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As Researcher and Lecturer at Institute of Urban and Spatial Planning and Research, Technical University Vienna

Research and Teaching

- 2015 - 

Research on the processes of planning and decision making in topics of sustainable land use, environmental policy, urban green infrastructure, knowledge management, resilience of critical infrastructures, stakeholder’s engagement and collaborative planning.

Recent Studies: 

  • Uncovering relations between influence, knowledge and centralities in the governance networks

  • Mobilising resources for knowledge utilisation in urban governance networks

  • Enhancing adaptiveness of governance network using Key Player Problem approach

Teaching courses:

  • Planning for sustainability and resilience in agglomerations

  • Trends in urban development

Conferences, talks and publications

- 2018 -

Integrated settlement development  

Academic study book, co-author

ISBN 978-963-429-264-7, ISBN 978-963-429-263-0

  • Academic study book on Integrated urban development approach. The book is useful for students, planners and decision makers as they are presented with tools guidelines for resilient urban renewals.

Detecting mismatches between knowledge and influence in environmental urban governance networks

A Community on Ecosystem Services 2018 Conference, Washington

  • Presenting the study about using social capital concept and social network analysis to identify the sources of environmental knowledge and influence in governance networks and use that data to intervene in the netwotks in order tu more effectively utilise the knowledge

Social network interventions for enhancing environmental knowledge utilisation in urban governance

Conference on Earth System Governance", Utrecht

  • The method presented has potential to identify “hidden leaders” or most influential actors who can contribute for effective management of ecosystem services and help design appropriate governance network. Environmental knowledge utilisation can be managed, that is, influencers can be targeted and directed by network intervention strategies. Proposed method can be used to maximise the diffusion of desirable knowledge with respect to urban green infrastructure implementation.

Innovative governance for strategic UGI planning: The role of the stakeholders’ networks analysis, conference paper

Vienna Young Scientists Conference, Vienna

  • The overview on the ways that social network phenomena can be exploited to maximise the effectiveness of urban green infrastructure implementation. 

Linking stakeholders’ network structure and application of UGI planning principles


Conference EMAN, Liege

  • Presenting a distinct method for linking stakeholders’ network structures and effective outputs of UGI implementation. Using existing SNAs of different governance arrangements, structural position of non-state actors is related to diverse UGI implementation outputs.  Results show how the different structural position of non-state actors influences the successfulness of UGI implementation, evaluated by the application of UGI planning principles. The paper argues for incorporating social network structure analysis in developing effective policies for UGI implementation processes. The work presented here has a implications for future studies of multi participatory governance arrangements.

- 2016 -

Urban ecosystem services provision: assessing spatially and socially conscious policies

Vienna Young Scientists Conference, Vienna

  • Discussion on systematic approach which identifies (1) Vulnerability assessment in areas under different patterns of urban growth, based on climate change impact and community character, (2) Spatial assessment, or determining the spatial recourses in different areas of urban growth i.e. mapping of pervious surfaces and transformative impervious surfaces across the different land use classes, (3) Relative values of GI benefits and GI spatial elements estimated by relevant stakeholders and users and (4) Assessing the opportunities for socially and spatially appropriate strategies and policies for GI implementation in areas under different patterns of urban growth.

- 2015 -

Spatial opportunities for incorporating green infrastructure elements in different types of urban growth

Urban green infrastructure Conference, Vienna

  • Presenting a method to explore the spatial opportunities for the GI implementation in the built urban matrix in the city of Vienna, in order to find out how GI could be implemented in built urban pattern from a spatial point of view. The proposed method can gather important spatial data for green infrastructure policies, focused on developing accessible, connective and functional green spaces. 

Research proposals

- 2017 -

X - UGI: Predictive modelling in development of available space for green infrastructure due to autonomous mobility systems  

  • Potentials and risks for establishing urban green infrastructure (UGI) are emerging and effective solutions are required to provide new space for UGI. We will develop a quantitative and spatially explicit, integrated model X-UGI, for mapping the current urban fabric and it will conduct alternative land use scenarios for next decades, by modelling change of built up land to open green space and evaluate resulting effects. Therefore land use change conversion probabilities and transition rules will be established. The model considers distribution, size and connectivity of UGI elements, as green network linking the urban with the peri-urban. X-UGI will evaluate conversion alternatives and identify new UGI priority areas.v

Public Service Mobility Points (PubsMOP) 

  • The project “Public Service Mobility Points” (PUBSMOP) sets out to develop and test special mobility point services as a potentially beyond state-of-the-art, flexible, demand- & needs-responsive mobility system connected to traditional public transportation systems in versatile forms. It aims at improving accessibility and socially inclusive mobility for disadvantaged social groups and prioritized areas.


