Dr. Matjaž Uršič, Associate Professor

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  • Dr. Matjaž Uršič, Associate Professor
    Contact:
    Phone: +386 1 58 05 349
    Email: is.jl-inu.vdf@cisru.zajtam
    Office Hours:
    Wednesday: 13:00 - 15:00
    Room:
    A 207
    Courses:

    Undergraduate courses
    Ecology of Everyday Life

    Graduate courses
    Sociology of Architecture
    Sociology of urban planning
    Sociology of sustainable development
    Expert sphere:


    Urban sociology
    East Asian urban development
    Cultural and creative urban regeneration
    Smart cities
    Cultural geography
    Cultural consumption
    Revitalization of cities
    Spatial planning
    Sociology of migration

    Major research projects:

      • ONGOING (2017-2020): Urban Education Live (UEL) - Innovative Urban Education in Live Settings – Local presence and mapping technology as tools for urban capacity building and innovation - A model for collaboration between universities and communities. Cofund Smart Urban Futures - ENSUF, JPI Urban Europe, ERA-NET, Horizon 2020 (H2020).
      • ONGOING (2017- 2020): GETM3 - Global Entrepreneurial Talent Management 3. MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE). Funded by: H2020-EU.1.3.3. - Stimulating innovation by means of cross-fertilisation of knowledge.
      • (2014-2016): Analysing the implementation of eco-city paradigm in Northeast Asia and Europe - A comparative study of cases from Korea, Slovenia, China and Sweden. NRF Joint Research Program. Soongsil University (Seoul, South Korea), University of Ljubljana (Ljubljana, Slovenia).
      • (2013-2019): Sociological Aspects of Sustainable Socio-spatial and Human Resource Development of Slovenia in Europe. Research Program, National Research Agency - ARRS, Ljubljana.
      • (2013-2016): Eco-Silver House (EE- Highrise) – Energy Efficient Demo Multi-residential High Rise Building. 7th Framework program of EU (7FP): Demonstration of low energy new buildings.
      • (2008-2012): CIVITAS Elan - 7th Framework programme of EU (7FP): “Mobilising citizens for vital cities”. Measure leader in Civitas plus (City – Vitality – Sustainability), part of SUSTAINABLE SURFACE TRANSPORT – FP7.
      • (2011-2012): Project: “Potentials of Creative Urban regeneration”. Funded by the European Union, EU - European Regional Development Fund, Central Europe, Project Creative Cities, RRA-LUR, IPOP, Ljubljana.
      • (2011): Utilization Concepts Draft of Rog Centre for Contemporary Arts – Analysis of Focus Groups. Findings and Recommendations. Project SECOND CHANCE, European Regional Development Fund within the Central Europe programme, Central Europe, City of Ljubljana – Department for Culture Ljubljana, June 2011.  
      • (2010): Project: “Quality of Life in Ljubljana”. Funded by the City Municipality of Ljubljana. University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Spatial Sociology.
      • (2009- 2012): SOSTENUTO - Thinking culture as a factor of economic and social innovation, (ERDF) European Regional Development Fund. Forming of the Cultural Quarter Tabor – Analysis of Focus Groups. Project. Ljubljana: Zavod Bunker, 2010
      • (2004- 2008): Dehierarchisation of the spatial system of the Republic of Slovenia: from a centrality of localities to a network of localities. Centre for Spatial Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.
      • (2006 – 2007): Managing Diversity in the Centre of Ljubljana: Services, Products, Information, People, Urban Locales. Ljubljana: City Municipality of Ljubljana (MOL).
      • (2001 – 2007): Measures to Improve the Quality of Life in Cities and other Settlements – Research project Competitive position of Slovenia 2001 – 2006. Ljubljana, Urbanistic Institute of Slovenia.
      • (2007) INTERREG III B CADSES: Project R.A.V.E Space : project final report : raising awareness of values of space through the process of education. Ljubljana, LUZ, The Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning of Slovenia, (2007).
      • (2005): Values of Space and Place. Ljubljana, Centre for Spatial Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.
      • (2005) Preparation of scenarios of regional development – analyses of longitudinal projections of movement of inhabitants and employed. Ljubljana, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Spatial Sociology.




