2003 PhD in Sociology from University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). Dissertation title: Models of Developmental Strategies.
2000 MA in European Social Policy Analysis, international consortium programme conducted at National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Ireland), Roskilde University (Denmark), University of Ljubljana (Slovenia). Dissertation title: Entrepreneurship: The Role of Structural Funds Facilitating SME development.
1999 B.Sc. in Sociology from University of Ljubljana. Thesis title: The Impact of the Third Sector in Contemporary Welfare States.
Currently: Professor of Sociology, Jean Monnet Chair and Head of the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence “Innovations and Technology in Regional Development” at the Faculty of Information Studies (Novo mesto, Slovenia) and Professor of Sociology at the School of Advanced Social Studies (Nova Gorica, Slovenia)
Apr 2012 - Mar 2013: Director General for Higher Education and Science, Ministry of Education, Science and Sports, Republic of Slovenia.
Dec 2011 - Mar 2012: Associate Professor of Sociology at the School of Advanced Social Studies (Nova Gorica, Slovenia) and Faculty of Information Studies (Novo mesto, Slovenia).
š Dec 2006 - Nov 2011: Director of University and Research Centre, Novo mesto, Slovenia
July 2006 – Jan 2008: founding Dean of the School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova Gorica (Slovenia)
Jun 2004 - Nov 2006: Head of Department of Development, the Municipality of Novo mesto (Slovenia)
Dec 1999 - May 2004: Ph.D. fellow/research assistant at University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Research grants and consultancy
I have since 2006 raised 8,8 mio EUR in funding as individual researcher or leader of research team from competitive bids on national and transnational calls and from local and national governments and from businesses.
FP6 and FP7 projects
2011-2016: Collaborative large-scale integrating project Addictions and Lifestyles in Contemporary Europe: Reframing Addictions Project. (ALICE-RAP), lead researcher of consortium member.
2006-2008: Regions of Knowledge 2 project Creating a RTD Investment Policy for Regions in Emerging and Developed Economies (CRIPREDE), lead researcher of consortium member.
2006-2008: Regions of Knowledge 2 project Advance of European Regions' R & D Governance Systems to reach the 3% objective. (ARRGOS 3%), lead researcher of consortium member.
2004-2007: Specific targeted research project Eastern Enlargement - Western Enlargement: Cultural encounters in the European Economy and Society after the Accession (DIOSCURI), researcher.
2004-2008: Network of Excellence project Efficient and Democratic Governance in a Multi-level Europe (CONNEX), research group manager.
Other international projects
2018-2021: Interreg Danube Region project Fostering Innovation in the Danube Region through Knowledge Engineering and IPR Management (KnowING IPR), leader of lead partner
2017-2020: Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance project Enabling SMEs to gain competitive advantage from the use of HPC. (SME/HPC), leader of consortium member.
2017-2019: Interreg Danube Region project High Performance Computing for Effective Innovation in the Danube Region. (InnoHPC), leader of lead partner.
2017-2019: Erasmus+ Capacity building in Higher project Boosting Innovation in Curricula Development of IT Programs in Palestine. (BIT-PAL), leader of consortium member.
2016-2019: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships project Designstem: Integrated Design + STEM Education. (Desighstem), leader of consortium member.
2015-2017: Erasmus+ Sport project Feel the Freedom of the Water. Leader of consortium member
2016-2017: Bilateral co-operation project The Role of University Spin-off Founders (From Centrality to Periphery). Slovenia – USA, as a project coordinator.
2013-2014: Bilateral co-operation project Comparing Demographic Trends and Labour Market Fluctuations in Slovenia and Ukraine during the period 2000-2014. Slovenia – Ukraine, researcher.
2012-2014: Transnational Cooperation Programme Southeast Europe project Making Migrations Work for Development (MMWD), lead researcher of consortium member.
2010-2012: Bilateral co-operation project GambLIB – Gambling Research Database. Slovenia – USA, as a project coordinator.
2010-2011: Bilateral Cooperation project Strategic Coalitions and Regional Development, Slovenia – Russia, as a project coordinator.
2003-2004: International project funded by Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Austrian National Bank The Socio-Economic Culture of Eastern Europe and the enlarged Union (ACCESS), Investigator.
2010-2015: consultant to a variety of technological companies; on the topics of Eastern European societies.
2007-2013: company HIT Casinos; on the topics of social costs of gambling, media analysis and social acceptability of casino tourism.
2003-2013: local, regional and national-level government in Slovenia; on the topics of developmental strategies, human capital and EU policies.
2003: Council of Europe (in cooperation with the Belgian government); on the topics of labour market policies in South-East Europe.
1999-2005: Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Germany; on the topics of labour markets, unemployment, transformation, social security, human resource development, as well as ethnic minorities in media and education in Southeast Europe
Fellowships, awards and recognitions
2017-2020: Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Innovations and Technology in Regional Development for Europe 2020
2016-2019: Jean Monnet Chair in Cultural Political Economy of Europe 2020
since 2016: Fellow of Regional Studies Association
2016: Gosar award for outstanding achievements in research fundraising (School of Advanced Social Studies, Slovenia)
2002: Marie Curie Ph.D. fellowship at Aalborg University (Aalborg, Denmark)
1999-2003: Ph.D. fellowship from Slovenian Research Agency.
1995-1999: Zois scholarship as an outstanding B.Sc. student.
Membership in professional associations
Since 2010: European Sociological Association; member of Research Network 36 (Sociology of Transformations: East and West)
Since 2010: Regional Studies Association (RSA), fellow of RSA
Since 2003: International Sociological Association (ISA); member of Council of National Associations; RC 02 (Research Committee Economy and Society), RC 09 (Research Committee on Social Transformations and Sociology of Development) and RC 20 (Comparative Sociology).
Since 2008: Ph.D. courses in triangulation and advanced sociological theory
Since 2007: MA level courses in qualitative research methods, comparative research, and information society.
Since 2005: BA level courses in social research methods, qualitative research methods, sociological theory, and economic sociology
Since 2005 supervised 8 PhD students (5 to completion, 3 on-going).
Visiting academic positions
Jan-June 2018: visiting researcher at University of California, Irvine (USA)
May 2017: visiting professor at American University of Beirut (Lebanon)
2012-2015: visiting academic researcher at University of Surrey (UK)
Feb-Mar 2012: visiting scholar at University of Nevada (Reno, USA)
Sep-Dec 2011: honorary research fellow at University of Cumbria (Carlisle, UK)
Apr-May 2011: visiting researcher at Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland)
May-June 2010 and Jan-Feb 2011: visiting scholar at Freie Universität Berlin (Germany)
Feb-March 2010: visiting scholar at Kazan Federal University (Russia)
Other relevant experience
May 2015: Member of External Review Board for evaluation of School of Business at Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland)
2013-2014: Mentoring student start-ups SQBZY and Okeana, winners of national iTIME and Imagine Cup competitions.
Jan-Mar 2013: Head of international winter school Computer analysis of Qualitative Data
Jan-Mar 2013: Head of international winter school Chaos theory in Social Sciences
2012-2013: Vice-president of the board of University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Jul-Sept 2012: Head of international summer school Fuzzy-sets and comparative analysis
Nov 2011-Nov 2012: Weekly columnist for national media portal Planet Siol
2008-2009: Member of national Higher Education Council of Republic of Slovenia (national accreditation body)
2008-2009: Member of the Evaluation Commission of Slovenian Media Fund, Ministry of Culture
2008: Member of National Council for Developmental Research Projects.