Sanja is interested in studying how identities are performed and negotiated through mediated communication practices and the use of digital media, particularly in the context of migration and post-conflict societies or societies on the ‘semi-periphery’. She holds a PhD in Media and Communications from the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies (MCCS) at Goldsmiths, University of London, having previously graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. Her PhD research considered how Serbian Londoners navigate digital media environments to negotiate their identities, with a focus on their banal expressions of nationalism and cosmopolitanism.
Prior to joining European Institute, she worked as an Associate Lecturer at MCCS at Goldsmiths and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmiths. She has also worked as a consultant and researcher on various collaborative projects related to media and politics in the Western Balkans, such as BBC Media Action ‘Youth and the Media in Serbia and Macedonia’, which led to the launch of BBC New Serbian service in Belgrade in 2018. She has presented her findings at many conferences to both academic and non-academic audiences, and has published her work in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of media and communications and social sciences more broadly. She was an invited speaker at the House of Lords International Relations Select Committee in 2018, where she commented on the report that aimed to shape UK foreign policy towards the Western Balkans.