CV

Michael L. Smith, Ph.D

Education:    

Ph.D. in Political Science, New School for Social Research, New York, 2008

M.A. in Philosophy, Boston College, 2000

B.A. and B.A., University of Washington, Seattle, 1998

Professional experience:

2019-              Senior Researcher, Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences (held same position 2006-2014)

2014-              Researcher, CERGE-EI (joint workplace of the Center of Economic Research and Graduate Education of Charles University and the Economics Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences)

2003-               Lecturer, University of Washington, Seattle

2006-2018      Researcher, Institute for Social and Economic Analyses (Chairman 2017-2018)

2006-2014      Senior Researcher, Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences

2001-2013      Lecturer, Anglo-American University, Prague

2002-2003      Lecturer, Sarah Lawrence College, New York

2002-2003      Teaching Assistant, New York University, New York

Personal awards and fellowships:

2008                Hannah Arendt Award for Best Dissertation in Political Science at the New School.

2004-2005       NSEP David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship

2002-2003       IREX Individual Advanced Research Opportunity Fellowship

2002-2003       Sawyer Dissertation Fellowship, Mellon Foundation and the New School

2002                Short-Term Grant, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, D.C.

1998-2002       Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Dept. of Education

Publications

Articles in academic journals with an impact factor:

Tsai, Shu-Ling, Michael L. Smith, Robert M. Houser. 2018. “Gender Gaps in Student Academic Achievement and Inequality.” Research in the Sociology of Education 20: 181-218. Download PDF of final version here.

Smith, Michael L., Petra Anýžová, Petr Matějů. 2018. “Returns to Cognitive Skills: New Evidence from 14 Nations.” Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research. http://doi.org/10.1080/13511610.2018.1508335.

Federičová, Miroslava, Filip Pertold, and Michael L. Smith. 2018. “Children Left Behind: Self-confidence of Pupils in Competitive Environments.” Education Economics 26 (2): 145-160. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09645292.2017.1395811. Download PDF here.

Tsai, Shu-Ling, Michael L. Smith, Robert M. Hauser. 2017. “Families, Schools, and Student Achievement Inequality: A Multilevel MIMIC Model Approach.” Sociology of Education 90 (1): 64-88. https://doi.org/10.1177/0038040716683779. Download PDF here. 

Michal Nový, Michael L. Smith, Tomáš Katrňák. 2017. “Inglehart’s scarcity hypothesis revisited: Is postmaterialism a macro-, or micro-level phenomenon around the world?” International Sociology 32 (6): 683-706. https://doi.org/10.1177/0268580917722892. Download PDF here.

Münich, Daniel, Petr Matějů, Jana Straková, and Michael L. Smith. 2017. “Structural Embeddedness of Students’ Professional Expectations: The Czech Republic and Taiwan in Comparative Perspective“. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03057925.2017.1377059. Download PDF here.

Mateju, Petr, Michael L. Smith, Simona Weidnerova, Petra Anyzova. 2017. “The Role of Basic Values and Education on Women’s Work and Family Preferences in Europe.” International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy 37 (9/10): 494-514. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJSSP-10-2016-0117. Download PDF here.

Smith, Michael L., Shu-Ling Tsai, Min-Hsiung Huang, Petr Matějů. 2016. “Educational Expansion and Inequality in Taiwan and the Czech Republic.” Comparative Education Review 60 (2): 339-374. https://doi.org/10.1086/685695. Download PDF here.

Mateju, Petr and Michael L. Smith. 2015. “Are Boys That Bad? Gender gaps in skills, grades and aspirations in Czech elementary schools.” British Journal of the Sociology of Education 36 (6): 871-895. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2013.874278. Download PDF here.

Gregor, Martin and Michael L. Smith. 2013. “Civic Initiatives in the Context of Legal Uncertainty.” Journal of Theoretical Politics 25 (1): 36-62. https://doi.org/10.1177/0951629812446504. Download PDF here.

Smith, Michael L. and Petr Mateju. 2012. “Two Decades of Value Change: The Crystallization of Meritocratic and Egalitarian Beliefs in the Czech Republic.” Social Justice Research 25 (4): 421-439. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11211-012-0164-9. Download PDF here.

