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Research interests

Education
B.Sc. in geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, 2007
Ph.D. in environmental protection, University of Ljubljana, 2014

Research fields
environmental protection, environmental psychology, regional geography, human ecology

Other activities
- president of organizing committe of symposium Slovenian regional days
- member of organizing committe of simposium Geographical information systems in Slovenia
- member of editorial board of book serie Geografija Slovenije
- member of editorial board of book serie Georitem
- coeditor of editorial board of book serie Regionalni razvoj

Selected presentations and lectures

- The role of establishing an environmental interpretitative polygon of natural and cultural heritage as a tool for sustainable management of tourism destinations. Predstavitev na konferenci Education and development conference, Bangkok, Tajska, 6. 3. 2019 (soavtor A. Smrekar). 
- Invisible life of food waste. Predstavitev na konferenci Hidden Geographies, Ljubljana, Slovenija, 30. 8. 2019 (soavtor: D. Podjed). 
- Measuring of restorative characteristics of urban green spaces with different natural assets: Case study of Ljubljana. Predstavitev na konferenci EUGEO 2019, Galway, Irska, 16. 5. (soavtorja A. Smrekar, J. Tiran). 
- Invisible life of food waste. Predstavitev na simpoziju Spreminjanje trajnosti. Ljubljana, Slovenija. 20. 9. (soavtor D. Podjed).
- Trapped water that makes life possible. Interpret Europe Writer Training Presentation. Ljubljana, Slovenia. 13. 6. 2019.
- Quality water resources are accessible to us in our immediate vicinity. Lecture on Training for an Interpretive Guide, Ljubljana, October 26, 2018.
- The role of psychological and social factors in environmental awareness and behavior in relation to drinking water. Lecture at the Second Slovenian Water Congress 2017, Podčetrtek, 20. 4.
- Examples of community drinking water management in Slovenia. Lecture at the Second Slovenian Water Congress 2017, Podčetrtek, 20 April 2017 (co-authors P. Pipan, M. Šmid Hribar and M. Urbanc).
- Visualizing the invisible life of waste. Lecture in the conference Material Culture: How things make people, Ljubljana, 27-28. 9. 2017 (co-author D. Podjed).
- Triglav Glacier Workshop. Managing the Triglav Glacier Workshop, Kredarica and Triglavski podi, 27-31. 8. 2017 (co-leaders: P. Kumer, M. Pavšek, A. Smrekar and M. Šmid Hribar).
- Joint Manual on stakeholder involvement in the management of urban green spaces. Lecture at the Global Green destinations day conference, Ljubljana, Slovenia, September 27, 2016 (co-author A. Smrekar).
- The Role of Social and Psychological Factors in Developing Environmental Awareness and Changing Environmental Behavior. Lecture at the International Conference of the Association of American Geographers' Annual Meeting, Chicago, United States, April 24, 2015
- The Role of Social and Psychological Factors in Developing Environmental Awareness and Changing Environmental Behavior. Lecture at the international BIOMOT and BESAFE project conference: Motivations and arguments to act for biodiversity, Alternative ways to inspire innovative policy making, Brussels, Belgium, June 10, 2015
- Segmentation of consumers with regard to environmental issues. Lecture at the International Conference of the Croatian Geographical Society, Trogir, Croatia, 30.9.2015
- Watershed approach in managing of coastal wetlands in Istria, Slovenia. Presentation at conference EUROGEO Conference. Geography: linking tradition and future. Bruges, Belgija, 9–11.5. 2013 (soavtorica Mateja Breg Valjavec).
-Management of protected areas and/or water catchment areas of costal wetlands Sečovlje pans, Strunjan pans and the lagoon of Škocjanski zatok. Presentation at symposium Slovenian regional days 2011, Lipica, 27.–28. 10.2011 (soavtorica Mateja Breg Valjevec).
- Changing behavior via community approach. Presentation at summer school on environmental psychology First Step, Groningen, 13.–18. 7. 2009.

