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Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.03.00  Social sciences  Sociology   

Code Science Field
S210  Social sciences  Sociology 
social capital, developmental cores, society and economy based on knowledge, regions
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (8)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  04991  PhD Franc Adam  Sociology  Head  2008 - 2010  569 
2.  26182  PhD Igor Bahovec  Sociology  Researcher  2008  260 
3.  24356  PhD Dejan Jelovac  Philosophy  Researcher  2008  305 
4.  29055  Primož Kristan  Social sciences  Researcher  2008 - 2010  21 
5.  15185  PhD Matej Makarovič  Sociology  Researcher  2008 - 2010  433 
6.  20076  PhD Borut Rončević  Interdisciplinary research  Researcher  2008 - 2010  354 
7.  19987  PhD Matevž Tomšič  Political science  Researcher  2008 - 2010  440 
8.  32299  Ana Vojvodić  Political science  Researcher  2009 - 2010 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  2439  Institute for Development and Strategic Analysis  Ljubljana  2074320  1,530 
2.  2486  Faculty of Applied Social Studies  Nova Gorica  2230526  2,279 
While regions and other local settings are included into global currents, they can take advantage of utilizing the benefits of spatial proximity and institutional as well as communication concentration, what is important from the aspect of knowledge-based society. Numerous studies and a vast amount of research emerged within this framework in recent years being focused specifically on studying knowledge regions, learning regions and the significance of social capital for developmental success. Project topic and conceptual orientation is based on the intersection of regional studies, theories of development and interaction between human and social capital. It also includes elements of (cross)border (or Euro) regions and minority issues respectively the role of minority as a carrier of enterpreneurship ideas and a mediator of locally specific (tacit) knowledge. Main emphasis is put on the dynamics of local and regional developmental (inovative) cores and their embeddednes into a broader socio-cultural context. This context includes organisations that constitute the so-called Triple Helix, i.e. university (institutes), enterprises and policy-makers, as well as informal relations between actors in these organisations. Besides all that, imortant role can be atributed also to civil society organisations in respect with their significant contribution in shaping local and regional developmental strategies. Procceding from the exsisting research findings, t can be assumed that two types of developmental cores do appear. The first type are entrepreneurial-technological innovative cores composed of researchers and other R&D sphere experts (engineers, designers and information specialists), entrepreneurs and managers. We will be especially interested in the co-operation among these actors and in their informal social networks which strive to establish spinn-offs or new companies or have already established them. The second type of developmental cores, which can be called civic developmental cores, derives from ad hoc civil initiatives at the local level or more organised groups within NGOs or associations usually composed of both experts and concerned active citizens. They could be treated as knowledge and expertise focal points and are, in this sense, an important factor of new ideas and social innovations. Our research would seek to try to identify both types of cores, their concentration in space and their various operation and networking patterns. .
Significance for science
Empirical investigation enables: (1) identification of elements of regional innovative systems (1) anticipation of the conditions and circumstances for the emergence of developmental cores and charatceristics of developmental (supportive) environment in particular from the perspective of interaction between human and social capital, and (2) provide foundations for comparative studies or inclusion into similar European research studies.
Significance for the country
In the frame of applicative knowledge and policy relevant findings (for Slovenia) the research findings: (1) are a contribution to the evaluation of new regional legislation – in particular regarding the structures of the decision-making from developmental perspective and from the perspective of formation of the innovation system; (2) offer data and analytical framework for a more thorough realization of the Governmental development projects resolution; (3) serve as foundation for monitoring of certain aspects of the regional development.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2008, final report, complete report on dLib.si
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2008, final report, complete report on dLib.si
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