Projects 2013 - 2020

Cultivating resilience

As University Lecturer, Faculty of Civil Engineering UNIN University

Teaching regular courses & Publications

2014 - 

Urban and Spatial Planning 6 ETCS

Finishing constructions and facilities in buildings 3 ETCS

Descriptive geometry 6 ETCS

Prospects for ecosystem services provision in fragile states’ urban areas 

Technical Journal ISSN 1864-6168 UDK 62

  • In Fragile States context of climate change vulnerability, poverty and lack of infrastructure, the ability of ecosystem services to provide numerous human needs is indispensable. This paper presents a distinct approach by analysing actors with capacity to provide ecosystem services in urban areas: government, international partners and citizens. Using infrastructure investments data from Asian Development Bank, African Development Bank and World Bank, obstacles for ES provision are related to weak and fragmented governments, non-transparency and low assess to international funds and insufficient citizens involvement.  The work presented here argues for ecosystem services implementation as a valid part of solution for Fragile States’ difficulties and has a implications for future studies of governance measures for providing ecosystem services in urban areas.

- 2015 -

Building resilience through urban commons: a policy recommendations for atomic shelter management

Technical Journal ISSN 1864-6168 UDK 62

  • This paper presents set of arguments for incorporating urban commons as a way to increase resilience of the city. Vacant fallout shelters in residential neighbourhoods are suitable case study, i.e. type of public place which  could benefit from establishing commons management regime. Based on literature review on urban commons and site analysis, policy recommendations for developing urban commons on those sites are focused on needed actions from the local government and other stakeholders in “commons associations”. Assigning bundles of rights to local user groups in order to stimulate self-organising and long-term investments in active place management is a precondition for a urban common to succeed. The work presented here has implications for future studies of applicability of urban commons.

- 2012 -

Embodied Energy and Life-Cycle Energy Analysis: A Case Study of A Detached House

Papers of the Institute for Scientific Research Work in Varaždin, number 23 ISSN 0352-9509 

  • Operating energy share in total lifetime building energy is anticipated to decrease through efficiency improvements and lifestyle changes, so the significance of the embodied energy value will increase. The case study illustrates how particular design strategies make a significant impact  on building’s embodied energy and life cycle energy. The aim of this study is to compare embodied energy in different building materials and to demonstrate Life Cycle Energy Assessment on the studied house.

- 2011 -

Urban revival guidelines for the abandoned military quarters “Ivan V. Drašković”: applications of Cradle to Cradle principles

Technical Journal ISSN 1846 – 6168

  • Brownfield project comprises the exstensive redevelopment of a former military quarters into flats, offices, retail, public services, parks and gardens. Cradle to Cradle theoretical framework is used as a starting point for the planning guidelines, therefore three basic principles are assigned to be implemented: waste equals food, using of solar income and enhancing diversity. A range of ways in which current development can enable transition to a more sustainable future are proposed, e.g. material, energy and water management, landuse, traffic design, models for the ecomonic profit achievement and methods for increasing social- and bio- diversity. A number of challenges, including technological and financial barriers, in the way to adopting mentioned principles are identifited.

Urban development projects - International cooperations

- 2018 -

Integrated settlement development in EU border areas INTERREG PROJECT

UNIN & Pech University, Hungary

- 2014 -

Putting Theory into Practice: Sustainable Development Strategies for Local Governments 

UNIN & Polytechnic University Braganca, Portugal

- 2013 -

Environmental protection principles and monitoring – curriculum creation

UNIN & Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology


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As NGO Executive of “Association of Architects and Urban Planners” 

Author of Sustainable Urban Development Projects and Strategies

- 2014 -

Sustainable City Core Varaždin: The Development Strategy  for Local Government

Developing  a local policies framework for sustainable revival of the old city core

Programme for the sustainable construction of  the Visitors Centre Lepoglava

Public Architectural and Urban Concourse Visitors Centre Lepoglava

Programme for the sustainable construction of  the Technology park Varaždin 

Public Architectural and Urban Concourse Technology park Varaždin

Sustainable development of the Varaždin area North

Guidelines for sustainable development of the northern part of the Varaždin as a part of a Spatial Development Plan Varaždin

Whose City Is This? 

The creation and organisation of exhibition/public discourse on individual responsibility in shaping the living space of the city


Mapping and urban analysis of the abandoned atomic shelters and their refurbishment and reuse in accordance with sustainable design methods

Author of Public Lectures

- 2013 & 2014 -

Learning from Japan: Traditional Design in Service of a Sustainable Construction

Japanese Ambassy’s  Days of Japanese Culture

Sustainable communities: Sustainable Land Use and Profit

Cro Eco Energy Expo 2013 Conference


Sustainable Land Use and Policies 

Varaždin Days of Sustainable Energy Symposium


Sustainable communities’ urban planning principles

Croatia Green Building Counsil’s Green Building Symposium


Sustainable Communities: Mobilising Citizens And Their Governments  

Association of Croatian Civil Engineers


Sustainable Development Of The City And Wider Metropolitan Areas And Cradle To Cradle Planning Methods 

Association of Architects, Varazdin

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