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Biography

I’ve spent the past decade dealing with the enhancing urban green infrastructure implementation research, strategies and projects. 

My most recent work, the PhD thesis, is the culmination of a five-year study on strategic urban governance networks interventions, and it carries out new tools and methods for steering the complexities in Nature - based solutions planning.I believe Nature-based solutions turn challenges, such as biodiversity loss, climate change, more frequent natural disasters and rapid urbanisation, into actions for sustainable and green growth.  I try to contribute to those goals every day, and motto of my work right now is “systemically co - create" , because in re - naturing cities everything is connected, so everything, and everoyne, matters.

Nature-based solutions need innovative governance and business models and frameworks, and are created beyond formal structures across disciplines and sectors.   

I do not believe that Nature-based solutions and economic growth are mutually exclusive. High reductions in initial capital expenses and on-going operational expenses and recapitalising ageing resources prove otherwise.

I absolutely believe that we can harness the power and sophistication of nature to turn environmental, social and economic challenges into innovation opportunities through Nature based solutions.

Education & Experience

2015-

Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Spatial Planning, Technical University Vienna

2011-

University Lecturer, Faculty of Civil Engineering UNIN University

2013-2015

NGO Executive, “Association of Architects and Urban Planners” 

2008-2010

Architect and Urban Planner, Brakus Architectural Studio

2002-2008

MSc.BSc. Architecture and Urban Planning, Zagreb University

Recent Research 

- 2019, Doctoral Research -

This dissertation emerges from aspiration to find practical solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation planing that modern governance faces. More specifically, it is addressed to planers, policy makers and researchers who are seeking out new ways of dealing with that problem. 

- 2019, Doctoral Study 11 -

The objective of this study is to examine recourses for ecological knowledge utilisation in urban environmental governance. This study researches the nature of the dispersal of knowledge and influence in urban governance networks, in order to quantify it within the network terms, and therefore make possible discrepancies visible and repairable. 

- 2019, Doctoral Study 1 -

Targeting or creating influential actors and enabling them to engage the networks for the wished actions could be important part of strategic network interventions for advancing UGI planning.

- 2019, Doctoral Study 111 -

This study explores the way in which the Key Player metrics can be used to evaluate the adaptive capacity of governance networks, and how these metrics can be used for strategic network interventions. More specifically, it investigates how the ability of urban governance networks for the utilisation of environmental knowledge can be estimated within the Key Player approach, using level of knowledge and heterogeneity of the Key Players Sets as indicators.