Competitive research projects

Principal investigator (Croatia): Lana Peternel, Ph.D.Principal investigator (Slovenia): Tamara Pavasović Trošt, Ph.D.Project start: 01.01.2020.

Comparison of national and religious identities of secondary school students in Croatia and Slovenia

After initially using the comparative quantitative data of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), this project is a self-standing research study based on a qualitative sociological and anthropological insight into diverse identities of secondary school pupils in Croatia and Slovenia. The bilateral collaboration between Slovenia and Croatia includes an upgrade to the ISSP quantitative methodological approach, consisting of mutual qualitative research. Based on existing collaboration, this research will focus on two mutually connected research concepts – the national and the non/religious identity of the young, and their development among youth in both countries.

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Principal investigator/coordinator: Slavica Robić, Society For Sustainable Development Design (DOOR)Project start: 29.10.2020.

ESF project: METER to a better climate (Network for Education, Transition, Adaptation and Development)

The overall aim of the project “METER to a better climate (Network for Education, Transition, Adaptation and Development)“ is to establish a permanent thematic network of civil society organizations (CSOs), local self-government units and scientific research organizations that will, by being involved in all phases of the public policies development, contribute to the transition into a low-carbon society adapted to climate changes without energy poverty. Through permanent collaboration, new skills and capacities of CSOs for argument-based advocacy will be developed, while scientific research organizations and local self-government units will be empowered regarding the methods of informing and involving the interested public.

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Co-principal investigators / coordinators: Mia Lakatoš and Thomas FarnellCo-principal investigators / coordinators for IDIZ: Iva Odak, Ph.D. and Saša Puzić, Ph.D.Project start: 28.10.2020.

ESF project: Thematic Network Lifelong Education Accessible to All (TEMCO)

The project aims to contribute to solving the non-existence of coordinated and effective agency of civil society organizations (in collaboration with other stakeholders) in shaping the public policies for addressing social inequalities in lifelong education in Croatia. The purpose of the project is to strengthen the capacities of civil society organizations (CSOs) for achieving an effective dialogue with public administration and scientific community in designing and implementing public policies for ensuring a lifelong education accessible to all, thereby creating a precondition for reducing educational inequalities in Croatia.

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Principal investigator: Boris Jokić, Ph.D.Project start: 23.08.2021.


During last two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly changed the educational processes in the Republic of Croatia. In this period, a variety of policy options have been used in the organisation of educational processes at different educational levels. The organisational changes induced by the pandemic influenced core aspects of educational processes, particularly in setting educational priorities, curriculum delivery, assessment practices, the teaching and learning environment and support. Changes to these educational processes have potentially had (and will likely continue to have) strong effects on educational experience, wellbeing, educational aspirations and future orientations of pupils at different educational levels.

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Principal investigator for ISRZ: Jelena Matić Bojić, Ph.D.Project start: 28.02.2021.

HAND IN HAND: Empowering teachers across Europe to deal with social, emotional and diversity related career challenges

HAND IN HAND: Empowering teachers across Europe to deal with social, emotional and diversity related career challenges is a policy experimentation project that brings together 11 partners from six countries. The main goal of the project is to support the development of teachers’ social and emotional competencies as well as their diversity awareness (SEDA) in order to equip them for the complexities of working with increasingly diverse classes and to enable them to deal flexibly with new challenges. The project also puts teachers’ well-being at the centre by highlighting how developing SEDA competencies simultaneously fosters self-care for teachers, giving a central role to the voices of teachers.

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