Barbara Goličnik Marušić

Phone: +386 (0)1 420 13 00 int. 46

Research themes

  • Methods and approaches in urban planning and spatial planning
  • Green infrastructure and ecosystem services


Barbara Goličnik Marušić is Head of research at the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, leading and coordinating the interdisciplinary research programme Spatial planning. She holds a PhD in landscape architecture from ECA, Heriot-Watt University, UK (now ECA ESALA, University of Edinburgh). She is mainly involved in multidisciplinary projects concerned with sustainable development, quality of living and environment-behaviour issues in the context of urban planning and design. Recently she is examining contemporary paradigms such as ecosystem services, ecosystem approach, NBS-nature based solutions and co-creation and evaluating their actual implementation into spatial planning and development; including dynamic, qualitative bottom-up components such as usage-spatial relations, where she involves method of behavioural mapping as analytical and evaluation approach in place management and design. For the scientific monograph on behavioural maps she won Award for publication at the II. Exhibition of Landscape Architecture, 2007, Belgrade, Serbia. She is a member of various international networks and associations and of editorial board of international scientific journal Urbani Izziv (Urban challenge). Beside research work she is involved in education process: School of Landscape Architecture, ECA, UK (2002-2004), School of Architecture, Faculty of civil engineering, University of Maribor, Slovenia (2008-2015), visiting lecturer and PhD examiner at different universities and institutions in Slovenia and abroad.

Selected current projects

  • Innovative governance, environmental observations and digital solutions in support of the Green Deal (Blue Green GOVERNANCE)
    HORIZON EUROPE (2021-2027) (2024 - 2027)
  • Engagement of marginalised groups in NBS planning and management via long-term mosaic governance (NATURO)
  • DevelopIng STratEgies by integrating mitigatioN, aDaptation and participation to climate changE Risks (DISTENDER)
    HORIZON EUROPE (2021-2027) (2022 - 2025)

Selected Achievements



Urban Planning institute of the Republic of Slovenia
Trnovski pristan 2
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

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Monday to Friday: 9.00 – 13.00
Tuesdays also: 15.00 – 17.00
Summer, July–August:
Monday to Friday: 9.00 – 13.00

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