Assist. Prof. Mateja Šmid Hribar, Ph. D.

Assistant professor at doctoral study (3rd cycle) Environmental and Regional Studies at Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU.

Course principal:



  • Sc. in Sociology of culture and Philosphy (University of Ljubljana, 2000)
  • M.Sc. in Protection of natural heritage (University of Ljubljana, 2008)
  • Ph.D. in Geography (University of Primorska, 2015)


Fieldwork and research interests:

The focus of my research are cultural landscapes and human-nature interactions. I am interested in the governing of common-pool resources and commons, and their multiple roles in the provision of various ecosystem services and increasing community resilience to environmental changes. These areas are further developed in my basic and applied research. I constantly seek to strengthen this knowledge through active participation in national and international networks and with study visits abroad.


Main visiting appointments:

  • Visting Scholar, Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment, at the Arizona State University (2015);
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Florida (2017, 2019);
  • Visiting Scholar, Institute for Advanced Studies in Sustainability at the United Nations University (2018)



  • member of the editorial board of the international journal Acta Geographica Slovenica;
  • board member of the international network EUCALAND – European Cultural and Agricultural Landscapes;
  • member of the Partnership for Ecosystem Services and a team leader of the Slovenia ESP national network;
  • member of the IASC – International Association for the Study of the Commons;
  • member of the Partnership for the Preservation and Popularization of Karst Dry Stone Walls;
  • member of the editorial board of the book series Geography of Slovenia and Georitem;
  • constituting member of the SOES – Group for Ecosystem services in Slovenia;
  • constituting member of the INTERECOS – Interdisciplinary Group for Ecosystem services at the ZRC SAZU.

Selected publications: