PRESENTATION

Researchers of the Institute for Social Studies are able to combine mutual diversities in a constructive manner and provide a critical response to the current social issues. We share an uncompromising commitment to the scientific ethics and strive towards international exchange and academic cooperation.

Who we are

The Institute for Social Studies has evolved from the Institute for Mediterranean Humanities and Social Studies, established in 2001 as the first institute launched by the Science and Research Centre. As an interdisciplinary institute, we combine sociology, media studies, cultural studies, anthropology and social geography. The main research areas of the Institute include ethnic and intercultural studies, migration, minority issues, areas of cultural contact, various aspects of everyday life and family life, human rights, marginalised groups and other topics.

Competences and achievements

The researchers of the Institute undertake both basic and applied research projects, produce scientific and expert reports, organize scientific and expert meetings and take part in national and international research projects. In terms of methodology and research, the Institute closely collaborates with the Public Opinion Research Centre at the Science and Research Centre Koper.

Mission and vision

In the academic context, the goal of the Institute is to develop and include topics in the field of social sciences (and humanities) that have not found their space in the wider society, to critically reflect on the current social events and to analyse topics related to the multicultural areas. Additionally, the vision of the Institute is to become the foremost interdisciplinary institute covering issues related to the intercultural contact in Slovenia and in the wider region. In the future, the Institute intends to achieve greater international involvement, expand the network of international partner institutions and strengthen links to the economic sector.

 

Head: Mateja Sedmak, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Email: izds@zrs-kp.si
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00

RESEARCHERS

Institute for Social Studies

Mateja Sedmak, PhD

Principal Research Fellow
Head of Institute
Phone: +386 5 663 77 91
Institute for Social Studies

Zorana Medarić, MSc

Researcher with Master's Degree
Deputy Head of Institute
Phone: +386 5 663 77 98
Institute for Social Studies

Lucija Dežan,

Assistant
Junior Researcher
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00
Institute for Social Studies

Barbara Gornik, PhD

Research Fellow
Phone: +386 5 663 77 94
Institute for Social Studies

Blaž Lenarčič, PhD

Research Fellow
Phone: +386 5 663 77 96
Institute for Social Studies

Kristjan Nemac,

Assistant
Junior researcher
Phone: +386 5 663 77 97
Institute for Social Studies

Ksenija Perković, PhD

Assistant with Doctorate
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00
Institute for Social Studies

Maja Zadel, PhD

Assistant with Doctorate
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00

RESEARCH PROGRAMMES

Areas of Cultural Contact in Integration Processes (P6-0279)

The study of concomitant processes of social and spatial convergence and divergence is becoming the key factor for the comprehension of possibilities of horizontal as well as vertical integration in Europe, as well as limiting and accelerating factors and elements of the newly established European paradigm “unity in diversity”. The research program aims at the study of complex problems identified by means of a combined and coordinated approach implemented by internationally renowned domestic researchers of political geography, linguistics, social sciences, and humanities. Special emphasis is laid on the area of contact of major European cultural and language domains; i.e., the Romance, Slavonic and Germanic domains, that only interact and coexist in Slovenia. Based on the example of Slovenia and its contact areas, a new integration model is being developed, examining comparative development possibilities for horizontal and vertical integration processes in the future united Europe. Within a wider, political-geographical, framework, the research program concentrates on the typology of border areas, the degree of the functional and socio-cultural integration of the border population, forms of institutionalised cross-border integration, and the degree of harmony between social and spatial planning in the case of upper Mediterranean areas – from the three-border area of Austria, Italy and Slovenia, to the Istrian three-border area of Slovenia, Italy and Croatia. Further aims are the study of elements and factors that limit or promote cross-border communication and integration, the position and role of local communities and minorities for intercultural and functional social integration, and the effects of the implementation and dissolution of borders on society and its space after Slovene entry into the EU. Moreover, comparative studies of processes and problems of border and contact areas at the Slovene and wider European levels are studied, particularly in relation to the western European practice of institutional integration, central European functional cross-border integration, and open issues in connection with contact areas of potential conflict in southeastern Europe. In addition, problems of spatial deconcentration and decentralization as well as sustainable spatial development that contribute to the development of a more appropriate spatial organization and spatial policies at the national and transnational levels are studied. Social and linguistic case studies focus on problems of language practice, identity, education, and intercultural communication as a factor for the comprehension of the social and cultural extension of language contacts and intercultural connections. Furthermore, potentials for intercultural empathy as a means for the prevention of nationalism, tensions and incomprehension between ethnic groups are researched. The program also aims at deepening the socio-linguistic, pedagogical and didactic aspects of language practices and policies, the question of the complexity of languages exposed to everyday contacts with the neighbouring environment, and problems of language interference in areas of cultural contact. This provides a framework for the research of dialectological aspects in the area of Romance-Slavonic contact in relation to new language and communication practices, educational models in areas of cultural contact, the integrational role of schools, socio-psychological aspects of monolingual and bilingual language practices, and attitudes toward and the appreciation of various languages and cultures in contact areas. A general aim of the research program is the development of Slovenia and Slovene areas of social and cultural contact into a model of European integration, preserving the identities of national environments and developing internationally comparative and interrelated research programs.

