Nada Švob-Đokić, PhD, is Researcher Emeritus in the Culture and Communications Department, Institute for Development and International Relations – IRMO, Zagreb, Croatia.
Research interests and related research projects: cultural and media transitions, cultural globalization, the development of cultural industries in post-socialist countries, intercultural communication and public policies in these areas. The following research projects led by Dr Švob-Đokić illustrate the mentioned research interests:
Redefining Cultural Identities (2000-2007) initially supported by the EU and devoted to remodelling of cultural identities in Southeast European transitional contexts included research of social transitions and modernization processes in Southeast European countries, the evolving cultural changes and remodelling of cultural and media policies. Seven post-graduate courses at the Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik were carried out and six proceedings were published.
The Creative and Knowledge Industries in the Countries in Transition (2001-2006) supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Croatia was devoted to the overview of emerging creative and knowledge industries in transitional countries and to global influences on their establishment. Twelve articles, twenty three invited presentations and lectures, 3 book chapters and an authored book were published. A wide international cooperation among Southeast European countries was supported by the UNESCO office in Venice (ROSTE) and the European Cultural Foundation.
Global Influences and Local Cultural Change (2007-2013) supported by the Croatian Ministry of Science and Technology, was concentrated on the processes of interaction among global and local cultural changes. Cultural globalization, multicultural relations, cultural communication, development of culture industries and cultural entrepreneurship were researched through surveys and interviews among cultural workers and artists. Two authored books were published, a book of collected papers, and a number of other works, mostly research reports.
Questioning Transitional Dynamics in Re-defining Cultural Identities in Southeastern Europe (2010-2011) as a cooperative project involved partners from Zagreb, Ljubljana, Belgrade and Sarajevo, supported by the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office, Ljubljana. Proceedings of the conference held in Ljubljana, edited by A. Milohnić and N. Švob-Đokić, were published in Zagreb and widely distributed.
The EU FP7 project MEDIADEM-European Media Policies Revisited: Valuing and Reclaiming Free and Independent Media in Contemporary Democratic Systems (2010 -2013) examined the configuration of state media policies and regulatory practices in 14 European countries with the objective to explore their effects for media freedom and independence. The Croatian leading researcher Nada Švob-Đokić and her team concentrated on the media regulation, its shaping and implementation on the national level. Policy suggestions at the national and European levels were developed. The Croatian research team published 12 research reports, two book chapters and several articles.
The EU Program ‘Culture 2007-2013’ project Evaluation of Cultural Policies and EU Funded Programs as Promoters of Cultural Diversity and Intercultural Dialogue in the Balkans /SEE (2012-2014) (coordinated by Österreichische Kulturdokumentation, Vienna; the Multimedia Center, Skopje and Akcija, Sarajevo) was devoted to the analysis of intercultural projects supported by the EU, international organizations and foundations, in order to assess their impact on intercultural dialogue in the SEE region. The analysis of cultural policies in Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Monte Negro, Croatia, Serbia and Austria aimed at tracing the promotion of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and cultural cooperation among these countries.
Networks of Public Communication in Croatia: Mediatization of the Public Sphere and the Challenges of New Media (2013-2016) supported by the Croatian Science Agency focused on the influence of Internet on the transformation of the mediatized public sphere in Croatia. The relationships between the new and traditional (print, electronic) media was researched by using the mixed methods approach and by following the processes of extension, substitution, amalgamation and accommodation (Schultz 2004) that shape the transformation of public communication and the public sphere in Croatia.
Bibliography: Dr. Švob-Đokić’s bibliography includes 320 published (in Zagreb, Paris, New York, Prague, Moscow, Ljubljana, Belgrade, Rome, Athens and Skopje) articles, studies, monographs, research reports, authored and edited books in Croatian, English, French or other languages. Selective bibliography accessible at http://bib.irb.hr/lista-radova?autor=262635&chset=ASCII&lang=EN
The establishment, development and supervision of international cooperative networks: ISDRI - International Network of Development Research Institutes (l983 - l991), New Delhi; CULTURELINK - Network of Networks for Research and Co-operation in Cultural Development (1989- up to the present) Zagreb; EADI- European Association of Development Research Institutes (member of the Governing Committee (1998 – 2004), Geneva .
Consultancy: Consultant to UN organisations (UNDP, UNESCO, ISDRI); to the EU agencies (EU Research Directorate L, EACEA) and to the Council of Europe (Comité Directeur de la Culture – CDCULT) on issues such as technical cooperation, the position of women in development projects, EU cooperation with third countries, regional Southeast European cultural and scientific cooperation, cultural policies and multicultural relations.
Evaluations: Evaluator for the EU FP6 and FP7 SSH project proposals (2004-2010); project proposals H2020-SC6-REV-Inequal-2016 and H2020-Reflective-Society-2015 (topics 2-5)
Teaching courses: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Sociology, Postgraduate/Doctoral course on Global cultural change and the establishment of new cultures (2008-2012); University of Rijeka, Department of Cultural Studies, Postgraduate course on Cultural globalization and local cultures (2006-2012); University of Arts, Belgrade, Course on Multiculturalism and Intercultural Relationships in Southeastern Europe (2004-2008); Inter-University Centre Dubrovnik, Course on cultural identities in Southeast European transitional contexts (2000-2007).
Languages: Croatian, English, French and Russian.