Other research and professional projects

Project coordinators: Ph.D. Boris Jokić and Ph.D. Zrinka Ristić DedićProject start: 01.04.2023.

Aspirations of girls towards educational and professional pathways in the STEM domain - STeam

In collaboration with A1 Croatia and the City of Split, the Institute develops an innovative extracurricular activity STeam within the A1 project STEMfemme Junior. The aim of the activity is to empower girls to engage in various STEAM domains, and to strengthen their aspirations towards STEM professions. The extracurricular activity targets primarily female pupils, nevertheless pupils of fifth and sixth grades are also target groups. It will be implemented in 14 primary schools in Split during the school year 2023/24.

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Principal investigator: Teo Matković, Ph.D.Project start: 01.02.2021.

Assessment of institutional and structural determinants of application for and success at State Matura exams

The project aims to identify whether there are systematic and persistent differences in students’ applications for and results at State Matura exams, that can be attributed to characteristics of high school, programme or place of residence, after controlling for differences in attendees’ school success achieved during compulsory elementary education. We hypothesize that there is significant variability in applications for and results at State Matura exams with regard to students’ regional affiliation, type of school, and educational programme, which cannot be explained by the structure of the student corpus (i.e. previous school success, sex structure and age). Nevertheless, the patterns can be different in particular counties, due to the structure of secondary education, economic development and the level of investment in education.

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Project Leader for ISRZ: Marita Grubišić-Čabo, MAProject start: 01.01.2020.

City for Youth – A model of certifying Croatian cities based on local policies

Association of Cities in the Republic of Croatia initiated a programme of certifying Croatian cities in the domain of implementing local youth policies. An analysis of existing models of certifying cities across Europe was carried out by the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, at the request of the Association. The analysis included eight models from various countries, and served as a basis for creating the Croatian model. The Association of Cities established a working group for drafting the Croatian model, which gathers representatives of relevant organizations and institutions in the field.

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Principal investigator/coordinator for IDIZ: Marita Grubišić-Čabo, mag. anthrop. et soc.Project start: 01.11.2022.

GPS 1.1. Generation of Support and deStigmatization

After examining the needs of youth, the need for establishing a non-formal Youth Counselling Centre was recognized and incorporated in the City of Karlovac Youth Programme 2020-2023 (Measure 1.1.). Despite the detected need, the Counselling Centre is still not established. Along with the main problem of a lack of associations’ capacities for advocacy, adequate care for the mental health of youth at risk, inadequate services and a lack of professionals, the space intended for improving the mental health of youth – does not exist.

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Principal investigator: Jelena Zlatar Gamberožić, Ph.D.Project start: 01.04.2022.

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tourism: Examples of selected mid-Dalmatian islands of Hvar and Brač

Besides many tourism strategies, nowaday development of tourism on Adriatic islands is increasingly oriented towards sustainable tourism (Dodds, 2007; Farsari et al., 2007; Wiles Howard, 2001) and ecotourism, which is mentioned as the most important aim in the Islands Act (OG Nos. 116/18, 73/20). In that respect it is necessary to achieve a balance between all dimensions of sustainability - ecological, economic, social and cultural (Throsby, 2008; O'Toole, Wallis and Mitchell, 2006), because failing to emphasise any one of them often brings a distortion in others, eventually leading to a disbalance in the sustainability of space in general, and therefore of islands as well.

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