 

Code number ARRS P6-0279

Period: 1. 1. 2014–31. 12. 2019

Project leaderPhD Milan Bufon, Principal Research Fellow

Head of the project: Science and Research Centre Koper

Institute of ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS

Substantive Representation of Youth in Representative Bodies (J5-8241)

Modern democracies are closely related to the principle of representation. Representatives of the people, being individuals or institutions, should reflect the will of the people and organise their activity accordingly. As we have witnessed in the last few years, modern representative democracy is facing numerous challenges and criticisms, all of which have some connection to the question of the quality of representation. Trust in representative institutions as well as satisfaction with the functioning of democracy are extremely low, in some countries even reaching critical levels. Under the strain of this decline of trust in political representatives and institutions of democracy, it is no surprise to hear emerging voices questioning the validity of the contemporary form of representative democracy and even the concept of representative democracy itself. Nevertheless, citizens overwhelmingly still perceive democracy as the best form of government, which indicates the need to improve the current form and make it more responsive to the needs of citizens. Hence, the focus of contemporary debates should be centred around the quality of the current form of political representation, along with considerations of its vulnerability. This is in line with the evidence of misrepresentation of the citizenry in parliaments. The population most affected by this problem and also most hostile to this image of democracy is youth – a population with less than 2 per cent of representatives in national parliaments. The main challenge therefore entails the question of how members of parliament (MPs) understand and perceive their representational roles and, conversely, how citizens perceive MPs’ roles and behaviour. This project shall address two dimensions of representation; the style and focus of observed political representatives, which both have an impact on the characteristics and quality of representation as observed by citizens, primarily youth. Yet it seems more appropriate to talk about role-switching for representatives since they are not necessarily loyal to merely one style and focus of representation but self-perceive their roles as variable. In that sense, the issue of the determinants of those role-takings is crucially important. This research project aims to address the key issues of political representation and the problem of the transmission of citizens’ preferences to MPs and the question of the constraints citizens’ preferences may impose on MPs and their behaviour. We believe it is vital to identify the characteristics of representational roles (in terms of the style and focus of representation) and their determinants in order to combat the crisis of political representation. This may be achieved by implementing the first systematic and in-depth, face-to-face survey conducted among deputies of the National Assembly. Such research will be the first focused and all-embracing step in tackling the crisis of representative democracy in Slovenia. By performing an analysis of available secondary data, we initially aim to detect the main patterns of distrust across time as well as identify parts of the electorate that reveal the lowest trust in the parliament and satisfaction with democracy. This will serve as the basis for public opinion research conducted on the population of youth aged between 15 and 30 that will be proceeded by in-depth interviews with young individuals in order to gain a comprehensive insight into their standpoints and values. This study aims to provide a set of recommendations to address the identified shortcomings: a) a set of institutional changes (structure); and b) a set of recommendations targeting behavioural changes (agency) and ways to induce them.

 

Code number ARRS: J5-8241

Period: 1. 5. 2017–30. 4. 2020

Project leader: PhD Deželan Tomaž

Head of the project: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences

Institute of ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

Slovenian Neighbouring Countries as the Content of the Curriculum of Primary and Secondary Schools in Slovenia (V5-1709)

The aim of the research project “Slovenian Neighbouring Countries as the Content of the Curriculum of Primary and Secondary Schools in Slovenia” is to present an analytical overview of how Slovene minority language communities settled along the Italian, Croatian and Hungarian neighbouring border areas are treated and presented through the prism of content defined by curricula in primary and secondary schools with respectively Slovene, Italian and Hungarian language. The findings of the research will introduce curricular renovation and implementation of changes in those primary and secondary schools curricula. In addition to the editing of the final proposal of curricular changes, the survey data of a sample made up both by school and the out-of-school population will analyse the knowledge about the Slovenian minority community and the views on the common Slovenian cultural space. Partners in the project (ZRS Koper, INV in Ljubljana and SLORI in Trieste) will collaborate in the implementation procedures further with the Office for Slovenians Abroad, the National Education Institute, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, and cultural societies and organisations in the Slovenian minority environment.

