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International Projects

'COVID-19: Tourism recovery, risk and uncertainty

Covid-19: obnova cestovného ruchu - aspekty rizika a neistoty

Duration: 30. 9. 2020 - 31. 8. 2021
Program: Iné
Project leader: doc. Ing. Baláž Vladimír PhD., DrSc.
Annotation:Project 'COVID-19: Tourism recovery, risk and uncertainty' analyses how risk and uncertainty impact on the UK's inbound, outbound and domestic markets. The two-stage project will first analyse a specially-commissioned survey of 17,500 potential tourists in the UK and its four main markets: France, Germany, USA and China. This will be followed by experimental research to assess how tourists respond to contrasting future Covid-19 health and containment scenarios.
Project web page:https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=ES%2FV013009%2F1

European Energy Poverty: Agenda Co-Creation and Knowledge Innovation

Energetická chudoba v Európe: Spoluvytváranie agendy a vedomostných inovácií

Duration: 7. 11. 2017 - 6. 11. 2021
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Filčák Richard MSc. PhD.

ESS - European Social Survey

Európska sociálna sonda

Duration: 1. 1. 2004 -
Program: Iné
Project leader: Mgr. Fedáková Denisa PhD.
Annotation:The ESS (European Social Survey) is an international European academic project since 2001. The main aim of the project is to measure and compare selected aspects of social, political and cultural life in participating countries in biennial cycles - rounds. 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/

CEEA - Cities in the Enlarged European Area: Joint Development of Capacities of Public Institutions by Slovak-Ukrainian Cross-border Cooperation and Improving Integrity in Public Affairs

Mestá v rozšírenom Európskom priestore: Spoločný rozvoj kapacít verejných inštitúcií prostredníctvom slovensko-ukrajinskej cezhraničnej spolupráce a zvyšovanie integrity verejných záležitostí (CEEA)

Duration: 20. 7. 2020 - 30. 4. 2023
Program: FM EHP/NFM
Project leader: Ing. Kalistová Anna
Annotation:The aim of the project is to improve the integrity and accountability of public administration in Slovakia and Ukraine, develop cross-border institutional cooperation, improve awareness of Uzhhorod and Kharkiv employees in order to promote transparency and quality of public administration, create new networks and partnerships aimed at bringing Ukraine closer to the EU, support long-term and sustainable cooperation between public institutions in the close regions of Slovakia and Ukraine, transfer of approaches and experience in the area of climate and environmental policy, exchange of experience and capacity building.
Project web page:www.ceea-cooperation.com

Empowering the next generation of social enterprise scholars

Podpora ďalšej generácie akademikov v oblasti sociálneho podnikania

Duration: 27. 11. 2017 - 26. 11. 2021
Program: COST
Project leader: Mgr. Filčák Richard MSc. PhD.

DREAM ROAD - Danube REgion for improved Access and eMpowerment of ROmA Development

Podunajský región za zlepšenie prístupu a umožnenie rozvoja Rómov

Duration: 1. 7. 2020 - 31. 12. 2022
Project leader: Ing. Kalistová Anna
Annotation:DREAM ROAD builds capacities of public bodies to better cope with Roma issues through innovation and dialogue, providing community representatives with the know-how to achieve lastig impact. The long-term objective is to create enduring and meaningful, transparent and interactive processes stimulating mutual responsiveness of all societal actors. Transnational framework will allow for implementation of transferrable solutions, tested in locally specific environments, which will serve as guidelines in future policymaking.



Duration: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2021
Program: EaSI (Employment and Social Innovations)
Project leader: Mgr., MA Mýtna Kureková Lucia PhD.
Annotation:The central goals of POW-Bridge are to study possible gaps between procedures (legal basis) and practices (experiences) in the rules governing the posting of workers, to identify challenges and to develop and share effective solutions for posting companies and agencies tasked with enforcing posting legislation. Thereby, a particular focus is on the possible challenges resulting from interactions between the revised posting Directive passed in 2018 and other EU and national legislation.
Project web page:http://www.prog.sav.sk/index.php/en/pow-bridge-bridging-gap-between-legislation-and-practice-posting-workers

Current state and functioning of Slovak national education - reflection of teachers, reflection of students and reflection of parents

Súčasný stav a fungovanie slovenského národnostného školstva – reflexia pedagógov, reflexia študentov a reflexia rodičov

Duration: 1. 1. 2019 - 31. 12. 2024
Program: Medziakademická dohoda (MAD)
Project leader: Mgr. Ďurkovská Mária PhD.
Project web page:https://www.svusav.sk/project/sucasny-stav-a-fungovanie-slovenskeho-narodnostneho-skolstva-reflexia-pedagogov-reflexia-studentov-a-reflexia-rodicov/

ENTRANCES - ENergy TRANsitions from Coal and carbon: Effects on Societies

Transformácia energetiky smerom od uhlia a uhlíka: Vplyvy na spoločnosť

Duration: 1. 5. 2020 - 30. 4. 2023
Program: Horizont 2020
Project leader: Mgr. Filčák Richard MSc. PhD.