  • Matjaz Ursic, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Associate at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences. He is a member of the Centre for Spatial Sociology. His research interests focus on the processes of socio-cultural transformation of cities and contemporary urban phenomena in the circumstances of globalisation. Important research interests also include society development, cultural geography, analysis of (sub)cultures, urban migration and spatial systems with particular reference to transformations due to processes of suburbanisation, deurbanisation and reurbanisation. He teaches “Revitalisation of Cities”, “Locality, suburbanisation and socio-cultural transformations” and “Sociology of Architecture” “Environmental Sociology”, “Sociology of Sustainable Development” at the Faculty of Social Sciences and “Urban sociology” at the Faculty of Architecture, Biotechnical Faculty, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana and Faculty of Design, University of Primorska. Working experience include research and lecturing on various international institutes and universities (Tokyo Metropolitan University, University of Seoul, Kwangwoon University, Soongsil University, National Cheng Kung University Taiwan). He is recipient of research grants from The Japan Foundation (2009), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2014), The Korea Foundation (2012) and the Taiwan Fellowship (2017).

    As a researcher he participates or took part in various research-developmental projects with city municipalities and institutions that deal with revitalisation schemes and the changing role of city centres (e.g. project “Urban Education Live” - Smart Urban Futures - ENSUF, JPI Urban Europe, ERA-NET, Horizon 2020 (H2020); project GETM3 - Global Entrepreneurial Talent Management 3 part of MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE, H2020); project Analysing the implementation of eco-city paradigm in Northeast Asia and Europe - A comparative study of cases from Korea, Slovenia, China and Sweden. NRF Joint Research Program. Soongsil University/University of Ljubljana; project “SECOND CHANCE – From Industrial Use to Creative Impulse” (Program co-financed by ERDF – Central Europe); project “SOSTENUTO – Thinking Culture as a Factor of Economic and Social Innovation” (co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance. MED – Europe in the Mediterranean); project: “REurban Mobil - Mobilising Reurbanisation on Condition of Demo- graphic Change” (part of 5th EU Framework program - Supported by the European Commission); project: “Civitas Elan (City – Vitality – Sustainability)” – part of the “7th EU Framework program: “Mobilising citizens for vital cities”); project: “Development strategy for an urban-rural partnership” (ARRS, Ljubljana); project: “Eco-Silver House (EE- Highrise) – Energy Efficient Demo Multi-residential High Rise Building”, 7th Framework program of EU (7FP)), etc.

    He was also part of the expert team in the city of Celje that took part in the competition for European Capital of Culture 2012 in Slovenia. He is member of the External Advisory Board (EAB) for Personalised Travel Planning (PTP) – Cycle (Co-funded by the Intelligent Energy Europe Program of the European Union – European Commission). He is part of editorial boards in scientific journals (e.g. Urban Challenge; European Quarterly of Political Attitudes and Mentalities, Druzboslovne razprave) and is the author of a number of publications from the field of urban sociology.

    Major publications include: Creativity in Tokyo - Revitalizing a Mature City (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020); "Inadequate adaptation of creative city paradigm?" (Space & Polity - Routledge - Taylor &Francis, 2019); “Comparing urban renewal in Barcelona and Seoul: urban management in conditions of competition among global cities” (Asia Europe Journal – Springer, 2012); “The role of traditional marketplaces in the post-industrial city – A comparative analysis of influences of urban renewal in Korea and Europe” (Trinity College Dublin, Trauben Turin, 2013); “Subcultures as a Factor of Urban Regeneration – Managing Cultural Diversity in the city Center of Ljubljana” (Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, Berlin, 2009); The Problem of “Expert Interpretative Vacuum” in Media Discourses – Discourse Analysis of Texts on Ljubljana Urbanism (Frank & Timme, Berlin, 2008); Anti-urbanism as a Way of Life (University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, 2007, co-author with Marjan Hočevar); Urban Spaces of Consumption (University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, 2003); Compact and Spread City – Global Networks and Local Differences (KulturVerlag Polzer, Salzburg, 2002).

     

  • Selected publications:

     

