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University of Ljubljana


Department of Landscape Architecture, Biotechnical Faculty (BF KA)

Assist. Prof. Naja Marot, Ph.D.


University of Ljubljana (UL) is represented by the Department of Landscape Architecture. University of Ljubljana was founded in 1919 and currently integrates 23 faculties and 3 arts academies. In recent years, the UL has ranked in the upper 3% according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings and among the top 500 research universities in the world according to Shanghai ARWU. More than 3,500 researchers are working at the UL and according to data from the database Web of Knowledge (Thomson-Reuters) university teachers and researchers of the University of Ljubljana regularly contribute almost 50% of all internationally acclaimed scientific publications from the Republic of Slovenia. 
   The Department of Landscape Architecture is part of the Biotechnical Faculty. The Faculty is involved in approximately 191 research projects, of which 89 are national and 102 international projects. The dedicated research staff at the Department of Landscape Architecture concerns itself with a broad list of topics including landscape and spatial planning, urban design, policy analysis, regional planning, territorial cohesion and impact assessment, all relevant for the SPOT project. The most of the research work is performed in the research group called “Landscape as living environment” which is partially financed by the Slovenian Research Agency. Apart from the national project, the group has been active in the programmes of transnational co-operation (Alpine Space, Central Europe, ESPON). Within ESPON, the department co-operated in the development of the assessment model Territorial Impact Assessment (TIA) that addresses the problem of centrality in policymaking (on the EU and national levels) and the lack of impact-dependent policy evaluation. With this contribution the group is amongst the European leaders in TIA research. The Department is a member of many associations and networks including: AESOP (Association of European Schools of Planning), European Evaluation Society, IAIA (International Association of Impact Assessment), (Network of Spatial Research and Planning in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe), and ECLAS (European Conference of Landscape Architecture Schools). The department has a long established co-operation with a wide range of universities and research institutions from Central Europe, USA and former Yugoslavia.


Scientific team

Assist. Prof. Naja Marot, Ph.D., (F) academic / lecturer

Education: graduated in Geography, doctoral study in Urban and Spatial Planning, University of Ljubljana, SI

Expertise: policy analysis, regional development, Territorial Impact Assessment, participatory techniques, cross-sectoral studies, tourism, degraded areas


Manca Krošelj, (F) researcher

Education: MA in Landscape Architecture from Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana, SI

Expertise: urban design, participatory techniques, degraded areas, policy analysis


David Klepej, (M) junior researcher

Education: BA in Geodesy and Geoinformatics and MA in Spatial Planning from Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana, SI

Expertise: geodesy, geoinformatics, spatial planning, sustainable and urban development

Nina Stubičar, (F) researcher

Education: MA in Landscape Architecture from Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana, SI

Expertise: urban design, urban planning, urbanism, autonomous spaces, urban tourism

Participation in European/FP and other related projects

MESTUR – Analysis and management of spatial and social impacts of cultural tourism in the case of Ljubljana and Maribor (2019-2022); V-KULTUR – Valorisation of the cultural tourism and tourism offers in Ljubljana (2019); V5-1730 Upgrade of the methodology for designation of nationally important landscape identity areas (2018-2020); trAILs – Alpine Industrial Landscapes Transformation (Alpine Space programme, 2018-2021); Inducult 2.0 Living Industrial Culture (Central Europe programme, 2016-2019; subcontractor); Alps2050 – Common Spatial Perspectives for the Alpine Area. Towards a Common Vision (ESPON, 2017-2018; subcontractor); COST RELY – Renewable Energy and Landscape Quality (COST Action 1401, 2014-2018); INTESI – Integrated territorial strategies for services of general interest (Alpine Space programme,  2015-2018); V4-1434 Definition of landscape heterogeneity and landscape characteristics, significant for the preservation of biodiversity (2014-2015); JN 35004-1/2013 Performance Analysis of the Delivery of Spatial Development Strategy of the Republic of Slovenia (Ministry of Infrastructure, Directorate of Spatial Planning; 2013-2014); ESPON EATIA – ESPON territorial impact assessment (programme ESPON, 2010-2012)

Main tasks and interest in this project

  • Project partner, participation in WP1, WP2 and WP3

  • In charge of the Slovene case study

  • Participation in development of the new interpretative tool (WP3) and contributing to WP1 and WP2

  • Contributions to dissemination (WP4)

  • Hosting of minimum one workshop

Case Study 14: Ljubljana City (Slovenia). Urban architecture, museums and galleries, gastronomy, festivals, capital city, urban tourism

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