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Visiting Fellows

LSEE - Research on South Eastern Europe (LSEE) welcomes applications for Visiting Fellows and Visiting Senior Fellows by academics or policy practitioners who may want to spend a period of 6 - 12 months at the LSE to conduct independent research on a topic relevant to the work of the LSEE. Longer visits may, by exception, be approved and shorter visits may also be considered.

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LSEE Visiting Fellows 2013-14


Dr Joanna Hanson (1 April 2014 - 31 March 2015) gained her PhD in Polish history from the School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies in 1978. She later held a research fellowship at the LSE International Studies Research Division doing research on Polish-Jewish relations. In 1987 she joined the BBC Monitoring Service working on Central European and Balkan reporting during the fascinating years of the 1989 collapse of communism and transition. In 1995 she joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Research Analyst providing advice and analysis mainly on Poland, Albania, Macedonia and Kosovo, but also on Climate Change.  During that time she continued to research and publish on Polish history and Balkans issues. Her main historical publication is: The Civilian Population and the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, CUP, 1982 and 2004. She retired from the FCO in 2013 and is now concentrating her efforts on research on and activism in civil society in the southern Balkans and researching Anglo-Polish relations during the Solidarity period.


Dr Jelena Lausev (1 April 2014 - 31 March 2015) With a PhD in Economics from the University of Nottingham, Jelena is currently Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Belgrade where she teaches Principles of Economics and Economics in Transition. Her research topic was on The Great Recession and the Public Sector Pay Gap in Eastern and Non-Eastern European Countries


Dr Rifat Baris Tekin (October 2013 - July 2014) is Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Marmara University (Turkey). His research at LSEE will focus on the potential impact of the present crisis in the Eurozone on economic relations and regional trade in South East Europe, with special attention to FDI flows and bilateral trade between Turkey and Greece, the two largest economies of the region. The research title is Foreign Direct Investment and International Trade during Times of Austerity and Crisis: The Case of South East Europe.



LSEE Past Visiting Fellows

Oya Dursun-Ozkanca

Dr. Oya Dursun-Özkanca (29 April-5 July 2013). With a PhD from the University of Texas, Oya is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and the Director of the International Studies Minor at Elizabethtown College, PA. Her research interests include Turkish foreign policy, transatlantic security, NATO, Security Sector Reform, peacebuilding operations in the Balkans, EU enlargement, and the Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU.


Dr Branislav Radeljić  (14 January - 30 June 2013). With a PhD in politics from Goldsmiths, University of London, Branislav is currently senior lecturer in international politics at the school of law and social sciences of the University of East London. His main research interests focus on the study of European Union politics and the Western Balkans. In addition to these, Branislav is interested in, and has written about, the presence of Islam in the EU and its impact on future EU policy-making.

damiana Otoiu

Dr Damiana Otoiu (16 January - 19 May 2013).  With a PhD in Political Science, from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Damiana is an anthropologist of politics whose research is focused on (re)defining and disputing property rights in postsocialist and postcolonial contexts. She is also a lecturer in Political and Urban Anthropology in the Department of Political Science of the University of Bucharest, and a Research Associate of the Center for the Study of Political Life (CEVIPOL), Université Libre de Bruxelles. At LSEE she conducted research on the social history of the so-called "Nomenklatura District" in the North of Bucharest, and on the relationship between political hierarchies and real estate privileges in postsocialist Romania.


Dr Kenneth Morrison (29 Sept 2011 - 29 June 2012). Kenneth's principal research interests lie in the field of Southeast European studies with emphasis on ethno-religious and ethno-political conflict and the historical process of nation and state building in communist and post-communist states. Kenneth is a Senior Lecturer in Modern European History in the Faculty of Humanities at De Montfort University, having previously held posts at UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, Birkbeck College, University of London and Aberdeen.


Dr Aleksandra Nojković (September-December 2011). Aleksandra is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Unviersity of Belgrade. Her research focuses on the econometrics of economic growth and reforms in transition countries. Following her Visiting Fellowship she has continued to work with Dr Will Bartlett on the problem of reform complementarity in the economic transition in South East Europe within the FP7 "SEARCH" project currently being carried out at LSEE.

Alper Duman

Dr Alper Duman joined LSEE as a Visiting Senior Fellow from March-September 2011. Alper works in the economics department of the Izmir University of Economics in Turkey. His most recent publications include A Sectoral Approach to the Surging Imports in Turkey (2010), Economic Cooperation In Turkish Culture: Public Goods Games And Lonely Elephants (2010), and Corporate Governance Networks in Turkey (2009).


Adam Fagan (Spring 2010-2011)  Adam is currently Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University. His research focuses on the Europeanization of the former Yugoslav states of the Western Balkans. His publications include Europe's Balkan Dilemma: Path's to State building or Civil Society?, I.B. Tauris 2010, and Environment and Democracy in the Czech Republic: The Environmental Movement in the Transition Process, Elgar 2004, as well as a number of journal articles on environment, civil society and governance during transition.


Prof Umut Özkırımlı (January-December 2010) His current research interests include Islam and nationalism, and cosmopolitanism. Umut is Professor of Politics and the Director of Turkish-Greek Studies at Istanbul Bilgi University. His most recent publications are Nationalism in the Troubled Triangle: Cyprus, Greece and Turkey (edited collection with Ayhan Aktar and Niyazi Kızılyürek, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).


Prof Slobodan Marković (Spring 2010) Slobodan has been an associate professor of Political Science Faculty of the University of Belgrade since 2004. His principal research interests lie in the field of Balkan studies, political anthropology, the history of pessimism and Serbian relations with the United States and Great Britain. His publications include British Perceptions of Serbia and the Balkans, 1903-1906 (Paris: Dialogue, 2000) and Challenges to New Democracies (Belgrade: Cigoja Press, 2004).

Florien Bieber

Dr Florian Bieber (Spring 2010) Florian is currently a lecturer in East European Politics at the University of Kent. His principle research interests include contemporary politics in SE Europe, the dissolution of Yugoslavia, nationalism and ethnic conflict and democratization in the post-communist world. His publications include Popular Mobilisation in the 1990s: Nationalism, democracy and the slow decline of the Milošević regime, Dejan Djokić and James Ker-Lindsay (eds), New Perspectives on Yugoslavia: Key Issues and Controversies (London: Routledge.161-175) and Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1990, Sabrina Petra Ramet (ed.), Central and Southeast European Politics since 1989 (Cambridge University, 2010).


Tim Judah (Spring 2009) Tim was previously the Balkans correspondent for The Times and The Economist, and he is the author of four books on the Balkans. His first book The Serbs: History, Myth and the Destruction of Yugoslavia, was published in 1997. He has since gone on to publish Kosovo: War and Revenge (Yale, 2000), Kosovo: What everyone needs to know (Oxford, 2008) and Serbians: The chosen people (SANU galactic press, 2008). He is currently President of the Board for the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).