 

Code number ARRS: V5-1709

Period: 1. 4. 2018–30. 9. 2019

Project leaderPhD Milan Bufon, Principal Research Fellow

Head of the project: Science and Research Centre Koper

Institute of ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

FINISHED RESEARCH PROJECTS

Identification, Classification and Potential Development of Social Tourism Products in Slovenia, Oriented Towards Senior Programmes (V5-1512)

The main objective of the project Identification, classification and potential development of social tourism products in Slovenia, was oriented towards senior programmes is to promote the increase of the competitiveness of Slovenian tourism in the field of the social tourism product development. Social tourism is also consistent with the principles of sustainable tourism development and brings numerous economic and social benefits for individuals and society as a whole. Since the potentials of social tourism in Slovenia are not sufficiently exploited, the aims of the project were (1) to analyse the situation in the field of social tourism in Slovenia, and (2) to analyse the developmental needs and potentials required in the field of social tourism product development in Slovenia, (3) to formulate proposals for systemic measures of sector policies, which will serve as a base for the development of competitive social tourism products and services in Slovenia, (4) to develop a prototype portal supporting the development and promotion of social tourism, and finally (5) to inform and disseminate the project results. The work methods that will be used in the project are, in addition to the analysis of literature, research and strategic documents, also a) semi-structured interviews with key representatives of social tourism in Slovenia – a qualitative research method, and b) an online survey distributed among the representatives of the tourist economy – a quantitative research method.

 

Code number ARRS: V5-1512

Period: 1. 10. 2015–30. 9. 2017

Project leader: PhD Emil Juvan

Head of the project: Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica, University of Primorska

Institute of ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

Slovenians Socializing Between the Physical Space and Cyberspace (Z5-4059)

The proposed study will be the first on Slovene and international levels to comprehensively analyse the influences of Internet services on the socialisation of individuals both in physical and cyberspace. The key idea of the project is based on the premise that – compared to previous social forms – the specificity of contemporary relations and processes lies in the interlacement and interdependence of physical space and cyberspace. This is precisely the point that marks the originality of the proposed project, as in this study the relations and processes taking place in cyberspace and those occurring in physical space will be treated equally, whereas research practice to date has in most cases drawn a relatively sharp distinction between social dynamics occurring in physical space and its cyberspace counterpart, interpreting the former as real and the latter as imaginary or unreal. A type of such dynamics is the socialisation defined by the physical closeness of individuals, which in the circumstances of today’s society, characterised by the intertwining of physical and cyberspace or territorially independent activity of the agents, is no longer essential. In this sense the key objective of the project will be an analysis of the relationship between social activities of individuals in physical and cyberspace and consequently the establishment of basic characteristics of socialisation between individuals in contemporary society. At the same time, the study will test whether the use of World Wide Web services has a positive or negative influence on the social activities of the users in physical space. The socialisation of individuals will thus be set theory- and concept-wise in the paradigm of today’s society, which is increasingly passing from a territory- to network-based organisation. The contribution of the project proposed is also manifest and important from methodological and epistemological points of view, since it will adjust and improve the existing quantitative measuring instruments that gauge the “old” forms of social activities to suit the conditions governing contemporary society. In its further development of the basic topic, the study will also contribute to the understanding of the operation of today’s society, particularly in terms of interpersonal communication and networking between agents.

With the project proposed being a basic research study, we can principally expect it to enable the implementation of scientific findings in social development planning. Seeing that Internet services will be one of the subjects of intensive research, it should be pointed out that the results will to some extent also benefit the developers of such applications intended for communication between users. In this context the purpose of the study is particularly relevant from the point of view of integrating social aspects into the field of information science.

 

Code number ARRS: Z5-4059

Period:  1. 7. 2011–30. 12. 2013

Project leaderPhD Blaž Lenarčič, Research Fellow

Head of the project: Science and Research Centre, University of Primorska

Institute of ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

Multicultural European Regions between Social and Spatial Convergence and Divergence (J6-3605)

The study of concurrent processes of social and spatial convergence and divergence was one of the key factor in understanding the possibility of not only horizontal, but also vertical integration in Europe, and thereby of the hindering and promoting elements and factors of the new European paradigm “unity in diversity.” The research project was focused on a comparative coverage of European border and multicultural regions, where the processes of social and spatial convergence and divergence were most pronounced, enabling the development of potential conflict and co-existential social relations, as well as “open” and “closed” spatial policies. In this sense, the aim of the project was to develop a new integration model through understanding and directing the prospects of development in multicultural and border regions, a model that would check – based on the example of Slovenia and its contact areas – the comparative development possibilities for horizontal and vertical integration processes in the future united Europe.