UrbanHist - UrbanHist: History of European Urbanism in the 20th Century

Urbánna história: 20. storočie a európsky urbanizmus

Duration: 1. 9. 2016 - 31. 7. 2021
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.

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.

Duration: 1. 8. 2018 - 31. 7. 2022
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.

Cyrillical travelogue from the Journey to Florence. Attempt at a narrative.


Duration: 1. 1. 2019 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: VEGA
Project leader: PhDr. Hlaváčová Anna CSc.
Annotation:The aim is to prepare for publication a 15th century Russian literary source – a Cyrillic travelogue describing the journey to (and from) the Council of Florence (1439) and to analyse its long (full itinerary) version. The emphasis on the return way of metropolitan Isidore’s companions will enable us to study the reception of the Union of Florence among Slavs immediately after the council. It may reveal these events in a very different light compared to established seclusionist narrative that has been formed later - in the complicated process of anti-Latin polemics of a later date. The project continues the author’s previous research of quattrocento non-polemical literary sources studying the phenomena previously unseen by Russian travellers to the council of Florence.

Institutional framework of Slovakia’s economic development in the new phase of globalisation

Inštitucionálne rámce ekonomického rozvoja SR v novej etape globalizácie

Duration: 1. 1. 2018 - 31. 12. 2021
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Ing. Nemcová Edita PhD.


Integratívna stratégia v rozvoji personalizovanej medicíny vybraných zhubných nádorových ochorení a jej vplyv na kvalitu života

Duration: 1. 9. 2019 - 30. 6. 2023
Program: Štrukturálne fondy EÚ Výskum a vývoj
Project leader: Ing. Balog Miroslav PhD.

Cognitive and personality predictors of trust building

Kognitívne a osobnostné prediktory budovania dôvery

Duration: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2023
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Grežo Matúš PhD.

Cognitive and social skills supporting decision making and the quality of performance of Emergency medical services crew members. Cognitive and social skills supporting decision making and the quality of performance of Emergency medical services crew memb

Kognitívne a sociálne zručnosti podporujúce kvalitu rozhodovania a celkového výkonu práce u členov posádok záchrannej zdravotnej služby

Duration: 1. 1. 2018 - 31. 12. 2021
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Gurňáková Jitka PhD.
Annotation:Our findings from two prior projects VEGA 2/0095/10 and 2/0080/14, in accordance with statistics referring to about 10% prevalence of adverse events in health-care attributed to human errors, result in the necessity to identify, assess and develop cognitive and social (non-technical) skills relevant for proper decision-making and the quality of overall performance of health-care professionals. The mechanic application of the lists of non-technical skills obtained in one profession into another is not recommended. Hence, the aim of this project is to identify, describe and to develop an assessment tool for basic categories, elements and behavioral markers of cognitive and social skills, crucial for the quality of decision-making and the performance of Emergency medical services crew members. Moreover, the development of naturalistic decision-making research via analysis of adverse events in health care in Slovakia will be enriched.

KOGZLY - Cognitive failures - individual predictors and intervention possibilities

Kognitívne zlyhania - individuálne prediktory a možnosti intervencie

Duration: 1. 7. 2017 - 30. 6. 2021
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.
Project web page:https://psychologia.sav.sk/projekt/kognitivne-zlyhania-individualne-prediktory-a-moznosti-intervencie/

Luník IX - the past, present and future of the Roma ghetto

Luník IX - dejiny, súčasnosť a perspektívy rómskeho sídliska

Duration: 1. 1. 2019 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Ficeri Ondrej PhD.
Annotation:The self-governing city district of Košice – Luník IX is the biggest and most concentrated Roma settlement in Slovakia. The ethnically segregated city district is in long-term a centre point of interest of Slovak, and foreign observers – be it politicians, scientists, or non-government activists – due to disputableness of interethnic, demographic, environmental, and last but not least, hygienic conditions developed in this districts throughout its existence. Luník IX in historical consciousness and current popular culture figures as a synonym for failed Roma assimilation to majority population. The grounding and consequent development of the district is in mentalities of majority population surrounded by many superstitions and myths which are based partly on real, partly on false facts. The aim of the project is to map the history and the presence of the disputed city district and to elaborate a sociohistorical synthesis about the phenomenon of Luník IX produced by Slovak, regionally affiliated scholars.


