiburg, Germany, he studied Urban and Regional Planning and East European Studies in Berlin, specializing in social inclusion. During his studies he completed internships in Warsaw and New York. Since 2005 he has worked at the Multicultural Centre Prague, which he also headed between 2007 and 2010. After an internship in Portland, USA, supported by a Fulbright scholarship, he started his PhD studies in Social Geography at the Faculty of Science of Charles University in Prague. His doctoral research focuses on urban development strategies and the capacity of small communities for social inclusion. He has also worked as an independent researcher and evaluator of social integration programmes in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

Marie Jelínková, PhD is a public policy analyst. She received her PhD from the Department of Public and Social Policy at Charles University in Prague. Marie also studied at Queensland University in Australia. She works as a researcher for the Association for Integration and Migration and teaches courses on migration and social inclusion at Charles University in Prague. Her PhD thesis focused on Mongolian migration to the Czech Republic. Her research interests include migrant integration, migration policies, irregular migration, migrant health and labour exploitation. She also works as an editor of the website migraceonline.cz.

Petr Kučera is a social geographer focusing on social exclusion and segregation, the role of networks, discourses and narratives on the spatial distribution of power and governance. He has participated in research on social segregation, network topology and discursive practices in socially divided localities and regions, most recently in the Žlutice and Frýdlant regions. He is involved in data analysis of communication on the Czech Internet for the Hate Free Culture project. He is a non-partisan representative for the Greens in Prague 1. (Twitter: @bzzzwa)

Filip Pospíšil, Ph.D. – anthropologist, graduated from Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague with a focus on subcultural and marginal youth groups in communist Czechoslovakia. For almost two decades he has been working in various NGOs, mainly focusing on human rights. From 2012 to 2015 he was employed as a mediator and crisis intervention specialist at the governmental Agency for Social Inclusion. In 2015 – 2018 he was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and NYU, teaching at The Cooper Union and The New School. He also worked as a journalist, including 6 years as deputy editor-in-chief of the cultural magazine A2. He is the author of scripts for several documentary films and exhibitions and the author and editor of several publications. From 2007 to 2015 he was a representative of Prague 1. Currently he is leading Analytical and Planning Unit at the Center of Social Services Prague.

Mgr. Štěpán Ripka is a sociologist and ethnographer with an interest in the politics and practices of social exclusion/inclusion, marginality and religion. He studied sociology at the Charles University, where he also teaches qualitative research, and is now a PhD student in social anthropology at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University. He has completed internships at Colegio de Michoacán, Mexico and Universidad de Sevilla, Spain. He has conducted long-term ethnographic research on charismatic Christianity among Roma in Mexico and the Czech Republic. Since 2007, he has conducted a number of applied research projects with Roma in the Czech Republic, focusing on the topics of integration policies, municipal housing policies, evictions, homelessness, institutionalization of Roma children, and most recently on the use of European Structural Funds for housing marginalized communities. He has also worked as coordinator of the Roma programme of the Open Society Fund Prague.

Mgr. Lucie Trlifajová is an anthropologist. She studied ethnology at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University. During her studies she spent two semesters at the Université de Toulouse in France. She attended a series of winter schools on migration at the REMESO Institute, Sweden. She works as a researcher and editor of the portal migraceonline.cz at the Multicultural Centre Prague. Her previous projects focused on the context of migration and visa policies, migration from Eastern Europe, migration and the EU, integration and the labour market. She collaborates on several research projects with the Department of Social Geography at Charles University.

Mgr. et Mgr. Markéta Zandlová, PhD. is an assistant professor at the Department of General Anthropology, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague. Her research areas include Social Anthropology, Politics of Identity (ethnicity, nationalism), Anthropology of Borders, Urban Anthropology, Anthropology of Climate Change, Methodology, and Ethics of Qualitative Research.