Sonja Dragovic has an MSc in Urban Studies from the Free University of Brussels (ULB). She is a PhD researcher at the University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE-IUL), supported by the Fellowship of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Her interests include analyzing practices of urban activism and working with local communities toward improving participatory methods, public policies, and shared spaces. She is a member of several activist and research collectives, which are based in Montenegro and Portugal and dedicated to studying the current approaches to policy and practice of urban development. Works in the areas of social sciences with emphasis on economic and social geography, architecture, and urban studies.

Identificação pessoal

Nome completo
Sonja Dragovic

Nomes de citação

  • Dragovic, Sonja

Identificadores de autor

Ciência ID


Domínios de atuação

  • Ciências Sociais - Geografia Económica e Social - Estudos Urbanos
  • Ciências Sociais - Economia e Gestão - Economia


Idioma Conversação Leitura Escrita Compreensão Peer-review
Servo-Croata (Idioma materno)
Inglês Utilizador proficiente (C2) Utilizador proficiente (C2) Utilizador proficiente (C2) Utilizador proficiente (C2) Utilizador proficiente (C2)
Russo Utilizador elementar (A2) Utilizador independente (B2) Utilizador elementar (A2) Utilizador independente (B1) Utilizador elementar (A2)
Espanhol; Castelhano Utilizador independente (B1) Utilizador independente (B1) Utilizador elementar (A2) Utilizador independente (B1) Utilizador elementar (A2)
Português Utilizador elementar (A1) Utilizador independente (B1) Utilizador elementar (A1) Utilizador independente (B1) Utilizador elementar (A1)
Grau Classificação
2020/09 - 2024/09
Em curso
Architecture of Contemporary Metropolitan Territories (Doutoramento)
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
2013/09/10 - 2015/09/26
Urban Studies (Master)
Especialização em Urban Studies
Université Libre de Bruxelles, Bélgica
Great Distinction
2007/09/01 - 2012/07/10
Economics (Bachelor)
Especialização em Economics
Univerzitet Crne Gore Ekonomski Fakultet, Montenegro
2008/08/20 - 2009/05/09
Economics (Bachelor)
Especialização em Economics
The University of Maine, Estados Unidos
Percurso profissional


Categoria Profissional
Instituição de acolhimento
2019/10 - Atual Researcher and editor Architectuul Publishing Platform, Alemanha
2016/10 - 2020/04/30 Researcher Expeditio - Center for Sustainable Spatial Development , Montenegro
2019/01 - 2019/12 Fellow Future Architecture Platform, Eslovénia
2016/09 - 2019/09 Program Director NGO Biciklo.me, Montenegro
2016/07/01 - 2017/12/31 Project Coordinator ArchCommune – Center for Architecture and Culture , Montenegro


Designação Financiadores
2019/11/01 - 2020/07/31 Sustainable Urban Mobility in High Schools in Podgorica
NGO Biciklo.me, Montenegro
Regional programme on local democracy in the Western Balkans (ReLOaD)
2018/04/01 - 2018/09/30 Better Traffic, Better City
NGO Biciklo.me, Montenegro
ActionSEE - Accountability, Technology and Institutional Openness Network in South East Europe
2016/07/01 - 2017/12/31 Our City, Our Stage
ArchCommune – Center for Architecture and Culture , Montenegro
European Cultural Foundation – ECF


Designação Financiadores
2020/12/01 - 2021/07/01 Future Ecologies
British Council Montenegro
Em curso


