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Institute of Sociology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague

Since 1990 the Institute of Sociology of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (AS CR) has operated as an independent scientific institution and has been part of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic ( It engages mainly in the sociological analysis of long-term social processes in Czech society in the context of European integration policies and the advancement of a knowledge society and human, social, and cultural capital. In this framework, it conducts research on a wide range of social-science topics, such as the social structure, inequalities and social mobility, the demography and sociology of the family, family and social policy issues, the labour market, housing and housing expenditures, wage differentiation, economic inequalities, the sociology of gender and the position of women and men in society, local and regional aspects of the development of society, national identity, processes and actors in the political system, political behaviour, inequalities in access to education, international migration, and more. 


The Institute of Sociology AS CR is fully integrated into international scientific cooperation and actively participates in many European and international scientific programmes and projects. It conducts one-time surveys, long-term empirical research, comparative studies, case studies, in-depth surveys, and public opinion polls. It uses modern quantitative and qualitative research methods and draws on the theory, data, and techniques of related research fields, such as economics, political science, law, demography, social geography, and gender studies.


The Institute of Sociology contains the following research departments: Economic Sociology, Gender & Sociology, Value Orientations in Society, Local and Regional Studies, Socio-economics of Housing, Sociological Data Archive, Sociology of Politics and Social Structure Studies. The Institute of Sociology also provides important infrastructure in the field of social research: it runs the Sociological Data Archive (SDA) —, a unique public service that serves as a national centre for accessing data from social research and is utilised by the scientific community, teachers and students. The Institute of Sociology is the publisher of Sociologický časopis/Czech Sociological Review, the only impacted journal of sociology in the Czech Republic, and of a number of other peer-reviewed scientific journals. It runs the National Contact Centre — Women in Science —, the Sociological Library, which is open to the public, and the webzine,, which is aimed at the general public.


The Institute of Sociology also engages in independent public opinion research, which is conducted by the Public Opinion Research Centre (CVVM), A core part of the CVVM’s research work is the continuous Czech public opinion survey called ‘Czech Society’, which in its present form has been conducted since 2001.


In cooperation with the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, the Institute of Sociology teaches students enrolled in the full-time or combined-study doctoral programme in sociology; the standard period of study in the programme is four years.

The results of research conducted at the Institute of Sociology are published in scientific publications and domestic and foreign journals and are presented at seminars and national and international conferences. They are used by the state administration and political, educational, and other institutions. There are approximately 30 research projects in progress at any given time.


The Institute of Sociology AS CR is a member of the Central European Opinion Research Group (CEORG), Council of European Social Science Data Archives (CESSDA), European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), European Consortium for Sociological Research (ECSR), European Network for Housing Research (ENHR), European Social Survey (ESS), International Political Science Association (IPSA), International Sociological Association (ISA).




Jindřich Krejčí -

Dana Hamplová -

Michael L. Smith. -


Institute of Sociology AS CR

Jilska 1

110 00 Prague 1

Tel.: 00420 221 183 111