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International projects

European Energy Poverty: Agenda Co-Creation and Knowledge Innovation
Energetická chudoba v Európe: Spoluvytváranie agendy a vedomostných inovácií
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Filčák Richard MSc. PhD.
Duration: 7.11.2017 - 6.11.2021

ESS - European Social Survey
Európska sociálna sonda
Program: Iné
Project leader: Mgr. Fedáková Denisa PhD.
Annotation:The ESS (European Social Survey) is an international European project, planned for 5 rounds biennially. The main aim of the project is to measure and compare selected aspects of social, political and cultural life in participating countries in 10years period. The possibility to analyse developmental trends in the social sphere within the ESS is based on two fundamental requirements - repeating measures and cross-cultural comparisons.
Project web page:https://www.europeansocialsurvey.org/about/country/slovakia/
Duration: 1.1.2004 -

ENLIVEN - ENLIVEN, Encouraging Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive and Vibrant Europe
Podpora celoživotného učenia sa pre inkluzívnu a pulzujúcu Európu
Program: Horizont 2020
Project leader: Ing. Studená Ivana PhD.
Annotation:The ENLIVEN project’s overarching objective is to provide an innovative model and mechanism to support policy debate, policy formation and policy evaluation in lifelong learning, focusing on the needs of today’s young adults, and integrating theoretical and empirical perspectives from social and computer sciences. The project will generate an evidence-based analysis of where, when and why policies have been effective, and develop a computer-based intelligent system to improve policy-making. Specific objectives: - Map and critically assess key elements of programmes implemented at EU, national and regional levels to support access to and participation in adult learning among excluded population groups and those at risk of social exclusion, assess how these have addressed disadvantage, inequality, and social exclusion, and helped overcome barriers to participation. - Assess the impact of “system characteristics” (of initial and adult education, the labour market, the economy, and social protection) on aggregate participation rates (overall, and in various segments of adult education markets), and on the distribution of participation (with special reference to disadvantaged young adults and using gender-sensitive approaches).
 - Assess the role of lifelong learning in developing a productive, efficient and competitive economy through investigating what learning potential and innovation ability exists within workplaces, what organisational models favour innovation ability and innovative oriented training, and how effective learning actions are. - Identify and map the nature and availability of data about adult and lifelong learning, and integrate these with new research findings from across the ENLIVEN project and, using data mining, establish a knowledge base for the development of an Intelligent Decision Support System to support policy making. - Design and implement an Intelligent Decision Support System, and test how this could adapt to new knowledge and learn from restoring users’ experience interactively. - Identify the learning potential and innovative capacity which exists within workplaces, what organisational models favour innovation ability and innovation-oriented training, and how effective learning actions are.
Project web page:https://h2020enliven.org
Duration: 1.10.2016 - 30.9.2019

Empowering the next generation of social enterprise scholars
Podpora ďalšej generácie akademikov v oblasti sociálneho podnikania
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Filčák Richard MSc. PhD.
Duration: 27.11.2017 - 26.11.2021

UrbanHist - UrbanHist: History of European Urbanism in the 20th Century
Urbánna história: 20. storočie a európsky urbanizmus
Program: Horizont 2020
Project leader: Prof. PaedDr. Šutaj Štefan DrSc.
Annotation:Throughout the 20th century, urban planning constituted itself as an important tool to spatially direct social developments. This applies to Europe more so than to any other continent. Urban planning contributed significantly to the emergence of the welfare state, strong economies and a relatively balanced settlement structure. However, urban planning also caused the suppression and destruction of some population groups, alongside natural and cultural resources. Most studies on 20th century urban planning adopt a national perspective, while studies aiming to provide an overview focus on several core countries. Furthermore, methodological approaches are very heterogeneous. UrbanHist’s aim is to develop and sustainably promote a joint understanding of the history of urban planning in the 20th century from a European perspective. Complementing contributions of academic and non-academic partners will systematically increase the scientific level of the project. New knowledge, critical debates and dissemination will be strengthened. UrbanHist intends to facilitate the breakthrough of the European planning history debate, which is currently in its initial phase of development. The promotion of foreign doctoral students is part of daily university routine. In regard to the promotion and internationalisation of doctoral students, the four universities have already achieved a high standard.
Duration: 1.9.2016 - 30.8.2020