    • 2020 URŠIČ, Matjaž, IMAI, Heide. Creativity in Tokyo : revitalizing a mature city. Singapore: Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 978-981-15-6686-8, doi: https://10.1007/978-981-15-6687-5 
    • 2019 URŠIČ, Matjaž. Inadequate adaptation of creative city paradigm? : Taiwanese cultural and creative-led urban regeneration policies through the eyes of urban development experts. Routledge - Taylor & Francis, Space & polity, ISSN 1356-2576, https://doi.org/10.1080/13562576.2019.1598257.
      2019
      KIM, Jung In, URŠIČ, Matjaž. Besieged citizenship : the social construction of inequality in Gangnam district, Seoul. Teorija in praksa (Theory and Praxis), ISSN 0040-3598, vol. 56, no. 1, pp. 74-97, 309-310.
      2018
      URŠIČ, Matjaž, JANG, Won-ho, NAHM, Kee-Bom. Creative precarity : flexibilization of working conditions and growth of precarious creative employment in Slovenia and South Korea. Annales - Series historia et sociologia, ISSN 1408-5348. 2018, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 841-852, doi: 10.19233/ASHS.2018.51.
      2018
      URŠIČ, Matjaž. Fluid spatial planning and communicative process with stakeholders – advantages and dilemmas of establishing a communicatively open process of spatial planning. Družboslovne razprave, ISSN 0352-3608. dec. 2018, vol. 34, no. 89, pp. 45-67.
    • 2017 URŠIČ, Matjaž, PAVLIN, Samo, MEDVED, Primož. Occupational Development in the Field of Sustainable Urbanism– The Case of Sustainable Neighbourhoods. Theory and Praxis. ISSN 0040-3598, sep.-okt. 2017, vol. 54, n. 5, pp. 885-903. SCOPUS, MBP.
    • 2017 URŠIČ, Matjaž. Presentation of developments in the field of Slovene urban sociology. Japan Consortium for Sociological Societies newsletter, spring 2017, issue 10, pp. 10-13.
    • 2017 URSIC Matjaz. Critical reconsideration of social and cultural elements that constitute the creative ecosystem of a city : examples from Slovenia and Japan. Traditiones. ISSN 0352-0447, vol. 46, no. 1/2, pp. 149-170, doi: 10.3986/Traditio2017460203. SCOPUS, MBP.
    • 2016 URSIC Matjaz. Characteristics of spatial distribution of creative industries in Ljubljana and the Ljubljana region. Acta Geographica Slovenica. Print version: ISSN: 1581-6613, digital version: ISSN: 1581-8314. Vol. 56, No: 1, 2016. Indexed in: SCIE, SCOPUS, Web of Science. DOI: 10.3986/AGS.
    • 2016 URSIC Matjaz. Declarative or active corporate environmental responsibility? : overlaying of corporate environmental responsibility standards with socio-cultural values related to sustainable development. In: Corporate social responsibility. Rado Bohinc (ed.).Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, pp. 83-114.
    • 2016 URŠIČ, Matjaž. Online news media and local stakeholders in the urban development process : the case of renovating the Bežigrad Stadium in Ljubljana. Teorija in praksa, ISSN 0040-3598, Sep.- Okt. 2016, Vol. 53, No. 5, pp. 1191-1212. Indexed in: MBP, SCOPUS, Web of Science.
    • 2015 URSIC, Matjaz, MAKSUTI, Alem, DEŽELAN, Tomaž. The salience of local urban development in the political party arena : a longitudinal analysis of Slovenian parliamentary party programmes. In: Lex localis - Journal of Local Self Government. ISSN 1581-5374, Vol. 13, no. 3, July 2015. Maribor: Institute for Local Self-Government and Public Procurement, 2015, pp. 615-638, DOI: 10.4335/13.3.639-638(2015). Indexed in: SSCI, MBP, SCOPUS, Web of Science.
    • 2015 URSIC, Matjaz. Hidden touch of the countryside? Classes and 'urbanity' in the case of Ljubljana and Maribor (Skriti pridih podeželja?: razrednost in urbanost v primeru Ljubljane in Maribora). Teorija in praksa, ISSN 0040-3598, jan.-apr. 2015, letn. 52, št. 1/2, str. 236-252, 308-309. Indexed in: MBP, SCOPUS, Web of Science.
    • 2014 URŠIČ, Matjaž, DEKKER, Karien, FILIPOVIČ HRAST, Maša. Spatial organization and youth participation : case of the University of Ljubljana and Tokyo Metropolitan University. Annales, Series historia et sociologia, ISSN 1408-5348, 2014, Vol. 24, Issue. 3, pp. 433-450, ilustr. Indexed in: AHCI, ERIHC, MBP, SCOPUS.
