Sustainability Management

PhD Degree Program

Doctoral graduates in Sustainability Management will be using advanced theoretical foundations in economic, social and environmental sciences, as well as their knowledge of statistical data analysis, and focusing on a holistic approach to connecting empirical findings with scientific disciplines.

The program emphasizes students' competences in working in international environments and comprehending transnational contexts of sustainable development. Accordingly, they will be well prepared to pursue careers in research, public governance, international organizations, as well as for senior executive roles in major projects, industry, consulting and nonprofits.

The Sustainability Management PhD program has been developed by the School of Business jointly with the UCT Faculty of Environmental Technology, submitted for accreditation by the National Accreditation Agency, and we therefore expect to be able to enrol students from the 2021 Winter Term (enrolments in PhD programs at UCT take place semi-annually).

In the meantime, we shall be pleased to provide prospective students with Master degree qualification, typically in the fields of Economics, Natural Sciences or Technology, with more specific advice on selecting their Research topics and Thesis supervisors, as well as details of the enrolment process.


Doctoral students' curricula are based on their individual study plans, under the guidance of a supervisor. In the Sustainability Management program, students will generally be expected to take several doctoral courses, participate in research projects and international mobility, and publish research papers.

Before graduating, students will take Doctoral Exams and defend their Doctoral Theses, based on a selected topic and their research results.

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Doctoral courses (students take at least four of the courses on offer, at least two in Module A, and at least one in Module B)

Module A:

  • Advanced Capital Budgeting
  • Circular Economy and Industrial Symbiosis
  • Economic Growth
  • Economic Impacts of Sustainable Development
  • Engineering Optimization
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Methods of Economic Research
  • Physical and Chemical Processes in Energetics
  • Reducing Air Emissions from Industrial Processes and Energy Generation
  • Sources and Technology of Sustainable Energetics
  • Strategic and Innovation Management
  • System Dynamics
  • Trends in Public Policies and Sustainable Management


Module B:

  • Advanced Decontamination Technology
  • Biological Wastewater Treatment and Reuse
  • Decision Analysis
  • Drinking Water Treatment
  • Economics of Market Failures and Public Policy
  • Energetic Use of Biomass Fuels Utilization for Energy Production
  • Chemistry of Atmospheric Processes
  • Intangibles Assessment
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Management of Social and Regional Development in the Czech Republic and EU
  • Planning and Management of Resilient City
  • Production and Utilization of Alternative Motor Fuels
  • Progressive Waste Treatment Technology
  • Social Innovation
  • Sustainable Development in Company Management
  • Sustainable Human Resource Management

Doctoral Exam domains (students take exams in three of the domains, selecting at least one domain in each of the groups)

Group 1:

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Product Ecology
  • Sustainable Technologies
  • Circular Economics
  • Life Cycle Impacts


Group 2:

  • Determinants of Economic Growth
  • Strategic and Value-based Management
  • Contexts of Public and Social Policies
  • Planning and Management of Complex Systems
  • Sustainable Development in Corporate Management

Selected topics for Doctoral Theses

At the moment, due to the accreditation in progress, the topics are preliminary and incomplete. For more details on the listed topics, as well as other Thesis options, kindly contact Prof. Jan Vlachý (when considering School of Business supervisors) or Prof. Vladimír Kočí (when considering Faculty of Environmental Technology supervisors).

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Topics involving supervisors from the UCT School of Business:

  • Environmental Policies as an Instrument for the Development of so-called Coal Regions
  • Evaluation of Environmental Protection Policies
  • Evaluation of Results and Impacts of Stakeholders Participation in Design and Implementation of Environment Protection Policies
  • Irrationality as a Decision-making Factor in Sustainable Development
  • Methodological Issues in LCC and LCA Criteria Integration
  • Normative Models of Decision Analysis for Managing Sustainable Development
  • Product Life Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Quality of Work Life in the Petrochemical Industry
  • Resilience of Significant Regional Centres from the Perspective of Climate Threats
  • Risks, Synergies and Externalities in Capital Budgeting
  • Shared Economics and its Impacts
  • Social Innovation in the Country-side Development
  • Valuation Models in Technology Transfer
  • Value-based Analysis of Industrial Innovation Externalities

Topics involving supervisors from the UCT Faculty of Environmental Technology:

  • Development of Environmental Indicators Beyond BAT
  • Environmental Aspects of Different Alimentation Patterns
  • Environmental Aspects of Recycling of Construction Materials from the Point of View of Architecture and Design
  • Environmental Assessment of Energy Accumulation and Distribution in Grid Connected with Regulable and Non-regulable Energy Sources
  • Environmental Impacts of Alternative Retail Methods
  • LCA as an Instrument of Ecodesign
  • Logistics from the Perspective of the Entire Life Cycle
  • Methodology for the Environmental Nutritional Foot-print
  • Regionalization of the Water Trail
  • Sustainability Indicators and their Use in Industrial Practice
  • Sustainability of Operation and Reconstruction of Historic Buildings
  • Sustainable Systems for Product Packaging and Distribution
Prof. Jan Vlachý PhD
International Programs Director
Prof. Vladimír Kočí PhD
Faculty of Environmental Technology, Dean
Prof. Vít Pošta PhD
Coordinator for Science and Research
Miloš Krejčí MSc
International Office Manager

Feel welcome to contact us for further information and advice.