Dr Kamila Svobodova specialises in mine closure, spatial planning, and human perception. Her expertise is in understanding the importance of environmental psychology when designing a post-mining landscape.

Researcher biography

Kamila’s main research interest is in various dimensions of mine closure. She is interested in multi-stakeholder collaboration, community perception, and spatial dimensions, data and planning of mine closure. Her major projects have included: (1) Stakeholder approach and knowledge of coal mining in Australia; (2) Environmental, economic and social aspects of forest reclamation after large scale lignite mining, Czech Republic; (3) Complexity of policy-making processes at multiple levels across coal mining regions of three mining countries (NSW, Poland, Czech Republic); (4) Cultural ecosystem services provided by abandoned small scale quarries in European urban and peri-urban areas.

Kamila joined CSRM as a research fellow in February 2019. She is a landscape engineer with PhD in architecture and urbanism. From 2013 to 2019, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Czech University of Life Sciences where she focused on mine rehabilitation in research and teaching. Kamila received an Endeavour Research Fellowship awarded by Australian Government to conduct her research on stakeholder attitudes towards mining at Monash University. She holds qualification in education. She supervised a number of Master students in their theses and taught courses such as Land Reclamation, Landscape Planning, GIS and Urbanism at the Czech University of Life Sciences and Czech Technical University in Prague. Kamila is a member of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) and the Association for Urbanism and Urban Planning of the Czech Republic (UUAP).

Beside her academic career, Kamila worked as an urban planner and GIS specialist in several private companies, and participated in various regional development planning projects.

Kamila’s research projects involve collaboration with other SMI research centres. She has also engaged in collaborative research with investigators from Monash University, Federation University, the University of Copenhagen, the Silesian University, Charles University, the University of Göttingen, and TU Bergakademie Freiberg.