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Department of Urbanism

Room: 305

Scientific field:

Research interests:
Urban studies (urban phenomena, urban history, urban innovations, urban transition)


Dr Aleksandra Stupar is professor at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture, where she graduated (1997) and obtained her magister (2001) and PhD degree (2005). Acting as the head of the Department of Urbanism since 2017.

She has participated in numerous national and international research projects and workshops and published articles and chapters in national and international journals and books focusing on the problems of contemporary cities and their phenomena. Co-author and a member of expert teams of several studies and planning documents.

Dr Stupar is the author of two awarded books – ‘Grad globalizacije – izazovi, transformacije, simboli’ (‘The City of Globalization – Challenges, Transformations, Symbols’, 2009) and ‘Grad – forme i procesi’ (‘The City – Forms and Processes’, 2016; 2nd edition 2019). In 2012 she was the guest editor of the thematic issue of the Serbian Architectural Journal (‘City vs. Innovation’). She has been a visiting researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS) in Graz (2007, 2011), the University of Tampere – School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2010-2013), as well as the guest lecturer at the Sapienza Università di Roma – Facoltà di architettura Valle Giulia (2006,2008-9) and the University of Helsinki – Faculty of Social Sciences (2019).

Member of ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) and its Scientific Committee (2013-16), national representative in AESOP (since 2018).



Awards – selected


2017 – The award “Ranko Radović“ – book  ‘Grad – forme i procesi ‘ ( ‘City – Forms and Processes ‘), OrionArt, Belgrade, 2016.
2009 – The award for the best publication of the 18th International Urban Planners’ Exhibition/UUS, Niš, Serbia – book  ‘Grad globalizacije – izazovi, transformacije, simboli ‘ ( ‘The City of Globalization – Challenges, Transformations, Symbols ‘), OrionArt, Faculty of Architecture – University of Belgrade, 2009.
2008 – ISOCARP/Gerd Albers Award – “The magic Mirror of Sustainability: Glittering Ideas, gloomy Reality“, in Thematic Conference Proceedings 1, International Scientific Conference ‘Sustainable Spatial Development of Towns and Cities’, IAUS, Belgrade, 2007, pp. 99-114
2007 – ISOCARP/Gerd Albers Award – Honorary Mention –  “The city of technology: Redefining the role of STS approach in the global comprehension”, in Rohracher H., Tchalakov I., Mali F. eds., ‘Governing Sociotechnical Change in Southeaster Europe – Contributions From a Science and Technology Studies Perspective’, Iztok-Zapad Publishing House, Sofia, 2007, pp. 242-255


Recent research projects




  • 2020-2022 Cultural Heritage of the Danube as a Tool to Develop Local Opportunities and Common Brand of Underprivileged Communities – DANUrB+/INTERREG EU Danube Transnational Programme
  • 2019-2023 CLEVER CITIES H2020 – ‘Co-designing Locally tailored ecological solutions for value added, socially inclusive regeneration in cities‘ (member of the working group for implementation in Belgrade, academy section)
  • 2017- 2019 DANUrB – ‘Danube Urban Brand – a regional network building through tourism and education to strengthen the “Danube” cultural identity and solidarity‘ / international project – INTERREG Danube Transnational Program (member of the Steering Committee)
  • 2010-2013 ‘Cities and Transnational Interaction. The Cultural Contacts between West and East European Urban Centres during and beyond the Cold War’, funded by the Academy of Finland (researcher)
  • 2011 ‘Towards the Ultimate E3-topia: Scrambling the Energy Efficient, Eco-Friendly and Electronic Urban Future?‘, individual research project at the IAS-STS, Graz, Austria (Manfred Heindler Grant)
  • 2007 ‘Shaping the Image of Globalization: The Role of Technology in Urban Regeneration‘, individual research project at the IAS-STS (Institute for Advanced Studies in Science, Technology and Society), Graz, Austria (grant)
  • 2005-2006 ‘South-East European Network for Science and Technology Studies: STS Contributions to the Governance of Socio-technical Change‘ funded by Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office (Zentrum für Soziale Innovation) – researcher




