Projects / Programmes source: ARRS

Defence science

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.06.00  Social sciences  Political science   

Code Science Field
S175  Social sciences  Polemology 

Code Science Field
5.06  Social Sciences  Political science 
complex threats, international, regional and national security, UN, EU, NATO, OSCE, conflict prevention, hybrid warfare, information security, crisis, crisis management, critical infrastructure, armed conflict, security sector, armed forces
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on March 31, 2023; A3 for period 2017-2021
Data for ARRS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  112  404  355  3.17 
Scopus  175  633  563  3.22 
Researchers (21)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publications
1.  01464  PhD Anton Bebler  Political science    2018 - 2023  729 
2.  01942  PhD Marjan Brezovšek  Political science    2018 - 2023  1,047 
3.  55872  Gašper Ferme  Political science  Junior researcher  2021 - 2023 
4.  14817  PhD Maja Garb  Political science  Researcher  2018 - 2023  387 
5.  18890  Judita Goričar    Technician  2018 - 2023 
6.  04856  PhD Anton Grizold  Political science  Researcher  2018 - 2023  534 
7.  19072  PhD Miro Haček  Political science  Researcher  2018 - 2023  677 
8.  05812  PhD Ljubica Jelušič  Political science  Researcher  2018 - 2023  637 
9.  23412  PhD Jelena Juvan  Political science  Researcher  2018 - 2023  273 
10.  53560  PhD Klemen Kocjančič  Political science  Researcher  2020 - 2023  129 
11.  21509  PhD Erik Kopač  Political science  Researcher  2018 - 2019  245 
12.  33786  PhD Simona Kukovič  Political science  Researcher  2020 - 2023  283 
13.  05816  PhD Marjan Malešič  Political science  Principal Researcher  2018 - 2023  532 
14.  19647  PhD Vladimir Prebilič  Educational studies  Researcher  2018 - 2023  538 
15.  18351  PhD Iztok Prezelj  Political science  Researcher  2018 - 2023  581 
16.  52078  Teodora Tea Ristevska  Political science  Junior researcher  2018 - 2023  24 
17.  21650  PhD Uroš Svete  Political science  Researcher  2018  412 
18.  39175  PhD Miha Šlebir  Political science  Junior researcher  2018 - 2020  23 
19.  29415  PhD Janja Vuga  Political science  Researcher  2018 - 2023  188 
20.  54749  Luka Zalokar  Political science  Junior researcher  2020 - 2023 
21.  30703  PhD Rok Zupančič  Political science  Researcher  2018 - 2023  206 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publications
1.  0582  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences  Ljubljana  1626957  39,239 
The research will be based upon various theoretical paradigms, that compete for the prevailing interpretation of international and national security but concurrently overlap and complement. All of the above-mentioned theoretical paradigms thus deal with the pressing security related questions of contemporary society; however, there are substantial differences among them. It can be said that the processes of globalization, informatization and the spread of access to knowledge, information and data limit the explanation potential of traditional theoretical approaches and increase the importance of theories that point to environmental, energy, economic, as well as social, information, cultural-identity and other dimensions of contemporary security. The security debate is thus changing also in terms of the referent objects of security, as the attention is increasingly shifting to individuals and social groups, as opposed to the focus on states and international actors, which is decreasing; in other words it can be said that also these actors are allegedly ever more in the function of providing security to individuals. On the other hand we witness a number of armed conflicts in the world, including Europe and its neighbourhood, meaning that traditional theories maintain their cognitive relevance. The selection of research topics is above all conditional upon the complexity of security developments at the international and national level, while at the same time also the interdisciplinary character of the research team should be taken into consideration. The key directions of the following research period shall thus be: 1) threats to contemporary societies, complex crisis, crisis management, critical infrastructure protection, disaster management, 2) asymmetric warfare, hybrid war, information/cyber warfare, 3) national, regional and international security, national, regional and international security structures, 4) development and manning of armed forces.  We will answer numerous general and specific research questions and during the research process. We will apply triangulation of theoretical assumptions and methodological approaches, and thus combine qualitative and quantitative research methods. The scientific goals of our research encompass a comprehensive analysis of contemporary security phenomena and actors, dealing with these phenomena at different levels, while deepening certain theoretical starting points as well as developing new concepts and methodological improvements, in particular regarding the formation of various empirical research instruments. The practical goals of the research, based on the general findings and actual research results, are to offer the guidelines and recommendations to those that formulate, create and implement security policies at the national and international levels. Another aim is to stress the importance of normative, strategic, and institutional transformations, needed for the development of security sector in particular at the national level.
Significance for science
The Defence Science Research Program represents the basis for the development and upgrade of substance from the sphere of Defence Studies, military studies, sociology of the military and international security. We see it as a contribution to the development and verification of various theories about national and international security, which will be based on empirical data and comparative methods. New threats are forcing the states to cooperate on the supranational level, therefore we - the scientists - must also strive with our research for the integration of research endeavours and deductions in the international environment. This implies that we will be comparing our research findings on the international level within the international professional organisations such as International Sociological Association (Research Committee 01 Armed Forces and Conflict resolution), Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, European Research Group on Military and Society, and within research projects financed by the European Commission, and managed by the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of the Armed Forces, the European Crisis Management Academy and others.
Significance for the country
The research work will contribute to the conception of a more adequate policy and a system of national security. The analyses of public opinion trends and degrees of legitimacy of international organisations and national security system all contribute to the temporal perspective of the studied topics and to the impact on the function of the security sector in Slovenia. The findings, resulting from the program, will be used in the development of the security sector in Slovenia, particularly in the transformation of the Slovenian Armed Forces and in the establishment of a comprehensive system of crisis management. Knowledge gained from the results will allow the civil service part of the Ministry of Defence to operate with greater success and transparency, while the findings will benefit the legislative and executive branches of power in Slovenia. The research will also have an indirect impact on the economic operators, since the analysis of management processes and public spending of state administration will urge it towards an improved economic efficiency and a rationalised spending of public funds, which in turn will lead to the economic relief. The analyses conducted will contribute to the flexibility, robustness and responsiveness of the economic operators in times of crises, particularly regarding various disasters, critical infrastructure, energy security and climate changes. The research will have an impact on the cultural development of Slovenia in regard to the search for and the shaping of Slovenian military identity, and the realisations based on the past will contribute to the system of reforming the security sector in the sense of searching for comparable forms of military activities on the supranational level in the past and today. The research findings will have an impact on the development of supervisory mechanism in the society and to the strengthening of security culture, especially among young population.
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