Matějů, Petr a Michael L. Smith. 2012. “Kontinuita a změna přesvědčení o distributivní spravedlnosti v České republice v letech 1991 a 2009 [Continuity and Change in Beliefs about Distributive Justice in the Czech Republic, 1991-2009].” Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review 48 (1): 65-84. Download PDF here.

Smith, Michael L. 2011. “Politika odvolání jako inovativní nástroj prosazování transparentnosti a občanské účasti ve slovenské a polské místní samosprávě.” [The Politics of Recall: An Innovative Tool for Promoting Transparency and Political Participation in Slovak and Polish Local Government] Sociologia / Slovak Sociological Review 43 (4): 338-361. Download PDF here.

Smith, Michael L. and Petr Matějů. 2011. “Restratifikace české politiky. Vývoj třídně podmíněného volebního chování v České republice v letech 1992–2010.” [The Re-Stratification of Czech Politics: Class-Based Electoral Behavior in the Czech Republic, 1992-2010] Sociologický časopis / Czech Sociological Review 47 (1): 33–59. Download PDF here.

Smith, Michael L. 2010. “Perceived Corruption, Distributive Justice, and the Legitimacy of the System of Social Stratification in the Czech Republic.” Communist and Post-Communist Studies 43 (4): 439-451. Download PDF here.

Smith, Michael L. 2009. “The Inequality of Participation: Re-examining the Role of Social Stratification and Post-Communism on Political Participation in Europe.” Czech Sociological Review 45(3): 487-517. Download PDF here.

Matějů, Petr and Michael L. Smith. 2009. “The Perceived Value of Education and Educational Aspirations in the Czech Republic: Changes in the Determination of Educational Aspirations between 1989 and 2003.” Comparative Education Review 53(1): 13-39. https://doi.org/10.1086/593151. Download PDF here.

Veselý, Arnošt and Michael L. Smith. 2008. “Macro-Micro Linkages and the Role of Mechanisms in Social Stratification Research.” Czech Sociological Review 44 (3): 491-510. Download PDF here.

Matějů, Petr, Michael L. Smith and Josef Basl. 2008. “Rozdílné mechanismy – stejné nerovnosti. Změny v determinaci vzdělanostních aspirací mezi roky 1989 a 2003.” [Different Mechanisms, Same Inequalities – Changes in the Determination of Educational Aspirations, 1989-2003] Czech Sociological Review 44 (2): 371-399. Download PDF here.

Matějů, Petr, Petr Soukup, Michael L. Smith and Josef Basl. 2007. “The Determination of College Expectations in OECD Countries: The Role of Individual and Structural Factors.” Czech Sociological Review 43(7): 1121-1148. Download PDF here.

Smith, Michael L. 2006. “Unequal Chances in Education: Educational Inequalities in the Czech Republic” Czech Sociological Review 42(3): 591-598. Download PDF here.

Books

Smith, Michael L., Vojtech Prokes (eds.). 2013. Regulace lobbingu v České republice. Od myšlenky ke konceptu a implementaci [Regulation of Lobbying in the Czech Republic: From Idea to Concept and Implementation]. Prague: Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. ISBN: 978-80-7330-247-4. Download PDF here.

Klimešová, Magdaléna,Radim Bureš, Petr Bouda, Michael L. Smith, Tereza Zběžková. 2012. Financování politických stran v České republice a potřebné změny regulace [Political Party Financing in the Czech Republic and Needed Regulatory Changes]. Prague: Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Download PDF here.

Smith, Michael L. 2009. Občané v politice: Studie k participativní a přímé demokracii ve střední Evropě [Citizens in Politics: Studies on participatory and direct democracy in Central Europe]. Prague: Institute for Social and Economic Analysis (ISEA). ISBN 978-80-903316- 5-5.

Smith, Michael L (ed.). 2008. Vnímání a realita korupce v České republice. Nové výzkumy, metody a postupy [The Perception and Reality of Corruption in the Czech Republic: New Research, Methods and Approaches]. Prague: Institute for Social and Economic Analysis (ISEA). ISBN 978-80-903316-4-8.

