The Institute has been officially founded as a private non-governmental organization on March 1, 2006 and was registered in the National Court Register on May 29, 2006. The founders were Blaž Križnik, Marko Peterlin, Peter Šenk and Tadej Žaucer. IPoP functions as a non-profit organization. Since February 2008 the Institute has also been registered as a research organization at the Slovenian Research Agency.

IPoP includes employees and coworkers, founders, Institute board and Advisory board. The Institute board is an umbrella body that decides on the institute’s policy and monitors its development. The advisory board is a body of experts that also awards research titles.

Staff

Aidan Cerar, PhD, project manager
sociologist

Aidan is a sociologist trained at the University of Ljubljana and Leuphana University of Lüneburg. At IPoP he has mainly been involved in projects dealing with urban regeneration, civic participation, and community involvement in planning and mobility. He regularly gives lectures at Slovenian and foreign universities and regularly speaks at national and international conferences. He is an author of several articles dealing with urban development. During the drafting of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan for the City of Ljubljana, Aidan led the participation process. He is also a founding member of Library of Things, a social innovation service established in Ljubljana and a member of Maja Farol, a well-established group of architects. Before his position at IPoP, he had been working at the Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region.

 

Nela Halilović, junior expert
geographer

Nela Halilović is MA in geography, educated at Department for geografphy at Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana and at Department for social demography and regional planning at Charles university in Prague. As a student she was actively involved in activities and board of Slovenian student geography association and European geography association, and now she is a member of board of Ljubljana geographical association. In her local environment she was active in the field of tourism, sustainable mobility and youth politics and was granted as above average socially engaged student. After study she was employed at Municipality of Velenje, as project manager working on transnational EU projects in sustainable mobility and participative planning. She works at IPoP from 2019, mainly on topics related to sustainable mobility with focus on Campaigning for active mobility.

 

Urban Jeriha, project manager
architect

Urban has been trained as an architect at the University of Ljubljana, where he obtained Master’s degree and worked as a technical assistant. He works on sustainable urban development, sustainable mobility, and collaborative urban regeneration. He is a researcher and author of several publications on cities, mobility, and spatial development. He worked as a practicing architect, collaborated with several NGOs in Europe and took an active role in traffic policy-related local initiatives. He founded Preboj Association, where he organises cultural events and consults non-governmental organisations.

 

 

Blaž Križnik, PhD, senior researcher

architect and sociologist
Blaž is trained as an architect at the University of Ljubljana. He continued his studies at the Academy of Architecture in Rotterdam. He has finished his PhD degree in sociology of everyday life at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana. He has worked as researcher and taught at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, Kwangwoon University, Seoul Development Institute, and University of Seoul. He is assistant professor at the Graduate School of Urban Studies, Hanyang University in Seoul.

 

Petra Očkerl, project manager
sociologist and translator

Petra obtained MA in sociology – spatial and enviromental studies and BA in translation – Slovene, English, and German at the University of Ljubljana. She is the contact person for the National URBACT Point for Slovenia and a regular contributor to the URBACT Blog. She leads a project supporting the implementation of urban policy in Slovenia and is engaged with other projects in the field of sustainable spatial and urban development and urban regeneration. She is also collaborationg in studies on EU cohesion policy.

 

 

 

Jana Okoren, junior expert
translator

Jana has a BA in Translation Studies awarded by the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. In addition to translation work, she was also engaged in other activities and projects in Slovenia and Italy, mainly in the field of culture. In Rome she has worked as a Coordinator and Artistic Director of the film festival Festival delle Terre and Assistant of the multimedia archive for the NGO Centro Internazionale Crocevia. In the south of Italy, she has worked as Tour Coordinator and Production Assistant and travelled with the Canadian theatre company Caravan Stage Company. She has worked as an administrative assistant at the Embassy of Italy in Ljubljana. At IPoP, she is involved in sustainable mobility projects.

 

 

Marko Peterlin, director
architect and urban planner

Marko has been initially trained at the University of Ljubljana, later he obtained a Master’s degree from Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona. His previous work experiences include free-lance practice, work in the public administration, and academia. His work focuses on urban development policies. He also takes care of extensive collaboration with NGOs, public, and private institutions within a number of cooperation and applied research projects. He is the coordinator of a network of NGOs on urban and spatial development in Slovenia. In 2008 he led the drafting of documents for the Slovenian EU Presidency in the fields of territorial cohesion and urban development policies as an external expert. In the years 2009-2015 he was responsible for National Dissemination Point of the URBACT programme in Slovenia. He contributed to a number of studies for the European Commission.

 

Nina Plevnik, junior expert
geographer

Nina is finished her masters degree at Department of Geography, Faculty of Arts at the University of Ljubljana. In her thesis she is analysing the changes in transport as a result of city’s participation in EU funded projects. As a student she worked on mobility projects at Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia. To expand her horizons, she also did internship at Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University. Her work at IPoP includes sustainable spatial and urban development.

 

 

 

Maja Simoneti, PhD, project manager
landscape architect and spatial planner

Maja is licensed landscape architect and spatial planner, she used to work in spatial planning and landscape design for twenty years before she first joined IPoP in 2009. She is skilled in organisation and reconciliation within interdisciplinary working groups and public participation processes. Her main interests are participation, placemaking, sustainable urban development, green space planning and management and spatial literacy. She combines work in practice with research; her M. Phil. thesis was about involving users into public green space management. Currently she is a coordinator of a network of professional organizations in the field of spatial and urban development in Slovenia. She is also a former president of the Association of Landscape Architects of Slovenia, and had various roles within the Chamber for Architecture and Spatial Planning of Slovenia. She has won various prizes for her work in planning practice, in research and in publishing.

 

Institute board

  • Aidan Cerar, PhD (IPoP)
  • Urška Kranjc (LUZ d.d.)
  • Blaž Križnik, PhD (IPoP, GSUS HYU)
  • Jernej Prijon (Prima Ljubljana d.o.o.)
  • Maja Simoneti, PhD (IPoP)
  • Peter Šenk, PhD (UM FG)

Advisory board

  • Margita Jančič
  • doc. dr. Alma Zavodnik Lamovšek (UL FGG)
  • prof. dr. Elen Twrdy (UL FPP)
  • doc. dr. Matjaž Uršič (UL FDV)
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