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Institute of Sociology
Dr. Ilo Trajkovski
Prof. PhD Ilo Trajkovski was born in 1960 in Rapesh, Bitola. He graduated (1983) and received his master’s degree (1991) at the Faculty of Philosophy, at the University “St. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje. He began working at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje as a junior assistant at the Institute of Sociology in January 1985, and obtained the title of Doctor of Sociological Sciences in 1995 with the defense of his doctoral dissertation “Metasociology of Contemporary Theories of Civil Society” at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje, UKIM. Following this, he was elected assistant professor in December 1996, and associate professor in 2001. Since December 2005 he has been a full professor at the Institute of Sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje.
For the purposes of his master’s and doctoral studies he stayed at several universities abroad including the USA, Serbia, Austria, Poland, and the United Kingdom.
As a visiting professor and researcher, he has done study visits to sociological institutions in the United States of America (Arizona State University in Tempe and the New School for Social Research in New York), the United Kingdom (London School of Economics and Political Science), Bulgaria (St. Clement of Ohrid University), Poland (Jagiellonian University), and France (Université de Strasbourg).
In his recent research and teachings, professor Trajkovski, elaborates the need and the foundations for associative reconstruction of contemporary society and sociological thought. In his theoretical and empirical research, he is guided by the idea that contemporary society, as the central theme of sociological analysis, is undergoing fundamental transformations under the influence of globalization. It is both overshadowed by powerful trans-societal structures and actors, while also being undermined by numerous sub-societal processes, structures and actors. Civil societies, in their various local and global contexts, are one of the new social forces that are reshaping contemporary societies.
Professor Trajkovski, elaborates his ideas by publishing books and articles in the fields of Sociology of Politics and Political Systems, Sociology of Citizenship and Human Rights, and Contemporary Sociological Theory. As a columnist he implements his sociological concepts in the analysis of various contemporary social and political issues.
Moreover, professor Trajkovski, throughout his career, has led and participated in several national and international scientific research projects (“Civic Associations in Macedonia,” Head, OSI-Macedonia; “Knowledge and Opinion about the Low among Citizens of Serbia and Macedonia”, National Project coordinator, IRSS; “Education for civic society – action project,” CCE, USA;” Stocktaking Research on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Managing of Diversity in SEE “, National consultant. Council of Europe;” Group interests and civil society in two cities in Macedonia and Bulgaria “, Comparative research, HESP); European values study and others).
Бил научен консултант на повеќе апликативни проекти (USAID: Democracy and Governance in Macedonia; World Bank: projects on Poverty Reduction Strategy; Rapid Social Assessment of the Water Supply System in Skopje; UNDP: project on Social Sector and HIV/AIDS in Macedonia: Situation Analysis; 2003: CEPS; Lubljana, Quality Assurance in Education; 2003: Development Associates/USAID: Civil Society Sector in Macedonia; 2004: World Bank and Ministry of Finances, Community development project: Social needs Assessment, project coordinator; 2004: UNDP and Ministry of Local Self-Government, Socio-Economic Disparities among Macedonian Municipalities, member of the research team; 2007: European Values Survey, National Project Director).
Further, he has been a consultant for a number of international organizations and projects (USAID: Democracy and Governance in Macedonia; World Bank: projects on Poverty Reduction Strategy; Rapid Social Assessment of the Water Supply System in Skopje; UNDP: project on Social Sector and HIV/AIDS in Macedonia: Situation Analysis; CEPS\Lubljana: Quality Assurance in Education; Development Associates/USAID: Civil Society Sector in Macedonia; World Bank and Ministry of Finances: Community development project, Social needs Assessment, project coordinator; UNDP and Ministry of Local Self-Government, Socio-Economic Disparities among Macedonian Municipalities, member of the research team; European Values Survey, National Project Director).
Professor Trajkovski is also a member of various national and international sociological associations (of the Republic of Macedonia, European Sociological Association, International Sociological Association and American Sociological Association).
Speaks and publishes in Macedonian, Serbian, English and French. He is also an amateur chess, jogger and a fan of folk music.
Prof. PhD Ilo Trajkovski is engaged in lectures and seminars for the courses:
In the first cycle of studies:
The second cycle of studies:
[СО101З / 18] Contemporary topics in sociology and sociological theories
[CO213I / 18] Politics in modern society
[SO214I / 18] Civil society and development
[FSO221I / 18] Corruption, capitalism and democracy
The third cycle of studies:
[SOC7] Political power today: globalization and European integration
[SOC22] Civil society and development
Политичка социологија 1 Филозофски факултет, Скопје, 2019,
Политичка социологија 2 Филозофски факултет, Скопје, 2019
Глобализирањето, индивидуалноста и општеството, Филозофски факултет, 2006
Политика на човековите права: I дел основни поими, Скопје: Филозофски факултет, 2005
Социолошка критика на безнадежноста – збирка колумни 2004-2005, Скопје, Матица, 2005
Знаењето и општеството, Скопје, Филозофски факултет, 2004
Социологијата што е и како се практикува, Скопје, Матица, 2000
Граѓанското образование во Македонија, Скопје Филозофски Факултет, 1998 (уредник и коавтор),
Граѓанско содружништво, Битола: Гоцмар, 1997
2016: The Impact of the ECHR on Democratic Change in Central and Eastern Europe: Judicial Perspectives, Cambridge University Press (eds.). Motoc Iulia and Ineta Ziemele, (chapter Lazarova Trajkovska Mirjana and Ilo Trajkovski “The impact of the European Convention on Human Rights and the case law on the Republic of Macedonia:” pp. pp. 266 – 288)
2014: Dictionaire des inégalités, Sus la direction de Alan Bihr et Roland Pfefferkorn, Armand Colin (l’entrée « Citoyenneté » pp : 73-74)
2013: Civic and Uncivic Values in Macedonia: Value Transformation, Education, and Media, eds. Sabrina P. Ramet, Ola Listhaug, and Albert Simkus, Palgrave (chapter “The Development of Civil Society in the Republic of Macedonia: modeling the State – Civil Society relations” pp. 155-172).
He is the author of numerous articles in national and international journals.
He has translated sociological books from English to Macedonian (Runaway World, by Anthony Giddens; together with Vasil Plushkovski, Dictionary of Sociology by Gordon Marshal), and from French (La notion de societé civile, Gautier Pirotte, Sociologie du monde associatif, Simon Cottin-Marx).