University of Ljubljana

Joint MA Political Science – Integration & Governance (PoSIG)

University of Ljubljana (ULJU)

University of Ljubljana (ULJU)

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI (ULJU), established in 1919, possesses a rich tradition. It ranks as a very large university with more than 54,000 graduate and postgraduate students, approximately 4,000 higher education teachers are employed at the 22 faculties, 3 arts academies and one university college. International co-operation has a very important position in the strategic development plans of the UL and its members. It includes the exchange of undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and researchers. The UL has been carrying out 177 projects within 6th Framework Program, 114 projects within 7th Framework Program, 33 projects within Lifelong Learning Program (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci etc.), 37 Tempus programs and 173 projects within other EU and international programs (COST, Daphne, EUREKA, Safer Internet Plus, ESPON, Culture 2000, Interreg, etc). The UL is committed to support continuing internationalization in the field of education as well as in the field of scientific research. Covering the field of the proposed project is the ULJU member, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS), the largest multidisciplinary high education institution in the field of social sciences in Slovenia and one of the largest in Europe. It was founded in year 1961. For five decades, the FSS has been providing educational and research output in the fields of numerous basic and applicative disciplines. Within the basic disciplines of sociology, political science, communications, journalism and cultural sciences, professors and researchers at FSS contribute to the development of political and communication sciences, international relations, European studies, defense studies, religion and numerous other disciplines. The FSS and its Institute of Social Sciences (ISS), which have together close to 300 employees, have been involved in 17 projects within the 6th EU framework program, 18 projects within the 7th EU frameworks program, 22 EU projects relating to education programs and 11 other research projects at the international level.

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Miro Haček
Project Coordinator
University of Ljubljana
Professor and Head of the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences. He runs pre-graduate courses on the Introduction to Political System, Introduction to Public Administration, Comparative Civil Servants Systems, Comparative Politics and Comparative Local Government, as well as class at the postgraduate level, namely, Political and Administrative Management. In October 2012 he was elected for the Vice-President of Central European Political Science Association (CEPSA). He also conducts a class on »Decentralised and Local Administration in Europe Compared (III)« in the international master’s programme at the University of Trento. He was a visiting lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University (January 2005, January 2007), South Dakota State University (September 2009, April 2010) and at Hughes Hall in Cambridge (July 2001). He has published over 50 scientific articles and 15 books in both Slovenian and English languages.

Igor Lukšič
University of Ljubljana
Igor Lukšič is professor of political sciences at University of Ljubljana. He has been editor of Theory and practice, review of social sciences, since 1995. His focus of research is on political culture, political system of Slovenia, political doctrines and history of political ideas.



Simona Kukovič
Quality Manager
Simona Kukovič is a research fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences and a PhD candidate. She is teaching assistant on the courses “Local Self-Government”, “Leadership Theory” and “Introduction to Public Administration”. She is COST action “LocRef” member. Her research focus encompasses political leadership, e-democracy and e-participation, regional and local self-government, administrative and political processes and institutions.

Vika Kuferšin Pušnik
Technical monitoring and administrative-financial management of the EU projects, preparation of financial reports and supporting documents; Main fields of work: methodological issues in ICT research and research on eLearning; data analyses and preparation of statistical reports; participation in the national (RIS – Research on Internet in Slovenia), EU and other international projects (UNITE, eInclusion, eUser, WebSM, SAFE-SI, TRANSFER-EAST etc); administrative and financial management of the national and EU projects


Miro Hacek
Comparative Politics
Public Policy and Administration

Simona Kukovic
Comparative Politics
Public Policy and Administration

Bostjan Udovic
International Relations
European Integration

In the period 2006 – 2012 he collaborated in different courses, such as Diplomatic and Consular Relations, International Political Economy, Basics of the European Union, Negotiation techniques etc. In 2012 he was elected to the title of Assistant Professor in Diplomacy, becoming in the next years the course-holder of Diplomacy of the EU and Diplomatic and Consular Relations. Parallel with his teaching activities he has lots of research experiences, covering mostly issues related to diplomacy, European Union and IPE. He has (co)authored five books, more than four book-chapters, more than 30 scientific articles, popular articles etc. He has supervised more than ten B.A.’s and M.A.’s. In the past ten years he has been serving as a member of various consultative bodies; e.g. the Strategic Council of Commercial Diplomacy at the Slovenian MFA, the Strategic Council of Foreign Policy at the Slovenian MFA.

Ziga Vodovnik
Political Theory
Associate Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has held teaching and research positions at Boston University, Harvard University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Washington, and Hawaiʿi Pacific University. His teaching and research focus on social movements, contemporary political theories and praxes, and the history of political ideas. Currently he serves as a Coordinator of MA program in Political Science – Political Theory at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana.


Tomaz Dezelan
Public Policy and Administration
Associate Professor of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and a researcher at the Centre for Political Science Research at the same faculty. His research interests include public policy analysis, corruption, citizenship education, citizenship regimes, political communication, youth, new modes of governance, parliamentary cohesion, electoral studies, gender, civil society and sustainable development. He authored or co-authored more than 25 peer reviewed articles in international journals and scientific volumes and 10 scientific monographs. Past projects he worked on or coordinated were funded by the Slovenian research agency, European Union’s FP6 framework, European Science Foundation of the European Union and various other national agencies. He actively collaborates with OSCE/ODIHR, EU EACEA, EYF and several other national agencies and organizations.


Samo Kropivnik
Methodology and Project Management
Samo Kropivnik is Associate Professor of Social Sciences Research Methodology at ULJU and Researcher at Institute of Social Sciences, teaching various courses on communication and political science research methodology and contributing mostly – but not exclusively – to research projects on political participation, communications and social stratification by dealing pragmatically with research approaches and designs. He’s teaching and employing exploratory and descriptive research approaches such as e.g. interviews, focus groups, ethnographic research and content analyses as well as multivariate research methods such as clustering, factor analysis and regression. In last years he has co-authored two books and published in Czech Sociological Review, Journal of Comparative Politics and both Slovenian leading social sciences journals, Teorija in praksa and Družboslovne razprave. Regarding international experiences in educating political science students in the field of methodology, from 2008 he’s been working as Local Academic Coordinator of ECPR Summer School in Methods and Techniques, were he’s been also teaching Research Design course from 2009 on. Additionally, he is Instructor at ECPR Winter School in Methods and Techniques (Vienna University and Bamberg University. Regarding academic management responsibilities he has been Vice Dean of FSS from 2001 to 2007.