Assist. Prof. Jani Kozina, PhD


B.Sc. in geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2008
Ph.D. in geography, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, 2013

Research fields

(1) urban and regional studies, small and medium-sized towns, polycentric spatial development, urban-rural relationships, participatory planning and governance
(2) industrial and post-industrial socio-economic development, cultural and creative industries, creative economy, social innovation, knowledge society

Other activities

Selected presentations and lectures

  • European Screen Locations in Indian Film Industries: an Emerging Tool of Connecting Two (sub)Continents? CES Virtual 27th International Conference of Europeanists, 2021
  • Portraying Europe through the lens of Indian films. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference »Borders, borderlands and bordering«, 2021
  • Forgotten values of industrial city still alive : what can the creative city learn from its industrial counterpart? International Sociological Association Research Committee 21 (RC21 Conference) »Sensing and Shaping the City«, 2021
  • Framing challenges of industrial towns in the context of youth outmigration. Regions in Recovery Global E-Festival, 2021
  • Do Small Industrial Towns Perform Worse in Socio-economic Well-being Indicators? A Case Study of Slovenia. Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, Lugano, Switzerland, 2018
  • Urban gardening in Central and Eastern Europe  from participation to inclusion. Spaces and places in transition: urban and rural transformations in Central and Eastern Europe, Conference of The International Society of Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) Working Group "Space-lore and Place-lore", Prague, 2018
  • Review of small industrial towns in Europe: towards revitalisation or reinvention? International Conference on Changing Cities III: spatial, design, landscape & socio-economic dimensions. Syros - Delos - Mykonos Islands, Greece, 2017
  • Participatory urban agriculture for sustainable urban development at the European periphery. The frontier of sustainability transitions – Cultural adaptations of sustainability policies in European peripheral regions, Catania, Italy, 2017
  • Creativity at the European periphery: spatial distribution and development implications in the Ljubljana region. 56th ERSA Congress: Cities & regions: smart, sustainable, inclusive?, Vienna, Austria, 2016
Faculty of Arts Prešeren award for students, University of Ljubljana, 2008
Award for contribution to sustainable development of society, Slovene Human Resources and Scholarship Fund, 2009
Award for contribution to sustainable development of society, Slovene Human Resources and Scholarship Fund, 2010
Special Mention of the Jury of the European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards, 2015
2nd price of the Danube Transnational Programme Video Competition, 2019
Diploma of Excellence for the Black Sea - Danubian Social & Economic Innovator, Under the aegis of the European Commission - DG MARE on the occasion of the European Maritime Day in Romania, 2019


Geography of Slovenia - national research programme (research programme • 01. january 2015 - 31. december 2021)
Places that don’t matter? Socio-economic transformation of industrial towns in Switzerland and Slovenia (temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. november 2020 - 31. october 2023)
MINERVA: MappINg Cultural HERitage: Geosciences VAlue in Higher Education (mednarodni • 01. september 2020 - 31. december 2022)
Youth in Industrial Regions – Strengthening institutional capacities to cope with the outmigration of young people from industrial towns (interreg • 01. april 2020 - 31. march 2022)
The Indian film industry as a driver of new socio­economic connections between India and Europe (mednarodni_raziskovalni • 01. march 2019 - 28. february 2022)
AgriGo4Cities - Urban agriculture for changing cities: governance models for better institutional capacities and social inclusion (interreg • 01. january 2017 - 30. june 2019)
Trans-making – Art / culture / economy to democratize society. Research in placemaking for alternative narratives (mednarodni_raziskovalni • 01. january 2017 - 31. december 2020)
Bright Future (raziskovalni • 01. march 2017 - 01. march 2020)
OTREMED (aplikativni • 01. september 2010 - 31. august 2013)
SY_CULTour (aplikativni • 01. march 2011 - 01. march 2014)
TRADOMO (trzni_projekt • 14. january 2013 - 30. september 2013)
WIKIAlps (aplikativni • 01. october 2013 - 31. december 2014)
RURBANCE (aplikativni • 01. july 2013 - 30. june 2015)
Policentrično omrežje središč in dostopnost prebivalstva do storitev splošnega in splošnega gospodarskega pomena (aplikativni_raziskovalni • 07. september 2015 - 24. march 2016)
Cultural landscapes caught between public good, private interests and politics (temeljni_raziskovalni • 01. october 2014 - 30. september 2017)