Title: Full Professor
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REGIONALIZATION PRINCIPLES - Friday 11:30 - 14:45
ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY - Monday 17:00 -20:00
Scientific work (PhD program) - Friday from 14:00
university integrated undergraduate and graduate
Borna Fuerst-Bjeliš, geographer and environmental historian. She is the senior scientist and full professor at the University of Zagreb. In the year 2012 she was awarded by “Federico Grisogono” award for the scientific achievement and outstanding contribution to the development of geography in Croatia, while in the 2015 she was awarded by the Medal of the University of Zadar in recognition of the distinguished contribution to cooperation with the University of Zadar (Croatia).
In the period of 2017-19 she was the vice-president of the European Society for Environmental History and currently, since the 2016, she is the member of the Steering Committee of the IGU Commission on Marginalization, Globalization and Regional and Local Response.
She graduated Geography from the Faculty of Science in 1983 at the University of Zagreb, completed her MSc in 1990 and the PhD in 1996. Since then she visited several foreign research and educational institutions (St. Gallen, Bern, Madrid, and Boston) with the aim of specialization in the field of environmental history, landscape change and regional and local community development. She speaks English (C) and French (B).
Since 1989 she is working at the University of Zagreb (Faculty of Science, Department of Geography). For many years she participated in the leadership of the University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science and Department of geography (vice-dean for international cooperation, chair of the Doctoral programme of Geography).
Her field of expertise is environmental history and landscape change, spatially focused mainly on Mediterranean karst area, including the development of methodologies of research (historical cartography, GIS technology), borderlands areas, spatial perceptions and spatial (regional) identities. Since 2007 she was a project leader on environmental change, cultural landscapes and regional identities financed by the Ministry of Science and the University of Zagreb; the project coordinator of two international projects (Swiss Science Foundation), and a collaborator on a number of other scientific projects (6). Apart from the number of conference presentations, she delivered 9 invited or plenary key note lectures at the conferences and international summer schools in Europe, Canada and USA. The results of her research are published in over 55 peer reviwed scholarly journal articles and book chapters up to now.
Since the beginning of her academic career, she has taught 20 courses from the bachelor to doctoral level at the University of Zagreb at the study programmes of Geography and Environmental Science, as well as at doctoral programmes of the Universities of Zadar (Croatia) and Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Currently she teaches Environmental history, Mediterranean Studies, Regionalization Principles, The Adriatic in the Euro-Mediterranean Context. She has been mentor in more than seventy master and ten doctoral thesis.
She is the co-author of the university textbook on „Historical geography of Croatia“ (Split University), the editor of the open access book "Mediterranean Identities - Environment, Society, Culture" (InTechOpen) and the editor of Croatian editions as well as the author of the chapters in two books on environmental history: “What is Environmental History” by D. Hughes and “The Global Environmental History” by I.G.Simmons (Disput). She is also author and co-editor in the Springer's book series "The perspectives on geographical marginality" and "Environmental History" (Volume "Environmental Histories of the Dinaric Karst" ).
She is the member of a number of international and national scientific organization, while in most of them the member of the board of directors (International Geographic Union; European Society for Environmental History; Association for Croatian Studies; Association of American Geographers/ Specialty group Environment and Perception; Croatian Geographical Society; Croatian Cartographical Association; Croatian Geomorphological Society).
She is the member of the editorial boards of the leading Croatian geographical and environmental-historian scienific journals, as well as of the number of other European scientific journals.
She has been the member of scientific committees of a great number of national and international conferences. She was the initiator and chair of the local organizing and scientific commitee of the first IGU conference held in Croatia, in Dubrovnik (2012) as well as the chair of the local organizing committee of the 9. biennial conference of the European Society for Environmental History in Zagreb (2017).
She has been the representative and coordinator of the Regional Action Center – Croatia of the International Year of Global Understanding (2016), the initiative of the International Geographic Union - IGU.
She is also engaged in popular science (journal editorial, popular science TV shows and interviews, public lectures).
Friend and donor to UNICEF Childhood Guardians Programme, SOS Children's Village Lekenik Croatia and non-profit and non-governmental organization Animal Friends Croatia.