1672 Methods for Evaluating Environmental Policies

1672 Methods for Evaluating Environmental Policies

  • Study programme and level: Professional degree programme Administration 1nd Cycle
  • 2nd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 30
  • Other forms of study: 90
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Žiga Kotnik, PhD


1. Objectives and competences



  • Understands the basic concepts of environmental policy in the EU and Slovenia.
  • Identifies the research problem in a real situation and forms a research question.
  • Master the theoretical basis of quantitative and qualitative methods used in environmental research.
  • Selects the appropriate method, use databases, examine literature and uses them to solve a research question on the real case from the environmental sector.
  • is trained to perform a convincing presentation of results supported by theoretical facts and examples.


  • Understanding environmental policies at EU and national level.
  • Understanding the processes and operations of NGOs at the local, national and international levels.
  • Ability to work with NGOs.
  • Critical assessment of research data in order to formulate a research question.
  • Understanding and applying appropriate research methods to analyze concrete examples from the environmental sector.
  • Use of environmental literature and databases to identify research data and place it in context.
  • Deliver research results through a compelling oral presentation.

2. Content

  • Review of EU environmental policy.
  • Review of environmental policy in Slovenia.
  • Policymaking, regulation and operation of non-governmental organisations in environmental sector.
  • Policymaking and regulation in environmental sector.
  • Economic aspects of environmental protection.
  • Quantitative methods in the case of environmental policies (descriptive statistics, regression analysis).
  • Qualitative methods in the case of environmental policies (interview analysis, experiment, survey methodology, case study, desktop research).
  • Implementation of research methods to the real life case from the environmental sector.
  • The process of planning and conducting research in the environmental sector.
  • Use of databases for environmental policy analysis.
  • Data mining.
  • Data delivery and innovative image displays.
  • Effective and clear presentation of research results in the environmental sector.

3. Readings

  • Delreux, T., & Happaerts, S. (2016). Environmental policy and politics in the European Union. Macmillan International Higher Education. 320 str.
  • Haigh, N. (2015). EU environmental policy: its journey to centre stage. Routledge. 214 str.
  • Evropska komisija. (2019). Pregled izvajanja okoljske politike 2019. Poročilo za posamezne države – SLOVENIJA. Evropska unija. 37 str.
  • Žitnik. M. (2009). Okoljski kazalniki za Slovenijo. Ljubljana: SURS. 49 str.
  • Zakon o varstvu okolja (ZVO-1). Ur. list RS. 41/2004, 57/08, 70/08, 108/09, 48/12, 57/12, 92/13, 56/15, 102/15, 30/16. 148 str.
  • Thampapillai, D. J., & Ruth, M. (2019). Environmental economics: Concepts, methods and policies. Routledge. 324 str.
  • Edmonds, W. A., & Kennedy, T. D. (2016). An applied guide to research designs: Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods. Sage Publications. 392 str.
  • O'Sullivan, E., Berner, M., Taliaferro, J. D., and Rassel, G. R. (2016). Research methods for public administrators. New York: Routledge. 544 str.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Student understands:

  • Basics of environmental policies in Slovenia and in the EU.
  • Processes of operation of non-governmental organisations in the environmental sector.

 The student will be able:

  • to define a research question from a concrete problem in the environmental sector.
  • to choose the appropriate method for solving research question in the environmental sector.
  • use databases and literature to identify relevant research data.
  • Conduct a convincing and evidence-based oral presentation.
  • Working in an interdisciplinary team in a non-governmental organization.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Student preparations for lectures.
  • Lecture.
  • Student praparation for tutorials.
  • Seminar paper.
  • E-learning.




6. Assessment

  • written and/or oral exam (60%)
  • seminar paper (40%)