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Center for Transdisciplinary Promotion of Sustainable Development OdRaST

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Poljička cesta 35
21 000 Split

Head of the Center

Asst. Prof.  Ivana Restović, Ph.D. 


Center members:

Assoc. Prof. Bruno Curko, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Ivanka Buzov, Ph.D.

Assoc. Prof. Marita Brčić Kuljiš, Ph.D.

Asst. Prof. Mila Bulic, Ph.D.

 Tamara Ljubičić,
Head of the department for international cooperation and public relations 



The green transition is one of the strategic priorities of the EU in the coming period, and sustainability is one of the key development principles. In order to contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development goals, to implement the knowledge and develop the need for life in the only possible acceptable way, the idea of ​​establishing the Center for Transdisciplinary Promotion of Sustainable Development - OdRaST was born.

The OdRaST Center will promote the global sustainable development goals by connecting its three fundamental components: society, the environment and the economy, encouraging processes of awareness, reflection and efforts aimed at modern economic and social development in a protected environment.



The basic task of the OdRaST Center is to enable the promotion and realization of sustainable development goals not only through education, but also through the implementation of various activities of lifelong and socially useful learning, a transdisciplinary approach research, innovative and original projects, high-quality interactive forums among students and teachers of the Faculty , including employees of the University of Split. Special attention will be given to cooperation with local and wider community stakeholders, as well as experts of various profiles at the national and international level, with an emphasis on international cooperation with related centers and/or other institutions and faculties, which creates a basis for intellectual exchange and accumulation of contributions from different actors, disciplines, activities and institutions that see a certain problem from their own perspectives.

The establishment of the Center OdRaST is in line with the goals of the Development Strategy of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Split 2021-2025. and with the Strategy of the University of Split 2021-2025.



The aspiration of modern society is to live in prosperity with economic development, respecting the needs of all people and preserving the environment, in other words to live in a sustainable way. The concept of sustainable development can be interpreted in different ways depending on the viewing perspective, therefore there are numerous definitions of sustainable development in literature and everyday speech. However, each definition has in common the term balance, which refers to "satisfying the needs of the present generation, without jeopardizing the ability of future generations to satisfy their needs."

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

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Students of the module Education for sustainable development designed and presented interactive workshops for understanding and encouraging sustainable practice activities

Terms such as greenhouse effect, acid rain, thinning of the ozone layer, desertification, deforestation, erosion, flooding and drought can be heard more and more often. Pollution caused by various human activities has triggered a series of events recognized as global warming. The effects of global warming cause melting of ice at the poles, rising sea levels, acidification of the oceans, flooding of coastal areas, extreme weather conditions from droughts and intense heat waves in one region  and heavy prolonged rains and extreme cold on the other. Particular attention should be given to the impact of climate change on human, animal and plant health. Existing health problems are already getting worse, and the arrival of many invasive species that can bring new, unknown diseases has been observed. The biggest problem, however, remains the careless attitude of man to nature, the denial of the existence of climate change and the refusal to accept sustainable lifestyles.

The following workshops were conducted:
1. Climate change and water supplies. How to preserve and protect water supplies?

2. The impact of climate change on biodiversity. How to preserve biodiversity?

3. Soil erosion and changes in forest areas - consequences of climate change. How to protect the forest?

4. The impact of climate change on human health. How to preserve human health?

5. Vulnerability of natural systems due to climate change. What to do and how to protect them?

6. Vulnerability of social activities due to the impact of climate change. What to do?

7. The global response of the modern world to climate change. What can I do?


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