Within a wider political-geographic framework and based on a special methodology, developed by the project leader, the research examined in detail the typology of border areas, the degree of functional and sociocultural integration among the border population, the forms of institutional cross-border cooperation, and the degree of consistency between social and spatial planning on the example of Slovene and other analogous European multicultural areas. The project examined the elements and factors promoting or hindering cross-border communication and integration, and within this frame also the position and role of local communities and minorities in intercultural and functional social cooperation. In addition, the project dealt with the impacts of establishment and elimination of border barriers on society and space in the period following Slovenia’s entering into the European Union and the Schengen area, while also conducting comparative studies of processes and problems of border and contact areas on Slovene and broader European levels, especially in relation to the western European practice of institutional integration, central European functional cross-border cooperation and the still unsolved problems of contact areas of potential conflict in south-eastern Europe. Further on, problems concerning spatial deconcentration and decentralisation as well as sustainable spatial development were examined. This contributed to the development of a more efficient organisation of space for the purposes of cross-border planning and more adequate spatial policies on national and transnational levels, taking into consideration the problems of spatial organisation in implementing European cross-border cooperation programmes. Subsequently, probe studies examined the problems of migration, identity and intercultural communication as factors in understanding social and cultural dimensions in multicultural and border regions, and finally, the potential of intercultural connections and social integration.

 

Code number ARRS: J6-3605

Period: 1. 5. 2010–30. 4. 2013

Project leaderPhD Milan Bufon, Principal Research Fellow

Head of the project: Science and Research Centre, University of Primorska

Institute of ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

ONGOING INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

Keep me safe

Keep me safe: supporting youth peer development tackling sexual abuse

Erasmus+ Youth

National Agency of the project holder: UK British Council, in partnership with Ecorys

Partner organisations:

Project start: 01. 04. 2019

Project holder: RINOVA LIMITED

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Blaž Lenarčič, PhD, Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

MiCREATE – Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe

MiCREATE – Migrant Children and Communities in a Transforming Europe

European Commission: HORIZON 2020. SC6-CHANGING WORLD. Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies.

Grant Agreement number: 822664

The overall objective of the project is to stimulate the inclusion of diverse groups of migrant children by adopting a child-centred approach to their integration at the educational and policy level. Stemming from the need to revisit the integration policies on the one hand and consistent with the specific focus of the call on the other hand, the research project aims at comprehensive examination of contemporary integration processes of migrant children in order to empower them. The project starts from the fact that European countries and their education systems encounter manifold challenges due to growing ethnic, cultural, linguistic diversity and thereby aims at:

1) Identifying existing measures for the integration of migrant children at the regional and local level through secondary data analysis;
2) Analysis of the social impacts of these integration programmes through case studies in ten countries applying qualitative and quantitative child-centred research;
3) Development of integration measures and identification of social investment particularly in educational policies and school systems that aim to empower children.

The project is problem-driven and exploratory at the same time. Its exploratory part mainly concerns a child-centred approach to understanding integration challenges, migrants’ needs and their well-being. However, the findings of the open-ended exploratory research will be used in an explicitly problem-driven way – with an aim to stimulate migrant inclusion, to empower migrant children and build their skills already within the (participatory) research. This will be done through the activities of the Integration Lab and Policy Lab, where children’s voices, fieldwork and desk research findings will be translated into practices and measures for educational professionals and practitioners as well as into a child-centred migrant integration policy framework to stimulate social inclusion and successful management of cultural diversity.

