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Dr. Janja Vuga Beršnak, Associate Professor

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  • Dr. Janja Vuga Beršnak, Associate Professor
    Phone: +386 1 58 05 323
    Email: is.jl-inu.vdf@aguv.ajnaj
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    Office hourse are on Tuesday between 11:00 and 12:00, via Zoom:
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    Undergraduate courses
    Crisis Management and Contemporary Security
    Defense and Security System
    Sociology and Political Science of the Military

    Graduate courses
    Master Thesis
    International Operations and Missions
    Research Seminar
    Security Sector and Society
    Expert sphere:
    Military sociology;
    Methods in military research (sociological, psychological, anthropological approach);
    Impact of military factors on children in military families;
    Military families;
    Peace operations;
    Public opinion and security issues;
    Crisis management.

  • Dr. Janja Vuga Beršnak, PhD, is an associate professor and a senior research fellow at the University of Ljubljana. She spent few months as a guest research fellow at the University of Klagenfurt, focusing on the psychological approach in observing military families and applicability of various measurements. Between 2015 and 2018 she has been the Minister for Deefence’s advisor, also in charge of one of the strategic governmental projects. Her main field of research is the military sociology (e.g. work-life balance, cross-cultural relations at peace operations, gender mainstreaming, children in the military families, public opinion).

    Currently she is leading the scientific research project Military specific risk and protective factors for military family health outcomes ( 

    She is co-author of two books and has published her research findings in international and national journals (e.g. Armed Forces and Society, International Peacekeeping, Current Sociology) and in monographs published by various publishers (e.g. NOMOS, Routledge).

    She has been researching peace operations by participating in various research studies (e.g. Providing for Peacekeeping led by International Peace Institute, Griffith University and the George Washington University; Social analysis of Slovenian Armed Forces in international operations and missions and The role of the state in deploying the civilian specialists to international operations and missions both led by University of Ljubljana) and carrying out research work ( e.g. Strategic culture, stress and work life balance among the special forces engaged in asymmetric environment). Furthermore she has been researching military life and families in general (e.g. Managing human resources in Slovenian Armed Forces and Effects of deployments on children in military families). She has also been engaged in other research projects, such as Transformation of defence policies and systems and National and international security: Slovenian public opinion survey and others.

    She has been appointed Slovenian national representative in NATO research group Improving organizational effectiveness of coalition operations and is still active in NATO research group Impact of Military Life on Children from Military Families.

    Part of her research work took place in Italian University La Sapienza and Archivio Disarmo in Rome (for which she has received the EU scholarship: Short term scientific mission) and research visits in field (TChad/CAR, UNIFIL, KFOR).
  • Author or co-author of following works: 

    Safety bubble versus risk awareness : casualty aversion among the Slovenian public. Armed forces and society, ISSN 0095-327X, Apr. 2014, vol. 40, [no.] 2, str. 357-381, graf. prikazi., doi: 10.1177/0095327X12465814

    Work-family conflict between two greedy institutions : the family and the military. Current sociology, ISSN 0011-3921, Nov. 2013, vol. 61, no. 7, str. 1058-1077, ilustr., doi: 10.1177/0011392113498881.

    Military specific risk and protective factors for military family health outcomes: developing of the model. Sodobni vojaški izzivi, ISSN 2463-9575. [Spletna izd.], jun. 2020, letn. 22, št. 2, str. 37-49, graf. prikazi., doi: 10.33179/BSV.99.SVI.11.CMC.22.2.2. [COBISS.SI-ID 19919619] 

    Military families in Estonia, Slovenia and Sweden: similarities and differences. Sodobni vojaški izzivi, ISSN 2463-9575. [Spletna izd.], jun. 2020, letn. 22, št. 2, str. 69-87, tabele., doi: 10.33179/BSV.99.SVI.11.CMC.22.2.4. [COBISS.SI-ID 19944451]

    Transition to contemporary peace operations' military leaders: a comparative study of slovenian and italian armed forces. The journal of slavic military studies, ISSN 1556-3006, 2014, vol. 27, iss. 4, str. 553-573, graf. prikazi., doi: 10.1080/13518046.2014.963401.

