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Assoc. prof. Martin Pělucha

pelucha (at) ireas.cz

Martin Pelucha graduated from the University of Economics in Prague, Faculty of Economics and Public Administration in 2009 and completed his Ph.D. studies in Regional Science and Public Administration. His specialization is focused on the evaluation of public expenditure programmes, both, the EU cohesion policy and rural development policy.  



Chief Executive Officer, Leading Expert



University of Economics in Prague, Faculty of Economics

Ph.D. degree programme, specialization in Regional studies – Public Administration


University of Economics in Prague, Faculty of Economics

Master´s degree programme



United Kingdom, Newcastle, Research Network at Newcastle University, CURDS, Center for Urban and Regional Development Studies, director prof. Andy Pike, supervisor prof. John Shutt.


The research network was focused on development of the cooperation in the area of scientific research activities and further joint publications. Part of the network was also a block of lectures for Ph.D. students and leading experts CURDS about the Economic Transformation of the Czech Republic, progress in regional development, establishing of regional structures in the Czech Republic, knowledge in implementation of EU Structural policy. N.B. Support of the qualification development was funded from the budget of Developing project called „Support of Ph.D. and post-Ph.D student from the University of Economics in Prague and from the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague“ which was approved by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (hereinafter „MSMT“)


Hannover, Germany, Leibniz Universität Hannover

At the university described above, Martin Pelucha undertook a three-day internship. Established at this university is the  specialized department Institute of Environmental Planning which carries out the scientific research project RUFUS funded from The Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community.

The issue of this internship concerned solutions of rural development policy, application of new innovative instruments for rural development and typology evaluation (including classification) of rural areas. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Christina von Haaren, PD Dr. Sylvia Herrmann, Dr. Karin Berkhoff


Hungary, Pécs international conference RSA called „Regional responses and global shifts: actors, institutions and organisations“, the participation was connected to presentation of the topic: Relationships between regional policy and environmental protection – assessment of the Local Agenda 21 implementation in the Czech Republic


Portugal, Lisbon international Conference RSA called „Regions in Focus?“, participation connected to presentation of  the topic: The EU CAP perspective in the context of existing reform steps: case of the Czech Republic


Belgium, Leuven international conference RSA called  „Shaping EU Regional Policy: Economic, Social and Political Pressures“, participation connected to presentation of the topic: Czech Republic's Structural Funds Implementation and Delivery in the Programming Period 2007-2013: Critical Issues


Denmark, Aalborg international conference RSA called „REGIONAL GROWTH AGENDAS“, participation connected to presentation of the topic: „Growth Factors in New Concepts of Regional Development“


United Kingdom, Leeds research network in ERBEDU, European Regional Business & Economic Development Unit, director prof. John Shutt Leeds Metropolitan University.

Subject of the scientific research was the issue of regional developing strategies formation in the United Kingdom compared to conditions in the Czech Republic. It was funded by programme SPACES, Centre of European Studies, University of Economics in Prague.


France, Angers international conference RSA discussing the issue of regional policy and rural area development, participation connected to presentation of the topic: Knowledge to date in pre-entrance programme SAPARD in the Czech Republic.



since 2003

Department of Regional Studies (KREG), University of Economics in Prague, , Centre of Regional and Public Administration studies (SRSV), University of Economics in Prague, Institute for Economic and Environmental Policy (IEEP), University of Economics in Prague, Assistant Professor

since 2002

IREAS, CEO, Leading Expert



Managing authority of the evaluation project „Evaluation of the social and inclusive entrepreneurship support in the Operational programme of Human resources and employment (HREOP)“, funded by technical assistance of the Operational programme of Human resources and employment, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs


Member of the evaluation project „Interim evaluation of the Operational programme Research and Development for Innovations (R&DfI)“ Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports


Member of evaluation project „Annual operational assessment HREOP 2012“, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs


Member of the conceptual project „Analysis of the current state and prognosis of the Czech Republic´s aquaculture development in the period 2014–2020 in the context of the EU´s Common Fisheries Policy with the vision till 2024“, funded by technical assistance of OP Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture


Member of a research team of the project „Analysis of proposed amendment to the Act on Investment Incentives“, project of Ministry of Industry and Trade


Member of the evaluation project „Pilot counterfactual impact evaluation of the HREOP , measure 1.1“, funded by technical assistance HRE0, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs


Member of a research team of the project „Strategy of external and international relations of the Ústecký kraj“, funded by HREOP, 4.4a – Public Administration and public services, Ústecký kraj


Member of a research team of the project: „Assessment of support of industrial zones“ project of Ministry of Industry and Trade


Manager of the evaluation project „Annual Operational Evaluation of the Operational Programme Human resources and employment in 2010“, funded by technical assistance of HREOP, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs


Member of evaluation team of the project „Assessment of the implementation of the principle of partnership in the Operational Programme Human resources and employment by evaluation“, funded by technical assistance of HREOP, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs


Member of a research team KREG  of the scientific project „Instruments of Regional policy of the EU and their implementation in the Czech Republic“, GA ČR, main investigator: prof. RNDr. René Wokoun, CSc., reg. č. 402/03/1306


Manager of the evaluation project: „Evaluation and Optimization of the System of Indicators of Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovation (OPEI) 2007–2013“, funded by technical assistance OPEI, Ministry of Industry and Trade


Manager of the research project „Analysis and assessment of relations between cities and rural areas in response to implementation of the First Action Programme for the Implementation of the Territorial Agenda of the European Union (AP1)“, Ministry of Regional Development


Manager of the Evaluation project „Initial analysis for establishing an absorptive capacity“, funded by technical assistance of IOP, Ministry of Regional Development (09/2009 - 10/2009)

Manager „Ex-post assessment of HRDP -  koordinátor „Ex-post hodnocení HRDP – Horizontal Rural Development Plan 2004 - 2006“, funded from technical assistance of Ministry of Agriculture


Member of the project SRSV called „Analysis of state and local governments performance in ÚSC“,  best of expert analysis concerning the evaluation of the merits of a selective approach in the budgetary allocation of taxes in Prague, Pilsen, Ostrava and Brno, project was funded by Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic, main investigator: doc. Ing. Petr Toth, Ph.D.


Member of a team for Rural development (supervisor prof. Majerová, Czech University of Life Sciences), which should set the direction and basic priorities of financial support in the field of rural development  in the programming period 2007 – 2013, new EAFRD (funded by Ministry of Agriculture, project manager: VÚZE, Výzkumný ústav pro zemědělskou ekonomiku)


Expert guarantor of evaluation of the „mainstreaming“ principle in the evaluation project „ „Third Phase of ongoing evaluation of CIP EQUAL“, funded by technical assistance of Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs


Member of the expert team SRSV „Strategic partnership for the balance of programme for territory development of Jihočeský kraj“ from 2001 (hereinafter PRK 2001) design, implementation and balance of Programme for territory development for period 2007-2013, field of rural l development and agriculture


Project manager „Rural Development in the Programming period 2007-2013 within the context of reform SZP EU“ funded by Government Office of the Czech Republic within implementation of the concept of informing about European concerns in the Czech Republic (05/2006 – 12/2006), publications and seminars.


Member of the expert team SRSV, ex-ante evaluation „Strategy for development of Královehradecký kraj 2006 – 2015“, focused on rural development and agriculture


Participant of the evaluation project „Analysis Recommendation and evaluation for Operational programmes“, – 1/05. Preparation of methodology texts was implemented for Operational Programme preparation and recommendation of priorities of those programmes.


Manager and Leading expert of the project „Study – Rule n+2“, funded by technical support RPS according the measure 5.2 „Technical support CSF“ SROP, Ministry for Regional Development, CZ


Methodological support EQUAL Community initiative. Preparation of methodological handbooks for monitoring indicators, programmes evaluation and evaluation of development partnerships.