Malé dejiny veľkých akcií : sčítania ľudu a súpisové akcie na Slovensku v rokoch 1919 – 1950

Duration: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Šprocha Branislav PhD.

Migration on the Slovak territory since its foundation - the dynamics of migration flows with EU and OECD countries

Migrácia na území SR od vzniku SR – dynamika migračných tokov s krajinami EÚ a OECD

Duration: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2023
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Ing. Heriban Richard PhD.
Annotation:Slovakia is a small open economy which is denoted by a high dynamics of economic and social processes since its foundation. Migration is of one of areas which in the past years showed revival. Most of the migration studies analyze cases from particular point of view while the complex picture frequently gets underestimated both in historical and international context. It is not possible to interpret the results of quantitative analyses without thorough mapping and understanding of these contexts, nor to design prediction trends thereof. The project will deal with a complex picture of migration to and from the Slovak Republic in time space from its founding as well as its relation to other countries and clusters. The members of team are long-term members of OECD SOPEMI network focused on monitoring and analyzing of migration data and policies within the entire OECD. There ensued an ample statistical and analytical data throughout their tenure which mapped the progress of migration in Slovakia.

CDSSHE - Computer-Aided Decision Support System for Hepatic Encephalopathy

Počítačový systém podpory rozhodovania pre hepatálnu encefalpatiu

Duration: 1. 7. 2017 - 31. 5. 2021
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.


Pokračujúca transformácia rodinného a reprodukčného správania na Slovensku v časovom a priestorovom aspekte

Duration: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: VEGA
Project leader: RNDr. Šprocha Branislav PhD.

Attitudes towards Migrants in the Socio-psychological Context

Postoje voči migrantom v sociálno-psychologických kontextoch

Duration: 1. 1. 2019 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Bozogáňová Miroslava PhD.
Annotation:The project is focused on examining attitudes and perceptions of migrants in selected European countries. The project aims to: 1) to examine attitudes towards migrants within the Slovak Republic as well as in the European context; 2) to examine socio-demographic characteristics in the context of attitudes towards migrants (gender, age, education, income, economic factors, occupation, residence, religiosity) and psychological characteristics in the context of attitudes towards migrants (value orientation, personality, life satisfaction, perceived safety, hostility, locus of control, belief in the fair world) and integrate them into a more complex model; using a vignette experiment; 3) comparison of individual European countries in the context of measured variables based on available data (e.g. European Social Survey, ISSP).

Work competencies in the context of Industry 4.0 development

Pracovné kompetencie v kontexte rozvoja priemyslu 4.0.

Duration: 1. 1. 2019 - 31. 12. 2021
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Porubčinová Martina PhD.

Benefits of Slovak migration

Prínosy slovenskej migrácie

Duration: 1. 1. 2019 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Ing. Chrančoková Martina PhD.
Annotation:International migration has interdisciplinary character. Migration is nowadays studied quantitatively through statistics.The project’s ambition is to fill certain gabs in understanding of individual types of Slovak migration utilizing mixed method - qualitative and quantitative methods. We would like to find out answers to the following questions: what was the benefit of stay abroad to Slovak citizens (1) from their personal point of view in regards to the foreigners, system of work and education, (2) in terms of their knowledge and skills and opinion on (3) their benefit to Slovakia upon their return, but also in the case of remaining abroad. Hence there is a need to study the factors determining Slovak migration – reasons for leaving and returning. Slovakia is experiencing brain drain, concerning the tertiary education. The second issue is brain circulation , concerning the lower levels of education. Therefore, the case study will consist of university students, low skilled and high skilled Slovaks.

Psychological aspects of adaptation to retirement

Psychologické aspekty adaptácie na dôchodok

Duration: 1. 1. 2018 - 31. 12. 2021
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Prof. Mgr. Halama Peter PhD.

