School of Social and Political Science

Matea Senkić

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PhD Student

Matea Senkić

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Research interests

Cultural Sociology, Sociology of Tourism, Urban Sociology, Performance Theory, Authenticity, Material Culture



Dr Lisa McCormick

Dr Stephen Kemp


MA Sociology (2011 - 2014), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia

BA Sociology (2008-2011), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Split, Croatia


UNICULT2020 - The International Arts & Culture Management and Policy Lifelong Learning Programme (04/07/2016 – 17/07/2016) University of Rijeka (Croatia) Certificate of completion
Art for Advocacy, International Debate Education Association – IDEA South-East Europe (22/06/2016 – 29/06/2016) Ohrid (North Macedonia) Certificate of training completion
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (08/12/2015 – 17/12/2015), Berlin (Germany) Professional Certificate in Cultural Diplomacy & International Relations

Work Experience

(September 2020 - Present) - University of Edinburgh (UK), School of Social and Political Science / Teaching Assistant (Tutor) in Sociology; Courses: Designing and Doing Social Research (SCIL10062), Sociology 2B: Researching Social Life (SCIL08013);

(January 2021 - June 2021) - University of Edinburgh (UK), School of GeoSciences / Teaching Assistant (Tutor) in Geography; Course: Social and Cultural Geography (GEGR08004);

(January 2021) - University of Edinburgh (UK), SPS Research Office / Assistant in preparation of the REF2021 submissions;

(2015-2019) - Institute for Development and International Relations, Department for Culture and Communication, Zagreb (Croatia), Position: Associate;

(2016-2017) - Unicult2020 – The International Arts & Culture Management and Policy Programme, University of Rijeka (Croatia), Position: PR Manager; 

(2015) - Institute for Tourism, Zagreb (Croatia), Position: Intern.


Jelinčić, D.A., Senkić, M. and Tišma, S. (2021). How to involve public? Good/participatory governance in cultural heritage. Zagreb: IRMO (co-financed by Interreg Central Europe, Project ForHeritage „Excellence for integrated heritage management in central Europe").  

Jelinčić, D.A., Senkić, M. (2019). The Value of Experience in Culture and Tourism: The Power of Emotions, In: Duxbury, N. and Richards, G., eds., A Research Agenda for Creative Tourism, London: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Senkić, M., Jelinčić, D.A. (2019). Tourismus in Kroatien: Heraus-forderungen und Perspektiven (Tourism in Croatia: Challenges and Perspectives), Religion & Gesellschaft in Ost und West, 1 (2019), 25-27.

Senkić, M. (2017). Cutural diplomacy from the bottom-up. CULPOL Commentary 3, [online] Zagreb: IRMO. Available at:…;

Jelinčić, D.A., Tišma, S., Senkić, M. and Dodig, D. (2017). Public-Private Partnership in the Cultural Heritage Sector. Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences, [online] Special Issue December 2017, pp. 7489, Available at: 

Jelinčić, D.A., Senkić, M. (2017). Creating a Heritage Tourism Experience. The Power of the Senses. Etnološka tribina: Godišnjak Hrvatskog etnološkog društva, 47(40), pp. 109-126. 

Senkić, M. (2017). Strategic Analysis: A Creative and Cultural Industries Perspective, by Jonathan Gander. Reviewed in: Croatian International Relations Review, 23(79), pp. 194-196. Available at:

Senkić, M. (2017). Reinventing the Local in Tourism: Producing, Consuming and Negotiating Place, by Russo, A.P. and Richards, G. (eds.) Reviewed in: Turizam: međunarodni znanstveno-stručni časopis, 65(3), pp. 381-383. Available at: 

Jelinčić, D.A., Tišma, S., Pisarović, A., Senkić, M. (2016). Plan upravljanja Parkom skulptura Dubrova 2016.-2020. Management Plan. Zagreb: IRMO.

Senkić, M. (2015). Poslovna znanja i kulturni turizam: studija slučaja dubrovačkih luksuznih vila (Business knowledge and cultural tourism: a case study of Dubrovnik luxury villas). Polemos, [online] Volume 18(35), pp. 113 – 138. Available at:

Tomljenović R., Senkić, M., Dukić, L. et al. (2015). Transtourism – operational definition and typology of transformative travel experiences. Project working Paper No.2: An integrated approach for the study of transformative role of tourism in the 21st century. Available at:…

Tomljenović R., Senkić, M., Dukić, L. et al. (2015). Main features of transformative travel enterprises.  Project working Paper No.5: An integrated approach for the study of transformative role of tourism in the 21st century. Available at:…


BSA Annual Conference 2023 - Sociological Voices in Public Discourse, 12-14 April 2023, University of Manchester (presentation: Materiality, meaning and space: the performativity of Edinburgh's tourist attractions - micro level analysis of tour guides' performances of Edinburgh);

New Directions: Reconnecting Sociologies, 19-20 May 2022, University of Edinburgh (speaker at the panel on Cultural Sociology);

BSA Annual Conference 2020 – Reimagining Social Bodies: Self, Institutions and Societies, 21-23 April 2020, Aston University, Birmingham (presentation: Rethinking authenticity through anti-tours: towards the performance perspective), *Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic*;

International conference COMbART 2019 – Arts, Activism and Citizenship, 11-12 June 2019, Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto, Portugal (presentation: Artivism in the context of experience economy: touristification of protest street art in Europe);

New Directions: Storying Sociology, 18-19 April 2019, University of Edinburgh (presentation: Why sociology of tourism matters. From mass tourism to anti-tourism and back);

Frontiers of Peace: a shared cultural heritage, 11 October 2018, European Commission - Croatia, House of Europe, Zagreb, Croatia (presentation: Cultural heritage beyond frontiers);

International conference Energy Efficient Public Buildings in Central Europe, 20 March 2018, City of Sveta Nedelja, Croatia (presentation: Revitalising Historic Buildings through Public-Private Partnership);

Buzetski dani 2017, 1 September 2017, City of Buzet, Croatia (presentation: Public-Private Partnership (PPP) in the cultural heritage sector)

International conference RESTAURA РRevitalising Historic Buildings through Public-Private Partnership Schemes, 25-26 January 2017, Ljubljana, Slovenia (presentation: PPP in revitalization and heritage protection - Varaždin County Palace, Croatia).


(2016 – 2019) - Interreg Central Europe project:  Revitalising Historic Buildings through Public-Private Partnership Scheme / RESTAURA 

(2016-2018) - Jean Monnet project: EU Competences and National Cultural Policies: Critical Dialogues / CULPOL 

(2017) - Ministry of Tourism: Evaluation during the implementation of Croatia's Tourism Development Strategy by 2020  

(2016) - Action plan for Sculpture Park Dubrova, City of Labin (Croatia)

(2015) - Trans-Tourism: an integrated approach for the study of transformative role of tourism in the 21st century


The Frankopan Fund Scholarship (2019)

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