Artigo em conferência
  1. Vujosevic, Milica; Dragovic, Sonja. "Cypress Revolution: The Importance of Public Participation in Urban Planning Decision-making Process in Montenegro". Trabalho apresentado em International scientific conference Environmental impact of illegal construction, poor planning and design IMPEDE 2019, Belgrade, 2019.
  2. Dragovic, Sonja. "From block to city, and back: post-1989 transformation of residential neighbourhoods in Podgorica". Trabalho apresentado em International Conference on Cities and Change "Three Decades of Post-socialist Transition", Darmstadt, 2019.
  3. Dragovic, Sonja. "When Government Takes All the Space: Centralization of Urban Planning in Montenegro". Trabalho apresentado em Third International Conference of Young Urban Researchers, Lisbon, 2018.
Artigo em jornal
  1. Dragovic, Sonja. "Space to Talk (Original title: Prostor je za razgovor!)", Vijesti, 2019, https://www.vijesti.me/vijesti/drustvo/prostor-je-za-razgovor.
Artigo em revista
  1. Sonja Dragovic. "Common action: Can grassroots initiatives propel territorial governance in Montenegro?". European Spatial Research and Policy (2021): https://doi.org/10.18778/1231-1952.28.2.05.
  2. Carolina Neto Henriques; Sonja Dragovic; Christine Auer; Irina Gomes; Henriques, Carolina; Dragovic, Sonja; Gomes, Irina; Auer, Christine. "The Territorial Agenda 2030: Towards a common language? A review of a conceptual framework". Europa XXI 38 (2020): 157-174. https://doi.org/10.7163/Eu21.2020.38.8.
    Aceite para publicação • 10.7163/Eu21.2020.38.8
  3. Dragovic, Sonja. "Tailors Turned Activists: Surviving the Demise of the Croatian Textile Industry". Intersections 2 1 (2016): 32-53. http://dx.doi.org/10.17356/ieejsp.v2i1.146.
    Acesso aberto • Publicado • 10.17356/ieejsp.v2i1.146
Artigo em revista (magazine)
  1. Dragovic, Sonja. "What Fundamentals? Revisiting Treasures in Disguise: The Ominous Ruins of Montenegrin Modernism", Architectuul, 2021, https://blog.architectuul.com/post/642897738107895808/what-fundamentals-revisiting-treasures-in?.
  2. Dragovic, Sonja. "Saving Hotel Podgorica: Who, if not Architects?", Architectuul, 2020, https://blog.architectuul.com/post/635912889909264384/saving-hotel-podgorica-who-if-not-architects.
  3. Dragovic, Sonja. "Everything Could Always be Different: Women of IBA 1984/87", Architectuul, 2020, https://blog.architectuul.com/post/611819314199314432/working-title-women-of-iba-198487.
  4. Dragovic, Sonja. "Agriculture and Architecture: Saving Spaceship Earth", Architectuul, 2020, https://blog.architectuul.com/post/190435855747/agriculture-and-architecture-saving-spaceship.
  5. Dragovic, Sonja. "Women Who Built Yugoslavia", Architectuul, 2019, https://blog.architectuul.com/post/184123642247/women-who-built-yugoslavia.
Capítulo de livro
  1. Sonja Dragovic; Dragovic, Sonja. "The Volatile Policy Framework of Spatial Planning in Montenegro: Will the Centre Hold?". In Governing Territorial Development in the Western Balkans - Challenges and Prospects of Regional Cooperation, editado por Erblin Berisha; Giancarlo Cotella; Alys Solly. Springer International Publishing, 2021.
    No prelo • 10.1007/978-3-030-72124-4_7
  1. Cukic, Iva; Timotijevic, Jovana; Dragovic, Sonja; Stojic, Bozena; Dragusha, Njomza; Rexha, Orbis; Rajic, Tatjana. Spaces of Commoning: Urban Commons in the Ex-YU Region. Belgrade, Sérvia: Ministry of Space / Institute for Urban Politics. 2020.
  2. Dragovic, Sonja. Getting from Home to School: High School Students in Podgorica Traffic (Original title: Od kuce do skole: srednjoskolci u podgorickom saobracaju). Podgorica, Montenegro: NVO Biciklo.me. 2020.
  3. Dragovic, Sonja. Better Traffic, Better City (Original title: Bolji saobracaj, bolji grad). Podgorica, Montenegro: NVO Biciklo.me. 2018.
  4. Vujosevic, Milica; Rabrenovic, Jelena; Dragovic, Sonja. Urban Planning Approach: Public participation in planning Blok 5 in Podgorica (Original title: Pristup izradi planskog dokumenta: ucesce javnosti u planiranju Bloka 5 u Podgorici). Podgorica, Montenegro: NGO KANA / Ko ako ne arhitekt. 2017.
    Publicado • 10.5281/zenodo.1068525
  5. Dragovic, Sonja; Sabeljic, Slobodan. Women's Chronicles (Original title: Zenske hronike). Kolasin, Montenegro: NVO Fenomeni. 2014.
Recurso online
  1. Dragovic, Sonja. Jan Gehl in Podgorica: A City's Best Protection is its Citizens. 2018. https://www.4cities.eu/jan-gehl-in-podgorica-a-citys-best-protection-is-its-citizens/.
  2. Dragovic, Sonja. Be Realistic, Demand the Impossible! Podgorica's Blok 5. 2018. https://lefteast.org/bojovic-blok5/.
  3. Dragovic, Sonja. European cycling tradition: Rediscovering the bicycle in the struggle for a better city (Original title: Biciklisticka tradicija u Evropi: novo otkrivanje bicikla u borbi za bolji grad). 2017. http://www.cdtmn.org/2017/12/06/biciklisticka-tradicija-u-evropi-novo-otkrivanje-bicikla-u-borbi-za-bolji-grad/.
Tese / Dissertação
  1. Dragovic, Sonja. "Workers and Their Factories: Resilient Communities behind Ruined Localities". Mestrado, Université Libre de Bruxelles, 2015.

