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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.

Contact details for LSEE Visiting Fellows: Room COW 2.15, +44 (0)20 7955 6958

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LSEE Visiting Fellows 2016-17


Dr James Ker-Lindsay - Visiting Senior Fellow (September 2015 - September 2018) was the Eurobank Senior Research Fellow on the Politics of South East Europe at LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe (2009-2015). He holds a BSc (Econ) from the University of London and a MA and PhD in International Conflict Analysis from the University of Kent. From 1998-2000 he served as the Co-ordinator of the Greek-Turkish Forum. 
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Dr William Bartlett - Visiting Senior Fellow (September 2015 - September 2018) was the Senior Research Fellow in the Political Economy of South East Europe at LSEE (2009-2015). He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Cambridge, a MA in Development Economics from the School for Oriental and African Studies, and a PhD from the University of Liverpool. He was President of the European Association for Comparative Economics from 2006-08. 
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Dr Max Fras - Visiting Fellow (March 2017 - March 2018)

Dr Max Fras holds MA degrees from Wroclaw University and the Cambridge Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations as well as a PhD in social sciences from Open University (UK). He works as a consultant, analyst and trainer for the British Council, European Commission and Council of Europe across South-East Europe, Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. His professional expertise covers civil society, education, research, culture, youth policy and international development co-operation. His research interests include: EU enlargement policy, Council of Europe, social policy, youth policy religion and public life, intercultural dialogue, multiculturalism and migration.

Eli Gateva

Dr Eli Gateva - Visiting Fellow (March 2017 - December 2017)

Dr Eli Gateva has held academic posts at the University of Manchester and Queen Mary, University of London. Her main research interests include EU conditionality, EU Enlargement policy, Europeanization and EU democratic governance. Her research has explored the nature, evolution and effectiveness of EU enlargement conditionality. Her most recent publication is European Union Enlargement Conditionality (Palgrave, Macmillan, 2015). Eli’s current research evaluates the limitations and implications of EU conditionality applied to member states by focusing on the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) and Task Force for Greece (TFGR).

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Dr Simona Guerra - Visiting Fellow (7 May 2017-22 December 2017)
Dr Simona Guerra is currently Associate Professor in Politics at the School of History, Politics & International Relations, University of Leicester. Her main research interest is in attitudes towards the European Union. How the latter change before and after joining the EU was was the study subject in her first monograph, Central and Eastern European Attitudes in the Face of Union (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), journal articles (Journal of Common Market Studies, The Journal of Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Perspectives on European Politics and Society), and volume contributions. Simona has recently published a co-edited book (with Manuela Caiani), Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media. Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe (Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology, 2017) and during her time at the LSEE she is completing her second monograph on Religion and Euroscepticism in Post-Communist Europe (Routledge).


Dr Peter Sanfey - Senior Visiting Fellow (1 August 2017 to 30 June 2018)

Peter Sanfey is Deputy Director for Country Economics and Policy within the Economics, Policy and Governance Department at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. Among other duties, he is responsible for the analysis of economic developments and reforms in south-eastern Europe, and he engages in research and publications on a range of topics covering the whole transition region. Dr Sanfey graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1985 with a B.A. (first class honours) in Economics, and received his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1992. He has published widely in academic journals on various topics, mainly covering transition economics, macroeconomics and labour economics. He has also co-authored two books: In Search of the Balkan Recovery (with Christopher Cviić), published in 2010 by C. Hurst & Co. publishers (UK) and Oxford University Press (US); and Economic and Policy Foundations for Growth in South East Europe (with Adam Bennett, Russell Kincaid and Max Watson), published in November 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan.


Dr Enkeleida Tahiraj - Visiting Senior Fellow (March 2017 - July 2018)

Dr Tahiraj has advised international organizations including the European Commission, EUROFOUND, the UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and the World Bank as well as national governments on social protection and social inclusion strategy design; rights based policies; EU Mutual Information System on Social Protection (MISSOC). She has reviewed country guidance for IAGCI. Special Adviser to IDS on Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Dr Tahiraj is a World Visiting Scholar at University of California San Diego, and at Penn State University, USA, as well as Chevening Scholar at Sussex University. She has presented at numerous academic conferences at Oxford, Harvard, UCL, LSE, Urbino-Italy, Petersburg State University-Russia, and policy impact events at FCO, ETF and Wilton Park. .

Dr Tahiraj's fields of research are Poverty and Development, Children, Gender & Family Policies, EU Accession and Policy Transfer, Inclusion and Democratic Consolidation, Human Rights, Asylum and Migration, Social Security, Labour Markets and Employment, CSOs. Her current focus is the governance mechanisms for rights based polices and inclusion and the role of International Organisations in the social discourse. In particular Dr Tahiraj is researching and teaching on Universal Basic Income and other policy innovations, while also being engaged in country implementations.


LSEE Past Visiting Fellows


Dr Fatmir Besimi - Visiting Senior Fellow (Sep 2016 – Sep 2017) has experience in politics, banking and academia. He was Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs (2013-2016), Minister of Defence (2011-2013) and Minister of Economy (2004-2006; 2008-2011). Also, he was Vice Governor of the National Bank (2002-2004) and economist at the World Bank (2007-2008) as a continuation of his earlier experience in commercial and central banking (1999-2001). He has teaching experience at the Universities in Skopje and Prishtina and presented several public lectures at international universities including LSE and Harvard Kennedy School. He is the author of two books: “Monetary and Exchange Rate Policy of Macedonia: Accession to the European Union” (2009) and “My Notes: Integration beyond Rhetoric” (2015). His research interest during the visiting fellow program at LSEE was about the role of political economy in advancing the European integration of the Western Balkans. He holds PhD in Economics from Staffordshire University, UK.