National projects

MARGIWORK - Analysis of Barriers in Access to Employment for Marginalized: Groups of Population: Selected regions of Slovakia in socio- economic, geographic and socio-anthropological perspective
Analýza bariér prístupu k pracovným príležitostiam pre marginalizované skupiny obyvateľstva: Vybrané regióny Slovenska v sociálno-ekonomickej, geografickej a sociálno-antropologickej perspektíve.
Program: APVV
Project leader: Mgr. Filčák Richard MSc. PhD.
Annotation:The main objective of the research project is to define causality between spatial localisation of Roma settlements, including physical infrastructure conditions and spatial localisation of employment opportunities. The specific objective of the project is to identify: (i) living conditions including qualification profile of this segment of population, in selected three territories in marginalized regions of Slovakia and (ii) the localisation and structure of disposable employment opportunities in the same selected territories.
Duration: 1.8.2018 - 30.6.2022

Institutional framework of Slovakia’s economic development in the new phase of globalisation
Inštitucionálne rámce ekonomického rozvoja SR v novej etape globalizácie
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Ing. Nemcová Edita PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021

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Kognitívne a sociálne zručnosti podporujúce kvalitu rozhodovania a celkového výkonu práce u členov posádok záchrannej zdravotnej služby
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Gurňáková Jitka PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021

KOGLIM - Cognitive limits of effective information processing and communication
Kognitívne limity efektívneho spracovania a komunikovania informácií
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc. PaedDr. Kurincová Čavojová Vladimíra PhD.
Annotation:The aim of the project is to identify and describe factors contributing to people’s better acceptance, comprehension and processing of expert information that are necessary for informed and evidence based decision making. The amount and complexity of information is growing steadily, however, people tend to believe more in pseudoscientific theories, biases or they deny science altogether, which has a negative impact on the life of individuals (refusal of vaccination, financing ineffective “treatment” methods, ignoring medical recommendations, believing in conspiracies, etc.). Lack of comprehension and acceptance of expert information are caused by (1) cognitive limitations of the information recipient (e.g., confirmation bias), (2) the way information is phrased and presented (e.g., using percent instead of natural frequencies). By studying these limitations we should be able to design and test the possibilities of efficient communication of information for debiasing and optimization of decisions.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

KOGZLY - Cognitive failures - individual predictors and intervention possibilities
Kognitívne zlyhania - individuálne prediktory a možnosti intervencie
Program: APVV
Project leader: doc. PaedDr. Kurincová Čavojová Vladimíra PhD.
Annotation:Project focuses on the question which individual predictors influence cognitive failures of people and how can we help them to make better decisions. Cognitive failures are examined from two perspectives –from the perspective of predictors entering into cognitive process and from the perspective of predictors of cognitive failures in specific areas. Relatively new and original is the area of epistemically unwarranted beliefs (EUB), which represent specific area of cognitive failures and understanding of predictors of EUB can have practical implications for everyday life – from explication of vulnerability in financial decisions to political extremism. The aim of the project is to construct methods for measuring rational thinking and EUB, identify individual predictors of cognitive failures and their mutual interaction. It will enable us to examine how resistance to cognitive failures in rational tasks correlates with various EUB and to identify certain socio-cultural factors that predict forming of EUB in Slovakia. We will also experimentally verify effect of interventions modified according to these individual predictors on cognitive failures. Previous intervention efforts were not successful because of the universality of used procedures without regard to specific characteristics of groups of people, who are – for whatever reasons – immune to these interventions and without regard to specific domains, therefore we aim to specifically address these concerns in this project. Thus, our results can contribute to verification of the latest models of cognitive processes within dual process theories and in connection with EUB as one of the manifestation of cognitive failure in everyday life.
Duration: 1.7.2017 - 30.6.2021

