Faculty of Economics
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Education
Faculty of Social Work
Faculty of Administration
Faculty of Sport
Faculty of Arts


The Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana is an institution with a long tradition in research and with a rich set of highly qualified and experienced researchers. These researchers carry out functions of research, consultancy, education and training on a commercial basis for the most important Slovenian and international institutions. They incorporate current findings and constantly developing new knowledge in the field of economics, business sciences and business informatics into business processes in all fields of economic activity.

 The Faculty of Economics carries out scientific research work mainly in the following research fields:

  • Competitiveness (competitiveness, innovation and sustainability)
  • Management (management, knowledge management and work organization)
  • Supply chains and processes (business process management in organizations and supply chains)
  • International business and commerce (globalization, trade and international financial markets). 

Within the public service funded through the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) they carry out research programmes and projects, and they are also included in the Network of Research and Infrastructural Centres (MRIC) of the University of Ljubljana. In addition, they actively participate in the programmes and projects financed by European and international funds.

The university teachers, collaborators and researchers of the Faculty of Economics regularly publish articles in international scientific and professional journals, publish monographs with national and international publishers and participate in scientific and professional conferences. Contributions include publications in the 45 highest ranked journals on the Financial Times list and in the leading journals in individual fields covered by the school's research. 

The Faculty of Economics of the UL is the publisher of the journal Economic and Business Review, the main Slovenian scientific journal in the field of economic and business sciences, which has been in print since 1950. 

Annually, the Faculty organizes more than 40 scientific research conferences and seminars. At the same time, it is actively connected with the business community. 

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In addition to educating excellent legal experts, the Faculty of Law is committed to the development of legal science and law in Slovenia. Its staff and students are engaged in legislative and social processes, namely in the following ways:

  • through research and advisory work within institutes operating at the Faculty or in one way or another associated with it
  • through participation in legislative drafting, where with in-depth and extensive knowledge of specific fields they endeavour to ensure expert formation of legal texts
  • through  participation in expert meetings aimed at training professionals from various fields and exchange of views (cooperation with the Judicial Training Centre, the Bar Association and the Chamber of Notaries)
  • through commenting and clarifying legal issues in mass media.

The Faculty attests its relationship with the environment primarily through participation in national and international competitions for law students, organization of legal clinics (e.g. for refugees and the environment), numerous excursions for students, lectures by domestic and foreign expert guests from various fields as well as presentations of various legal professions.

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Research work at the Faulty of Social Sciences (FDV), founded in 1961, is carried out in 20 research centres of the Social Sciences Research Institute in the context of the research programmes of fundamental, applied and postdoctoral projects as well as international projects, EU projects and marketing projects. Major clients of the Faculty’s research are various ministries, non-commercial companies and other undertakings. The Faculty of Social Sciences can claim the longest tradition of social research and higher education teaching in Slovenia and is one of the largest social science faculties in Europe. In addition, it offers expert and advanced training and a wide range of practical knowledge for those who want to be and remain competitive in the market in the areas of communications, management, political science – including international relations and defence studies, sociology and cultural studies. A part of the Social Sciences Research Institute is also the Social Science Data Archive, which is an important part of the scientific infrastructure and a central research data centre in the field of social sciences in Slovenia. 

The FDV stands out among the members of the University of Ljubljana in regard of the extent of research activities and operates on the principle that excellent research achievements are one of the cornerstones of a quality academic institution. It can be justifiably described as a research faculty at which the teaching staff promptly transfers and incorporates the latest research results, findings and knowledge in their subjects and programmes at all levels.  This transfer is constantly upgraded by numerous visiting scientists from around the world who work each semester at the Faculty and by a number of international conferences and summer schools organized by researchers and pedagogues of the FDV in cooperation with partners from abroad and with the help of commercial and non-commercial entities from Slovenia. 

The Faculty hosts 53 researchers and 127 pedagogues who annually carry out approximately 50 international and 45 national research projects and programmes, some of which have a long tradition; for example, the umbrella sociological research Slovenian Public Opinion is celebrating an enviable 50th anniversary. Among the international projects are projects in the context of EU programmes such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, Human Rights, Justice and Home Affairs, Employment and Social Affairs, COST, Interreg and other projects supported with European structural funds, Eurofound and Cedefop. In the context of other international research projects and programmes we want to highlight the projects HERA, Norface of the Norwegian financial mechanism and scientific cooperation between Switzerland and the countries of Eastern Europe – SCOPES. Research which reflects current and future societal challenges takes place within the fields of basic social science disciplines of sociology and political sciences and on a number of interdisciplinary fields of social informatics, methodology, social welfare, human resource management, spatial sociology, public opinion and mass communications, social psychology, strategies and governance, international relations, administrative-political processes and institutions, defence studies, social science terminology and journalism, marketing and public relations, social communication, culture and religion and the study of science and comparative legal research. 

Researchers of the Social Sciences Research Institute publish their research results and findings through numerous internationally renowned publishing houses. The Institute and its centres issue the important international scientific journals Javnost/The Public and Journal of International Relations and Development, which are included and indexed in relevant databases of scientific publications, citations and abstracts, including the Web of Science and Social Science Citation Index). The Journal of International Relations and Development is the only journal from Slovenia issued by the global publishing house Palgrave Macmillan. The FDV also issues the journal Teorija in praksa.

Global publishing of research results and knowledge contributes to the increasing number of citations of researchers in international scientific journals and monographs. Pedagogues and researchers are among the most cited researchers in various fields of social sciences in Slovenia. 