Partner organisations:

Project duration: 1. 1. 2019 – 31. 12. 2021

Project holder: ZRS Koper, Slovenia

Project leader at ZRS KoperMateja Sedmak, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

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BASE - Migrant and refugee child-friendly support services in cases of sexual-based violence

BASE – Migrant and refugee child-friendly support services in cases of sexual-based violence

Programme: European Commission: “Rights, Equality & Citizenship” (RDAP-GBV-AG-2017)

Project start: 1. 1. 2019

Project holder: Hope for Children, CRC Policy Center, Cyprus

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Blaž Lenarčič, PhD, Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS Koper: Institute for Social Studies

 

Migrant and refugee child-friendly support services in cases of sexual and gender-based violence (BASE) addresses the need to counteract gender-based-violence (GBV) against refugee/migrant girls through the development and sustainability of strategies to nurture inclusive communication and a culture of trust between support service professionals, victims, families and communities, thus preventing victim re-traumatization and encouraging reporting of GBV. The project contributes to the development and sustainability of inclusive support services in cases of GBV against girls by Empowering migrant/refugee women as cultural advisors; builds the capacity of professionals to communicate and address their needs and their families’; supports & promotes intersectional cooperation; raises awareness on the problem, its consequences and on the provision of support

Partner organisations:

  • Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče Koper (Slovenia)
  • Hope for Children UNCR Policy Centre (Cyprus)
  • ABIF (Austria)
  • KMOP (Greece)
  • Rinova (United Kingdom)
  • CESIE (Italy)
  • APODA (Portugal)
  • GAF (Bulgaria)

REMix - The university as an advocate for responsible education about migration in Europe

REMix – The university as an advocate for responsible education about migration in Europe

Programme: Erasmus+

Project start: 1. 10. 2018

Project holder: Háskólinn á Akureyri, Iceland

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Barbara Gornik, PhD, Assistant with Doctorate

Participating institute ZRS Koper: Institute for Social Studies

 

REMix focuses on the social, educational and intellectual role of the European university as an agent advocating for inclusion, equality and social justice in matters relating to migration. The engagement of universities in public contemporary debates plays an important role in shaping student‘s understanding of societal matters and democratic and civic engagement. The main objectives of the project are:

  1. To strengthen the role played by the university in advocating for constructive, responsible and inclusive education about migration in Europe.
  2. To facilitate and improve the possibilities for immigrants and refugees to have access to higher education.
  3. To encourage European universities to provide a rational vehicle for contributions to the knowledge and the informed debate around migration.

The project addresses the specific need to engage university students in reflection on the important societal issues of migration and inclusion. It proposes to create an innovative interactive course for university students in several European universities; the format of the course allows students at the transnational level to interact and work with each other and stimulate cross-cultural discussions and experiences. Project targets and involves three groups of individuals within the project: (1) students and future researchers and practitioners who get to develop cross-cultural skills and a sensitivity to diversity by taking the course; (2) migrants in European countries who will profit from the exchange of ideas about best practices to welcome them at the university and (3) university teachers learning to collaborate across Europe in order to develop a common course on migration.

Partner organisations:

  • Háskólinn á Akureyri (Iceland)
  • Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče Koper (Slovenia)
  • Aristotelio Panepistimio Thessalonikis (Greece)
  • Universidade da Madeira (Portugal)
  • ARMES progetti (Italy)
  • Università degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)

INTEGRA - Cross-border network for migrant women: social integration, sexual and reproductive health

Cross-border network for migrant women: social integration, sexual and reproductive health

Programme: Interreg V-A Italija-Slovenija 2014-2020

Project start: 14. 2. 2018

Project holder: Dipartimento di Scienze Politiche e Sociali, Italy

Project leader at ZRS Koper: Mateja Sedmak, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS Koper: Institute for Social Studies

Due to the proximity of the “Balkan Paths” the research area (FVG & Slovenian Coastal area and Inner Carniola) faces the growth in the number of immigrants from the Middle East and Africa. The presence of women from very different cultures brings new challenges related to integration at all institutional levels. The project addresses the less research topic of protecting the sexual and reproductive health of migrant women coming from cultures with strong patriarchal patterns. Firstly, the assessment of the phenomenon will be done by using interdisciplinary approach (medicine, anthropology, sociology, demography etc.). This will be followed by the development of guidelines for health and social workers. In addition, training for social and health professionals is foreseen to address the problems of intercultural communication and, in particular, medical training of health professionals on the treatment of migrants, even in difficult cases such as female genital mutilation. The project will be carried out in the cross-border area for two reasons: migration is a phenomenon affecting the border areas and another reason being the exchange of good practices and the formulation of common guidelines. Italian healthcare institutions have many experiences with the care of immigrants from countries of Asia and Africa, while such patients in Slovenia are a new phenomenon, as Slovenian health structures have so far faced problems mostly with the sexual and reproductive health of women, especially from the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

Partner organisations:

  • Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče Koper (Slovenia)
  • Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Trieste (Italy)

FINISHED INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECTS

JudEx+: Towards a justice suitable for children in cases of sexual violence against children