Smith, Michael L. 2007. (in Czech) Přímá demokracie v práxi: politika místních referend v České republice [Direct Democracy in Practice: Local Referendum Politics in the Czech Republic]. Prague: Institute for Social and Economic Analysis (ISEA) and the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. ISBN 978-80-7330-117-0. Download PDF here.

 

Book Chapters:

Michael L. Smith, Dana Hamplová. 2017. “Chudí a sexy nebo bohatí a oškliví? Krása, přitažlivost a životní spokojenost. In Moc krásy: Pomáhá krása a atraktivita k životnímu úspěchu? Praha: Karolinum. ISBN: 978-80-246-3691-7.

Michael L. Smith. 2017. “Introduction.” In Moc krásy: Pomáhá krása a atraktivita k životnímu úspěchu? Praha: Karolinum. ISBN: 978-80-246-3691-7. Download English version here.

Smith, Michael L. 2016. “Czech Republic – Environmental Sustainability via Direct Democracy (In Bulgarian)” Pp 93-105 in Daniela Bozhinova (ed.), Cases of Yes and No: Referendum Stories from 11 Countries. Burgas: Bulgarian Association for the Promotion of Citizens Initiative. ISBN: 978-619-90487-1-9. Download PDF in Bulgarian here, and English version here.

Smith, Michael L. 2013. “The Local Recall Revisited: An Old Tool for Inclusive and Effective Participation in New Democracies.” Brigitte Geissel and Marko Joas (eds.), Participatory Democratic Innovations in Europe: Improving the Quality of Democracy? Barbara Budrich Publishers. ISBN: 978-3847401131. Download PDF here.

Smith, Michael L. 2011. “The Uneasy Balance Between Participation and Representation: Local Direct Democracy in the Czech Republic.” Pp. 33-53 in Theo Schiller (ed.), Local Direct Democracy in Europe. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. ISBN: 978-3-531-18250-6. Download PDF here.

Smith, Michael L. 2010. “Trendy a příčiny korupce v České republice: Krátká inventura empirických důkazů.” [Trends and Causes of Corruption in the Czech Republic: A Short Inventory of Empirical Evidence] Pp. 114-130 in Hana Maříková, Tomáš. Kostelecký, Tomáš Lebeda, and Marketa Škodová (eds.), Jaká je naše společnost? Otázky, které si často klademe… Prague: SLON.

Matějů, Petr, Michael L. Smith, Petr Soukup, and Josef Basl. 2010. “Šance na dosažení vysokoškolského vzdělání očima patnáctiletých žaků. Česká republika v mezinárodním srovnání.” [Chances at Achieving Tertiary Education in the Eyes of 15-year old Pupils: Czech Republic in International Comparison]. Pp. 250-273 in Petr Matějů, Jana Straková, and Arnošt Veselý (eds.), Nerovnosti ve vzdělávání. Od měření k řešení. Prague: SLON.

Matějů, Petr, Michael L. Smith, Josef Basl. 2010. “Rozdílné mechanismy – stejné nerovnosti. Změny v determinaci vzdělanostních aspirací mezi roky 1989 a 2003.” [Different Mechanisms, Same Inequalities – Changes in the Determination of Educational Aspirations, 1989-2003] Pp. 227-249 in Petr Matějů, Jana Straková, and Arnošt Veselý (eds.), Nerovnosti ve vzdělávání. Od měření k řešení. Prague: SLON.

Smith, Michael L. 2007. “Making Direct Democracy Work: Czech Local Referendums in Regional Comparison” in Pacal Delwit, Jean-Benoit Pilet, Herwig Reynaert, and Kristof Steyvers (eds.), Towards DIY-Politics? Participatory and Direct Democracy at the Local Level in Europe. Bruges: Vanden Broele. ISBN: 978-90-8584-484-6.

Other writings for lay audiences:

Smith, Michael L. 2017. “In memoriam, Petr Matějů.” Czech Sociological Review 53 (3): 463-468. Download PDF here.

Smith, Michael L. 2013. “The First 100 Days: The Controversial Presidency of Miloš Zeman.” Euro-Atlantic Quarterly, Slovak Atlantic Commission, 2/2013. Download PDF here.