Reflection of Slovak national educational system in Hungary in the context of the present and other perspectives of its functioning

Reflexia slovenského národnostného školstva v Maďarsku v kontexte súčasnosti a ďalších perspektív jeho fungovania

Duration: 1. 1. 2019 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Ďurkovská Mária PhD.
Annotation:The project is focused on the research of reflection of Slovak national education in Hungary with ambition to expose the current situation of national education in Hungary and the teaching of the Hungarian language with the help of teachers working at Slovak national schools in Hungary. Through the views, assessments and evaluation of current issues by teachers define the key areas of the solution, characterize the requirements for improving the quality of functioning and indicate the conditions for their development. The solution of the present proposal presupposes an interdisciplinary conception of combined, quantitative and qualitative research of pedagogical reflection.
Project web page:https://www.svusav.sk/project/reflexia-slovenskeho-narodnostneho-skolstva-v-madarsku-v-kontexte-sucasnosti-a-dalsich-perspektiv-jeho-fungovania/

Social and Psychological Correlates of Populist Attitudes

Sociálne a psychologické koreláty populistických postojov

Duration: 1. 1. 2021 - 31. 12. 2024
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Piterová Ivana PhD.
Annotation:The project reflects the current social situation emphasizing the topic of populism. There has been a risinginterest to explain it in current conditions. The project is based on the analysis of data on two levels. The first levelis a discursive analysis of historical sources and an analysis of data of international surveys (e.g. ESS, ISSP).The second level is represented by primary data obtained by focus groups as well as by a professional research agency that will provide a representative sample of Slovak citizens (panel of respondents). The research will include analyses of populist attitudes/populist framing of social identity and selected variables. The contribution lies in the creation and verification of a new methodology for populist attitudes and also an outline of the mechanism behind the populist attitudes in the Slovak population. The aim of the project is to contribute to the understanding of people's populist attitudes through application of knowledge and theory offered by social psychology.


Systémová verejná výskumná infraštruktúra – biobanka pre nádorové a zriedkavé ochorenia

Duration: 1. 6. 2020 - 30. 6. 2023
Program: Štrukturálne fondy EÚ Výskum a inovácie
Project leader: Ing. Balog Miroslav PhD.

Energy savings - opportunities and risks. Analyses for informed decision-making in the area of energy efficiency

Úspory energie - možnosti a riziká. Analytická činnosť pre informované formovanie politík a opatrení energetickej efektívnosti

Duration: 1. 1. 2021 - 31. 12. 2024
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Ing. Korytárová Katarína PhD.
Annotation:The project focuses on analyses in the field of energy efficiency and energy savings and aims to contribute to informed decision-making. The project includes modelling of energy consumption, evaluation of energy efficiency as such and energy efficiency measures and other partial analyses in the field of energy efficiency and climate change, including energy poverty and financing. The main contribution of the project will be the analyses, which can serve as a basis for preparation of the policy in the field of energy efficiency and climate change, including strategic, conceptual and planning documents, as well as financial mechanisms in Slovakia and abroad. The project will also contribute to improvement of the methodology in the field of energy use modelling, as well as in the evaluation of energy efficiency and energy poverty. The focus of the project has an impact also on many other areas, especially in the area of climate change, as well as in the socio-economic area.


Výmena obyvateľstva medzi Československom a Maďarskom - fakty a historické súvislosti v domácej a európskej politike

Duration: 1. 1. 2019 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Mgr. Sáposová Zlatica PhD.

Elementary and high schools in Slovakia in contex of politics of Sommunist Party of Czechoslovakia during year 1948-1953.

Základné a stredné školy na Slovensku v kontexte politiky Komunistickej strany Československa v rokoch 1948 - 1953

Duration: 1. 1. 2020 - 31. 12. 2022
Program: VEGA
Project leader: Doc. PhDr. Gabzdilová Soňa CSc.
Annotation:After February putsch in year 1948, which was realized by CPC, Czech and Slovak society underwent radical changes in all sferes including culture and schools. Political change in a fundamental way impacted also further direction of educational process for more than forty years. Most dramatic changes were realized during years 1948 - 1953, terrmed also as period of Stalinism. CPC was a political party, which only defined direction of young generation education on elementary and high schools.Till then in Slovakia generally accepted Christian principle in upbringing childred and youth was gradually liquidated. Project is focused upon research of tactics and strategy of CPC after imposition of totalitarian system,which controlled school system from kindergartens to universities. Fundamental changes were realized not only in organizationa structure, but also in content of education, out-of-school activities as well as interest activities. A significant role played children and youth organizations.

Projects total: 32