THE STRATEGIC PROGRAMME OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH IN THE FIELD OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES AND ARTS 2015-2019

Excerpt for the Department of Sociology

 

5.1.10 Sociology

1. Social Stratification in Croatia: Structural and Subjective Aspects (approved Croatian Science Foundation project, UIP 3134, leader: associate professor Karin Doolan. Duration of the project: 2016-2020)

2. Practicing Democratic Citizenship at the European Semi-periphery: Approaches, Alliances, and Power Relations (this project was submitted for the Obzor 2020 call for proposal; Croatian part of the research is described) – rejected project

3. Envisioning the Future by Dealing with the Past – Exploring Dialogue as Method for Building the Peace-Region Alps-Adriatic; this project was submitted for the Obzor 2020 call for proposal; Croatian part of the research is described) – rejected project

4. Life and Survival Strategies of Households and Individuals in the Southeast European Societies in the Times of Crisis (with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation. The SCOPES programme, Joint Research Projects 152626)

5. Gender and Generational Dimensions of Socioeconomic Life on the Islands – no funding requested. Parts of this proposal were done through the project entitled "Promoting the Employability of Young People on Geographically Isolated / Remote Islands"; holder: Association Deša-Dubrovnik (Regional Centre for Community Building and Civil Society Development), funded through the European Social Fund, Human Resources Development, Investing in the Future

6. Multidimensional Effects of Precariousness on Different Social Groups in Croatia – no funding requested, project holder has retired

7. Research on Working Conditions in Civil Society Organizations in the Area of Contemporary Art and Culture, funded by the Kultura Nova Foundation, project leader: assistant professor Valerija Barada

8. Contribution of the Feminist Social Theory to Croatian Sociology – no funding requested, project holder has retired

9. The Praxes of the New: Design. Mapping of the Alumni’s Professional Practice. The Design of Visual Communication Department, the Arts Academy in Split – project client gave up on project research

10. Cultural Needs and Intergenerational Transmission of Cultural Capital of the Young people in the Adriatic coastal towns – a self-initiated project, Department of Sociology

 

An overview of activities of the PhD students and Doctors of Science (by projects):

PhD students and Doctors of Science from the Joint International Doctoral Programme in Sociology of Regional and Local Development participated in or launched the following projects:

 

Social Stratification in Croatia: Structural and Subjective Aspects (approved Croatian Science Foundation project, UIP 3134, leader: associate professor Karin Doolan)

In this project, a series of studies is conducted to determine class stratification structure, with the testing of Neo-Weberian, Neo-Marxist and Neo-Bourdieuan approaches to class interpretation. Among others, assistant professor Krešimir Krolo and assistant professor Sven Marcelić participate in this project as members of the project team. They both hold the Joint International Doctoral Programme in Sociology of Regional and Local Development PhD degree, and they both work on the quantitative research part of the project, in the area of their scientific work. As part of the project, a series of interviews were conducted. Marija Šarić, a PhD student at the Joint International Doctoral Programme in Sociology of Regional and Local Development participated in the part of the research in which narrative interviews researching working biographies of women of various age and class positions in Croatia were conducted. The analysis of the obtained data is ongoing, and the said PhD student participates in it. Together with the assistant professor Valerija Barada and senior research associate Jaka Primorac (Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb), who are also collaborating on this project, Marija Šarić applied to attend an international conference by submitting a conference abstract, and a subsequent publication of a scientific paper is expected.

 

Life and Survival Strategies of Households and Individuals in the Southeast European Societies in the Times of Crisis (with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation. The SCOPES programme, Joint Research Projects 152626. Duration of the project: 2014-2016)

Coordinator: Jörg Rössel (Soziologisches Institut, Universität Zürich), section leaders: Miran Lavrič (Univerza v Mariboru), Adnan Efendić (Ekonomski institut Sarajevo), Predrag Cvetičanin (Educons Univerzitet, Novi Sad), Inga Tomić-Koludrović (Institut društvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar, Split). Collaborator in preparing the project proposal (from the Department of Sociology, University of Zadar): senior lecturer Mirko Petrić. Collaborators from the Department of Sociology, University of Zadar: senior lecturer Mirko Petrić, assistant professor Željka Zdravković and postdoctoral researcher Ivan Puzek. Colleagues Zdravković and Puzek, both the Joint International Doctoral Programme in Sociology of Regional and Local Development PhD degree holders, worked on the Croatian part of the quantitative research, as well as on the development of research instruments in the international comparative context. The project resulted in numerous presentations at mostly international scientific conferences, and a larger number of publications is in preparation.

 

Gender and Generational Dimensions of Socioeconomic Life on the Islands – no funding requested. Parts of this proposal were done through the project entitled "Promoting the Employability of Young People on Geographically Isolated / Remote Islands"; holder: Association Deša-Dubrovnik (Regional Centre for Community Building and Civil Society Development), funded through the European Social Fund, Human Resources Development, Investing in the Future

The leader of the research part of the project was assistant professor Valerija Barada, who included assistant professor Sven Marcelić and assistant professor Željka Zdravković, both the Joint International Doctoral Programme in Sociology of Regional and Local Development PhD degree holders, in the research implementation. This research included focus groups and expert interviews, as well as an online questionnaire for the population of young people living on the Dalmatian islands. This quantitative part of the research was conducted by Željka Zdravković and Sven Marcelić. In addition, Sven Marcelić has participated in the analysis of public policies regarding the local island development. This research has yielded two professional reports, and two joint presentations, one at a national conference, and another at an international conference.

 

Research on Working Conditions in Civil Society Organizations in the Area of Contemporary Art and Culture, funded by the Kultura Nova Foundation, project leader: assistant professor Valerija Barada

In cooperation with the senior research associate Jaka Primorac (Institute for Development and International Relations in Zagreb) and senior lecturer Edgar Buršić (Juraj Dobrila University of Pula), assistant professor Valerija Barada has led a research on working conditions in civil society organizations in the area of contemporary art and culture, which resulted in the book “Conquering the work space. Working Conditions at the Civil Society Organizations in the Field of Contemporary Art and Culture”. The project consisted of several cycles of surveys, and of a qualitative part in which interviews with the actors in the independent art and culture scene were conducted. Blanka Čop, a PhD student at the Joint International Doctoral Programme in Sociology of Regional and Local Development participated in conducting the interviews, creating transcripts, and in initial data analysis.

 

Cultural Needs and Intergenerational Transmission of Cultural Capital of the Young people in the Adriatic coastal towns – a self-initiated project, Department of Sociology

In cooperation with the associate professor Željka Tonković, this project was launched by the associate professor Krešimir Krolo and associate professor Sven Marcelić, both the Joint International Doctoral Programme in Sociology of Regional and Local Development PhD degree holders. The project deals with the young people’s (living in the Adriatic coastal towns) cultural needs and consumer habits. The majority of the project was realized through quantitative research (a questionnaire), with additional focus group implementation. The research team has presented at various national and international conferences, published several joint publications, and is currently preparing a publication of a scientific monograph. In addition, the members of the team have held a series of public presentations, forums appeared in the media. Owing to all these activities, they have achieved a significant public visibility of the research. The project resulted in numerous presentations at mostly international scientific conferences, and a large number of publications is in preparation.