    • 2014 DEŽELAN, Tomaž, MAKSUTI, Alem, URŠIČ, Matjaž. Capacity of Local Development Planning in Slovenia: Strengths and Weaknesses of Local Sustainable Development Strategies. Lex localis - Journal of Local Self-government, Vol. 12, Issue 3, July 2014. DOI: 10.4335/12.3.547-573(2014). Indexed in: SSCI, MBP, Web of Science.
    • 2014 URSIC, Matjaz. The role of traditional marketplaces in the post-industrial city – A comparative analysis of influences of urban renewal in Korea and Europe. In: Quaderni di Cultura, EUROKOREA 2013: European Perspectives of Korea. Trinity College Dublin, TCD and Trauben, Turin.
    • 2014 DEŽELAN, Tomaž, MAKSUTI, Alem, URŠIČ, Matjaž. The potentials of normative sustainability : an analysis of sustainable development strategies on global, supranational and national levels. European quarterly on political attitudes and mentalities, ISSN 2285-4916, Apr. 2014, vol. 3, iss. 2, pp. 34-49. Indexed in: EBSCO, SSOAR, ProQuest, and Index Copernicus.
    • 2013 URŠIČ, Matjaž. Preservation or degradation of local cultural assets in central Tokyo - the case of the plans to relocate the Tsukiji fish market. Innovative issues and approaches in social sciences, Jan. 2013, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 35-63. MBP.
    • 2013 PAVLIN, Samo, URŠIČ, Matjaž, HOČEVAR, Marjan. Changing the context of researchers work in academia. Annales, Series historia et sociologia, ISSN 1408-5348, 2013, vol. 23, n. 2, pp. 365-376. Indexed in: AHCI, ERIHC, MBP, SCOPUS, Web of Science.
    • 2012 URŠIČ, Matjaž, KRIŽNIK, Blaž. Comparing urban renewal in Barcelona and Seoul : urban management in conditions of competition among global cities. Asia Europe journal (Springer), 2012, vol. 10, no. 1, pp. 21-39. DOI 10.1007/s10308-012-0319-1. Indexed in: SSCI, MBP, SCOPUS.
    • 2012 URŠIČ, Matjaž. The importance of culture in urban regeneration practices. In: FISCHER, Katrin. Revitalisation through arts and culture : new developments for 5 European industrial complexes. Nürnberg: Second Chance, cop. 2012, pp. 29-37.
    • 2012 URŠIČ, Matjaž. Automobilisation and the changing of urban consumption spaces on the Slovenian coast: from “walkable city” to “city of automobile consumers”. Annales – Ser. Hist. Sociologica, vol 22, no. 1, pp. 261-276. Indexed in: AHCI, ERIHC, MBP, SCOPUS, Web of Science.
    • 2012 URŠIČ, Matjaž. Urban cultural revitalisation from the ‘top-down’ – Hidden cultural assets in the renovation of former Rog factory (Revitalização cultural urbana "de cima para baixo" - Bens culturais escondidos a reabilitação da antiga Fábrica Rog). Revista crítica de ciências sociais, ISSN 0254-1106, Dec. 2012, n. 99, pp. 141-166. Indexed in: SCOPUS, MBP, Web of Science.
    • 2012 URŠIČ, Matjaž. Cultural diversity in the transnational city : fear of globalisation and exclusive spatial demarcation of immigrants. V: BOUCHER, Gerard W. (ed.). Transnationalism in the global city, (Maior series, vol. 6). Bilbao: University of Deusto, 2012, pp. 27-43.
    • 2012 URŠIČ, Matjaž (monography co-author). Creative urban regeneration : potentials in the Ljubljana Urban Region. Ljubljana: IPoP, Institute for Policies of Space, 2012.
    • 2012 URŠIČ, Matjaž. Between declarativity and activism: public opinion and implementation of new traffic arrangement in Ljubljana, 2012, IB review, vol. 46, no. 1, pp. 71-80.
    • 2012 Urbanisation history of Slovenia in the context of Eastern and South-Eastern European Countries. European quarterly on political attitudes and mentalities, ISSN 2285-4916, Sep. 2012, vol. 1, iss. 1, pp. 38-47. EBSCO, SSOAR, ProQuest, and Index Copernicus.
    • 2011 URŠIČ, Matjaž. The diminished importance of cultural sustainability in spatial planning: the case of Slovenia. Culture and local governance, 2011, vol. 3, no. 1/2, pp. 101-116. http://137.122.31.42/ojs-2.2/index.php/clg-cgl/article/viewFile/189/172.
    • 2011 URŠIČ, Matjaž. Globalisation with local flavour? : transformation of spatial values and new localism trend in Slovenia. Sociologie Romaneasca, 2011, vol. 9, nr. 3, pp. 7-19
    • 2010 URSIC, Matjaz. “Gentryfing Art” – Using Subcultural Art Communities as a Means for a City’s Urban and Economic Revitalisation. The Journal of Art Theory and Practice, pp. 159-182, Seoul, 2010. Indexed in: ART INDEX, Web of Science.


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