Jože Pirjevec, PhD akad.

Principal Research Associate
Phone: +386 5 663 77 00

Research Areas:

  • Modern history of Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe
  • History of Trieste and Primorska
  • Cold War history


Jože Pirjevec graduated from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Trieste in 1966 and continued his postgraduate studies at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa in 1967-1969 and then at the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna in 1969-1971. He completed his doctoral studies at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana in 1976 with his dissertation "Niccolò Tommaseo between Italy and Slavia".

Jože Pirjevec has been working as a Principal Research Associate at the Science and Research Centre in Koper since 1996, where he has led 14 research projects within the Institute for Historical Studies, including the research programme "The Mediterranean and Slovenia" between 2004 and 2019. Since 1971, he lectured at the Universities of Pisa, Padua, Trieste in Italy and later on the University of Primorska in Koper, Slovenia, where he also held the position of Head of the Department of History at UP FHŠ. Since 1995 he has been a member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (full member since 2009).

Jože Pirjevec is the author of 11 scientific monographs, which have also been translated into English, German, Italian, French and other languages. His total number of scientific publications is 190.

Since 1988, when he received the Kidrič Fund Prize for his monograph "Tito, Stalin and the West", he has been the recipient of several awards: Premio Acqui Storia in 2002 for the monograph "Le guerre jugoslave 1991-1999"; in 2006, the Golden Plaque of the University of Primorska and the Erasmus EuroMedia Award for the documentary series "The Diary of a Nation"; in 2007, Ambassador in Science of the Republic of Slovenia; in 2011, the ARRS Excellence in Science Award for the monograph "Tito and Comrades"; and in 2020, for the monograph "Partisans". In 2021, he received the ZRS Koper 'Glasnik znanosti' Award for individual top scientific achievements of established researchers.