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Research Areas:

  • Deliberative democracy
  • Ecology
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Political culture


Matjaž Kljun is a graduate and master of political science. His research focuses on the topics of democracy, emancipation, ecology and cultural heritage. In 2016, he graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana with a thesis entitled “The Possibility of Emancipation of the Individual and Society”. In 2018, he obtained a master’s degree at the same faculty on the topic “Deliberative management of multicultural and multinational ship crews”. Since 2019 he is a postgraduate student in the field of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences, as part of the study program Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Ljubljana.

Since 2010, he has been active in the field of cultural heritage through various forms of work. In 2020, he started working at the Institute for The Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia as a conservator. In 2020 and 2022, he acquired the professional titles of “curator” and “conservator” both in the field of movable and immovable cultural heritage.

Research activity:

Since 2024, he has been employed as an assistant at the Mediterranean Institute for Environmental Studies at the Science and Research Centre Koper, as he has joined the project group of the transdisciplinary basic research project “Grain of Salt, Crystallising Cohabitation: Salt-Making as Experiential Environmental Wisdom” (ARIS J6-50196). Within the framework of this project, he investigates environmental discourses on the case study of the salterns of Piran or Sečovlje (i.e. Piranske soline or Sečoveljske soline). He focuses on the examination of the cultural and structural conditions in which salt-working was formed in the past and the conditions in which it takes place in the present. He critically defines his findings and the processes of environmental and spatial management, with the conceptual foundations of ecological green political thought and transformation, which is based on deliberative democracy.