Research interests

contemporary family, parenthood, intergenerational relations, qualitative studies of the life course, social biographies


Smiljka Tomanović completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in sociology at the Faculty of Philosophy, Belgrade by defending her doctoral dissertation in 1996. She has worked at the Department of Sociology since 1993, from 2011 as Full Professor, and was Chief of Department between 2010 and 2012. She was the Director of the Institute for Sociological Research from 2002 to 2006, and has participated in all the Institute’s projects since 1991. Her areas of teaching and research, both academic and applied, are Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Youth, Sociology of Childhood and qualitative methods. She has taken part as researcher or consultant in numerous academic and applied/policy projects, as well as in writing up strategic documents, in cooperation with a host of governmental and non-governmental organizations (WB, UNICEF, Save the Children, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, etc), and with the civil society sector. She has done research on young people for more than twenty years and has participated in a large number of national and international research projects in Serbia and the region. She has been member of the Pool of European Youth Researcher partnership between the European Commission and the Council of Europe in the area of youth policies, and currently is part of the COST Action CA17114YOUNG-IN. She is a member of the European Sociological Association RN13 Families and Intimate Lives and RN30 Youth and Generation. She has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, Durham University, University of London, Central European University, Ljubljana University, University College London, holding public lectures and seminars.

Selected publications

Tomanović, Smiljka. 2019. O čemu govorimo kad govorimo o porodici? Kontekstualizacija koncepta, Sociologija, Vol. 61, No. 3: 301–322.

Tomanović, Smiljka. 2019. Reconstructing changes in agency in the young people’s social biographies through longitudinal qualitative research, YOUNG, Vol. 27, No. 4: 355–372.

Lavrič, Milan, Smiljka Tomanović, Mirna Jusić. 2019. Youth Study Southeast Europe 2018/2019.  Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung e. V. Referat Mittel- und Osteuropa, Berlin, pp. 1–124. ISBN: 978-3-96250-287-4

Stanojević, Dragan, Smiljka Tomanović, Milana Ljubičić. 2016. Elements of Life Satisfaction among Young Adults in Serbia. Journal of Youth Studies, Vol. 19, No. 7: 973–989.

Tomanović, Smiljka, Dragan Stanojević, Milana Ljubičić. 2016. Postajanje roditeljem u Srbiji: sociološko istraživanje tranzicije u roditeljstvo. Beograd: Univerzitet u Beogradu, Filozofski fakultet.

Tomanović, Smiljka. 2012. Agency in the Social Biographies of Young People in BelgradeJournal of Youth Studies, Vol. 15, No. 5: 605–620.

Tomanović, Smiljka, Dragan Stanojević. 2015. Mladi u Srbiji 2015. Stanja, opažanja, verovanja i nadanja, Beograd: FES i SeCons.

Tomanović, Smiljka, Milana Ljubičić, Dragan Stanojević. 2014. Jednoroditeljske porodice u Srbiji – sociološka studija, Beograd: Čigoja i ISI FF.

Tomanović S., D. Stanojevic, I. Jarić, D. Mojić, S. Dragišić Labaš, M. Ljubičić. 2012. Mladi – naša sadašnjost. Istraživanje socijalnih biografija mladih u Srbiji, Beograd: Čigoja i ISI FF.

Tomanović, Smiljka. 2012. Young people in Serbia: a review of two decades, u: C. Leccardi, C. Feixa, S. Kovacheva, H. Reiter i T. Sekulić (ur.) 1989: Young People and Social Change after the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Strasbourg and Budapest: Council of Europe Publishing: 143–159.

Tomanović, Smiljka. 2010. Odrastanje u Beogradu. Oblikovanje socijalnih biografija mladih u porodicama dva društvena sloja, Beograd: Čigoja i ISI FF.

Tomanović, Smiljka, Mina Petrović. 2010. Children’s and parents’ perspectives on risks and safety in three Belgrade neighbourhoods, Children’s Geographies, vol. 8, no. 2: 141–156.

Tomanović, Smiljka, Suzana Ignjatović. 2010. The Significance and Meaning of Family Transitions for Young People. The case of Serbia in Comparative Perspective, Annales – Annals for Istrian and Mediterranean Studies. Series historia et sociologia, Vol. 20, No. 1: 27–40.

Tomanović, Smiljka, Suzana Ignjatović. 2006. Transition of Young People in a Transitional Society: The Case of Serbia, Journal of Youth Studies, Vol. 9, No. 3: 269–285.

Tomanović, Smiljka. 2004. Family Habitus as the Cultural Context for Childhood, Childhood: A global journal of child research, Vol. 11 No. 3: 339–360.

Tomanović, Smiljka. 2003. Negotiating Children’s Participation and Autonomy within Families, International Journal of Children’s Rights, Vol. 11, No. 1: 51–71.

Tomanović, Smiljka. 2003. Capturing Change: Doing Research in a Society Undergoing Transformation, International Journal of Social Research Methodology: Theory and Practice, vol. 6, no. 3: 267–271.

Selected presentations

(2018)   uvodno predavanje (keynote lecture): “Contextualising agency within structures of ‘chronic social crisis’ in Serbia” na ESA RN 30 ‘Youth and Generation’ Midterm Conference 2018 (Being) Young in context. Concepts, contexts and comparisons in youth studies, 13-16.9. 2018. Srebrno jezero

(2017)   izlaganje: “Experience and displaying of early parenthood in narratives of young mothers and fathers”, na 13th Conference of the European Sociological Association (Un)Making Europe: Capitalism, Solidarities, Subjectivities, Athens, Greece, 29. 8. – 01. 9. 2017; RN 13 Families and Intimate Lives

(2017)   javno predavanje: “Accepting the Other in a Post-conflict Society. Ethnic Distance among Young People in Serbia in Comparative Perspective”, na University College London – Institute of Education, 11. 5. 2017.

(2017)   javno predavanje: “Political Engagement of Young People in Serbia: Between Alienation and Resistance”, na Manchester Metropolitan University, 17. 5. 2017.

(2016)   izlaganje: “Experiences of Unplanned Motherhood: Case Studies of Two Young Single Mothers in Belgrade”, na: Parenthood: Perspectives on Family Lives ESA RN 13 Interim Meeting, University of Bristol, 6-8. 7. 2016.

(2015)   izlaganje: “Single mothers’ families in Serbia and risks of social exclusion“ na 12th Conference of the European Sociological Association 2015, Czech Republic, Prague, 25 – 28. 8. 2015. RN 13 Families and Intimate Lives

(2014)   izlaganje: “Reconstructing young people’s agency in longitudinal qualitative study” at the ESA Youth and Generation Research Network MidTerm Conference 2014 Negotiation, navigation, resistance – young people’s agency in post-crisis reality in Europe, in Kluszkowce, near Krakow, Poland, 10-13. 9. 2014.