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prof. Matej Makarovič


Educational background:

  • Ph.D. in Sociology (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Slovenia, 1999) 

  • MA in Sociology and Politics (Lancaster University / Central European University, 1995)

  • BSc. in Sociology (University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences, Slovenia, 1993)


Current title and position: 


Employment history:

  • from 2014: professor of sociology at the School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica, and the Faculty of Information Studies, Novo mesto

  • from 2009-2014: associate professor in the field of general and theoretical sociology 

  • from 2008 to 2009: assistant professor in the field of general and theoretical sociology at the School of Advanced Social Studies, Nova Gorica, Slovenia

  • from 2001 to 2007: assistant professor at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences

  • from 1995 to 2001: assistant lecturer at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences

  • from 1994 to 1999: junior research fellow at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences


Research/teaching fellowships, guest lectures:

  • Lebanese American University (Lebanon, 2019)

  • Babeș-Bolyai University (Romania, 2019)

  • University of Hawaii at Manoa (USA, 2016, 2018, 2019)

  • American University of Beirut (Lebanon, 2016, 2017)

  • Metropolitan University Prague (Czech Republic, 2017)

  • University of Cincinnati (USA, 2015)

  • University of Nevada, Reno (USA, 2012)

  • Hawaii Pacific University (USA, 2012)

  • Waterford Institute of Technology (Ireland, 2011)


Leadership positions: 

  • Co-Chair of the Social Transformations Research Network of the European Sociological Association (from 2015)

  • President of the Slovenian National Committee of the Management of Social Transformations Programme at UNESCO (from 2012)

  • Vice-dean for Quality Assurance of the Faculty of Information Studies (2016-2019)

  • Chair of the Board of SASS (2008-2011 and from 2016)

  • Head of the Department of Applied Social Studies (from 2014)

  • Dean of the School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova Gorica (2011-2016)


Memberships in expert bodies:

  • Member of the Consultative Body of the Minister for Civic and Social Competences (at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport) (from 2019)

  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Sociology. Thought and Action scientific journal, Lithuania, Published by Department of Sociology, Vilnius University; Center for Studies of Social Change, Klaipeda University and Lithuanian Sociological Association (from 2017)

  • Member and Co-Chair of the Social Transformations Research Network of the European Sociological Association (ESA) (from 2015)

  • Expert evaluator at the Slovenian Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (from 2012)

  • Member of the Subject Matura Commission for Sociology (2008-2012)

  • Member of the Slovenian government’s Strategic Council for Culture, Education and Science (2005-2008)

  • Member of the Management Board of the Slovenian Research Agency (2005-2009) 

  • Member of the Evaluation Senate and the Commission for Social Sciences, Business Sciences and Law of the Council of the Republic of Slovenia for Higher Education (2006-2009) 


Bibliography in the SICRIS database: Select this link

Presentation of the Jean Monnet Chair SUSTAIN 2019-2022

European Transnational Governance for Sustainable Development – SUSTAIN aims to promote EU studies through a new combination of open teaching, virtual classroom, co-creative public debates, action research and policy recommendations. It is based on the recent academic debates in sociology and political science recognising the contested relation between transnational governance, based on international treaties and organisations, and territorial segmentation of the political system into nation states, which has been exploited and encouraged by a wide variety of populisms. The rationale is derived from our research confirming that the support for European transnational governance towards sustainable development are significantly more typical for the active participants in European transnational social sphere and the elites, while the others find it more difficult to see the significance and legitimacy of transnationally coordinated sustainable development. A mismatch between political steering on a macro level and citizens’ interpretation on a micro level, especially from those who feel excluded from the benefits of European transnationalism, can be exemplified by the phenomena ranging from the French yellow vests’ movement to Brexit and to right-wing populisms. Maintaining, strengthening and legitimising European governance for sustainable development requires bridging the gap between those included in the European transnational social sphere and those who feel to be “left behind” (typically confined to local and national contexts). This calls for a clear link between social, economic and environmental sustainability clearly expressed in the EU commitment to the United Nations The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This also refers to the recent debates for the Forum on the Future of Learning (organized in Brussels, January 2019), whose issue paper on Environmental challenges also emphasise the multidimensional nature of sustainability.


In that regard, the Chair intends to bring closer the role of the EU in the sustainable development by integrating the main priorities of the documents such as the EU Sustainable Development Strategy into Chair curricula and by connecting academic staff and students with the international academic environment and the local and national stakeholders, including the local communities, civil society and decision makers with corresponding activities encouraging public debates on local, national and transnational level, and between different stakeholders on the topic. 

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The Team of the Jean Monnet Chair

Chair holder:


Professor of Sociology

Member of the Advisory Board:

Prof. dr. RAJKO KNEZ

President of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Slovenia, Professor of European Law

Member of the Advisory Board:


Assistant Professor and Research Fellow

Junior member of the teaching staff:


Teaching and Research Assistant

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