Aleksandra Uzelac is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Development and International Relations (IRMO), Zagreb, Croatia (former IMO – Institute for International Relations that changed its name in March 2013) and Head of the Culture and Communication Department at IRMO. She holds a PhD (2003) in information science from the University of Zagreb. She has 20 years of professional experience in the area of cultural research related to issues of digital culture and cultural policies. Her research interests focus on the impact of information and communication technology on cultural issues, digital culture, virtual networks and portals, digitization of culture, organization of knowledge in the cultural field, issues of public domain and cultural heritage, cultural policy and cultural cooperation issues and the changing context that virtual culture has brought to cultural policies. Her present interests center on the impacts of globalization and commercialization of society and the virtual sphere on cultural diversity.
In 2008 she was co-editor and one of the contributors of the book Digital Culture: The Changing Dynamics. Since 2000 her research activities were combined with practical initiatives aimed at developing e-culture infrastructure in Croatia. In 2000 she was the initiator of the CultureNet Croatia project; a national cultural portal initiated jointly by the Open Society Institute Croatia and the Ministry of Culture. As of 2001 she has been a member of the steering board for the portal development. She has been a member of the Culturelink Network team and editorial board since 1993, as well as a member of the international steering committee of the CultureMondo Network since 2006.
Areas of expertise
digital culture; cultural portals and virtual networks; culture and technology research; cultural policy research; cultural cooperation