Olja Družić Ljubotina was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1970. She graduated from the Faculty of Law, Department of Social Work, University of Zagreb in 1996. She acquired MA at Department of Sociology, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb in 2004. and PhD at Faculty of Law, Department of Social Work, University of Zagreb with thesis “Attribution for poverty and some psychosocial characteristics of social assistance recipients“ in 2009.
In 2017. she was elected to the academic title associate professor in the field of social sciences.
Since October 2000 she is employed at Department of Social Work of Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb as assistant. She is a member of research team for UNICEF project „Poverty and material well-being of preschool children in Republic of Croatia” since 2012. Previously she participated in research for several scientific research projects financed by Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, „Social Policy and Social Work in Croatia” (2000-2004) guided by Professor emeritus Vlado Puljiz, „Models of Action and Evaluation Researches in Social Work” (2004-2006) and “Children, youth, family and social development of Croatia” (2006-2012) guided by professor Marina Ajduković, PhD.
She has taught courses at the undergraduate level (Social work with group and Poverty and social work), course at the postgraduate doctoral study Social work and social policy (Social problems and social risks) and course at the postgraduate specialist study Children's rights (Poverty and children) at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb.
She participated in working groups for drafting proposal texts of several laws and documents in the field of social policy and social work activities.
Her research expertise is poverty and social exclusion and social work with groups. She is a member of Croatian Chamber of Social Workers, Croatian Association of Social Workers, Society for Psychological Assistance, Volunteers' Centre Zagreb and Rehabilitation center for stress and trauma.
Graduation year: 1996
mr.sc. graduation year: 2004
PhD graduation year: 2009
Employed since: 2000
Public phone number:
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Theory and Methods of Social Work
Are children in Croatia equal in the realization of their basic rights?
The role of social services in the community with a focus on specific user groups
Do children in Croatia have equal access to basic rights?
How do we care for the homeless? A view from the perspective of shelter and overnight accommodation users
Poverty and inequality of children in the education system
Challenges in synergies of social and educational policies in regard to poverty
The attitude of the public and experts towards the homeless
The experience of social injustice: a psychosocial perspective
Equality Data Collection Practices in Croatia.
The quality of services for the homeless from the perspective of shelter and overnight shelter users
Do children who live in poverty have equal access to education?
Some Indicators of Psychologic Wellbeing of Mothers from Single parent Families
Child poverty – effects and protective factors
Deep Dive Analysis of Policies, Programs, Services, Sources of Financing and Mechanisms Aimed at Preventing Poverty and Social Exclusion of Children in Croatia - The Basis for the Development of the National Action Plan for the Implementation of the European Child Guarantee in Croatia
Equality Data Collection Practices in Croatia
Social Mentoring Guide for Experts of the Croatian Institute for Social Work
Determinants of Causal Attributions of Homelessness in Croatia
Advocacy initiatives as initiators of changes in social policy and social work
Caring for the homeless
Child marriages in Roma community in Croatia
Quality of life and some psychosocial characteristics of mothers from single-parent families
The role of social care in integration of persons under international protection
Deep dive analysis of policies, programmes, services, funding sources and mechanisms aimed at combating child poverty in Croatia. Literature review
Child marriages in the Roma communitiy in Croatia
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the realization of social rights
The importance of volunteering in times of crisis and recovery
How is it to be "in the shoes" of a child with the experience of poverty in the city?
What others and different tell us: how is it to be homeless in Croatia?
Availability of services for children living in poverty
What do children who live in poverty tell us?
Social work and politics - so close and so far away
Families at risk of poverty: what are they telling us and can we support them?
The Implications of Researches on Poverty to Education of Social Works in Croatia
Homelessness in Croatia: who needs researches at all?
The implications of researches on poverty to education of social workers in Croatia
The role of economic hardship and parental behaviour in internalizing and externalizing problems in youth
Stigmatization of children who live in terms of poverty: can it be different?