Consortium member (VŠE, VŠB-TU, KPMG, Mepco) for

Update processing of the National Development plan for the Programming period 2007 – 2013 which has become the initial document for National Strategic Reference Framework. Processing of a part „Constraints to rural development“ and „Innovations and Knowledge Economy“


Managing authority of the project MILUnet, Multifunctional Intensive Land Use in Europe; funded by  INTERREG IIIC Initiative, IEEP


Member of the research team KREK of a scientific project „ Management of regional development at regional level and level of municipalities with extended power“ ministry MMR research, investigator prof. RNDr. René Wokoun, CSc., reg. č. 31/04


Assistant of prof. Ing. Jiřiny Jílkové, CSc. at Mid-term evaluation of the pre-entry programme SAPARD concerning agricultural issues and issues of rural development


Project manager of the project cycle of 12 conferences regarding the issues of regional policy in the context of advancing European integration, funded from the program Phare



PĚLUCHA, Martin, SHUTT, John. Preparing for 2014-2020: Can the Czech Republic improve its performance by learning more from the United Kingdom? Regions – Quarterly Magazine of the Regional Studies Association, 2014, č. 293, s. 25–28. ISSN 1367-3882


Kveton, Viktor; Louda, Jiri; Slavik, Jan; Pelucha, Martin. Contribution of Local Agenda 21 to Practical Implementation of Sustainable Development: The Case of the Czech Republic, EUROPEAN PLANNING STUDIES, Volume: 22, Issue: 3, Pages: 515-536, Published: MAR 4 2014


WOKOUN, René, PĚLUCHA, Martin, KREJČOVÁ, Nikola, KOUŘILOVÁ, Jana, ŠUMPELA, Vít. Regional Competitiveness from a Macroeconomic Perspective and Within Factors of the Knowledge Economy: A Case Study of the Czech Republic. In: KOCOUREK, Aleš (ed.). Liberec Economic Forum 2013 [CD ROM]. [online] Sychrov, 16.09.2013 – 17.09.2013. Liberec: Technical University of Liberec, 2013, s. 618–626. ISBN 978-80-7372-953-0


PĚLUCHA, Martin, KVĚTOŇ, Viktor, JÍLKOVÁ, Jiřina. Territorial dimension of agro-environmental measures and LFA in rural development policy in the Czech Republic. Land Use Policy, 2013, roč. 29, č. 1, s. 91–103. ISSN 0264-8377. (impaktovaný journal)


PĚLUCHA, Martin, ŘÍHOVÁ, Gabriela. Rural areas in the context of the knowledge-based economy and application of innovative tools: case of the Czech Republic. Delft 13.05.2012 – 16.05.2012. In: BEAUCLAIR, Auréliane, MITCHELL, Elizabeth (ed.). Networked Regions and Cities in Times of Fragmentation: Developing Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Places. Seaford: Regional Studies Association, 2012, s. 144–145. ISBN 978-1-897721-41-4.


POTLUKA, Oto, aj. Příručka pro projekty realizované v partnerství (Handbook for projects implemented in partnership). 1. vyd. Praha: Úřad vlády ČR, 2012. 192 s. ISBN 978-80-7440-062-9.


