Projects / Programmes source: ARIS

Socio-cultural and Organisational Aspects of Knowledge and Technology Transfer

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.03.00  Social sciences  Sociology   
5.04.00  Social sciences  Administrative and organisational sciences   

Code Science Field
5.04  Social Sciences  Sociology 
5.06  Social Sciences  Political science 
Knowledge transfer, expert politics relationship, uses of knowledge in the pandemic, epistemic groups, social crisis
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on July 20, 2024; A3 for period 2018-2022
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  69  1,593  1,532  22.2 
Scopus  106  2,392  2,275  21.46 
Researchers (9)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  04991  PhD Franc Adam  Sociology  Head  2022 - 2024  569 
2.  26182  PhD Igor Bahovec  Sociology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  260 
3.  51328  Blaž Bajec  Culturology  Technical associate  2022  25 
4.  51948  PhD Maruša Gorišek  Sociology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  32 
5.  15185  PhD Matej Makarovič  Sociology  Researcher  2022 - 2023  433 
6.  57564  PhD Martina Plantak  Political science  Researcher  2023 - 2024 
7.  56830  Anja Pogladič  Anthropology  Junior researcher  2022 - 2023 
8.  25830  PhD Mateja Rek  Political science  Researcher  2022 - 2023  144 
9.  30472  PhD Hans Westlund  Sociology  Researcher  2022 - 2024  78 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  2439  Institute for Development and Strategic Analysis  Ljubljana  2074320  1,530 
The program group will deal with the socio-cultural and organizational aspects of generating, utilizing and transferring knowledge in the wider social context of the covid-19 pandemic, which is characterized by a high degree of unpredictability and risk. This requires new answers and consolidation of different types of scientific and professional, as well as political and civic competence. The programme in detail examines the relationships between the government (including other government institutions and ministries) and the experts or expert bodies set up by the individual countries in Europe to help tackle the covid-19 epidemic. We are interested in how decision-making and negotiation processes take place between actors who belong to different (sub) system imperatives and have different types and levels of knowledge. Our thesis is that the (un)successfulness of individual countries and regions when dealing with the pandemic largely depends on those bilateral and multilateral negotiating positions. The most emphasis will be on given to the case of Slovenia but in an internationally comparative context. Here we are also interested in the relationship among the experts and within the expert group itself. We focus on aspects of the formal role and transfer of knowledge in the epidemic at the international level, as well as in informal ways in the form of various interdisciplinary, voluntary groups of Citizen Science, which played a very important role in the pandemic.
Significance for science
This type of research is crucial for responding to the consequences of the pandemic and the following crisis. It is also important for understanding the effectiveness of certain measures as well as the dynamics of processes while adopting related decisions (the role of experts and their communication with decision-makers). Broader challenges are also confronting society - how will the globalised world look like after the pandemic and what have we learned from it? Little social science research exists on the current pandemic and its impact on vital social subsystems, and even less research that considers the context and potential specific features of Slovenia. It is crucial to incorporate them into research, especially while contemplating future strategies for crisis management. It is also important to identify countries/regions which have achieved the most in this sense and are best organised and prepared. The importance and impact of the proposed research is especially in the interdisciplinary approach, integral theoretical and methodological plan and actuality of the topic. Our purpose is to encourage analysis and discussions on management of social crises and risks, based on comparative analysis and case studies.
Significance for the country
The results of research will be presented in scientific and professional publications. We will pay special attention to the presentations in online and printed media followed by the wider intellectual public, including representatives of the biomedical fields and political decision-makers. We intend to make or deepen contacts with them during this research, especially in form of interviews and focus groups. The results and proposals that will emerge from our research will have an impact on the general public, on experts dealing with the epidemiological crisis and on the conception of a more effective strategy for dealing with social crises. The impact of the research will also be seen in the promotion of Citizen Science projects and other interdisciplinary, humanitarian and voluntary projects bringing together scientists, experts and interested citizens.
Views history