Competitive research projects

Principal investigator: Dušica Seferagić, Ph.D.Project start: 01.01.2007.

Actors of social changes in the space

The researches carried out until now, (the recent ones in particular), convincingly show that social space is the scene of various actors’ confrontations and competition in achieving certain goals. In Croatia’s context, the actors are all the subjects that affect social changes and development in a particular space, from local and regional community, to national and global level, through their respective actions and interactivity. They affect the space utilization, social structuring, spatial and social mobility, inhabitation and the morphology of settlements. Various actors use various resources, power and competence resources in their activity. Like other transitional countries, Croatia has also been hastily involved in globalization processes which, affected by neo-liberalism, pose the requirements of state’s deregulation, openness and flexibility.

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Project leader: Lana Peternel, Ph.D.Project start: 22.05.2019.

Anthropological research of minority religions in historical archives in Croatia

Exploring a deeper study of religions allows us to understand the cultural communities we live in. This project proposes exploring the historical archival documents of minority religious communities in order to bring new insights from an anthropological perspective on the past realities that influenced cultural heritage. Theoretically, this project draws on cultural anthropological, historical and religious studies perspectives whilst employing innovative digital design and technology. We will analyse for the first time the historical archives and material culture of a range of minority religious communities by using innovative INFRARED design technology in the process of digitalizing documents and exhibiting religious art.

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Principal investigator for ISRZ: Anđelina Svirčić Gotovac, Ph.D.Principal investigator in Montenegro: Prof. Slobodan Vukićević, Ph.D.Project start: 01.01.2015.

Bilateral project: Transitional transformations of urban and rural areas in the capital cities Zagreb and Podgorica (2015 – 2016)

This bilateral project is run by the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb and the Faculty of Philosophy in Nikšić, two scientific institutions from Croatia and Montenegro and supported by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry of Science in Montenegro. The research aims to collect relevant data on social changes in urban and rural areas of the two capital cities, Zagreb and Podgorica, mainly in the last two decades, which affect the way and quality of life of their residents.

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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: Prof. Branislava Baranović, Ph.D.Project start: 01.01.2007.

Competences for knowledge based society and national curriculum in Croatia

The interest in scientific research on competences in education has increased in the past few decades as societies face the problem of how to respond educationally to the demands of developing knowledge based societies and growing globalisation. This area of interest is particularly pronounced in developed countries (OECD and EU countries) where the need for developing new competences is most prominent. The proposed project takes a holistic approach to analysing competences by looking at education for competences as part of a broader societal context (a response not only to the particular needs of the individual, but also of society in general).

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