POTLUKA, Oto, KVĚTOŇ, Viktor, PĚLUCHA, Martin. Možnosti aplikace counterfactual impact evaluation v České republice (Possibilities of application of the counterfactual impact evaluation in the Czech Republic). Regionální studia, 2012, č. 2, s. 45–51. ISSN 1803-1471.
KOUŘILOVÁ, Jana, KVĚTOŇ, Viktor, PĚLUCHA, Martin, WOKOUN, René. Synergie vztahu město-venkov (Synergy of urban-rural relation). 1. vyd. Praha: Alfa Nakladatelství, 2012. 61 s. ISBN 978-80-87197-44-8.
2011 PĚLUCHA, Martin, aj. Venkov na prahu 21. Století (Czech Country on the threshold of the 21st century). 1. vyd. Praha: Alfa Nakladatelství, 2012. 319 s. ISBN 978-80-87197-49-3.
Martin Pělucha, Štěpánka Valentová, Gabriela Říhová (2011): Podmínky a kontext realizace iniciativy JESSICA v regionálním rozvoji ČR v období 2007 – 2013 (Podmínky a kontext realizace iniciativy JESSICA v regionálním rozvoji ČR v období 2007 – 2013), Regionální studia, 01/2011, str. 55-66, ISSN 1803-1471
PĚLUCHA, Martin, SLAVIK Jan, LOUDA Jiri, KVETON Viktor. Sustainable development in practice: experience gained with LA21 in the Czech Republic. Regions, 2011, č. 283, s. 4–7. ISSN 1367-3882
LAPKA, M., CUDLÍNOVÁ, E., RIKOON, S., PĚLUCHA, M., KVĚTOŇ, V. (2011): The rural development in the context of agricultural „green“ subsidies: Czech farmer´s responses, Agricultural Economics – Czech, 57, 2011 (6): 259-271, ISSN: 0139-570X
2010 KVĚTOŇ, Viktor, SLAVÍK, Jan, PĚLUCHA, Martin, VLČKOVÁ, Jitka. Critical Reflection of the Local Agenda 21 Implementation in the Czech Republic. London 26.11.2010. In: BEAUCLAIR, Auréliane, MITCHELL, Elizabeth (ed.). Regions and the Environment. Seaford: Regional Studies Association, 2010, s. 109–112. ISBN 978-1-897721-38-4.
Rene WOKOUN, Jana KOURILOVA, Martin PELUCHA, Viktor KVETON, Prospective Future Trends in Urban–Rural Relationships Within the Territorial Agenda of the EU: A Critical Analysis of Implementation with a Special Focus on the Example of the Czech Republic, European Planning Studies Vol. 18, No. 11, November 2010, ISSN: 0965-4313 (impact journal)
Shutt, J., Koutsoukos, S., Pělucha, M., The Czech Republic’s Structural Funds 2007-13: Critical Issues for Regional Regeneration, In: John Diamond, Joyce Liddle, Alan Southern, Philip Osei (ed.). „Urban Regeneration Management: International Perspectives“, nakladatelství Routledge – Taylor&Francis Group (Velká Británie), 2010, ISBN: 978-0-415-45193-2
PĚLUCHA, Martin. Mění se vnímání venkova v Společné zemědělské politice Evropské unie (Does the rural perception in Common Agricultural Policy of the EU change?). Obec & finance, 2010, roč. XV, č. 2, s. 44–45. ISSN 1211-4189.
VALENTOVÁ, Štěpánka, PĚLUCHA, Martin. Analysis of Financial Engineering Instruments with a Focus on JESSICA Initiative: Case of the Czech Republic. Pécs 24.05.2010 – 26.05.2010. In: BEAUCLAIR, Auréliane (ed.). Regional Responses and Global Shifts: Actors, Institutions and Organisations. Seaford: Regional Studies Association, 2010, s. 180. ISBN 978-1-897721-36-0.
WOKOUN, René, TVRDOŇ, Jozef, aj. Přímé zahraniční investice a regionální rozvoj (Foreign direct investments and regional development). 1. vyd. Praha: Oeconomica, 2010. 204 s. ISBN 978-80-245-1736-0. (Pělucha Martin was next co-author of this publication).
2009 Pělucha, M., A Regional Dimension of the Financial Crisis: Impacts on the Czech Republic, odborné periodikum Regional Studies Association, „Regions“, no. 273, Spring 2009, ISSN 1367-3882
Pělucha, M..: Function of the Mainstreaming Process Mechanisms in the CIP EQUAL Implementation: The Case of the Czech Republic 2004 - 2006. Leuven 06.04.2009 - 08.04.2009. In: HARDY, Sally, LARSEN, Aureliane BEAUCLAIR and Lisa Bibby-LARSEN (ed.). Understanding and Shaping Regions: Spatial, Social and Economic Futures. Seaford : Regional Studies Association, 2009, page 115-116., ISBN 978-1-897721-35-3
Slavíková, L., Pělucha, M., „Regiony: dilema integrace a konkurence“ (Regions: The Dilemmas of Integration and Competition), Politická ekonomie, č. 2/09, ISSN 0032-3233 (impaktovaný journal)
Pělucha, M., Bednaříková, D., Viktorová, D., Možnosti nastavení efektivní politiky rozvoje venkova EU (Options for Setting Up An Effective EU Rural Development Policy), Acta Oeconomica Pragensia, 05/2009, ISSN 0572-3043
CUDLÍNOVÁ, Eva, PĚLUCHA, Martin. Scenario of rural development by a view of multifunctional agriculture in the EU: critical reflection of the Czech Republic's case study. Warsaw 23.10.2009 – 24.10.2009. In: CZAPIEWSKI, Konrad, SILKA, Piotr (ed.). Networking in the European regional and local space. Warsaw: Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization, 2009, s. 39. ISBN 978-83-61590-44-6
KOROMPAI, Attila, PĚLUCHA, Martin, SIRAK, Martin. Regional Leadership in Central Europe. Regions – The Newsletter of the Regional Studies Association, 2009, č. 275, s. 13–15. ISSN 1367-3882.
2008 Pělucha, M., Bednarikova, Z..: Periphery Regions Through Governance and Networking Leadership: The case of the Czech Republic. Prague 27.05.2008 - 29.05.2008. In: HARDY, Sally, LARSEN, Lisa Bibby, FREELAND, Frankie (ed.). Regions: The Dilemmas of Integration and Competition. Seaford : Regional Studies Association, 2008, page 172., ISBN 978-1-897721-33-9
2007 Pělucha, M., Romanová, M..: The EU CAP perspective in the context of existing reform steps: case of the Czech Republic. Lisbon 02.04.2007 – 05.04.2007. In: HARDY, Sally, LARSEN, Lisa Bibby, WARD, Lizzie (ed.). Regions in Focus? Seaford: Regional Studies Association, 2007, s. 98., ISBN 1-897721-31-5
Doporučení k efektivnímu a průhlednému užívání a čerpání prostředků ze strukturálních fondů, kapitola 2 – Institucionální střet zájmů v programovém období 2007 – 2013 (Recommendation to effective and transparent use and structural fund budget drawing, chapter 2 – Institutional conflict of interest in the programming period 2007 – 2013), Transparency International – Česká republika, březen 2007, ISBN 978-80-903032-2-5
Jilkova, J., Pelucha, M.: Innovationspolitik in der Tschechischen Republik (Policy of Innovations in the Czech Republic). In: GERLACH, Frank, ZIEGLER, Astrid, (Hg.) (ed.) Innovationspolitik: Wie kann Deutschland von anderen lernen?. Schuren Verlag GmbH, 2007, s. 158., ISBN 978-3-89472-217-3
Pělucha, M., Květoň, V.: Strategický Management oboru rybářství v oblasti financování ze SF: dílčí zkušenosti ze zkráceného období 2004 – 2006 v ČR (Strategical Management of Fishery in Sphere of Financing from Structural Funds: Partial Experiences from Period 2004-2006), sborník příspěvků odborné sekce z mezinárodní vědecké konference „Zvyšování konkurenceschopnosti aneb nové výzvy pro rozvoj regionů, států a mezinárodních trhů, s. 545, VŠB – TU Ostrava, 2007, ISBN 978-80-248-1554-1
2006 Pělucha Martin: „Dosavadní zkušenosti s implementací SF v ČR – implikace pro financování aktivit územní samosprávy“ (Current Experience with SF Implementation in the ČR - Implications for Financing of Territorial Self-government Activities), sborník z konference „Management územní samosprávy s důrazem na využití nástrojů zvyšování příjmů a snižování výdajů rozpočtů územních samosprávných celků“, Masarykova univerzita v Brně, 2006, ISBN 80-210-3957-4
Pělucha Martin: „Rozvoj venkovského prostoru v kontextu implementace SF EU“ (Rural development in context of structural fund of EU implementation), sborník příspěvků ze semináře konaného ve dnech 12.-13.září 2005 ve Svatém Janě pod Skalou, Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze, 2006, ISBN 80 – 213 – 1472 – 9
