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I’ve spent the past decade dealing with the urban resilience enhancing 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 also believe that we can turn environmental, social and economic challenges into innovation opportunities through implementing resilience enhancing projects.

Generally, resilience enhancing solutions need innovative governance and business models and frameworks, and are created beyond formal structures across disciplines and sectors.   

I try to contribute to these goals every day, and motto of my work right now is “systemically co - create" , because in building resilient cities everything is connected, so everything, and everoyne, matters.

Experience & Education  

2015-

Researcher, Institute of Urban and  Spatial Planning, Technical University Vienna

Urban and regional researcher with experience in analysing social networks datasets as demonstrated by the optimisation and innovation of methodologies for increasing the effectiveness of decision making and planning processes in European and USA contexts, evidenced by 6 scientific presentations on international conferences, and resulting in 3 new methods for implementing resilience enhancing projects. 

2011-2020

University Lecturer, Faculty of Civil Engineering UNIN University

Strong leadership skills and experience managing research professionals on collaborative projects, demonstrated by managing a sustainable urban development research projects, resulting in the development of 3 international collaborations and 800,000 euro in grant funding, as evidenced by 4 scientific publications and the publication of a integrative urban planning textbook.

2013-2015

NGO Executive, “Association of Architects and Urban Planners” 

High-level strategic planner with experience managing professionals on collaborative projects resulting in 3 adopted strategies for sustainable development, organisation and execution of 3 international sustainable architecture competitions, and 500,000 euro projects funding. 


Knowledge of current urban and regional sustainable development trends and experience clearly communicating complex urban development topics to diverse audiences, as evidenced by organising  4 professional symposiums and 8 public lectures and workshops for citizen groups, governments, business, and NGOs.

2008-2010

Architect and Urban Planner, Brakus Architectural Studio

Excellent teamwork and collaboration skills demonstrated by managing a multifaceted architectural and urban planning projects, resulting in the development of 16 residential, public and urban design projects.

2015-2020

PhD Urban and Spatial Planning, Technical University Vienna

Thesis title: "How can knowledge matter?  Using network perspective for enhancing environmental knowledge utilisation in adaptive governance networks"

2002-2008

MSc.BSc. Architecture and Urban Planning, Zagreb University

Knowledge of current architectural and urban planning theory and practice, and experience in innovative self-motivated student urban revival projects, as evidenced by organising numerous “rising awareness” events and tours for the city government and citizens.

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.