Drago Kladnik, PhD

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B. Sc. in Geography and History, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, 1979
M. SC in Spatial and Urban Planning, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy, University of Ljubljana, 1999
Ph. D. in Geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, 2007

Research fields
toponomastics, terminology, regional geography, rural geography, protection of the environment, spatial planning, applied geography

Other activities


Selected presentations and lectures

  • Border Rivers as a Global Feature. Presentation at the Conference Borders and Administrative Legacy, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 25. 11. 2016 (co-author Matija Zorn)
  • O ustrezni rabi zemljepisnih imen (About Appropriate Use of Geographical Names). Lecture at the Geographical evening, organized by Department of Geography of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia, 8. 11. 2016
  • Geographical names in the languages of official minorities in Slovenia. Presentation at the Symposium on minority toponyms in Slovenia, adjacent bilingual areas and the German-speaking countries, Graz, Austria, 4. 3. 2016 (soavtorja dr. Matjaž Geršič in Peter Repolusk)
  • Nekateri problemi zemljepisnih imen s poudarkom na eksonimih in veliki začetnici (Some Problems Connected with Appropriate Use of Geographical Names with Emphasize on Exonyms and Upper-case). Lecture at the Slovenian Lecturers Society, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 21. 1. 2016
  • The Gazetteer of Slovenian Exonyms. Presentation at the 21th Session of East Central and South-East Europe Division of UNGEGN. Ljubljana, Slovenia, 26. 11. 2015 (co-author Matjaž Geršič)
  • Terraced Landscapes in Slovenia (as a Cultural Value). Lecture at the EUCALAND meeting, Parada de Sil, Spain, 20. 10. 2015
  • Street-Names Changes in Ljubljana. Presentation at the Symposium on Place-Name Changes, organised by the Joint International Geographical Union/International Cartographic Association (IGU/ICA), Rome, Italy, 18. 11. 2014 (co-author Matjaž Geršič)
  • Familiarity with Slovenian Exonyms in the Professional Community. Presentation at the 24th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences (ICOS), Barcelona, Spain, 9. 9. 2011 (co-author Primož Pipan)
  • The Bay of Piran (Piranski zaliv): An example of political controversy in geographical names as an expression of cultural relations. Presentation at the International Symposium Geographical Names as a Part of the Cultural Heritage, Vienna, Austria, 20. 5. 2008


Melik Award of the Association of the Geographical Societies of Slovenia, 2022
ZRC SAZU Gold Award, 2014
Golden Tablet of the Association of Slovenian Geographers, 2011
Kidrič Award for undergraduate study, University of Ljubljana, 1977
The University of Ljubljana Prešeren Student Award, 1978
Silver Tablet of the Association of the Geographical Societies of Slovenia, 2000
The Faculty of Arts Prešeren Student Award, 1980
Distinction of the Geography teachers of Slovenia, 2003


Slovenian Exonyms (aplikativni • 01. february 2008 - 31. january 2011)
Terraced Landscapes (aplikativni • 01. december 2004 - 31. december 2007)
Geography of Slovenia - national research programme (research programme • 01. january 2015 - 31. december 2021)