Jani Kozina graduated and completed his doctoral degree in geography at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana. He built his research skills at the Institute of Anthropological and Spatial Studies at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2006, between 2007 and 2009 at the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, and in 2014 and 2015 at the School of Management at Cardiff Metropolitan University. In 2009 he joined the Anton Melik Geographical Institute at SRC SASA as a young researcher and has been working there as a research fellow since 2013. Assistant professor in geography since 2016, he became lead lecturer in cultural geography at the Postgraduate School SRC SASA in 2020. He is the leader and associate in numerous research and applied projects dealing with cultural and creative programmes and their spatial and wider socio-economic implications. Recently he has been preoccupied with social innovation and social responsibility. Jani is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations, including Europa Nostra, 2015, Social and Economic Innovator, European Commission - DG MARE, 2019).