Jani Kozina, PhD

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B.Sc. in geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2008
Ph.D. in geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2013

Research fields

(1) urban and regional studies, small and medium-sized towns, polycentric spatial development, urban-rural relationships, participatory planning and governance
(2) industrial and post-industrial socio-economic development, cultural and creative industries, creative economy, social innovation, knowledge society
(3) urban agriculture, urban gardening, green infrastructure, eco-innovation

Other activities
- Guest Editor, Acta Geographica Slovenica (2019)
- Member of Steering Group, Danube Local Actors Platform (2017 –)
- Management Committee Substitute, European Cooperation in Science and Technology – COST Action IS 1202: Dynamics of Virtual Work (2015 – 2016)
- Member of Editorial Board, Digital Encyclopaedia of Slovenian Natural and Cultural Heritage (2015 –)
- Member, Inter-Municipality Initiative, Cross-border eCollaboration in the Danube eRegion (2014 –)
- Member of Editorial Board, Geography of Slovenia Book Series (2013 –)
- Deputy Member, Statistical Advisory Committee of the Population Statistics of Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia (2012 –)
- Member, Regional Studies Association (2011 –)
- Member of Steering Committee, Slovenian Regional Days Symposium (2010 –)
- Member of Executive Board, Ljubljana Geographical Society (2010 – 2016)

Selected presentations and lectures

- Do Small Industrial Towns Perform Worse in Socio-economic Well-being Indicators? A Case Study of Slovenia. Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Lugano, Switzerland, 2018
- Urban gardening in Central and Eastern Europe  from participation to inclusion. Spaces and places in transition: urban and rural transformations in Central and Eastern Europe, Conference of The International Society of Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) Working Group "Space-lore and Place-lore", Prague, 2018
- Review of small industrial towns in Europe: towards revitalisation or reinvention? International Conference on Changing Cities III: spatial, design, landscape & socio-economic dimensions. Syros - Delos - Mykonos Islands, Greece, 2017
- Participatory urban agriculture for sustainable urban development at the European periphery. The frontier of sustainability transitions – Cultural adaptations of sustainability policies in European peripheral regions, Catania, Italy, 2017
- Creativity at the European periphery: spatial distribution and development implications in the Ljubljana region. 56th ERSA Congress: Cities & regions: smart, sustainable, inclusive?, Vienna, Austria, 2016
- Incorporating urban-rural framework into the creative-knowledge city-region paradigm: the case study of Slovenia. 56th ERSA Congress: Cities & regions: smart, sustainable, inclusive?, Vienna, Austria, 2016
- Cultural spaces: agglomeration of bohemians across different spatial scales in Slovenia. Regional Studies Association Annual Conference: Cities and regions in a transnational world, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Austria, 2016
- The need for 'place-based distinctiveness' in appropriate policy-making : understanding the locational factors of the creative class. Association of American Geographers, Chicago, Illinois, US, 2015
- Identifying the locational factors of knowledge workers: temporal and spatial implications. Fourth global conference on economic geography: Mapping economies in transformation, University of Oxford, UK, 2015

Faculty of Arts Prešeren award for students, University of Ljubljana, 2008
Award for contribution to sustainable development of society, Slovene Human Resources and Scholarship Fund, 2009
Award for contribution to sustainable development of society, Slovene Human Resources and Scholarship Fund, 2010
Special Mention of the Jury of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards, 2015
2nd price of the Danube Transnational Programme Video Competition, 2019
Diploma of Excellence for the Black Sea - Danubian Social & Economic Innovator, Under the aegis of the European Commission - DG MARE on the occasion of the European Maritime Day in Romania, 2019

- Poljak Istenič, S., Kozina, J. (2020). Participatory planning in a post-socialist urban context: experience from five cities in Central and Eastern Europe. In Nared, J., Bole, D. (eds.) Participatory Research and Planning in Practice. Springer International Publishing. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-28014-7_3
- Kozina, J., Clifton, N. (2019). City-region or urban-rural framework: what matters more in understanding the residential location of the creative class? Acta Geographica Slovenica, 59(1), 127-143. DOI: 10.3986/AGS.5137
- Kozina, J., Poljak Istenič, S., Komac, B. (2019). Green creative environments – contribution to sustainable urban and regional development. Acta Geographica Slovenica, 59(1), 105-112. DOI: 10.3986/AGS.7030
- Kozina, J., Šmid Hribar, M., Poljak Istenič, S., Tiran, J., Halilović, N. (2019). Družbeni učinki urbanega kmetijstva [Social Effects of Urban Agriculture]. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC.
- Kozina, J., Bole, D. (2018). The impact of territorial policies on the distribution of the creative economy: tracking spatial patterns of innovation in Slovenia. Hungarian Geographical Bulletin, 67(3), 259-273. DOI: 10.15201/hungeobull.67.3.4
- Šmid Hribar, M., Kozina, J., Bole, D., Urbanc, M. (2018). Public goods, common-pool resources, and the commons: The influence of historical legacy on modern perceptions in Slovenia as a transitional society. Urbani izziv, 29(1), 96-109. DOI: 10.5379/urbani-izziv-en-2018-29-01-004
- Kozina, J. (2018). Demographic Characteristics of Creative Workers: Under-activated Development Potentials in Slovenia? Acta Geographica Slovenica, 58(2), 111-121. DOI: 10.3986/AGS.4602
- Kozina, J. (2017). Agglomeration of Bohemians Across Different Spatial Scales in Slovenia. In Murzyn-Kupisz, M., Działek, J. (eds.) The Impact of Artists on Contemporary Urban Development in Europe (pp. 185-204). Cham: Springer International Publishing AG. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-53217-2_8
- Kozina, J. (2017). Creativity at the European Periphery: Spatial Distribution and Developmental Implications in the Ljubljana Region. In Chapain, C., Stryjakiewicz, T. (eds.) Creative Industries in Europe: Drivers of New Sectoral and Spatial Dynamics (pp. 227-254). Cham: Springer International Publishing AG. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-56497-5_11


OTREMED ( aplikativni • 01. september 2010 - 31. august 2013)
SY_CULTour ( aplikativni • 01. march 2011 - 01. march 2014)
TRADOMO ( trzni_projekt • 14. january 2013 - 30. september 2013)
WIKIAlps ( aplikativni • 01. october 2013 - 31. december 2014)
RURBANCE ( aplikativni • 01. july 2013 - 30. june 2015)
Policentrično omrežje središč in dostopnost prebivalstva do storitev splošnega in splošnega gospodarskega pomena ( aplikativni_raziskovalni • 07. september 2015 - 24. march 2016)
Cultural landscapes caught between public good, private interests and politics ( temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. october 2014 - 30. september 2017)
Bright Future ( raziskovalni • 01. march 2017 - 01. march 2020)
AgriGo4Cities - Urban agriculture for changing cities: governance models for better institutional capacities and social inclusion ( interreg • 01. january 2017 - 30. june 2019)
Trans-making – Art / culture / economy to democratize society. Research in placemaking for alternative narratives ( mednarodni_raziskovalni • 01. january 2017 - 31. december 2020)
The Indian film industry as a driver of new socio­economic connections between India and Europe ( mednarodni_raziskovalni • 01. march 2019 - 28. february 2022)
Geography of Slovenia - national research programme ( research programme • 01. january 2015 - 31. december 2021)