Smith, Michael L. “Universities: Scandal in Bohemia” (analysis of Czech higher education reform), Transitions Online, January 4, 2010. Read here.

Smith, Michael L. “Who Bribes in the Czech Republic?” (article on the socio-economic determinants of bribery), Czech Business Weekly, April 28, 2008.

Smith, Michael L. “Is Corruption a Strategy for Life Success in the Czech Republic?” (analysis of role of corruption in the perceptions of life success), Socioweb 7-8, 2008.

Smith, Michael L. (with Donath-Burson-Marsteller, Factum Invenio, and The Fleet Sheet). 2007. Corruption in the Czech Republic: Politicians and Managers’ Perceptions. Prague: Donath-Burson-Marsteller.

Smith, M. L. 2007. „RC28 Spring Meeting in Brno, May 24-27, 2007“.Sociologický časopis/Czech Sociological Review 43 (6), 1222-1226. Read here.

Smith, M. L. 2007. Is Direct Democracy Good for the Environment? A Re-examination of the Link from the Perspective of Central and Eastern Europe. CSLP Working Paper 55. USC-Caltech Center for the Study of Law & Politics, 44 pages.

Smith, Michael L. “Greens Take Root” (on the rising popularity of the Czech Green Party), Transitions Online, May 22, 2006. Read here.

Smith, Michael L. “To Each According to His Birth” (on inequalities in Czech education), Transitions Online, April 28, 2006. Read here.

Smith, M. L. 2006. „The Changing Face of Czech Environmentalism“. Transitions Online, 16. 3. 2005. Read here.

Smith, Michael L. 2004. “Factors of Change: Access to Information in Matters of Environmental Justice,” Environmental Justice Local Government Brief. Local Government Initiative – Open Society Institute, Budapest.

Research Grants as a principal investigator:

Co-Principal Investigator, Research Grant of the Czech Science Foundation, project titled “Changing patterns of gender inequality in education and the labor market: Dynamics, causes and consequences,” 2017-2019. Principal investigators: Petr Matějů, VŠFS; Michael L. Smith, ISEA.

Co-Principal Investigator of CERGE-EI team for the Center of Excellence project “Dynamics of Change in Czech Society,” Czech Science Foundation grant, 2014-2018. Principal investigators: Pat Lyons, Institute of Sociology, Czech Academy of Sciences; Michael L. Smith, CERGE-EI; Tomáš Katrňák, Masaryk University.

Co-Principal Investigator, Research Grant of the Czech Science Foundation, project titled “Neglected Dimensions of Human Capital: The role of social capital and attractiveness on the labor and marriage market and lifestyle preferences,” 2014-2016 (principal investigators: Marek Loužek, Charles University; Michael L. Smith, ISEA; Doc. RNDr. Jan Řehák SC&C, Ltd).

Co-Principal Investigator of Bilateral Czech-Taiwan Research Project of the Czech Science Foundation (grant number P404/12/J006) and the National Science Council, Taiwan for the project “Educational Stratification in Taiwan and the Czech Republic: Accessibility of and Heterogeneous Returns to Higher Education,” 2012-2014 (principle investigators: Michael L. Smith and Shu-Ling Tsai; co-investigator: Daniel Munich).

Principal Investigator, Research Grant from the Security Research Program, Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic, entitled “Reducing Security Threats from Corruption and Organized Crime in the Czech Republic,” 2010-2013.

Principal Investigator, Standard Research Grant from the Czech Science Foundation on “Environmental Values, Beliefs and Behavior in the Czech Republic in Historical and Cross- National Perspective,” 2010-2012. Co-investigator: Petr Soukup.

Principal Investigator, Standard Grant from the Czech Science Foundation on “Local Direct Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe,” 2007-2008.

Principal Investigator, Grant from the Open Society Fund Prague on “The Persistence of Corruption in the Czech Republic,” 2006-2007.

Principal Investigator, VIA Foundation and CEE Trust Grant for Research on the “Politics of Local Referendums in Central and Eastern Europe,” 2005-2006.