Pělucha, M., Shutt, J., Koutsoukos, S.: The Czech Republic's Structural Funds Implementation and Delivery in the Programming Period 2007-2013: Critical Issues. Leuven 08.06.2006 – 09.06.2006. In: HARDY, Sally, LARSEN, Lisa Bibby, FREELAND, Frankie (ed.). Shaping EU Regional Policy: Economic, Social and Political Pressures. Seaford: Regional Studies Association, 2006, s. 46. ISBN 1-897721-29-3
Pělucha, M. a kol., Rozvoj venkova v programovacím období 2007 – 2013 v kontextu reforem SZP EU (Rural development in the programming period 2007-2013 in the context of reforms SZP EU), IREAS, Institut pro strukturální politiku, o. p. s., Praha, 2006, ISBN 80-86684-42-3 * PĚLUCHA, Martin. Mechanismus fungování principu subsidiarity a jeho uplatnění v evropské i národní veřejné správě [CD-ROM]. In: WOKOUN, René, MATES, Pavel et al. Management regionální politiky a reforma veřejné správy. Praha: Linde, 2006. 6 s. ISBN 80-7201-608-3
Pělucha, M., Podpora rozvoje českého venkova z fondů EU (Support of rural development in the Czech Republic), Dotační věstník, ročník 2, č. 9, 2006, ISSN 1801 – 4704
2005 Pělucha Martin, Faktory růstu v nových konceptech regionálního rozvoje (Growth Factors in new concepts of regional development), sborník z doktorského semináře 7. 1. 2005 – „Aplikace makroekonomie ve vědeckém zkoumání doktorandů“, ISBN 80-245-0841-9
Pělucha Martin, „Growth Factors in New Concepts of Regional Development“, sborník z mezinárodní konference s názvem „Regional Growth Agendas“, 28. – 31. května 2005, University of Aalborg, Dánsko, ISBN 1 897721 27 2
Viktorová Dana, Pělucha Martin: Uplatnění a evaluace předvstupní pomoci EU ve venkovských oblastech České republiky v kontextu vývoje zemědělské a venkovské politiky v Evropě (Implementation and evaluation of the EU pre-accession assistance in rural areas in the Czech Republic), zpracováno pod grantem Hlávkovy nadace, Praha 2005, ISBN 80-86729-21-4
Shrnutí výstupů analýz evaluace SF v ČR (Summary results of evaluation analysis of SF in the Czech Republic), (Martin Pělucha, kapitola 1.1.1, 1.2, 2.2) pro Ministerstvo pro místní rozvoj ČR vydal IREAS, Institut pro strukturální politiku, Praha, 2005, ISBN 80-86684-30-x
Šumpíková M., Ochrana F., Pavel J. a kolektiv, Veřejné výdajové programy a jejich efektivnost, kapitola 9 (Public expenditure programmes and their effectiveness, chapter 9), vydalo nakladatelství EUROLEX Bohemia, s. r. o., 2005, ISBN 80-86861-77-5
Pělucha Martin a Potluka Oto, Výsledky projektu PHARE „Všeobecný vzdělávací systém pro úředníky územních samosprávných celků“ (Phare Project Outcomes "General Educational System for Clerks of Territorial Self-government), sborník příspěvků z konference „Vzdělávání úředníků ve veřejné správě“ Olomouc 2005, Ministerstvo vnitra ČR, 2005, ISBN 80-244-1142-3
Hrozby a příležitosti strukturálních fondů v ČR - Problematické oblasti v distribuci a užívání SF/CF (Threats and Opportunities of structural funds in the Czech Republic – Issues of distribution and usage of SF/CF), kapitola 1.4 – Institucionální střet zájmů při rozdělování finančních prostředků ze strukturálních fondů (Chapter 1.4 – Institutional conflict of interest in fund allocation), Transparency International – Česká republika, 2005
2004 Pělucha Martin, Regionální ekonomický rozvoj v kontextu rozšířené Evropské unie (Regional economic development in the context of the enlarged European Union), zpracováno v rámci výzkumného programu SPACES, Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze, Praha 2004
Potluka a kolektiv, Příprava a řízení projektů Fondu soudržnosti, Díl I. Projektové řízení Fondu soudržnosti, zpracování kapitoly 2 (Preparation and Management of Cohesion Fund Projects, Part I. Project Management of Cohesion Fund). Ministerstvo pro místní rozvoj ČR, vydavatel IREAS, Institut pro strukturální politiku, Praha 2004, ISBN 80-86684-16-4