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 2014-15
Dr Mihail Arandarenko (1 September 2014 - 31 March 2015) is Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics, Belgrade University and Chairman of the Board of the Belgrade based Foundation for the Advancement of Economics (FREN). He obtained a PhD in Economics from Belgrade University in 1998 and spent academic 1999/2000 as a post-doctoral fellow at the Collegium Budapest – Institute for Advanced Study. Professor Arandarenko is a labour economist and labour market policy specialist with significant research, teaching, policy and consultancy expertise in the fields of labour economics, employment programmes, collective bargaining and trade unions, social policy and related issues. He has published extensively on labour market and social policy issues, and has consulted for major international organizations throughout the region of South East Europe.
Dr Dimitar Bechev (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 Didem Buhari-Gulmez (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 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 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 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.
LSEE Past Visiting Fellows
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).