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Mela Žuljević
Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde
Schongauerstr. 9
04328 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 341 600 55-145

Mela Žuljević


Research area: Geovisualisatons
Department: Cartography and Viusal Communication

Short CV


At the IfL since December 2022

2021–2022: Researcher, Spatial Capacity Building, University of Hasselt (BE)                        

2018: Guest researcher and curator, Z33 – House for Contemporary Art (Hasselt, BE)

2017–2022: PhD in Architecture, University of Hasselt (BE), Faculty of Architecture and Art, Hasselt (within the Critical Heritage Studies and the Future of Europe MSCA-ITN). Thesis title: "Wayfinding between the Historical Landscape and the Design Space: Uses of the past in participatory design in the context of heritage-development"

2016–2017: Assistant Professor, Department of Interior Design. University “Dzemal Bijedic” in Mostar (BA)

2012–2014: MA in Visual Communications. Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo (BA) – Department of Graphic Design

2009–2012: Project manager & design researcher, OKC Abrašević/Abart (BA) on projects: „Amnezion: A collaborative course on rethinking the public“ (2012), (Re)collecting Mostar (2010–2012), Art in divided cities (2009–2010)

2003–2009: BA in Product Design, Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo (BA) – Department of Product Design

Research interests


Visual Communication, Landscapes, Development, Politics of design



Journal articles

Žuljević, Mela / Roosen, Barbara / Huybrechts, Liesbeth (2022)

Thinging with the past: co-designing a slow road network by mediating between the historical landscape and the design space

In: CoDesign : international journal of cocreation in design and the arts

Žuljević, Mela / Huybrechts, Liesbeth (2021)

Historicising design space: uses of the past in participatory prefiguring of spatial development

In: Design studies, 73 (2021)

Huybrechts, Liesbeth / Teli, Maurizio / Žuljević, Mela / Bettega, Mela (2020)

Visions that change : articulating the politics of participatory design

In: CoDesign : international journal of cocreation in design and the arts, 16 (2020), 1, Seite 3-16

Bogojević, Anja / Puzić, Amila / Žuljević, Mela (2019)

False stories from the history of Mostar

In: Space and polity, 23 (2019), 2, Seite 216-228