 

Grant projects I have participated in as a co-investigator:

Czech partner for the project “Institutional Reform of Ukraine’s Energy Sector in the Context of Its Integration into the EU Market,” International Centre for Democratic Transition, grant from the International Visegrad Fund, 2016.

Czech partner for the project “Democratic Consciousness in Central and Eastern Europe – Identity and Differences between the V4 countries and Ukraine,” International Centre for Democratic Transition, grant from the International Visegrad Fund, 2014.

“From De-stratification to Stratification? The Development of the Social Stratification System in the Czech Republic, 1991 – 2009,” grant from the Czech Science Foundation, 2008-2010. Principal Investigator: Natalie Simonová.

“Legitimacy of the Political System and Inequalities: The Development in the Czech Republic in Comparative Perspective,” grant from the Czech Science Foundation, 2006-2008. Principal Investigator: Lukáš Linek.

“Unequal Access to Education: The Extent, Sources, Social and Economic Consequences, Policy Strategies,” grant from the Czech Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, 2004-2009. Principal Investigator: Petr Matějů.

 

Select Papers Presented at Scientific Conferences:

Tsai, Shu-Ling, Michael L. Smith, Robert M. Houser, “Gender Gaps in Student Academic Achievement and Inequality.” Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference, Quebec, August 2017.

Tsai, Shu-Ling, Michael L. Smith, Robert M. Houser, “Gender Gaps in Student Academic Achievement and Inequality.” Paper presented at the RC28 Meeting of the International Sociological Association, New York University, August 2017.

Smith, Michael L., Petr Matějů, and Petra Anyžová, “Returns to Cognitive Skills in Innovative Societies: New Evidence from 14 Nations Participating in PIAAC.” Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference, Seattle, August 2016.

Matějů, Petr, Michael L. Smith, Simona Weidnerová and Petra Anyžová. “The role of basic values and education on women’s work and family preferences in Europe.” Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference, Seattle, August 2016.

Tsai, Shu-Ling, Michael L. Smith, Robert M. Houser, “Gender Differences in Student Performance: Taiwan in Comparative Perspective.” Paper presented at the RC28 Meeting of the International Sociological Association, University of Bern, August 2016.

Tsai, Shu-Ling, Michael L. Smith, Robert M. Houser, “Families, Schools, and Student Achievement Inequality.” Paper presented at the RC28 Meeting of the International Sociological Association, University of Pennsylvania, August 2015.

Smith, Michael L. Shu-Ling Tsai, and Daniel Münich. “Unobserved Heterogeneity in College Returns in Europe.” Paper presented at the RC28 Meeting of the International Sociological Association, Tilburg University, May 2015.

Smith, Michael L., Shu-Ling Tsai, and Daniel Münich. “Selection Bias in Heterogeneous Returns to College in Highly Stratified Educational Systems in Europe.” Paper presented at the American Sociological Association Annual Conference, San Francisco, August 2014.

Smith, Michael L., Shu-Ling Tsai, Min-Hsiung Huang, Petr Matějů, “Educational Expansion and Inequality in Taiwan and the Czech Republic” Paper presented at the American Sociological Association, University of Virginia, August 2013.

Smith, Michael L. “Local Democratic Mechanisms as Tools of Climate Protection in Central and Eastern Europe.” Paper presented at the international conference “Communication – Education – Participation. Successful Ways to Climate Protection” held at the Independent Institute for Environmental Issues (UfU) in Berlin, Germany, November 29-30, 2012.

Smith, Michael L., Shu-Ling Tsai, Min-Hsiung Huang, Petr Mateju, “Educational Expansion and Inequality in Taiwan and the Czech Republic” Paper presented at the RC28 Meeting of the International Sociological Association, University of Virginia, August 2012.

Smith, Michael L. “Post-Materialism in Post-Communist Societies.” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, April 12-14, 2012.

Smith, Michael L. “Wind Power and Biomass Referendums in the Czech Republic and Hungary”, Scientific symposium on the “Environmental Impact of Direct Democracy,” Technical University, Berlin, March 22-23, 2012.

Smith, Michael L. “The Role of Social Class, Trust, and Values in Shaping Rural Political and Civic Participation in Europe, 1990-2008.” XXIX Congress of the European Society for Rural Sociology, Chania, Greece, August 22-25, 2011.

