František Ficek

František Ficek

Study programme: Regional and Political Geography

Thesis title:  Sanitation Issues in Developing Countries

Supervisor: doc. RNDr. Josef Novotný, Ph.D.

Main section: Ph.D. students
E-mail: 1bpo144WHgnD_b29bgvhTj
Department: Regional and Political Geography

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Thesis title:  Sanitation Issues in Developing Countries

Funding: GA ČR 19-10396S, GA ČR 15-21237S

Begun: September 2016

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Current and recent research projects

2019-2021: Sustainability of sanitation changes in middle and low income countries

2015-2017: Factors and conditions affecting changes in sanitation behavior in developing countries 



2011 - 2014 B.Sc. Demography and Social Geography, Charles University, Faculty of Science

2014 - 2016 M.Sc. Regional and Political Geography, Charles University, Faculty of Science

2016 - present Ph.D Regional and Political Geography, Charles University, Faculty of Science

2019 Erasmus scholarship, Department of Geography, Stockholm University


Awards and grants

Best bachelor thesis on Development awarded by People in Need 

Nomination for Dean’s Prize and Rector’s Prize for best bachelor and master thesis

2018 Global Education Innovation Award (as a member of Scouts and Guides: Active Global Citizens project)



In my research I’m uncovering factors and conditions that affect sanitation change in developing countries. More specifically the change in usage of toilets and sanitation behavior in the Indian state of Jharkhand. I participated in two field surveys in Jharkhand, first in 2016 and second in 2019, both conducted in partnership in Xavier Institute of Social Service. I am also analyzing changes in Indian sanitation policy and comparing it to sanitation policy in Ethiopia. 



Novotný, J., Ficek, F., Hill, J. K., & Kumar, A. (2018). Social determinants of environmental health: a case of sanitation in rural Jharkhand. Science of The Total Environment, 643, 762-774.

Ficek, F., & Novotný, J. (2019). Comprehending practitioners’ assessments of community-led total sanitation. Health promotion international, 34(6), e129-e138.

Conference contributions: International Conference on Sustainable Development 2017


Teaching: Development Studies (2018)


External activities

  • Former vice-chairman of the faculty senate
  • Co-founder of an expert group on active citizenship and sustainability at Junák - Czech Scouting 
  • Member of Stockholm Debate Society 
  • Member of Czech Geographic Society