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Geography of Slovenia

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
6.12.00  Humanities  Geography   

Code Science Field
P510  Natural sciences and mathematics  Physical geography, geomorphology, pedology, cartography, climatology 

Code Science Field
5.07  Social Sciences  Social and economic geography 
geography, physical geography, human geography, regional geography, environmental protection, geographical terminology, geographic information systems, thematic cartography, natural and cultural heritage
Evaluation (rules)
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Researchers (34)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  24301  PhD David Bole  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  305 
2.  27510  PhD Mateja Breg Valjavec  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  194 
3.  30791  PhD Rok Ciglič  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  426 
4.  54767  Špela Čonč  Geography  Junior researcher  2020 - 2021  60 
5.  17544  Meta Ferjan    Technical associate  2015 - 2021  17 
6.  33273  PhD Mateja Ferk  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  196 
7.  08467  PhD Matej Gabrovec  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  614 
8.  35035  PhD Matjaž Geršič  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  250 
9.  35706  PhD Maruša Goluža  Humanities  Junior researcher  2015 - 2021  64 
10.  13179  PhD Mauro Hrvatin  Humanities  Researcher  2017 - 2021  365 
11.  07553  PhD Drago Kladnik  Geography  Retired researcher  2015 - 2021  1,164 
12.  21464  PhD Blaž Komac  Geography  Head  2015 - 2021  640 
13.  32206  PhD Jani Kozina  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  238 
14.  36394  PhD Peter Kumer  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2019  177 
15.  35034  PhD Lucija Lapuh  Geography  Junior researcher  2015  97 
16.  50215  PhD Matej Lipar  Geography  Beginner researcher  2017 - 2020  165 
17.  52012  PhD Erik Logar  Geography  Junior researcher  2018 - 2021  78 
18.  23513  PhD Janez Nared  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  335 
19.  35070  Jaka Ortar  Geography  Junior researcher  2015 - 2016  102 
20.  08294  PhD Drago Perko  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  1,047 
21.  25646  PhD Primož Pipan  Humanities  Researcher  2015 - 2016  331 
22.  29392  PhD Katarina Polajnar Horvat  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  151 
23.  28438  PhD Nika Razpotnik Visković  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  143 
24.  30164  PhD Petra Rus  Geography  Technical associate  2015 - 2021  26 
25.  55882  Marko Senčar Mrdaković  Geography  Junior researcher  2021  33 
26.  16050  PhD Aleš Smrekar  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  400 
27.  26379  PhD Mateja Šmid Hribar  Humanities  Researcher  2015 - 2021  282 
28.  32703  PhD Daniela Alexandra Teixeira da Costa Ribeiro  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2020  89 
29.  38267  PhD Jure Tičar  Geography  Junior researcher  2015 - 2021  227 
30.  34591  PhD Jernej Tiran  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  222 
31.  08101  PhD Maja Topole  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2016  513 
32.  37557  Anja Trobec  Geography  Junior researcher  2015 - 2021  27 
33.  17073  PhD Mimi Urbanc  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  449 
34.  22245  PhD Matija Zorn  Geography  Researcher  2015 - 2021  1,241 
Organisations (1)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0618  Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts  Ljubljana  5105498000  63,207 
The Geography of Slovenia long-term national research programme has been implemented by the Anton Melik Geographical Institute ZRC SAZU since its foundation in 1946. It involves basic and applied geographical research focused on Slovenia and its regions and landscapes, includes the preparation of basic geographical publications on Slovenia as a country and as a part of the world, as well as on the development of scientific terminology, advanced research concepts, techniques and methods, geographic information systems and digital thematic cartography. This programme will include seven different categories (4 main and 3 cross-cutting categories): - physical geography and natural hazards, - human geography and regional planning, - regional geography and land use, - environmental protection and protected areas, - geographical terminology and geographical names, - natural and cultural heritage research (in the next programme period), - geographic information systems and thematic cartography. The research group involved in the programme will focus mainly on: - publishing the Acta geographica Slovenica journal, which has achieved the highest impact factor among Slovenian science journals in 2011 (http://ags.zrc-sazu.si), and the Geography of Slovenia (26) and Georhythm (22) scientific monograph series. Individual volumes in the GIS in Slovenia (GIS v Sloveniji) series are published on even years, volumes in the Regional Development series (Regionalni razvoj) are published on odd years, and volumes in the Natural Hazards series (Naravne nesreče) are published every third year; - organisation of three traditional scientific symposiums and a number of other scientific meetings; - training junior researchers; - promoting exchange of researchers from Slovenia and abroad; In this new period, the goal of the programme will be to encourage research excellence, mobility, knowledge exchange and interdisciplinarity through international and bilateral cooperation, and to boost the scope of the programme by including projects funded by the EU – and vice versa - as well as increase our publishing activities abroad. Up until now, our programme has been famous for its input of knowledge in solving social challenges (assessment of agricultural land ratings, mapping of risks caused by natural hazards, innovative strategies of municipal development, involvement in the national border arbitration procedure). In addition, our know-how has been applied in several policy-making documents such as the Strategy of Development of Slovenia 2014-2020. Figure 1: Visualisation of programme content (see appendix).