Smith, Michael L. “How Social Stratification and Economic Development Shape Perceived Corruption: A Cross-National, Multi-Level Analysis of 30 Nations.” Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association, Oslo, Norway, August 4-7, 2011.

Smith, Michael L. “Lobbying and its Regulation: The View of Czech Executive Managers and Business Owners.” Workshop on the Regulation of Lobbying, Parliament of the Czech Republic, May 12, 2011.

Smith, Michael L. “Perceived Corruption, Distributive Justice, and the Legitimacy of the System of Social Stratification in the Czech Republic.” Czech-Taiwan Seminar, Czech Science Foundation, September 2010.

Smith, Michael L. “Problems in the Comparability and Harmonization of Measures of Community Size in ISSP Surveys.” Workshop on Harmonisation of Social Survey Data for Cross – National Comparison. Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. Prague, October 19, 2010.

Smith, Michael L. “Social Inequality and the Problem of Environmental Injustice in the Czech Republic.” Seminar presented at the Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. November 25, 2010.

Smith, Michael L. “The Decline of Class Voting? The Changing Role of Objective and Subjective Class in Shaping Voting Preferences in Post-communist Central Europe.” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington DC, USA, September 2–5, 2010.

Smith, Michael L. “Greening Economies through Citizen Involvement in Environmental Decision-making: The Case of Environmental Referendums in Central Europe.” National Council for Science and the Environment Conference on “The New Green Economy.” January 20-22, 2010.

Smith, Michael L. “Democratic Accountability or a Political Circus?: The Politics of the Recall in Poland and Slovakia.” 5th General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Potsdam, Germany, September, 10.–12, 2009.

Smith, Michael L. “The Inequality of Participation: Re-examining the Role of Social Stratification and Post-Communism on Political Participation in Europe.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, USA, August 7.–11, 2009.

Smith, Michael L. “Trust, Social Justice and Corruption Perceptions in the Czech Republic.” American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, USA, August, 7–11, 2009.

Matějů, Petr and Michael L. Smith. “The Perceived Value of Education and Educational Aspirations in the Czech Republic: Changes in the Determination of Educational Aspirations between 1989 and 2003.” Paper presented at the RC28 Meeting of the International Sociological Association, Florence, May 2008.

Smith, Michael. L. “Explaining Voter Turnout in Local Direct Democracy: Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe.” Midwest Political Science Association Annual National Conference, Chicago, USA, March 3.–7, 2008.

Smith, Michael L. “What Determines Citizens’ Corruption Perceptions? Evidence from 15 Countries in the 2006 ISSP Role of Government Survey” presented at the 4th General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Pisa, Italy, September 7-9, 2007.

Matějů, Petr and Michael L. Smith. “The Perceived Value of Education and Educational Aspirations in the Czech Republic: Changes in the Determination of Educational Aspirations between 1989 and 2003” presented at the Spring Meeting of RC28 (Research Committee on Social Stratification and Mobility of the International Sociological Association), Brno, Czech Republic, May 24-27, 2007.

Smith, Michael L. “Social Status, Inequality, and the Perception of Corruption in the Czech Republic,” presented as a seminar of the Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, April 3, 2007.

Smith, Michael L. “Is Direct Democracy Good for the Environment? A Re-examination of the Link from the Perspective of Central and Eastern Europe,” presented at the Symposium “When Voters Make Laws: How Direct Democracy is Reshaping American Cities,” University of Southern California, April 6-7, 2007.

Co-Organization of Scientific Conferences and Workshops

“Seminář o návrhu zákona o lobbingu [Seminar on the Bill on Lobbying]” Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament, October 29. 2012.

“Zvýšení transparentnosti financování politických stran [Increasing the Transparency of Political Party Financing” American Center in Prague, November 22, 2011.

“Expertní stůl o lobbingu [Expert Roundtables in Lobbying]” – a series of four international workshops at the Czech Parliament and American Center in Prague on reform of lobbying in the Czech Republic – spring 2011.

International Sociological Association, RC28 Meeting “Social Inequality and Mobility in the Process of Social Transformation,” Masaryk Univ., Brno, May 2007.