Luďa Klusáková (1950-2020) was an eminent professor of general and comparative history at Charles University in Prague, where she specialized in European towns, the modernization process, and urban history.

Prof. Klusáková graduated from two programmes, History and French, at CUFA. Briefly, she worked as a research assistant at Archive of Charles University; from 1978 until the present, she worked at CUFA. In 2000, she became the director of Seminary of World and Comparative History. She was expertly focused on the comparative study of cities’ modernization, their image in culture, and the use of cultural heritage and history as a strategy of local and regional development.

She contributed to the Institute’s engagement in eminent European research and educational projects, for example, international MA programme TEMA+ (European Territories: Heritage and Development). The French Government awarded her with the Order of Merit in Education, Science and Culture Chevalier de l´ordre des palmes académiques. Between 2010-2012, she was the President of the European Association for Urban History. In 2019, she was appointed the Foreign Member of Finnish Academy of Sciences for her exceptional scientific merits.

She was our associate and co-founder of the Dimension Francophone project.