network of academics

Ing. Jan Brabec, Ph.D.

brabec (at) ireas.cz

Jan Brabec graduated from University of Economics in Prague in Economic Analysis and continued his studies at Charles University, where he received his doctoral degree in Environmental economics. He applies economic approach in the field of protection of the environment. His specialization is energy economics, impacts of regulation and water protection/management. He works mainly for IREAS institute and also at Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem.



Project assistant, Analyst



Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague
Environmental Studies, Ph.D. studies 


Faculty of Economics, University of Economics in Prague
Major: Economic Analysis
Minor: Monetary Economics and Banking


Faculty of Economics, University of Economics in Prague
Major: Economics and Economic Administration




University of Hull, Energy and Environment Institute, Hull, HU6 7RX, United Kingdom

Short Term Scientific Mission within the SMART CITY – SMART PEOPLE – SMART COMMUNITY project


Corvinus University of Budapest, Regional centre for energy policy research, 1465 Budapest, Hungary

Short Term Scientific Mission within the LAND4FLOOD COST Action


The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712, USA
Exchange at McCombs School of Business

Professional Experience

since 2017

Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem – researcher

since 2014

IREAS, Institute for Structural Policy, o. p. s. - project assistant, analyst


SPONGEBOOST: Upscaling the natural sponge functions of freshwater ecosystems to deliver multi-benefit green deal solutions

Provider: Horizon 2020

Contractor: Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem

Position: Analyst, choice-experiment designer





Provider: Operational Programme Just Transition

Contractor: Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem

Position: Activity coordinater of a socio-economic WP


HODEZ: Assessment of organic and conventional agriculture in terms of their impacts on ecosystem services to support strategic and decision-making processes

Provider: Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic

Contractor: Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem

Position: Choice-experiment designer


Taxonomy - classification scheme for evaluation of sustainability in agriculture

Provider: Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic

Contractor: Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem

Position: Analyst


Smart City – Smart Region – Smart Community

Provider: Operational Program Research, Development and Education

Contractor: University of Jan Evangelista Purkyně in Ústí and Labem

Position: Analyst


Flood insurance in the areas of Skadar/Shkoder Lake – Buna/Bojana River, and Struga in Ohrid Lake

Provider: Global Water Partnership Mediterranean

Contractor: DHI Hungary LLC

Position: Choice-experiment and socio-economic survey designer


BIDELIN: Ecosystem services, biodiversity and green and blue infrastructure values in cities on the example of Dresden, Liberec and Decin

Provider: Cooperation Program Free State of Saxony – Czech Republic 2014-2020

Contractor: University of Jan Evangelista Purkyně in Ústí and Labem, Institute for Economic and Environmental Policy, (IEEP)

Position: Choice-experiment designer


Extension of the methodology for granting exemptions from the application of emission levels associated with the best available techniques for installations in Category 1.1 combusting fuels in plants with a total rated power of 50 MW or more

Provider: Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic

Contractor: IREAS Energy s. r. o.

Position: Analyst


Project CE622: CE-HEAT – Comprehensive model of waste heat utilization in CE regions

Provider: Interreg CENTRAL EUROPE

Contractor: University of Jan Evangelista in Ústí nad Labem, Institute for Economic and Environmental Policy, (IEEP) and National Centre for Energy Saving

Position: Analyst




MACHÁČ, J.; BRABEC, J.; ARNBERGER, A. (2022). Exploring public preferences and preference heterogeneity for green and blue infrastructure in urban green spaces. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening (75), pp. 127695. (IF: 6.4). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2022.127695


VOJÁČEK, O.; BRABEC, J.; MACHÁČ, J. (2022). Costs of achieving emission limits in coal-burning power plants under the recent best available techniques regulation amendment: Evidence from national microeconomic data. Journal of Cleaner Production (352), (IF: 9.297). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2022.131600


BRABEC, J.; MACHÁČ, J. (2021) EU taxonomy and the principle of proportionality: Will increased costs of borrowing lead to more derogations from emission limits? WASTE FORUM 2021(4), pp. 217-226.


MACHÁČ, J.; BRABEC, J.; HEKRLE, M.; VACKOVÁ, A. (2021). What Nature-Based Flood Protection Solutions Are Best Perceived by People? Lessons from Field Research in Czechia. In The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, Springer, Berlín, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/698_2021_763


SYRBE, R-U.; NEUMANN, I.; GRUNEWALD, K.; BRZOSKA, P.; LOUDA, J.; KOCHAN, B.; MACHÁČ, J.; DUBOVÁ, L.; MEYER, P.; BRABEC, J.; BASTIAN, O. (2021) The Value of Urban Nature in Terms of Providing Ecosystem Services Related to Health and Well-Being: An Empirical Comparative Pilot Study of Cities in Germany and the Czech Republic. Land (10), pp. 341. (IF: 2.429) https://doi.org/10.3390/land10040341


MACHÁČ, J.; BRABEC, J.; VOJÁČEK, O. (2020). Development and Implementation of the Concept of Disproportionate Costs in Water Management in Central Europe in the Light of the EU WFD. Water Alternatives 13(3), pp. 618-633. (IF: 1.98)


BRABEC, J.; MACHÁČ, J.; JÍLKOVÁ, J. (2019). Using Bayesian Networks to Assess Effectiveness of Phosphorus Abatement Measures under the Water Framework Directive. Water 11(9), pp. 1791. https://doi.org/10.3390/w11091791 (IF: 2.524)


MACHÁČ, J.; BRABEC, J. (2018). Assessment of Disproportionate Costs According to the WFD: Comparison of Applications of two Approaches in the Catchment of the Stanovice Reservoir (Czech Republic). Water Resour Manage. 32(4), pp. 1453-1466. ISSN: 0920-4741 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11269-017-1879-z (IF: 2.848)


MACHÁČ, J.; SIGEL, K.; BRABEC, J.; KLAUER, B.; SLAVÍKOVÁ, L. Assessing disproportionate costs according to the EU Water Framework Directive: Application of the "new Leipzig approach" in the Czech Republic. In Programmkomitee des Magdeburger Gewässerschutzseminars 2016 (ed.) Magdeburger Gewässerschutzseminar 2016 Die Elbe und ihre urban beeinflussten Gewässer-Tagungsband. October 6.–7., 2016. Dresden.


SIGEL, K.; MACHAC, J.; KLAUER, B.; BRABEC, J. Begründung „weniger strenger Umweltziele“ nach EG-WRRL: Anwendung des Verfahrens „neuer Leipziger Ansatz“ auf eine Fallstudie in der Tschechischen Republik (Odůvodnění „méně přísného environmentálního cíle“ podle Rámcové směrnice o vodě: Praktické použití metody „neuer Leipziger Ansatz“ na případové studii v České republice). In WERNECKE, G.; EBNER von ESCHENBACH, A. D.; STRUNCK, Y.; KIRSCHBAUER, L.; MÜLLER, A. (ed.) Proceedings of the Conference Tag der Hydrologie (Forum für Hydrologie und Wasserbewirtschaftung Heft 37-16), March 17–18, 2016. Koblenz, s. 393–398, ISBN: 978-3-88721-342-8, DOI: 10.14617/for.hydrol.wasbew.37.16.