Research seminar 2. (Environmental and Regional Studies)


Environmental and Regional Studies (3rd level)

Biodiversity and ecology (3rd Cycle)
Paleobiology and sedimentary geology (3rd Cycle)
Regional studies (3rd Cycle)

Course code: DT004
Year of study: 2nd year

Course principal:
Assist. Prof. Jani Kozina, Ph.D.
Prof. Simona Kralj-Fišer, Ph. D.


Workload: seminar 60 hours, individual work 120 hours.
Course type: mandatory
Languages: Slovene, English
Learning and teaching methods: presentations of doctoral theses by second-year students, discussions led by mentors and second-year students, e-learning


Course syllabus (download)


Finished first year of doctoral study.


Content (Syllabus outline):

  • Second-year students present their doctoral dissertations; mandatory attendance by first-year students
  • Presenter prepares starting points for discussion among participants (first-year and second-year students)
  • Discussion led by the advisors of the doctoral students presenting their dissertations



  • Lovell, S. A., Coen, S. E., Rosenberg, M. W. (eds.) 2023: The Routledge Handbook of Methodologies in Human Geography. Abingdon, Routledge.
  • Hilpert, U. 2019: Diversities of Innovation. London, New York: Routledge.
  • Anderson, J. 2015: Understanding Cultural Geography: Places and Traces. Abingdon, Routledge.
  • Moulaert, F., MacCallum, D., Mehmood, A. and Hamdouch, A. 2013: The International Handbook on Social Innovation: Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research. Cheltenham, Northampton, Massachusetts: Edward Elgar.
  • Phillips, R., Johns, J. 2012: Fieldwork for human geography. London, Sage.


Objectives and competences:

Based on their doctoral dissertations, second-year students will present the basic starting points for their research questions, hypothesis formulation, the methods used, and anticipated results. In guided discussions, they will receive comments and suggestions from the first-year students and advisors attending the discussion regarding any improvements to the dissertations presented.


The first-year students attending the discussions will become familiar with practical research examples, the application of diverse research methods, and advice for efficiently organizing work, which will also be applicable at a wider level: in preparing projects and writing research papers (see Research Seminar 1).


Intended learning outcomes:

Student will be trained to:

  • Organize their research work
  • Prepare project proposals
  • Write research and discussion articles
  • Prepare presentations of their work



Oral presentation (100 %).