Effect of poverty on the well-being and quality of life of families from the perspective of children
Familise with children living in conditions of poverty: parents perspective
Childran and Youth Trapped in New Poverty
Everyday life of young people living in conditions of poverty: perspectives of high school students and their parents
The effect of poverty on the well-being and quality of life of youth: qualitative perspective
Service users involvement in social work research: homelessness in Croatia
Poverty and children
The role of the resilience in connection between family material status and adolescents' intenalizing problems
Being a child from poor family in "poor" and "rich" community
Rights of the child - a multidisciplinary approach
The portrait of social support of the homeless in Croatia
What kind of support families homeless in Croatia?
Live and raise children in poverty: perspectives of parents
Health of Parents and Children
Social support for children and families
Using social welfare services and measures to protect the rights and welfare of the child (according to the estimates of social workers)
Poverty and well-being of preschool children in Croatia.
User perspective in planning of program for social involvement of homeless people
Integration of homeless people within society providing employment support services
Children in the social welfare during economic crisis: the case of Croatia
Relationship of poverty and some aspects of psychological welfare
The occupational stress in social workers: sources of stress and burnout
Poverty as a social work challenge in the economic crisis context in Croatia
What is the role of science in improving the quality of life for the homeless?
Professional stress and burn-out in the work of social workers
The contribution of some psychosocial variables in predicting attribution of causes of poverty
What is the role of science in improving the quality of life of homeless people?
Small creative socialization groups as a factor empowering children in refuge
Looking for professional integrity
What is the role of science in improving the quality of life for homeless people?
Subjective quality of life of individuals living in poverty and employed persons of different economic status
Challenges in aproaching the problem of homelessness in Croatia
How much (not) know about homelessness?
Homelessness: A view from different perspectives
The problem of poverty from the perspective of the elderly
Effects of inclusive volunteering: views from the user perspective
The role and importance of volunteering for social inclusion
Poverty and social work: to what extent social work addresses the issue of "poverty"?
Civil Society Association's Contribution to the Social Reconstruction of the Community
Are poor users satisfied with the relationship with their social worker?
Attribution for poverty and some psychosocial characteristics of social assistance recipients
Causes of poverty – poor people point of view
Psychosocial work as facilitator of social capital in community
Personal relation toward poverty - an important initiator of counteracting poverty in community
Poor people's perception of social injustice
Children and poverty in Croatia: state and needs
Attributions of poverty among social work and non-social work students in Croatia
Perception of social injustice of young people parts of Croatia differently affected by the war
Perception of social injustice as a predictor of deviant behavior
Perception of social injustice and youth's value system - The case of war exposed regions
Social sensibility of social work students in comparison to other students
Is there any differences in value system among social work and non-social work students?
Perception of social injustice, consequences of war and religiousness as the predictors of the deviant behavior of the youth
Children and Poverty in Croatia: Present State and Needs
Socio-demografic Characteristics and Experiences of Foster Families
Children and poverty: research challenges
Social injustice, structure of values and ways of achieving values in youth.
Advancement possibilities of foster care as alternative form of child care - challenge for social work
Co-operation between governmental and non-governmental organisations in the work with abused children
Some aspects of field placement in the process of the education of social workers
Evaluation of outcomes of the psychoeducative approach in reinforcement of the mental health of the children in communities of returnees
Teachers as helpers in a post-war community - experiences from Hrvatska Kostajnica and Đakovica (Kosovo)
Characteristics of Child Sexual Abuse in Croatia(1990-1998)
Psycho-educational approach in increasing resilience in children
Support and Assistance to Children in the Process of Return : An Integrative Approach
Evaluation of social work students field training
Socialization Group for Older Elementary School Children
Possibilities of Psychoeducative Approach in Advancing Mental Health of Children
Co-operation between governmental and non-governmental organisationas in the work with abused children
Experiences in Giving Support and Help in the Process of Social Reconstruction in the Community
Meeting the Needs of Children in Resettlement Process in Hrvatska Kostajnica
Helpers' burn-out syndrome and factors which influence the degree of burn-out
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