Mateja Šmid Hribar, PhD

Research Associate, Assistant Professor

+386 1 470 63 52

B. Sc. in Sociology of culture and Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2000
M. Sc. in Conservation of Natural Heritage, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2008
Ph. D. in Geography, Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska, Slovenia, 2015
Research fields
landscape studies, land use, ecosystem services, sustainable development, common-pool resources, commons, collective actions, community-based management, resilience, heritage
Other activities
- Member of editorial board of scientific journal Acta geographica Slovenica (2020‒)


LIDA 2006: first prize for research poster "End-users and their impact on digital repositories"
First place award for "The Interpretation polygon as a tool for understanding the cultural landscape", CLIC national contest for landscapes, category C – General public, 2014
International award of European project 2Bparks for the integrated interpretation of the Iška river in Ljubljansko barje, the category "Places of Sense", 2013
Special mention of the jury Europa Nostra Awards in category Education, Training and Awareness-Raising for action plan »Cultural heritage and the development of the Črni Vrh rural community«, 2015
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
2nd price of the Danube Transnational Programme Video Competition, 2019


- Kozina, J., Šmid Hribar, M., Poljak Istenič, S., Tiran, J., Halilović, N. 2019. Družbeni učinki urbanega kmetijstva. Ljubljana: Založba ZRC.
- Šmid Hribar, M. 2016: Varovanje in trajnostni razvoj kulturne pokrajine na primeru Ljubljanskega barja. Georitem 27. Ljubljana.


- Urbanc, M., Šmid Hribar, M. 2021: Livek: A mountainous border area's transformation from a ski paradise to a resilient community. V: Martinez, G. (ed). Culture and climate resilience: perspectives from Europe, Palgrave Studies in Climate Resilient Societies. Cham.
- Steger, C., Klein, J.A., Reid, R.S., Lavorel, S., Tucker, C., Hopping, K.A., Marchant, R., Teel, T., Cuni-Sanchez, A., Dorji, T., Greenwood, G., Huber, R., Kasam, K.-A., Kreuer, D., Nolin, A., Russell, A., Sharp, J.L., Šmid Hribar, M., Thorn, J.P.R., Grant, G., Mahdi, M., Moreno, M., Waiswa, D. 2021: Science with Society: Evidence-based Guidance for Best Practices in Environmental Transdisciplinary Work. Global Environmental Change 68, 102240.
- Rodela R., Tucker C.M., Šmid Hribar M., Sigura M., Bogataj N., Urbanc M., Gunya A. 2019: Intersections of ecosystem services and common-pool resources literature: An interdisciplinary encounter. Environmental Science and Policy 94, 72–81.
- Ribeiro, D., Šmid Hribar, M. 2019: Assessment of land-use changes and their impacts on ecosystem services in two Slovenian rural landscapes. Acta Geographica Slovenica 59-2.
- Gabrovec, M., Kumer, P., Ribeiro, D., Šmid Hribar, M. 2020: Land use in Slovenia. In: Perko D., Ciglič R., Zorn M. (eds) The Geography of Slovenia. World Regional Geography Book Series. Springer, Cham
- Urbanc, M., Šmid Hribar, M., Kumer, P. 2020: Culture in Slovenia. In: Perko D., Ciglič R., Zorn M. (eds) The Geography of Slovenia. World Regional Geography Book Series. Springer, Cham
- 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.
- Burkhard, B., Maes, J., Potschin-Young, M., Santos-Martín, F., Geneletti, D., Stoev, P., Kopperoinen, L., Šmid Hribar, M., et al. 2018: Mapping and assessing ecosystem services in the EU-Lessons learned from the ESMERALDA approach of integration. One Ecosystem 3: e29153, doi: 10.3897/oneeco.3.e291
- Šmid Hribar, M., Bole, D., Urbanc, M. 2015: Public And Common Goods in the Cultural Landscape. Geografski vestnik 87-2.
- Šmid Hribar, M., Geršič, M., Pipan, P., Repolusk, P., Tiran, J., Topole, M., Ciglič, R. 2017: Cultivated terraces in Slovenian landscapes. Acta geographica Slovenica, 57-2, 83–97. 
- Bole., D, Šmid Hribar, M, Pipan, P. 2017: Participatory research in community development: A case study of creating cultural tourism products. Acta Universitatis Carolinae. Geographica 52(2):1-12.
- Šmid Hribar, M., Bole, D., Pipan, P. 2015. Sustainable heritage management: Social, economic and other potentials of culture in local development. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 188, 103 – 110.
- Šmid Hribar, M., Ledinek Lozej, Š. 2013: The role of identifying and managing cultural values in rural development. Acta Geografica Slovenica 53–2.
Geography of Slovenia - national research programme (research programme • 01. january 2015 - 31. december 2021)
SHARED GREEN DEAL - Social sciences & Humanities for Achieving a Responsible, Equitable and Desirable GREEN DEAL (raziskovalni • 01. february 2022 - 28. february 2027)
NatGuidES - Identification, assessment and mapping of ecosystem services in valuable nature conservation areas in Slovenia (ciljni_raziskovalni_projekt • 01. october 2021 - 30. september 2023)
ECOVINEGOALS - ECOlogical VINEyards GOvernance and Activities for Landscape‘s Strategies (interreg • 01. march 2020 - 31. august 2022)
LABELSCAPE - Integration of sustainability labels into Mediterranean tourism policies (interreg • 01. november 2019 - 30. june 2022)
MEDFEST (interreg • 01. november 2016 - 31. october 2019)
AgriGo4Cities - Urban agriculture for changing cities: governance models for better institutional capacities and social inclusion (interreg • 01. january 2017 - 30. june 2019)
The evaluation of the burdening level regarding the forest parts of the nature park Tivoli, Rožnik and Šišenski Hrib (aplikativni • 28. july 2009 - 15. september 2010)
Cultural landscapes caught between public good, private interests and politics (temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. october 2014 - 30. september 2017)
Siting of farm buildings in the landscape context and solving spatial conflicts (ciljni_raziskovalni_projekt • 01. october 2016 - 31. march 2018)
Drafting of the platform for tourism and recreational use of forests (ciljni_raziskovalni_projekt • 01. october 2016 - 30. september 2018)
Esmeralda (aplikativni_raziskovalni • 01. february 2015 - 31. july 2018)
2Bparks - Creative Sustainable Management, Territorially Compatible Marketing, and Environmental Education (aplikativni • 01. july 2010 - 30. june 2013)
SY_CULTour (aplikativni • 01. march 2011 - 01. march 2014)
WIKIAlps (aplikativni • 01. october 2013 - 31. december 2014)
Upgrade of the methodology for designation of nationally important landscape identity areas (ciljni_raziskovalni_projekt • 01. april 2018 - 31. march 2020)
Terraced Landscapes (aplikativni • 01. december 2004 - 31. december 2007)