Marko Kovačić

Marko Kovačić, Ph.D.


Marko Kovacic

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Field of interest:

political sociology/public policy (youth political participation, youth work, youth political competence)


Frankopanska 22/I
10000 Zagreb
tel: +385 1 4828909
fax: +385 1 4810263

Qualifications, scientific advancement and education

2021 Elected to a position of a research associate in political science
2020 Elected to a position of a Lecturer (in political science)
2020 University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
PhD in Public Policy – youth policy
2011 Central European University, Budapest
MA in Political Science
2011 University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science
MA in Public Policy
2010 University of Zagreb, Faculty of Political Science
BA in Political Science
2015 – 2016 Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Research fellowship in youth political sociology
2014 University of Minnesota
Youth Studies Program

Research projects

Project manager:
2020 – 2021 Political literacy of high school students, Institute for Social Research
2017 – today Support to better knowledge in youth policy, European Commission, Institute for Social Research
2017 Networking of Erasmus+ National Agencies to mainstream Human Rights Education in the field of youth, Agency for Mobility and the EU Programmes (research manager)
2016 – 2017 Urban Application of the CLLD Methodology as a Tool for Social Involvement of Youth, Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy (research manager)
2016 New Pathways to Human Rights and Active citizenship, IPA project Transition Assistance and Institution Building Component; Volonterski centar Osijek (research manager)
2015 – 2016 Organizations that Care – youth and child policy at the local level; IPA project Transition Assistance and Institution Building Component; Parent’s association Step by Step (research manager)
2014 – 2016 GOOD Initiative: Towards Civic Education in Schools (research manager)
2014 – 2015 Structural Dialogue with Young People – Youth Empowerment for Political Participation, Croatian Youth Network and The Croatian National Group for Structured Dialogue (research manager)
2014 ECVET programme analysis; Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes
2013 – 2014 NEOformal: Non-formal on Formal, Croatian Debate Society and CSO HERMES; funded by the city of Zagreb
2011 – 2012 Perspectives of the Civil Society in Croatia: Different Views for The Open Society Foundations
Research team member:
2020 – today (Re)building society: A longitudinal study of post-corona social recovery in Croatian general population (ReSPoC), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb
2019 – 2022 Innovate Debate: Applied Curriculum for Debate-based Youth Work
2018 – today Policy goals of Croatian public policies. Faculty of Political science, University of Zagreb
2018 – 2019 Youth in Croatia 2018.-2019., Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
2017 – Europe Goes Local – Supporting youth work on municipal level, Agency for Mobility and the EU Programmes (Erasmus+ project)
2017 – Analysis of the conditions and needs in secondary education related to informing on higher education choices and procedures for enrollment on study programmes through the Central Applications Office, Agency for Science and Higer Education and Institute for Social Research
2016 – 2020 Divided Past – Joint Future, IPA project, cluster Civil Society Facility and Media Programme 2004-2015
2016 – Time for GOOD education? (GOOD Initiative, Forum for Freedom in Education, Institute for Social Research in Zagreb)
2016 – 2017 Youth Work and Social Entrepreneurship, Portugal Entrepreneurship Education Platform, (Erasmus+ project)
2015 – 2017 Education for citizens – citizens for social development and solidarity, IPA 2012. project in the framework of Building Capacities of CSOs for Ensuring Effective Implementation of the EU Standards in the Enforcement of Human Rights; KLJP, GONG, Center for Peace Studies, B.a.B.e
2013 – 2014 Croatian Students in the European Context: the Coming Social Elite, Ministry of Science, Education and Sport
2013 – 2014 Making History Work for Tolerance: A Research-Based Strategy to Reduce the Intolerant Usage of History Teaching in the EU, Network of Education Policy Centers; The Open Society Foundations
2012 – 2013 (Croatian) Youth policy analysis for The Ministry of Social Policy and Youth
2012 – 2013 Mapping School Networks in Europe for Open Society Foundations

Public positions and memberships in institutions, associations and advisory bodies

2016 – today Youth Wiki National Correspondent, European Commision
2013 – today Youth Policy National Correspondent at the European Knowledge Centre for Youth Policy, a body jointly managed by the European Commission and the Council of Europe
2019/2020 – today Editorial board member for the scientific journals: Sociology and Space and Croatian Political Science Review
2016 – today Supervisory board member, Croatian Political Science Association
2016 – today Member of the Croatian Sociological Association
2015 – Project evaluator for projects in the field of youth (Erasmus+ at the European Commission, Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy, Europe for citizens, COST)
2013 – today Member of the various expert working groups for youth policy-making at the national, EU and CoE level

Teaching activity

2020 Lecturer of the course Youth Work Pedagogy, University of Rijeka
2017 – today Co-founder and a lecturer at the academic program Young People in Contemporary Society, University of Rijeka and Institute for Social Research
2016 – Lecturer in charge for political sociology – Demo Academy
2014 – today Guest lectures at universities of Ljubljana, Zagreb, Rijeka, Baku State University, University of Minnesota, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
2014 – today Lecturer on youth research methodology, Youth Studies
2013 – 2015 Lecturer at professional development programmes for English and German teachers – The civic education methods in the classroom, Education and Teacher Training Agency

Selected bibliography