Saša Poljak Istenič is a research fellow at the Institute of Slovenian Ethnology ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, an assistant professor at the University of Maribor, Faculty of Tourism, and a guest lecturer at Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Austria. She is engaged in research and applied projects covering topics of urban life, creativity, sustainability, social inclusion, and heritage. She has been the most renowned for her work on urban initiatives resisting the current social system and testing social models to overcome its anomalies. She has published several articles on the topic in academic journals as well as organized conferences and panels to raise awareness. During her career, she has received funding from the national research agency and European programs, led a national project, bilateral research, and two work packages of Interreg projects. She is the editor-in-chief of the scientific publication Glasnik SED and has been a guest editor for several thematic issues of Slovenian and Croatian ethnological journals.