A Commentary on the books of Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai
Komentár k starozákonným knihám Náhum, Habakuk, Sofoniáš, Aggeus.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Varšo Miroslav Dr. theol.
Annotation:This project consists of producing a critical commentary on the books of Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, and Haggai. It includes the translations of the texts from Hebrew and Greek (the Septuagint), philological and text-critical notes to each translation, modern critical commentary, rabbinic commentary, patristic commentary, analyses of the form, the genre, and the structure of each psalm, and its theological, liturgical, and pastoral applications.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2020

Places of Memory of Košice II. (People and History)
Miesta pamäti Košíc II. (ľudia a dejiny)
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Sáposová Zlatica PhD.
Annotation:The aim of the project Places of Memory of Košice II. (People and History) is the research of important selected personalities, who influenced the image production of the town, or contributed to the political and social development of the town, in the context of local (Košice), regional, national (Slovakia, Hungary) and transnational history (Europe and beyond). The focus is placed on anticipating a scholarly base for producing a planned synthesis of the town’s history.
Duration: 1.1.2015 - 31.12.2019

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Najvyššie dosiahnuté vzdelanie a jeho vplyv na transformujúce sa rodinné a reprodukčné správanie žien na Slovensku
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Šprocha Branislav PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2019

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Počítačový model integrácie chemosenzorických modulov a motorického modulu neurónovej siete C. Elegans
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Ing. Dobeš Marek PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2020

CDSSHE - Computer-Aided Decision Support System for Hepatic Encephalopathy
Počítačový systém podpory rozhodovania pre hepatálnu encefalpatiu
Program: APVV
Project leader: PhDr. Ing. Dobeš Marek PhD.
Annotation:The goal of this project is to provide deep speech and handwriting analysis and investigate whether speech and handwriting can be used for diagnosis and monitoring of hepatic encephalopathy and whether there exists relationship between speech, handwriting and other biomarkers in hepatic encephalopathy. The number of novel signal processing algorithms, which reveal alteration in handwriting and speech more accurately than existing approaches, are proposed, giving rise to new group of features. The robust feature selection algorithms select the optimal subset of these features, which are fed into non-parametric regression and classification algorithms, mapping the signal processing algorithm outputs to stage of hepatic encephalopathy. Even though proposed project is focused on particular disease, we expect that some of the outputs, such as new features will be applicable also for other diseases.
Duration: 1.7.2017 - 31.5.2021

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Populačná a rodinná politika na Slovensku v 20. a 21. storočí
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Šprocha Branislav PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2019

Risk assessment in decision making of individuals on the personal and company/business finances and business opportunities
Posudzovanie rizika v rozhodovaní jednotlivcov o osobných a firemných podnikateľských financiách a podnikateľských príležitostiach
Program: VEGA
Project leader: doc. Ing. Mgr. Hanák Róbert PhD.
Annotation:Individuals make decisions about personal and business finances facing risk and uncertainty. At the same time these decisions, such as retirement scheme choices, investment of life-savings, investment into new ventures and alike are of crucial importance and imply consequences for the future of the concerned individual and that of his/her family members. Many individuals, however, make sub-optimal decisions, leading to considerable personal/family/business financial losses. One of the reasons of such failures is related to differences in individual risk perception and assessment. This project therefore aims to study psychological factors and variables (personality, cognitive and socio-demographic) playing a role in risk assessment throughout the process of financial decision making. The project will produce new theoretical knowledge as well as concrete solutions helping individuals to better understand, support, and handle the process of financial risk assessment.
Duration: 1.1.2017 - 31.12.2019

