Research interests

Špela Ledinek Lozej was born on 25 July 1972 in Ljubljana. In 1999 she graduated from the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology and the Department of Art History at Ljubljana's Faculty of Arts and in 2012 she graduated from the same university with a doctorate in ethnology. In 2000 she started working as a research assistant at the SRC SASA Institute of Slovenian Ethnology, where she studies architecture, dwelling culture, domestic lifestyle, mountain pasture and livestock grazing and trade between countryside and towns. Since 2004 she has been working at the Research Station Nova Gorica. During the 2001-2003 she was on editorial board of the Monitor ISH, since 2004 of the Izvestje Raziskovalne postaje ZRC SAZU v Novi Gorici and since 2008 of the Goriški letnik. She presents her expert and research work at periodical lectures and seminars at the Faculty of Arts (University of Ljubljana), Faculty of Humanities (University of Primorska) and at the School of Humanities (University of Nova Gorica). During the years 2012-2016 she was vice-president of the Expert Council of the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum. Since 2014 she has been a member of the Scientific Council of the National and Study Library in Trieste, and since 2017 of the Action Group 6 of the European Union Strategy for the Alpine region. Between 2016-2017 she was a research fellow at the University of Udine. Since 2019 she leads multidisciplinary research programme Heritage on the margins.

Selected projects


material culture • mountain pasture and livestock grazing • architecture • dwelling culture • trade between countryside and towns • food • heritage and heritage studies • minorities • collections and collecting • Slovenia • the Alps • the Friuli • the Istria • borders and borderlands • mountain regions