Artística / Interpretação

  1. Adrijana Gvozdenovic; Dragovic, Sonja; Lenka Djorojevic; Matej Stupica; Ivan Markovic; Natalija Vujosevic. Future Ecologies: Future in debris. 2021.


Outra produção
  1. System: Collapse (Original title: Sistem: rusenje). An entry for the 41st art salon "November 13th" in Cetinje, Montenegro. The pavilion includes a photo collage titled "System: Collapse" and a retrospective of the activities of KANA/Ko ako ne arhitekt (KANA/Who if not architect) group.. 2019. Dragovic, Sonja; Vujosevic, Milica; Rabrenovic, Jelena; Draganic, Ruzica.
  2. Five Figures. Competition entry for architectural intervention in the Fužine Castle (Ljubljana, Slovenia), presented at the exhibition "We're Renovating!!!" at MAO Museum of Architecture and Design.. 2019. Dragovic, Sonja; Dragovic, Srdja. http://www.mao.si/Exhibition/We-re-Renovating.aspx.
  3. KANA/Who if not architect (Original name: KANA/Ko ako ne arhitekt). Group of architects and urban researchers dedicated to studying and preservation of the modernist architectural heritage of Montenegro.. 2016. Dragovic, Sonja; Vujosevic, Milica; Rabrenovic, Jelena; Draganic, Ruzica. https://www.facebook.com/koakonearhitekt/.

Apresentação oral de trabalho

Título da apresentação Nome do evento
Anfitrião (Local do evento)
2021/07/15 'The Weight That Brings Us Together': Spomen Dom as the Space of Community Construction, Reflection, and Change RC21 Conference: Sensing the City
University of Antwerp, Belgium (Antwerp)
2020/11/20 Reaching out for a Place in the City: Urban Struggles for Public Space amid Multiple Crises Online Open Forum: Right to the City in COVID-19 Pandemic
GO2 Albania - Sustainable Urban Planning Organization (Shkodër, Albânia)
2020/10/09 The Territorial Agenda 2030: Towards a common language? A review of a conceptual framework. New Borders in Europe? Annual meeting in the Danish European Community Studies Association, 8-9 October 2020.
Centre for Border Region Studies, Department of Political Science and Public Management, in Alsion in Sønderborg, SDU (Sønderborg, Dinamarca)
2019/09/20 "The Weight that Brings us Together": Spomen Dom in Kolasin as the Space of Community Construction, Reflection, and Change Symbolic Materiality and Atmospheres of Space in Southeastern Europe
Department of History, University of Hamburg (Hamburg, Alemanha)
2019/04/24 Whose tree is this tree: the lessons from web-based citizen participation in greening the city 4th International Conference Urban E-planning
Institute of Geography and Spatial Planning, University of Lisbon (Lisbon, Portugal)
2019/02/14 The Beautiful Ruins We're Made Of Future Architecture Creative Exchange
Future Architecture Platform, Museum of Architecture and Design (Ljubljana, Eslovénia)
2018/06/02 First comes the neighborhood: initial steps towards strengthening urban social movements in Podgorica, Montenegro Urban Struggles in the Mediterranean Cities: The right to the city and the common space Unconference.
School of Architecture, National Technical University of Athens (Athens, Grécia)
2018/03/16 Urban planning and city government: historical overview, current European practice, and comment on the new Montenegrin Law on Spatial Planning and Construction (Original title: Urbanisticko planiranje i gradska uprava: istorijski pregled, savremene evropske prakse i osvrt na novi crnogorski Zakon o planiranju prostora i izgradnji objekata) Strengthening the rights of access to housing in Montenegro
ADP-ZID (Podgorica, Montenegro)
2017/06/02 Preserving the XX century Architectural Heritage in Montenegro: A New Fight for the City 4th Heritage Forum of Central Europe: Heritage and Society
International Cultural Centre (Krakow, Polónia)
2017/04/25 (In)visible? Cycling as a method of transportation in Podgorica FLUID Design Forum
FLUID Design Forum (Podgorica, Montenegro)