Work as a source of social exclusion and anomie: forms of precaration and its consequences
Práca ako zdroj sociálneho vylúčenia a anómie: formy prekarizácie práce a ich konzekvencie
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Filčák Richard MSc. PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2019 - 31.12.2022

Psychological aspects of adaptation to retirement
Psychologické aspekty adaptácie na dôchodok
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Prof. Mgr. Halama Peter PhD.
Duration: 1.1.2018 - 31.12.2021

Schools in Slovakia during years of the First Slovak Republic and in the period of Stalinism (1948 - 1953) with focus upon the ethnic minorities. Differences and similarities.
Školstvo na Slovensku v rokoch 1. Slovenskej republiky a v období stalinizmu (1948 - 1953). Protiklady a podobnosti.
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Doc. PhDr. Gabzdilová Soňa CSc.
Annotation:The solving of the scientific project is supposing an analysis and comparison of an educational process in Slovakia during the existence of the First Slovak Republic and a totalitarian system during the period 1948 - 1953. In the center of attention is a school policy of governments of the First Slovak Republic and the Czechoslovak Republic (1948 - 1953) and activities of central government authorities dealing with educational issues. In this context is attention focused also on interpretations of school policies of government agencies in the contemporary periodicals. The project is focused upon the influence of political parties - the Hlinka Slovak Populist Party and the Communist Party of Slovakia and their ideologies upon the educational process. It analyses organizational structure of educational system. Attention is given to status and activities of teachers in the monitored periods and via application of Oral History is also aimed at recollections of pedagogues activities in schools.
Duration: 1.1.2016 - 31.12.2019

3KRALI - The Three Magi as a Theme in the Art in Slovakia - Interdisciplinary Studies on Cultural Tradition and Communication
Téma Troch kráľov v umení Slovenska - interdisciplinárne štúdie kultúrnej tradície a komunikácie
Program: APVV
Project leader: PhDr. Hlaváčová Anna CSc.
Annotation:There is a possibility how to open the original Hebrew horizon of Evangelistary through the Three Magi as a topic and this subject resonated and resonates in the culture of several countries. We could follow its development and difference at the field of European culture which is haracterized by the surviving of the basic subjects and motifs in the different cultural levels. Also, there is the way how to record, document and study this theme from the point of different disciplines. History and theories of the theatre, music and fine arts are in the center of our attention in this proposal. All of them are based on its own methodological tradition; through the interdisciplinary dialog could be opened the new prospectives especially at that point when the different representations of the theme of research cross and form the concrete historical image of piety, commemorating, ritual practices or theatrical performances.
Duration: 1.7.2016 - 30.6.2020

TESS2 - Tendencies of development of ethnic relations in Slovakia (comparative research of ethnic issues in the years 2004 - 2020) - TESS2
Tendencie vývoja etnických vzťahov na Slovensku (komparatívny výskum národnostnej problematiky v rokoch 2004 - 2020) - (TESS2)
Program: APVV
Project leader: Prof. PaedDr. Šutaj Štefan DrSc.
Annotation:The aim of the project will be the analysis of development of national relations in the years 2004 – 2014 with impact on: political strategy of the state in the ethnicity area; aims and intentions of political parties in the area; ethno-demography and main trends in the 21-st century; cooperation the EU and Slovakia on the institutional level in regulation of the politics; relevant aspects of the governmental politics in the analysed time period; perception of the history of ethnic minorities; contents of historical memory with accent on the historical events with ethnic background (majority-minority relations, Slovak – Hungarian relations, Ruthenian – Ukrainian relations, the Roma problem...) The integral part is the interdisciplinary empirical research will be focused on basic theoretical, methodological, and practical questions of ethnicity and ethnic relations, with maintaining (for the comparability reasons) the procedure used in the research done in the year 2004 in the project “Nations, nationalities, and ethnic groups in the process of transformation of the Slovakian society”.
Duration: 1.7.2016 - 30.6.2020

Projects total: 22