Significance for science
Geographical studies of Slovenia, based on modern methods, are important both on European and global levels due to Slovenia's outstanding landscape diversity. This programme is designed to produce new knowledge and improve our understanding of Slovenia's geographical characteristics and thus promote the application of the latest research methods in geography in order to strengthen and encourage interactions between human and physical geography and help implement modern approaches to geography. The programme will provide new information by: - adding to our understanding of Slovenian landscapes as one of the country's most important natural resources, - identify the key natural elements forming Slovenian landscapes, - build up on our understanding of processes in the complex system of landscapes and their quantification, - specify the key socio-economic elements that are important for the understanding of landscape functions in Slovenia, with particular emphasis on regional planning, - determine locations in Slovenia where maximum frequency of natural hazards should be expected, - determine appropriate land use for individual parts of Slovenia in relation to other landscape components, - defining the importance of protected areas with less modified natural landscape for research work, - upgrading our knowledge of the laws of interaction among the natural components of landscapes, - collecting, evaluating and verifying the quality of data related to relief, lithology, climate, water, pedology and vegetation in Slovenia, - transforming programme results, e.g. thematic maps, into applicable scientific resources for further research in this area. In addition, our work will contribute to the development of methodology in geography by developing and promoting quantitative methods (geographic information systems, statistical methods, machine learning) and evaluation in order to: - improve, expand and upgrade the methods of analyzing the main content categories, - promote a scientific debate on essential topics from geography and geographical methodology, terminology and concrete results provided by this programme, - implement new geographical methodological solutions and models, - use innovative applications of geographic information systems, thus providing for the visualization and public availability of results, - strengthen the importance of field work as the key factor for verifying the results of quantitative analyses and - contribute to a better presentation of Slovenia's geographical characteristics abroad. The results of this programme will be important for geography and related sciences in basic and applied areas as well as in tourism, regional planning, preservation of rural areas, agriculture and population, planning of effective land use, landscape ecology, preservation of natural and cultural heritage as well as solving regional conflicts and other political decisions. Thus, the Geography of Slovenia programme promotes the principle of humanity and contributes to increased tolerance among people both in Slovenia and abroad.
Significance for the country
Geography is crucial for social development because it is based on a comprehensive understanding of spatial, regional, political, historical, economical, cultural and other laws of landscape. The results of this programme will be important for spatial sciences as well as for professional, development-oriented and related institutions responsible for national development. In the light of the general crisis, the development of the Republic of Slovenia so far has shown the need for new forms of spatial organization of landscape in the near future. The proposed fundamental research will point to the importance of (1) taking into consideration the development of the digital world that was largely undreamed of until a few years ago and that allows for a different perception of space and promotes new activities, (2) spatial management and effective planning of land use, especially from the perspective of regional planning, traffic burdening space and protected areas, and (3) landscape management from the perspective of the increasing number and magnitude of "interactions" between natural and social processes related to natural hazards.+  This programme will contribute to sustainable economy and promote the strengthening of economic competitiveness and developing new production and service activities by enabling the construction of infrastructure and social systems to be channelled and safely integrated into space by means of various models. In addition, the results of this programme will be beneficial in: - development and promotion of new tourist destinations, - registration of areas with a particular social or natural situation that demands a more detailed spatial planning or other special measures, and the establishment of national measures for a more effective management of landscapes and in protected areas, - coordination of economic development with regards to environmental restrictions and human interference with space (settlement, economy, traffic), - improved landscape management on all levels by establishing national and municipal measures for planning future development, - preparation of geographical and other textbooks on any education level, - implementation of new research methods and typologies into the geographical and related study programmes; - transforming the population's perception of the value of Slovenian landscapes as our national wealth and an important natural resource, and - protecting Slovenian natural and cultural heritage. The results of this programme will be available to other sciences for research purposes, to national public and private institutions and governing bodies both on the national and local level as a guideline for sounder decision-making related to various interventions into space, and to various organizations for promoting Slovenia as a country with exceptional landscape diversity.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2015, interim report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2015, interim report
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