Dr Ivana Dobrotić

Ivana Dobrotić is Marie Curie Fellow at Department of Social Policy and Intervention. Ivana’s research is focused on comparative social policy with a particular interest in care-related leave policies and services, early childhood education, gender and social inequalities. She holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Master in Social Work from the University of Zagreb (Croatia). She is a member of international research network International Network on Leave Policies and Research and the EU working group Work-life Balance Indicators.


Ivana has been working as Assistant Professor of Comparative Social Policy at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, Department of Social Work, Social Policy Unit (Croatia). She was managing editor at Croatian Journal of Social Policy. Before joining the University of Zagreb, she worked as an expert in Croatian ministry in charge of poverty and social inclusion policies, and gender equality. She has been working as an expert or researcher on numerous projects related to different areas of social policy for Croatian government, EIGE platform, European Commission, Council of Europe, UNDP and UNICEF. In 2013-2018 period, she has been actively involved in family policymaking activities aimed to improve leave policies and the system of early childhood education and care in Croatia, advising on the regular basis the relevant ministries and other stakeholders.

Dobrotić, I. and Blum, S. (forthcoming May 2019) ‘A social right? Access to leave and its relation to parent’s labour market position.’ In `Parental leave and beyond: recent international developments, current issues and future directions`, eds. P. Moss, A. Duvander, A. Koslowski, The Policy Press. Read https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/parental-leave-and-beyond

Dobrotić, I. and Varga, M. (2018) ‘Why are paternity leaves and the father’s quotas important? A comparative overwiew of father`s leave schemes and factors and outcomes of father’s leave use in European countries’, Sociological Review, 48(2). Read https://hrcak.srce.hr/revija-za-sociologiju

Blum, S. and Dobrotić, I. (2018) ‘Wer hat Zugang zu Elterngeld? Soziale Rechte und Anspruchsbedingungen in vergleichender Perspektive’, Sozialer Fortschritt, 67 (2018), 667 – 687. Read https://ejournals.duncker-humblot.de/doi/pdf/10.3790/sfo.67.8-9.667

Dobrotić, I. (2018) ‘Ambivalent character of leave policies development in Croatia: between pronatalist and gender equality agenda’, Revista del Ministerio de Empleo y Seguridad Social, Special issue on leave policy and use in Mediterranean and South American countries, 36: 109 – 128. Read https://dialnet.unirioja.es/ejemplar/498265

Dobrotić, I., Matković, T., Menger, V. (2018), ‘An analysis of the indicators of the accessibility, quality, capacities and financing of the early and childhood education and care system in Croatia’. Zagreb: Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy. Read https://mdomsp.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/Publikacije/Analiza%20pristupa%C4%8Dnosti%20%2C%20kvalitete%2C%20kapaciteta%20i%20financiranja%20sustava%20ranog%20i%20pred%C5%A1kolskog%20odgoja%20i%20obrazovanja%20u%20Republici%20Hrvatskoj.pdf

          English summary: https://mdomsp.gov.hr/UserDocsImages/Publikacije/Dobrotic%20Matkovic%20Menger%202018%20Summary%20in%20English.pdf

Ajduković, M., Dobrotić, I. and Matančević, J. (2017) ‘Opportunities for advancing social policy in reducing child poverty: the perspective of key stakeholders’, Annual of Social Work, 24(2): 309-356. Read https://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php?show=toc&id_broj=15586

Bagić, D., I. Dobrotić, J. Lažnjak, P. Rodik, T. Vučković Juroš (2016) ‘Household Strategies of Coping of Economically (Partially) Inactive Households: A Case of Croatia’, Südosteuropa Journal of Politics and Society. Read https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/soeu.2017.65.issue-3/soeu-2017-0034/soeu-2017-0034.xml?format=INT

Dobrotić, I. (2016) ‘Crisis and Croatian welfare state: a new opportunity for welfare state retrenchment?’, In: K. Schubert, P. de Villota and J. Kuhlmann (eds.), Challenges to  European Welfare Systems, Springer Publishing. Read https://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783319076799

Dobrotić, I. and Vučković Juroš, T. (2016) ‘Who should finance childcare? Multilevel analysis of 24 countries’. Croatian Journal of Social Policy, 23(3): 323-357. Read http://www.rsp.hr/ojs2/index.php/rsp/article/view/1392

Dobrotić, I. (2016) ‘Development and Difficulties of the Eldercare System in Croatia’, Journal for General Social Issues, 25(1): 21-45. Read https://hrcak.srce.hr/index.php?show=clanak&id_clanak_jezik=232817

Dobrotić, I. (2015) ‘Work-Family Policies and the Position of Parents on the Labour Market’ Croatian Journal of Social Policy, 22(3): 353-374. Read http://www.rsp.hr/ojs2/index.php/rsp/article/view/1258

Dobrotić, I., Pećnik, N. and  Baran, J. (2015) Parental needs and provision of support services to parents raising children in difficult circumstances. Zagreb: RODA. Read https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ivana_Dobrotic/publication/311846293_Potrebe_roditelja_i_pruzanje_usluga_roditeljima_koji_podizu_djecu_u_otezanim_okolnostima/links/585d27e408ae8fce48fe5b14/Potrebe-roditelja-i-pruzanje-usluga-roditeljima-koji-podizu-djecu-u-otezanim-okolnostima.pdf

Blum, S., Formánková L. and Dobrotić, I. (2014) ‘Family Policies in ‘Hybrid’ Welfare States after the Crisis: Pathways between policy expansion and retrenchment’ Social Policy & Administration 48 (4), 468-491. Read https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/spol.12071

Vučković Juroš, T.; Dobrotić, I., Zrinščak, S. (2014) ‘Social distance and society: minority groups in postcommunist and Southern European countries’ In J. Baloban, K. Nikodem and S. Zrinščak (eds.), Values in Croatia: comparative analysis (pp. 217-257). Zagreb: Kršćanska sadašnjost, Katolički bogoslovni fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu. Read https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ivana_Dobrotic/publication/288827812_Socijalna_distanca_i_drustveno_okruzenje_Manjinske_skupine_u_postkomunistickim_i_juznoeuropskim_zemljama/links/5684d0ea08aebccc4e1047f7/Socijalna-distanca-i-drustveno-okruzenje-Manjinske-skupine-u-postkomunistickim-i-juznoeuropskim-zemljama.pdf

Dobrotić, I.; Matković, T.; Zrinščak; S. (2013) ‘Gender Equality Policies and Practices in Croatia – The Interplay of Transition and Late Europeanization’ Social Policy & Administration, 47(2): 218-240. Read https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/spol.12016

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