Dr Jana Králová

Dr Jana Králová Bc, DiS, MRes, PGCert, PhD

Lecturer in Social Work

Jana joined the University of Greenwich in September 2018 as a Lecturer in Social Work, and was appointed a Programme Leader for the MA Social Work in September 2020.

As an Early Career Researcher, Jana authored peer-reviewed publications which, alongside her theoretical PhD are in the field of social death. Social death being positive - when a person decides to live a secluded life, transitional - when in transition between life-death/death-life or negative - when profound dehumanisation leads to treating a person or group as if they are less than human. Consequently, Jana's research challenges the notion of 'human' in Human Rights.

Jana is a Social Work England Registered Social Worker with range of experience in social work and social care both nationally and internationally. Over the course of her career, Jana has worked with both children and adults in statutory as well as non-statutory organisations. To name a few, Jana worked in residential school for children with autism, in summer camps with children in need, with adults with sight impairment and, adults with dementia.
Jana is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has six years continuous teaching experience across social work, and sociology and social policy programmes ranging from level 4 to level 7.

Interesting fact: year 2021 marks 15 years of Jana's studying of social death.

Responsibilities within the university

While at the University of Greenwich, Jana has taught on range of modules across the BA (Hons) Social Work and MA Social Work inclusive of, but not limited to: introduction to social work, introduction to diversity, ethics and values, evidence based practice and research, managing risk and complexity in social work and social theories for professional practice. Jana also leads a module on BA dissertations, and she annually supervises a range of BA and MA dissertations in social work. Jana also supports students as a personal and placement tutor.

Research / Scholarly interests

Jana's scholarly interest in Social Death and its prevention includes all communities that are dehumanised, marginalised, discriminated against, oppressed, excluded, stigmatised, and otherwise considered worthless by others. She is interested in thinking, writing, and practising with these populations in ways which promote unconditional positive regard for all human beings.

Jana's research moves away from the philosophical assumptions underpinning established notions of human rights, social exclusion and well-being and instead suggests centering our attention on the intrinsic value of human beings. Suppose we can recognize humanity in every human being despite their social and economic standing. Only then we may appreciate that some individual's, group's and population's ability to fulfill their human potential are often irredeemably obstructed by structural, political and economic violence. Conversely, it makes little sense to promote 'inclusion', rather we ought to promote a humane system of social organization.

Jana is developing theoretical framework which enables 'inclusion by default' of all human beings, simply because they are all worthy of decent life. #CureSocialDeath #InclusionByDefault

Jana is a member of Centre for Inequalities of Institute for Lifecourse Development and welcomes offers of peer-reviews, co-PhD supervision and research/practice/writing/publishing projects collaborations.

Recent publications


Králová, Jana and , (2015), What is social death?. Routledge. In: , , , . Routledge, Contemporary Social Science, 10 (3) . pp. 235-248 ISSN: 2158-2041 (Print), 2158-205X (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/21582041.2015.1114407).

Conference item

Králová, Jana and , (2019), Rethinking Human Rights: humane, you what?. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2019: Challenging Social Hierarchies and Inequalities, 24th - 26th April 2019, Glasgow Caledonian University , . , . pp. 1-13 (doi: https://www.britsoc.co.uk/media/24997/ac2019_final_print_prog.pdf) NB Item availability restricted.

Králová, Jana and , (2018), Politics of Human Value: Death Suggested by Collectivity. In: Centre for Death and Society Annual Conference 2018: The Politics of Death, 8th-9th June 2018, University of Bath, Centre for Death and Society, Bath, UK , . , . pp. 1-12 (doi: ) NB Item availability restricted.

Edited book

Králová, Jana and , Walter, Tony (2016), Social Death: Questioning the life-death boundary. Routledge. In: , , , . Routledge, Abingdon (1st) . ISBN: 9781138205307 (doi: https://www.routledge.com/Social-Death-Questioning-the-life-death-boundary-1st-Edition/Kralova-Walter/p/book/9781315467252) NB Item availability restricted.