Jaroslaw Wisniewski

Dr Jarosław Wiśniewski - Visiting Fellow (April 2016 - July 2017) is an academic and political analyst with working experience from both private and public sectors. He holds an MA in international relations from the University of Wroclaw and MA in Politics, Security and Integration from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He holds a PhD in European Politics from King’s College London (2013). He worked as a consultant in the third sector and for the British Council, Council of Europe and the European Commission, including running or coordinating projects in South East Europe and South Caucasus (2003 - 2013). He has also interned at the Europe Programme, Chatham House (2008). His research interests include: politics in Central and South East Europe, energy security, security and defence, Russian foreign policy, UK politics and European civil society.


Prof. Dr. Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski (May 2017 - July 2017) has served as Dean of the School of Business Economics and Management at University American College Skopje since 2009. Previously, she has worked as Head of the Macroeconomic Policy Department in the Macedonian Ministry of Finance. She has completed a doctoral programme at Staffordshire University Business School, UK in 2006. Mojsoska-Blazevski is an author of many journal articles and several book chapters, mainly in the area of macroeconomics, labour market, education and social system and policy. 

Iva Tomic

Dr Iva Tomic - Visiting Fellow (January - June 2016) holds a tenure-track affiliation as a Research Associate at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb in Croatia. She was awarded a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2013. Her main research interests are labour economics, applied microeconomics and public finances. During her visit at LSEE she will be working on youth unemployment issues in European countries, with a special emphasis on the Croatian case and its cross comparison with other Southern European countries.


Dr Joanna Hanson - Visiting Senior Fellow (April 2014 - March 2016) 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.

Dido Buhari-Gulmez

Dr Didem Buhari-Gulmez - Visiting Fellow (6 October 2014 - 5 October 2015) obtained her PhD in Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway University of London. Her research at LSEE is sponsored by TUBITAK post-doctoral fellowship and involves a tridimensional approach to state recognition: European Union, World Polity and the contested state with a special focus on the cases of Kosovo, Crimea and Cyprus. Previously she was an Early Career research fellow at Oxford Brookes University.  Her publications include amongst others: European Multiplicity (co-editor with Chris Rumford, Cambridge Scholars Press 2014); “Europeanization of Foreign Policy and World Culture: Turkey’s Cyprus policy”, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies 12(1), 81-95, 2012; and “Stanford School on Sociological Institutionalism: a Global Cultural Approach”, International Political Sociology 4(3), 253-270, 2010. She is currently co-editing Global Culture: Consciousness and Connectivity, (with Roland Robertson, Ashgate) and the special issue “Europe and World Society” (with Chris Rumford, Journal of Contemporary European Studies).


Dr Henri Çili (May - September 2015) is one of the founders and Director General of the European University of Tirana, a leading university in Albania, as well as the founder of MAPO MEDIA Group. He has gained his PhD in Political Communication at University Paris II, under the supervision of Professor Jacque Barrat with a doctoral thesis on the development of the political communication in Albania from the early 1990s (fall of the communist regime) to the first decade of 00s (democratization and EU Accession). His research areas now include political and party systems, media landscape and higher education. Henri is highly engaged in the public sphere in Albania not only as a key stakeholder in the higher education system, but also as an opinion-former in the media, contributing to quality debate with insights and analysis on public affairs and emerging issues in the development of the Albanian society and polity.


Dr Dimitar Bechev - Visiting Fellow (13 October 2014 - 31 July 2015) has obtained his DPhil at Oxford University. He teaches international politics at Sofia University. His former posts include the directorship of the European Council on Foreign Relations’ office in Bulgaria and lectureships at Oxford and Hitotsubashi University (Tokyo). Dr Bechev has published extensively on EU foreign policy, the Balkans, Central Eastern Europe and Turkey.


Dr Sherrill Stroschein (1 September 2014 - 31 July 2015) is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Politics in the Department of Political Science at University College London, and director of the master’s program on Democracy and Comparative Politics. Previously she was an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and an Assistant Professor at Ohio University. Her publications examine the politics of ethnicity in democracies with mixed ethnic or religious populations. In addition to journal articles, she has published Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratization in Eastern Europe (Cambridge 2012, paperback 2014), and the edited volume Governance in Ethnically Mixed Cities (Routledge 2007). She is associate editor of the journal Problems of Post-Communism and is also regularly involved in planning for the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) annual conference.

Can Karahasan

Dr Burhan Can Karahasan (October 2014-July 2015)

Dr Karahasan is Assistant Professor in Economics at Piri Reis University. He received his MA degree from Boğaziçi University and PhD degree in Economics from Marmara University. Previously he was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Barcelona Grup d'Anàlisi Quantitativa Regional. In 2010, he was granted the Best PhD Thesis award by Turkish Economic Association and in 2013 received the Ibn Khaldun Prize from Middle East Economic Association. His current research at LSEE will focus on the spatial imbalances in human capital development at local level in Turkey. Specific emphasis will be devoted to education policies and its cross comparison with Southern European countries.


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 Cigdem Borke Tunali, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Economics, Istanbul University 

Dr Tunali is an assistant professor at Faculty of Economics, Istanbul University. She obtained her PhD in economics at Istanbul University and she is now working on her second PhD at Université de Strasbourg. Dr. Tunali was a visiting researcher at Economics and Finance Department of College of Business Arts and Social Sciences, Brunel University between 01 October 2013 and 31 July 2014 and worked on the state aid policy of the European Union. Her main research interests are macroeconomics, development economics, political economy and immigration. During her visit at LSEE she will be working on the current account sustainability of Eastern European Countries.

Baris Tekin

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.

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).


Prof 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

Prof Florian Bieber (Spring 2010) Florian is currently Professor of Southeast European Studies and director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. He was previously 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).