  • 2011-2020 –‘Spatial, ecological, energy and social aspects of the development of settlements and climate changes – interrelations‘ funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia (researcher)
  • 2011-2020 – ‘Studying climate change and its influence on the environment: impacts, adaptation and mitigation‘ funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia (researcher)


Lectures – selected


  • 2019, University of Helsinki – The challenges of post-socialist transition: Shifting identities of Belgrade and Novi Sad, Doctoral Program in the Social Sciences Seminar Series/Urban Studies PhD seminar (Urban and Public Policy)
  • 2019, University of Helsinki – Urban futures revisited: contested visions, innovative responses?, Introduction to Urban Studies (USP master program)
  • 2019, Syracuse University – Syracuse Architecture/University of Belgrade – Cold War flows: Belgrade as a stage of architectural exchange (ARC 500 – Summer 2019 PE “Between Myth & Utopia: Architecture as Infrastructure”)
  • 2014, Urban Design Group, London – Belgrade: Shifting Identities of the Capital
  • 2012, Finland-Institute in Deutschland, University of Tampere, Center for Metropolitan Studies, Berlin – ‘Chasing the limelight: Belgrade and Istanbul in the global competition’, within project ‘The Future is not a Foreign Country – Urban History Politics as an Agent of Continuity in the 20th Century’ (Academy of Finland), event ‘City Comparisons: possibilities and limitation’
  • 2011, University of Tampere, Department of History – East European Cities and Exchanged Expertise: The Case of Built Environment
  • 2011, Institute for advanced studies on Science, Technology and Society, Graz, Austria – Floating in a techno-bubble: Visions and emanations of a self-contained city
  • 2009, Faculty of Architecture ‘Valle Giulia’, La Sapienza University, Rome – The Third Belgrade – Techno Visions of the Future
  • 2008, Faculty of Architecture ‘Valle Giulia’, La Sapienza University, Rome – Belgrade – Shaping the Future



Selected publications – articles


  • Stupar A., Jovanović P, Vojvodić Ivanovic J. (2020) Strengthening the Social Sustainability of Super-Blocks: Belgrade’s Emerging Urban Hubs. Sustainability, 12(3), 903, EISSN 2071-1050,
  • Stupar, A., Mihajlov, V., Lalović, K., Colic, R., Petrovic, F. (2019) Participative Placemaking in Serbia: The Use of the Limitless GIS Application in Increasing the Sustainability of Universal Urban Design, Sustainability, 11(19), 5459, EISSN 2071-1050,
  • Djukić, A., Stupar, A., Antonić, B. (2018) The consequences of urban policies in socialist Yugoslavia on the transformation of historic centres: the case study of cities in Northern Serbia. Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, 33(3 – September): 555-573. ISSN: 1566-410 (Print) 1573-7772 (Online), 9612-7
  • Dogan, E., Stupar, A. (2017) The Limits of Growth: A Case Study of Three Mega Projects in Istanbul. Cities 60 (A), 281–288, ISSN 0264-2751,
  • Stupar, A., Mihajlov, V., Simic, I. (2017) Towards the Conceptual Changes in Architectural Education: Adjusting to Climate Change, Sustainability, 9(8), 1355; EISSN 2071-1050,
  • Simic, I., Stupar, A., Djokic, V. (2017) Building the Green Infrastructure of Belgrade: The Importance of Community Greening, Sustainability, 9(7), 1183, EISSN 2071-1050,
  • Stupar, A., Mihajlov, V. (2016) Climate Change Adaptation In Serbia: The Role Of Information Networks, METU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture, 33, 1, pp. 37 – 59, ISSN 0258531-6,
  • Stupar, A. (2015) Cold War vs. Architectural Exchange: Belgrade beyond the confines?, URBAN HISTORY, 42, 4, pp. 662 – 645, ISSN 0963-9268,