Selected publications

Fornara, F., Polajnar Horvat, K., Smrekar, A., et al. 2020: The extended Value-Belief-Norm theory predicts committed action for nature and biodiversity in Europe. Environmental impact assessment review 81.
Molinario, E., Polajnar Horvat, K., Smrekar, A., et al. 2019: Motivations to act for the protection of nature biodiversity and the environment : a matter of "significance". Environment & behavior.
Scopelliti, M., Polajnar Horvat, K., Smrekar, A., et al. 2018: What makes you a 'hero' for nature?: socio-psychological profiling of leaders committed to nature and biodiversity protection across seven EU countries. Journal of environmental planning and management, 61(5-6).
Smrekar, A., Breg Valjavec, M., Polajnar Horvat, K. 2020: Human-induced degradation in Slovenia. V: Perko, D., Ciglič, R, Zorn, M. (ur.). The geography of Slovenia: small but diverse. 
Smekar, A., Polajnar Horvat, K., Ribeiro, D. 2020: Slovenia's protected areas. V: Perko, D., Ciglič, R., Zorn, M. (ur.). The geography of Slovenia : small but diverse.
Pogačar, M., Fakin Bajec, J., Polajnar Horvat, K., Smrekar, A., Tiran, J. 2020: Promises and limits of participatory urban greens development : experience from Maribor, Budapest, and Krakow. V: Nared, J., Bole, D. Participatory research and planning in practice.
Smrekar, A., Polajnar Horvat, K., Ribeiro, D. 2020: Stakeholder analysis for (Mediterranean) wetland governance : the case of Ljubljansko Barje Nature Park, Slovenia. V: Nared, J., Bole, D. (ur.). Participatory research and planning in practice.
Scopelliti, M., Polajnar Horvat, K., Smrekar, A., et al. 2018: What makes you a 'hero' for nature?: socio-psychological profiling of leaders committed to nature and biodiversity protection across seven EU countries. Journal of environmental planning and management, 61(5-6).
Van Den Born, R. J. G., Arts, B., Admiraal, J., Beringer, A., Knights, P., Molinario, E., Polajnar Horvat, K., Smrekar, A., Soethe, N., et al. 2018: The missing pillar : eudemonic values in the justification of nature conservation. Journal of environmental planning and management, 61(5-6).
Gabrovec, M., Komac, B., Kozina, J., Polajnar Horvat, K., Nared, J., Smrekar, A., Topole, M., Urbanc, M. 2017: Triglav National Park, Slovenia, and its contribution to regional development. Eco.mont, 9.
Admiraal, J., Van Den Born, R. J. G., Beringer, A., Bonaiuto, F., Cicero, L., Hiedanpää, J., Knights, P., Knippenberg, L. W. J., Polajnar Horvat, K., Smrekar, A., et al. 2017: Motivations for committed nature conservation action in Europe. Environmental conservation, 44(2).
Polajnar Horvat, K., Smrekar, A. 2017: From words to action : improving drinking water behaviour in the urban environment. Geographia Polonica, 90 (3).
Smrekar, A., Polajnar Horvat, K., Erhartič, B. 2016: The beauty of landforms. Acta geographica Slovenica, 56(2).
Polajnar Horvat, K. 2016: Segmentation of the inhabitants of Ljubljana with regard to environmental issues. Hrvatski geografski glasnik, 1(78).
Polajnar Horvat, K., Drofenik, U. 2015: Opportunities for developing mountain biking in the municipality of Bohinj. Acta geographica Slovenica, 55(2).
Polajnar Horvat, K., Smrekar, A. 2015: Validity of personal and online Veljavnost osebnega in spletnega interviewing in geographical research. Geografski vestnik : časopis za geografijo in sorodne vede, 87(2).
Polajnar Horvat, K., Kladnik, D., Smrekar, A. 2015: Environmentally friendly behavior. Georitem 26.

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Selected projects

Geography of Slovenia - national research programme (research programme • 1 January 201531 December 2020)

The Invisible Life of Waste: Development of an Ethnography-based Solution for Waste Management in Households (applied project • 1 November 201831 October 2021)

Guidelines for management of tourist destinations based on models of carrying capacity and tourism flows (target research project • 1 April 201830 September 2019)

UGB - Urban Green Belts – Smart integrated models for sustainable management of urban green spaces for creating more healthy and liveable urban environments (INTERREG • 1 June 201630 May 2019)

Coordinated management and networking of Mediterranean wetlands (INTERREG • 1 November 201630 April 2019)

New shape and drives for the tourism sector: supporting decision, integrating plans and ensuring sustainability (INTERREG • 1 November 201628 February 2018)

Preservation and valorisation of the natural and cultural heritage and development of sustainable tourism in the cross-boarder carst landscape (INTERREG • 1 September 201729 February 2020)

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Recognitions & awards

10.000 doctor of Science at the University of Ljubljana, University of Ljubljana, 2015