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Research in the social sciences and humanities is carried out at the Faculty of Education in the form of basic and applied projects and targeted research projects; since 2003, also in the form of research programmes. A wide range of research fields of the Faculty is reflected in the projects and activities of all research centres and institutes of the Faculty and where the actual transfer of knowledge is carried out, namely:

  • Institute for Scientific Research Work
  • Centre for Educational Policy Studies (CEPS)
  • International Centre for Educational Policy Studies of the Faculty of Education of the University in Ljubljana (m-CEPS)
  • Centre for Further Education and Training (CNIU)
  • Centre for Research and Promotion of Giftedness (CRSN)
  • Centre for Discrete Mathematics of the Faculty of Education of the University in Ljubljana (CDM UL PeF).

In addition to the centres and institutes, the Faculty is linked to educational institutions in the fields of education, health, rehabilitation and social welfare, this through the participation and organization of pedagogical practice of students of the study programmes.

The Faculty of Education also hosts the associations with which the employees collaborate and which include both students and external stakeholders. 

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In recent decades, the Faculty of Social Work has carried out more than 100 basic, targeted research, postdoctoral, EU, other international and other research and development projects. In addition to the theories and concepts of social work, the main topics of research include voluntary work, community work, teamwork, evaluation methods and topical evaluation of procedures and programmes of social work and management in social work. The specific topics discussed were drugs, mental health, disability, housing and the issue of domestic violence, problems of minorities, elderly people and the employed poor. The Faculty participated in the planning of community services of non-governmental organizations in the field of social protection – especially in the field of the problems faced by women (group homes, safe houses, camps), in the development of intermediate forms (group homes, safe houses, camps), work with families, street work, youth clubs, social skills training, individual planning and financing and other community approaches.

Since 2004, the Faculty has also been performing research programme social work as the bearer of the processes of social justice and inclusion in Slovenia (theoretical, methodological and methodical perspectives and historical development).

Current research and development projects of the Faculty of Social Work
Archive of research and development projects of the Faculty of Social Work

The Faculty in the context of its research activities cooperates with numerous associations and other non-governmental organizations as well as various public organizations, in particular with the social work centres and social institutions, hospitals, employment services, etc.

The Faculty cooperates with numerous research and higher education institutions and other organizations from abroad. It is included in the European programmes which encourage inter-university education and research.

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The Faculty of Administration is an interdisciplinary source of knowledge for administration and is  committed to research, connections with domestic and international praxis and to the transfer of knowledge in education, counselling and training.

Economic and financial, administrative and legal information and organizational phenomena, processes and practices are studied in the context of the Research Centre and the Research Institute.

Research work is focused primarily on the following objectives:

  • development of administrative science and discipline
  • transfer of research results and knowledge into practice and back into the educational process
  • development of individual research potential
  • linking the theory of administrative science with the practice of its realization and contribution to the permanent training of civil servants after graduation
  • phenomena, processes and practices in the public sector. 

The Faculty cooperates with numerous research, higher education institutions and other organizations at home and abroad. It is also the organizer and co-organizer of numerous national and international scientific meetings, seminars and conferences.

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The Faculty of Sport carries out research and services for both the economy and for broader society. It cooperates with manufacturers of sports equipment in design and testing for the needs of elite through general recreational sport. It also actively cooperates with the Slovenian Olympic Committee, various sector associations, clubs, individuals and groups engaged in recreational sports. It performs sports diagnostics and consultation, plus a wide range of preventive activities. By applying knowledge from the fields of physiology, anatomy, psychology and biomechanics pedagogues and researchers of the Faculty also deal with environmental factors (so-called engineering) which directly affect man. Movement and care for maintaining health through sports activities have a special meaning due to their contribution to society by achieving positive effects on work performance and reduction of costs. The Faculty also carries out the organization and realisation of major sporting and fair events.   

Fields of the Faculty of Sport with partners from the wider economy and public sector:

  • Realisation of multidisciplinary research, measurements and consultancy for support of the development of athletes, directed towards quality and competitive sport (physiology, biodinamics, kinesiology, biomechanics, physical behaviour and control, diagnostics of physical and motor development, psychology, sports medical diagnostics and nutrition science)
  • Monitoring the ability of workers (carrying out measurements, diagnostics and nutrition at the workplace).
    Target partners: the Olympic Committee of Slovenia – Association of Sports Federations, national branch sports federations, sports clubs and other organizations and individuals as bearers of cooperation, both quality and elite sport, companies and institutions.
    Operating unit: Sports diagnostic centre. 

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The Faculty of Arts is a co-founder of the University of Ljubljana. It educates students and creates superior intellectuals with open and critical thinking in the field of humanities and social sciences and in teacher education in this field. It gives particular attention to strengthening the disciplines of national importance, shaping the Slovenian identity. It includes scientific knowledge in the study process such that it builds on the traditions a new quality, essential for Slovenian self-awareness and the creative presence of the Faculty in the international arena.

Scientific research work is the second basic activity of the Faculty. The Scientific Research Institute Of The Faculty Of Arts (ZIFF) is an organizational unit that organizes and coordinates scientific research work at the Faculty. The Institute brings together over 450 researchers and annually conducts around 100 national and international projects. The Institute’s research is recognizable in the Slovenian and international arenas and represents fundamental and applied research in the humanistic scientific fields: anthropology, archaeology, ethnology, philosophy, geography, linguistics, cultural studies, literary studies, musicology, art history and historiography, and in the social scientific fields: information science and library science, psychology, sociology and education.

The Scientific Publishing House of the Faculty of Art publishes the latest research achievements in the humanities and social sciences, uniting the Faculty. With approximately 70 new titles per year, this publishing house ranks among the largest scientific publishers in the field of humanities and social sciences in the country and thus significantly contributes to the dissemination of scientific research and pedagogical work and the visibility of the Faculty of Arts. The Scientific Research Institute issues scientific monographs in its own book series Razprave FF.

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