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Prof. Nevenka Žegarac

E-mail: nevenka.zegarac@fpn.bg.ac.rsnelazegarac@gmail.com

[ Date from - Date to ]                       Degree(s) or Diploma(s) obtained:

1997-02     University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences, PhD in Social Work
1992-96     Faculty of Political Sciences, Master of Science in Social Work
1988-90     Faculty of Political Sciences, Department for Social Work and Social Policy, BA in Social Work
1986-88     College for Senior Social Workers in Belgrade

Other skills

  • Research (especially qualitative research with children and social service workforce research)
  • Development of social service and case management standards
  • Advanced training skills
  • Development of training/educational materials and training for trainers
  • Development of protocols and procedures for social service practitioners
  • Development of evaluation tools and techniques
  • Evaluation of effectiveness of social care interventions and service provision
  • Program evaluation
  • Policy analysis

Present position

From 2012 engaged as a Full Professor on Faculty of Political Sciences, Department for Social Work and Social Policy, University of Belgrade. Director of MA Social Work program on FPN UB.

Key qualifications

  • Engaged as a main researcher or team member in a number of individual and group research and developmental projects. The main fields of the research were: Case Management, Child Abuse and Neglect, Children on Alternative Care, Domestic Violence, Family Support Services, Child Trafficking, Child’s Rights and Participation, Professional Development of Social Service Workforce, Social Service Standards and Social Service Provision.
  • Teaching social work students in university settings on BA, MA and PhD programs (on BA: Social Case work, Social work with Children and Youth, Communication Skills; on MA: Case Management: On PhD: Social Work Methodological Complex and Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches in Social Work and Social Policy Research). Training of professionals in social welfare public and non-profit sector and training of trainers.
  • National representative and a project/team leader in European educational and research projects (544246- TEMPUS-1-2013-RS-TEMPUS-JPCR; ERASMUS+ 2015-1-UK01-KA203-013820 – TER00100; COST action CA18123)
  • Consultancy in policy, service and program development, assessment and evaluation and development of standards of services for vulnerable children and quality assurance of services. More than 20 years of experience of consultancy in Serbia and West Balkan region with a number of governments, and international organisations such as UNICEF, Save the Children, Terre de Homes, IOM, UNDP and ILO.

Other relevant information

Author of six (6), editor of five (5) and co-author of ten (10) social work books, more than thirty (30) chapters in monographs and handbooks, and more than fifteen (15) articles published in scientific journals.


  • Zegarac, N. & Burgund Isakov, A. (2018) Using a real case scenario in teaching social work with children and families in different practice settings, Social Work Education, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2018.1529155
  • Džamonja Ignjatovic, T., Milanovic, M. and Žegarac, N. (2017) How services for children with disabilities in Serbia affect the quality of life of their families, Research in Developmental Disabilities 68 1–8.
  • Zegarac, N. (2017) Child Welfare and Serbia on the Path towards European Integration. In P. Dolan and N. Frost (Eds) The Routledge Handbook of Global Child Welfare. London: Routledge.
  • Avramovic, M. and Zegarac, N. (2016) Me at the Center: Perspectives of children with disabilities on community-based services in Serbia. Children’s Geographies, DOI: 10.1080/14733285.2015.1136735
  • Burgund, A. and Zegarac, N. (2015) Perspectives of Youth in Care in Serbia. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, DOI: 10.1007/s10560-015-0413-5
  • Zegarac, N. and Burgund, A. (2015) Caseworkers’ perceptions of the strengths of the child family and community. Child and Family Social Work, doi:10.1111/cfs.12252