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UO > About > Organizational Structure > Faculties & Institutes > Faculty of Social Studies > About > Organizational Structure > Departments & Centres > Department of Social Work

Soňa Kalenda Vávrová

Soňa Kalenda Vávrová

Academic degree, name, surname:
prof. Mgr. Soňa Kalenda Vávrová, Ph.D.
Room, floor, building:
B 425, Building B
Research interests and teaching:
Phone number, mobile:
+420 732 333 321
+420 553 46 3225


University of Ostrava, Faculty of Social Studies, professorship in social work
Faculty of Social Studies, University of Ostrava, habilitation in social work (habilitation thesis titled Perspectives of Residential Social Services for Seniors)
2002 – 2006
Faculty of Health Studies, University of Ostrava, a doctoral degree in Social Work (dissertation titled Time Understanding by Users of Residential Social Services)
1995 – 1996
Philosophical Faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc, supplementary Pedagogical Study of Sociology - Andragogy
1991 – 1996
Philosophical Faculty of Palacký University in Olomouc, Masters studies in Sociology - Andragogy

Working Practice

Since 2015
University of Ostrava, Faculty of Social Studies, Department of Social Work
Since 2008
Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Research Centre of the Faculty of Humanities
2002 – 2008
Social Services Uherské Hradiště, Head of the Home for People with Disabilities in Velehrad
1996 – 2002
Regional Office of Social Affairs in Uherské Hradiště, since 1999, Head of the Department of Social Affairs

Professional Activities in the Field

Prof. Mgr. Soňa Kalenda, Ph.D., is a professor of social work at the Faculty of Social Studies, University of Ostrava. She specializes in qualitative methodologies in social work research, human rights, and participatory approaches to social work. She studies social work digitalisation, positions of social workers in social services, the quality of social services and their transformation; primarily with regards to endangered children, elderly people, and persons with disabilities. Her research also focuses on deinstitutionalization and transformation of various types of total institutions, residential social services, and residential institutions for minors and people with disabilities. She was a member of the research teams working on projects supported by the Czech Science Foundation titled Cognitive and Non-cognitive Determinants of Self-Regulated Learning Development in Students of Helping Professions (2009-2011) and Spots in Non-Formal Education of Adults: Non-Participants and their Social Worlds (2019-2021), an investigator of the projects titled Understanding the Mechanism of Self-Regulation in Children and Minors in Institutional Care (2013-2015) and Social Adjustment of Homeless Children with Domestic Violence Experience in the Territory of the City of Ostrava (2018-2020). As an independent expert, she cooperates with several social service agencies to which she provides supervision, support, and counseling. She cooperated with the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs as an independent expert in several projects focused on deinstitutionalization of social services. The results of her work can be found in Clinical Social Work and Health Intervention, European Journal of Social Work, Journal of Social Work Practice, Czech and Slovak Social Work, Kontakt and many others.

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