Organização de evento

Nome do evento
Tipo de evento (Tipo de participação)
Instituição / Organização
2017/09/21 - 2017/09/21 September Salon 2017: Discovering Calvino's "Invisible Cities" in Brussels. The workshop involved around 50 students and alumni of 4Cities master program in urban studies and was centered around urban exploration inspired by the city visions from Italo Calvino's "Invisible Cities". The resulting online exhibition can be seen here: http://www.4cities.eu/discovering-calvinos-invisible-cities-in-brussels-september-salon-2017-part-i/ (2017/09/21 - 2017/09/21)
Oficina (workshop) (Coorganizador)
4Cities Master Program in Urban Studies , Bélgica

Participação em evento

Descrição da atividade
Tipo de evento
Nome do evento
Instituição / Organização
2019/05/30 - 2019/05/31 Workshop on the challenges of regional development in the Western Balkans, with reference to best practices deriving from EU territorial and development framework scenarios.
Oficina (workshop)
Challenges of Regional Development in Western Balkans – Visioning for Territorial Futures
Western Balkans Network on Territorial Governance, Albânia
2019/05/07 - 2019/05/07 Moderating the debate titled "Good News! Transforming People's Lives", as part of the award ceremony for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe. Participants of the debate were architects and clients of the finalist and winner works.
EU Mies Award Day
Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Espanha
2018/05/17 - 2018/05/18 Workshop to initiate the creation of Western Balkan Network on Territorial Governance
Oficina (workshop)
Western Balkan Network on Territorial Governance - Initiating Workshop
Co-PLAN Institute for Habitat Development, Albânia
2017/04/27 - 2017/04/29 Workshop on reaffirming derelict, abandoned or "in between" spaces through cultural and artistic initiatives
Oficina (workshop)
Modeling the public in dissonant co-spaces
Jelena Šantic Foundation , Sérvia
2016/11/05 - 2016/11/05 Round table on Independent Culture for Sustainable Development of Balkan Cities: Possibilities, Experiences, Proposals
ACT4CITY: Independent cultural actors toward sustainable Balkan cities
City Creative Network - CCN, Macedónia
2016/09/07 - 2016/09/09 Conference of the project "New Ideas For Old Buildings", focusing on the management of empty buildings as well as on actual models of co-­-working, -living, ­- existing
Co-­Create Conference! City Making Ruhr
kitev (Kultur im Turm e.V.), Alemanha
2016/05/13 - 2016/05/14 ACT4CITY, a regional workshop on independent cultural actors working towards sustainable cities ACT4CITY
Expeditio - Center for Sustainable Spatial Development , Montenegro

Membro de associação

Nome da associação Tipo de participação
2018/07 - Atual Laboratório de Estudos Urbanos (LEU)

Outro júri / avaliação

Descrição da atividade Instituição / Organização
2019/09/23 - 2019/09/28 Workshop "Building(s) Change: Exploring the Relationship Between the Built Environment and the Community", organized over a period of five days for the students of architecture, as part of Tirana Design Week. Universiteti POLIS, Albânia


2013 Erasmus Mundus Scholarship
2008 FORECAST Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies
USAID, Estados Unidos

Outra distinção

2009 Dean's List Distinction
The University of Maine, Estados Unidos