JudEx+: Towards a justice suitable for children in cases of sexual violence against children

Program: EC – “Rights, Equality & Citizenship” (JUST/2014/RCHI/AG/PROF/7036)

Period: 1. 10. 2015 – 30. 9. 2017

Head of the project: Hope for Children, UNCRC Policy Center, Cyprus

Head of the project at ZRS Koper: PhD Mateja Sedmak, Principal Research Fellow

Institute of ZRS Koper: Institute for Social Studies

JudEx+ was a project focused on supporting a positive judicial experience for children victims of sexual violence. The project aimed to improve the child’s experience when entering the judicial system in cases of sexual violence against children by improving the skills of professionals involved in representing children in judicial proceedings through trainings which take into consideration children’s rights, their developmental needs, and social background in countries where the Lanzarote Convention has been ratified.

Partner organisations:

  • Univerza na Primorskem, Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče (Slovenia)
  • Hope for Children UNCR Policy Centre (Cyprus)
  • Frederick University (Cyprus)
  • RINOVA (UK)
  • CESIE (Italy)
  • Know and Can (Bulgaria)
  • Folkuniversitetet (Sweden)

MinAs - In Whose Best Interest? Exploring Unaccompanied Minor's Rights Through the Lens of Migration and Asylum Procedures

MinAs – In Whose Best Interest? Exploring Unaccompanied Minor’s Rights Through the Lens of Migration and Asylum Procedures

Programme: European Commission: (DG HOME/2013/CFP/PPUAM Unacompanied Minors)

Duration: 15. 6. 2014 – 15. 12. 2015

Project holder: University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre

Project leaderMateja Sedmak, PhD, Principal Research Fellow

Participating institute ZRS KoperInstitute for Social Studies

 

The project »In whose best interests? Exploring unaccompanied minors’ rights through the lens of migration and asylum processes (MinAs)« was a research project carried out in four European Countries (Slovenia, Austria, France and United Kingdom) in the period from June 2014 to December 2015. The project was financed by European Commission and its main aim was to locate and suggest better solution regarding procedures and protection measures of unaccompanied minors (UAM).

The project examined UAM’s reception, protection, asylum and return procedures and focuses on: 1) The concept of best interest of the child (BIC) and 2) The formal processes of best interest determination (BID).

Partner organisations:

OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS

Intercultural connecting on the wings of stories

Intercultural connecting on the wings of stories

The aim of the project was to encourage cooperation between different cultures through fairy tales as the bearers of cultural identity and thus mean of intercultural dialogue.

The project aimed to contribute to intercultural connecting, reducing prejudices and stereotypes, developing intercultural competences and mutual respect and understanding while raising awareness on the meaning and benefits of intercultural dialogue and coexistence amongst preschool and school children. In the scope of the project we prepared workshops and presentations at elementary school, secondary schools and kindergartens, booklet of folk stories, and ensured media coverage on the subject.

Commissioned by: Ministry of the Interior

Period: 6. 1. 2015 – 30. 6. 2015

Head of the project at ZRS Koper: PhD Mateja Sedmak, Principal Research Fellow

Head of the project: Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče, Univerza na Primorskem

Institute of ZRS Koper: Institute for Social Studies

SOS - STRESS, ABSENCE, DISTRESS: Establishing and Protecting a Healthy Work Environment as the Key to Company Success

SOS – STRESS, ABSENCE, DISTRESS: Establishing and Protecting a Healthy Work Environment as the Key to Company Success

The ” SOS ” project came from the actual needs of companies and non-metallic and timber industry concerning the problem of stress, burn, absenteeism, reduced productivity (presentism), fluctuation and the reconciliation of work and family life.

The aim of this study was to identify key factors and the effects of stress and burnout in the workplace in Slovenian micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. Findings of the research were followed by recommendations for reducing stress at work and strengthening level of awareness of the importance of health and healthy working environment among employees, employers and policy makers.

The overall objective of the project was to conduct a comprehensive analysis of all the above factors in order to prepare expert guidelines, strategies and approaches to effective integrated prevention and resolution of issues in the respective fields and, consequently, to more effective protection of health, work environment and overall work process.

 

Programme: Javni razpis za sofinanciranje projektov socialnih partnerjev na področju izboljšanja delovnega okolja

Period: 1. 3. 2010–30. 9. 2012

Head of the project: Znanstveno-raziskovalno središče, Univerza na Primorskem

Institute of ZRS Koper: Institute for Social Studies