    Civilian entities in EU missions: a comparison of the Slovenian, Italian, Belgian and Danish approaches. V: GALANTINO, Maria Grazia (ur.), FREIRE, Maria Raquel (ur.). Managing crises, making peace : towards a strategic EU vision for security and defense, (Rethinking peace and conflict studies). Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015, str. 196-215

    The influence of the primary social environment on members of the Slovenian Armed Forces. V: MOELKER, René (ur.). Military families and war in the 21st century : comparative perspectives, (Cass military studies). Abingdon; New York: Routledge, 2015, str. 227-241

    What motivates Slovenian 'peacekeepers'?. International peacekeeping, ISSN 1353-3312, Jan. 2011, vol. 18, no. 1, str. 96-109, doi: 10.1080/13533312.2011.527522.

    Cultural differences in multinational peace operations : a Slovenian perspective. International peacekeeping, ISSN 1353-3312, Aug. 2010, vol. 17, no. 4, str. 554-565, doi: 10.1080/13533312.2010.516668

    Can we call it a culture of a peace operation? : case study of Slovenian and Italian armed forces. The journal of slavic military studies, ISSN 1556-3006, 2015, vol. 28, iss. 3, str. 481-501

    What motivates the young people of the 21st century to join the military. Sodobni vojaški izzivi : znanstveno-strokovna publikacija Slovenske vojske, ISSN 2232-2825. [Tiskana izd.], nov. 2019, letn. 21, št. 4, str. 53-74. [COBISS.SI-ID 36549981]

    Slovenia: a small country's experience of an asymmetric environment. V: CAFORIO, Giuseppe (ur.). Soldiers without frontiers : the view from the ground : experiences of asymmetric warfare, (Militari e società, 2). Roma; Acireale: Bonanno, cop. 2013.

    Inside the military organization : experience of researching the Slovenian Armed Forces. V: CARREIRAS, Helena (ur.), CASTRO, Celso (ur.). Qualitative methods in military studies : research experiences and challenges, (Cass military studies). London; New York: Routledge, 2013.

    Public perceptions of casualties in peace operations : the effects of potential casualties on public support in the case of Slovenia. V: MALEŠIČ, Marjan (ur.), KÜMMEL, Gerhard (ur.), BONNEU, Mathias. Security and the military between reality and perception, (Militär und Sozialwissenschaften, Bd 46). 1st ed. Baden-Baden: Nomos

    Small TCCs and small contingents, co-deployments. V: What needs to change in UN peace operations? : an expert briefing book prepared for the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations. New York: Center on International Cooperation: International Peace Institute, 2014.

    Military transformation as perceived by experts. The journal of slavic military studies, ISSN 1556-3006, 2015, vol. 28, iss. 1, str. 23-47, graf. prikazi., doi: 10.1080/13518046.2015.998120. [COBISS.SI-ID 33256029]
    Research activities:

    Military specific risk and protective factors for military family health outcomes (2019 - 2022). 

    Sistem kriznega upravljanja in vodenja v RS. Dostopno na . 
    UN Contributor profile: the Republic of Slovenia. graf. prikazi.

    Preoblikovanje obrambnih politik v sodobnem varnostnem okolju = (Transforming defence policies in contemporary security environment) : operacionalizacija in izvedba raziskovalnega projekta : končno poročilo. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za družbene vede, 2013.

    Upravljanje človeških virov v SV : pogodbene rezerva [!], družine in konec vojaške službe : končno vsebinsko poročilo. Ljubljana: Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za družbene vede, Inštitut za družbene vede, Obramboslovni raziskovalni center: Frančiškanski družinski inštitut, 2009. 

    Vloga države pri vključevanju civilnih subjektov v mednarodne operacije na kriznih območjih : končno raziskovalno poročilo. Ljubljana: FDV, 2009.

    Raziskovalni projekt "Družboslovna analiza delovanja Slovenske vojske v misijah in v poveljstvih na mednarodnih dolžnostih" : končno poročilo : empirična raziskava v kontigentih SVNKON 15 KFOR, SVNKON 16 KFOR in SVNKON 17 KFOR, SVNKON 1 UNIFIL, SVNKON 2 UNIFIL in SVNKON 3 UNIFIL ter med pripadniki v poveljstvih na mednarodnih dolžnostih. Ljubljana: Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za družbene vede, Obramboslovni raziskovalni center, 2008.

    Personal bibliography