Assist. Prof. Sonja Butula, PhD

Assistant Professor
Division for Horticulture and Landscape Architecture
Department of Ornamental Plants, Landscape Architecture and Garden Art
Office location: 4th Pavilion, room 45
Phone: +385 1 239 4047
Email: butula ( at )
Languages: croatian, english
Consultations: friday 10-12

Academic qualifications

  • 1989 - 1993: CIHEAM - MAICH, Chania, Greece, postgraduate study "Renewable Natural Resources Conservation"
    1993. Butula, Sonja.
    Assessing Fluvial Landscape Values: the Case of the Sava River in the City of Zagreb / Master thesis
    Chania, Greece : Mediteranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, 1993, 78 p. supervisor: Cassios, Constantinos
  • 1983 - 1988: Faculty of Agriculture University of Zagreb
    1988. - Graduation thesis
    Historical gardens, parks and promenades of Upper Town in Zagreb
  • - 2004: Faculty of Agriculture University of Zagreb
    2004. Riparian Landscape Value Systems as a Basis for Planning , disertation

Employment and work experience

  • 2000 - : Faculty of Agriculture University of Zagreb 2005-
    senior assistant (2004-2005)
    Assistant (2000-2004)


Research interests

  • landscape and environmental planning

Training and research experience

  • 2005/09/01 - 2005/11/30: Heriot Watt University, School of Built Environment, Edinburgh, UK (mixed)
    The Royal Society of Edinburgh, scholarship



Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Zaštita kvaliteta krajobraza u politici ruralnog razvoja RH MZOS 2007/01/01 - 2013/12/31 coordinator

university support

Title Funding Duration AFZ role
Analiza i planiranje ruralnih krajobraza Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2017/01/01 - 2017/12/31 coordinator
Važnost i mogućnosti primjene suvremenih održivih pristupa regulaciji urbanih i ruralnih prostora Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2016/01/01 - 2016/12/31 coordinator
Važnost povezivanja zelenih sustava gradskih regija sa zaštićenim područjima prirode Sveučilište u Zagrebu 2015/01/01 - 2015/12/31 coordinator


  • Butula, Sonja.
    Public preferences towards landscape identity : a case study of riparian landscapes in Croatia. // Društvena istraživanja. 18 (2009) , 101; 479-501
  • Koščak Miočić Stošić, Vesna; Butula, Sonja; Marković, Berislav.
    Gis based environmental modelling of rural development. // Cereal research communications. 36 (2008) , S5 Part 2; 1107-1110 (
  • Butula, Sonja.
    Planning for sustainable development: the significance of different social interests in landscape. // Drustvena istrazivanja. 12 (2003) , 3-4; 427-441
  • Tomić Reljić, Dora; Koščak Miočić-Stošić, Vesna; Butula, Sonja; Andlar, Goran.
    An Overview of GIS Applications in Landscape Planning. // Kartografija i geoinformacije. 16 (2017) , 27; 26-43
  • . Butula, Sonja; Koščak Miočić Stošić, Vesna.
    REDUCING LANDSCAPE VALUES UNCERTAINTY // Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)in Urban Planning and Spatial Development and Impacts of ICT on Physical Space / Manfred SCHRENK (ur.).
    Beč, Austrija, 2005. 333-337

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Other professional activities

  • 2008 - 2014: Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, Croatia
    project -Protection of Landscape Qualities within the policy of rural development in Croatia, leading researcher
  • 2004 - 2005: INTERREG IIIB, CADSES, County of Istria, Croatia
    project Landscape Opportunities for Territorial Organization (LOTO), Pilot project: Sustainable development of special and sensitive landscape areas or protected natural areas - Istria Region: Lower Kamenjak, Mirna River and Cicarija
  • 2008 - 2009: UNDP, GEF
    COAST Landscape project, Landscape inventarisation and sustainable use of demo sites

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