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Center for Socio-Economic Research on Environmental Policy Impact Assessment (SEEPIA)

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Financial support

Technological Agency of the Czech Republic (TA ČR), Environment for Life Programme

Project duration


Coordinator of the project in CUEC

  • M ilan Ščasný
  • Iva Zvěřinová

Project partners

  • Charles University Environment Centre
  • Institute of Economic Studies FSV UK
  • Faculty of Law UK
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Physics UK
  • The Czech Environmental Information Agency (CENIA)
  • Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CZU)
  • EEIP, a.s.
  • Idealab
  • Komora obnovitelných zdrojů, z.s.
  • Technology Centre of the CAS
  • Prague University of Economics and Business
  • The Silva Tarouca Research Institute for Landscape and Ornamental Gardening (RILOG)
  • Public Opinion Research Centre (CVVM)
  • Cambridge Econometrics Hungary Kft

Project description

The project Center for Socio-Economic Research on Environmental Policy Impact Assessment (SEEPIA) aims to establish an interdisciplinary research center, providing long-term expert capacity for socioeconomic environmental research.

The center will develop methods for policy impact evaluation, foresight, and behavioral research and provide support to the MoE and public authorities in policy-making elaborating on the European Green Deal (GD) based on the research of current and expected impacts on the environment, the economy and society. The Center consists of 12 research institutions and universities with broad expertise.


The SEEPIA project has three main goals:

1. Environmental and socioeconomic policy evaluation.

We will develop quantitative methods for ex-post evaluation and evaluate the effectiveness of environmental policies. We will ex ante evaluate the impacts of the GD, compile macro-econometric and CGE models and use optimization and simulation models, including regional input-output analysis, to verify the impacts of scenarios. We will establish a knowledge transfer hub to co-design policies as a shared analytical database with knowledge transfer among bodies of the strategic cycle chain.

2. Development and application of foresight methods

We will develop foresight methods to identify new trends in the form of development scenarios to map transformation processes in society, research and technologies, constituting assumptions for the identification of current and future socioeconomic and environmental challenges and their impacts.

3. Incorporating attitudes and behavior into the policy-making process

We will develop approaches drawing from experimental and behavioral economics, social psychology and sociology. We will design and conduct behavioral experiments, evaluating the effects and acceptability of policy measures and readiness for structural changes in the direction set in the GD. Periodical sociological surveys on public opinion related to environmental problems will improve understanding of how to communicate complex policies.

Research team in CUEC

  • Mgr. Milan Ščasný Ph.D.
  • Mgr. Iva Zvěřinová, Ph.D.
  • JUDr. et Mgr. Vojtěch Máca, Ph.D.
  • Mgr. Lukáš Rečka, Ph.D.
  • Mgr. Vědunka Kopečná, Ph.D.
  • Ing. Vladimír Kubeček
  • Prof. Anna Alberini, Ph.D.
  • Prof. Mikołaj Czajkowski, Ph.D.
  • Mgr. Martin Kryl
  • Mgr. Zuzana Rajchlová