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prof. dr. sc. Vuk Tvrtko Opačić

Title: Full Professor
Location: 214
Public phone number:01/4895 410
E-mail: E-mail
Department: Division of Social Geography

Teaching duties

undergraduate

graduate

integrated undergraduate and graduate

doctoral

Biography

Vuk Tvrtko Opačić was born in Zagreb on 9 February 1976. After completing the Classical Gymnasium secondary school, in 1994 he enrolled in the study of geography at the Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, and graduated in 1999. In 2000, he enrolled in postgraduate studies at the same faculty, and has been employed at the Division of Social Geography since 2001. He received his Doctorate in 2008 with the dissertation “Second homes in the littoral Croatia - a geographical perspective” under the supervision of Professor Zoran Curić. In 2009, he was named an assistant professor, in 2014 an associate professor and in 2020 a full professor.

He has led and cooperated on many domestic and international scientific and expert projects, primarily involving the topics of tourism geography, which is his primary scientific and teaching interest. To date, he has researched the geographic aspects of second homes and the tourism and recreational evaluation of urban green areas, protected areas and natural and cultural heritage, types of tourism destinations, tourism development of spatial units, tourism in regional and local development, attraction basis of (alternative) forms of tourism, spatial aspects of tourism relations and demographic trends, and tourism and transport connections of peripheral areas.

He has published a total of 42 scientific papers, of which 28 papers in scientific journals, 9 papers in peer-reviewed proceedings of the scientific conferences and 5 chapters in scientific books. He is author of the scientific book Opačić, V. T. (2012): Vikendaštvo u hrvatskom priobalju: jučer, danas, sutra [Second Home Phenomenon in the Croatian Littoral: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow] (Hrvatska sveučilišna naklada, Zagreb), and a chapter Geografija Hrvatske [Geography of Croatia] in the university textbook Hrvatska na prvi pogled: udžbenik hrvatske culture [Croatia at First Sight: Textbook of Croatian Culture] (FF press, Zagreb, 2014; 2016; 2017). He is co-author of the university textbook Curić, Z., Glamuzina, N., Opačić, V. T. (2013): Geografija turizma – regionalni pregled [Geography of Tourism – Regional Overview] (Naklada Ljevak, Zagreb). He was an co-editor in the collective scientific book Koderman, M., Opačić, V. T. (eds.) (2020): Challenges of tourism development in protected areas of Croatia and Slovenia (Založba Univerze na Primorskem i Hrvatsko geografsko društvo, Koper – Zagreb). He submitted abstracts to 28 scientific conferences (22 international and 6 domestic), and participated in 2 scientific conferences (1 international and 1 domestic) as an invited lecturer. He peer-reviewed 1 scientific book and 48 scientific papers in domestic and foreign scientific journals and anthologies of domestic and international scientific conferences. Since 2015, he has been editor-in-chief of the scientific journal Hrvatski geografski glasnik/Croatian Geographical Bulletin.

At the Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, he teaches the courses: Introduction to geography, Tourism geography, Tourism geography of Croatia, Tourism valorisation of heritage, and Geographical aspects of recreation. He is the leader of the field course, and co-lecturer in three methodology courses in the Doctoral study of Geography: Space, Region, Environment, Landscape. He has supervised or co-supervised 3 doctoral dissertations, 1 master’s thesis, 62 graduate and 27 baccalaureate final papers. One of the student papers he supervised received the Rector’s Award of the University of Zagreb. He is currently supervising 4 doctoral candidates.

From 2009 to 2020, he was head of the branch Heritage and Tourism in the graduate university study programme Geography, research specialisation. From academic year 2019/2020 he is the head of the Division of Social Geography at the Department of Geography of the Faculty of Science, and from academic year 2021/2022 alternate member of the Natural Science Council of the University of Zagreb. 

He is a member of the Croatian Geographic Society, and the Commission on the Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change of the International Geographic Union (IGU). Since 2020, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the Commission on the Geography of Tourism, Leisure and Global Change at the International Geographical Union (IGU).

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