Profile of Miss Jasna Cizler Post-Doc Researcher at Ca' Foscari University

Jasna Cizler

Jasna Cizler completed her Post-Doc research at Ca' Foscari University of Venice in 2017/2018 and received PhD from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade in 2016. She got M.Arch. degree (2008) and a Specialist degree in Urban Regeneration (2011) from the same university. Jasna Cizler was a visiting researcher at University of Leeds; doctoral exchange student at Czech Technical University; and doctoral exchange student at Karl-Franzens University. Her research has been supported by grants from: British Scholarship Trust (2010), International Visegrad Fund (2012), EU (Erasmus Mundus Action 2) (2012/2013, 2017/2018) and Republic of Serbia (Ministry of Education) (2005-2012).

General research interests

urban studies, urban regeneration, cultural heritage

PhD/Postdoctoral Research Title

Activation of former industrial buildings in cities: Institutional limitations in Serbia

PhD Abstract

Subject of the dissertation is the definition of the conditions for the re-use of former industrial buildings in Serbia. Dissertation focuses on the innovative activation concepts, that are already being applied in developed countries and that are emerging in Serbia, while facing several limitations. The first hypothesis is that the institutional framework and the existing policy for activation of these locations in Serbia are inadequate. The second hypothesis is that the integration of the cultural potentials of industrial heritage and social capital of the civil and creative sector into heritage protection and urban development policy can improve the results of protection and activation of the former industrial buildings. The task was to investigate the current practice of the activation, to gain critical insight into the relationship of relevant institutions towards the subject and to determine institutional limitations for the activation of these buildings in Serbia. The possibilities for the transformation and adaptation of the planning system and its mechanisms and instruments were examined, as well as ways for improving the cooperation between actors and ways for a greater inclusion of civil and creative sector in formal urban planning system. Methodology applied in the research is qualitative and primary data cоmes from: the review of the relevant sources (literature, documents, strategies, regulation, previous research); interviews with main actors and information gathered during direct observation of former industrial buildings and their users. Analysis has shown that institutional framework for activation of former industrial buildings in Serbia is characterised by numerous limitations, which could be overcome by introducing approaches that imply the inclusion of informal initiatives, as well as the initiatives coming from the civil and creative sector. Transdisciplinary research which connects theories from several disciplines, by using a combined methodology, resulted in identification of guidelines and principles aiming to introduce the innovations into the current system and to establish the ways for overcoming the limitations. As a result of the research, a new approach, which would allow a greater inclusion of independent initiatives in managing urban development, is proposed.

Key words
industrial heritage, activation, adaptive re-use, urban planning, institutions, civil sector, creative sector.

Full dissertation (in Serbian):