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Peace Institute / Institute for Contemporary, Social and Political Studies / Slovenia

Research Team:

Vlasta Jalusic
Research and Project Manager
Majda Hrzenjak
Senior Researcher
Mojca Susnik
Junior Researcher
Marusa Gortnar
Junior Researcher

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The Peace Institute, founded in 1991, is a non-profit research organisation dedicated to contemporary social and political studies and interdisciplinary research in the fields of sociology, anthropology, political science and philosophy. Our activities are not limited to the critical assessment of social phenomena, but also include active intervention. We combine academic research with practical education and strategic counselling in various fields of politics and public activities.

Initially the Peace Institute focused on peace studies and the issues of violence, war and security. In 1994 and 1995 the field of interest was extended to embrace a wider range of contemporary social and political studies. Its endeavours to integrate academic work with concrete social and political engagement led to a number of research studies and projects. The Peace Institute also began to concentrate on political extremism, democratisation and equal opportunity politics in Central and Eastern Europe, independent women's and feminist movements in Slovenia, as well as issues of sexual abuse, refugees, civil service in place of military service, cultural industry and the like. Towards the end of 2000 three additional programs formerly conducted by the Open Society Institute were transferred to the Peace Institute: Media, Civil Society and East-East Co-operation programs. With the inclusion of these programs the Institute’s area of work was further extended to the fields of human rights, media studies and topics related to the EU and Stability Pact.

Since 2001, the Institute has been organised in 7 Research Centres: Centre for Contemporary Political Studies, Centre for Cultural Policy, Centre for Gender and Politics, Centre for the Study of Violence and Conflict Resolution, Centre for Civil Society, East-East Co-operation Centre, and Centre for Media Policy.

The Centre for Gender and Politics does research and education in the fields of gender studies and politics, and social policies. The centre also carries out studies and expert analysis for NGOs and governmental institutions. Two senior and two junior researchers are working for the Centre.

Work areas: political participation and political theory, gender studies, social policies, women's and feminist movements, media and violence.

Projects: Prospects for Gender Equality Politics in Central and Eastern Europe (international project and Summer school), Women in Local Authorities and the Formulation of Local Policies: A Comparison between Slovenia and Hungary (international project), Women in Parliaments (Slovenia Croatia, Hungary) - international project, Contemporary Citizenship: Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion, Media Construction of Homosexuality in Slovenia, Models of Co-Financing Social Security Services, Social Status of Student Families.

The Peace Institute publishes several research-policy publication series, among them: Mediawatch, Politike, EU Monitor, and Intolerance Monitor. They concentrate on contemporary policy issues and are mainly the result of own research work. We work on several strategic issues together with governmental and non-governmental organisations. Public events include international and national conferences, workshops, public forums, round tables and public lectures. The staff of the Peace Institute's Research Centres includes 10 full-time employed researchers and program co-ordinators, among them three senior researchers and six junior researchers.

Funded by the European Commission | Cordis FP5 Mageeq