Dr Denisa Kostovicova
Dr Denisa Kostovicova is an Associate Professor in Global Politics at the Department of Government at London School of Economics and Political Science. She has was educated at Central European University (M.A.) and Cambridge University (M.Phil., Ph.D.). She also held Junior Research Fellowships at Wolfson College, Cambridge, and Linacre College, Oxford. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, she worked as a journalist during the wars of Yugoslavia’s dissolution in 1990s, reporting for the CNN World Report and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, among others.
Denisa’s research deals with transition from war to peace, with a particular focus on understanding the challenges of post-conflict reconstruction from the perspective of the people on the ground. She is the author of Kosovo: The Politics of Identity and Space (2005), and co-editor of a number of special issues and books including Transnationalism in the Balkans (2008), Persistent State Weakness in the Global Age (2009), Bottom-up Politics: An Agency-Centred Approach to Globalization (2011), and Civil Society and Transitions in the Western Balkans (2013), as well as numerous academic articles and analytic pieces as well as blogs (for example, see her blog on Researching Transitional Justice in the Balkans http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/government/2016/02/18/researching-transitional-justice-in-the-balkans-the-victims-of-war-crimes-and-their-civic-voice/).
Denisa contributes regularly to public debates and to international and UK media, with comments on post-conflict state-building and reconstruction, war crimes, and transitional justice. Also, she is committed to knowledge-exchange with international and national policy-makers, having authored reports for the EU and the UN.
Her research has been supported by numerous grants, such as MacArthur Foundation, Volkswagen Foundation, the EU's 7th Framework Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Agence Française de Développement (AFD), among others.
In 2015-16, Denisa was awarded the Leverhulme Research Fellowship. She conducted a programme of research investigating the merits of a regional approach to post-conflict justice which is the subject of the monograph that she is writing.
In 2016, with her collaborators at King’s College London and University of the Arts London, Denisa was awarded funding through the Large Grant scheme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under the Conflict Theme of the Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) and through the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), for a two-year project ‘Art and Reconciliation: Conflict, Culture and Community.’ This inter-disciplinary project investigates post-conflict reconciliation by combining history, political science, art and creative practice, to find out and assess the potential of artistic practices and artefacts to play a role in inter-communal conflict resolution, remembrance, forgetting and forgiving (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/government/2016/11/30/art-and-reconciliation-looking-at-post-conflict-reconstruction-in-a-different-light/).
Denisa has a strong interest in a gender dimension of peace-building, and, particularly, of post-conflict justice and justice-seeking. An aspect of her current research project is about the contribution of women to justice-seeking. As a member of the Conflict Research Group, based at the LSE’s Department of Government, she organised public events that focused on breaking the stigma and addressing war-time rape through art in post-conflict Kosovo with artist Alketa Xhafa-Mripa, (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/government/2016/04/07/confronting-war-time-rape-the-power-of-art-in-kosovo/) and on sexual assaults on women in US military serving in missions in Afghanistan and Iraq with author Helen Benedict and other panellists (http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/government/2015/05/06/women-in-conflict-violence-injustice-and-power/). Also, she is the co-coordinator of the Bosnia and Herzegovina work-package of the ESRC Strategic Network on Gender Violence Across War and Peace based at the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security.
She has recently given a TEDxLSE ‘What we would have known’ on the bottom-up politics, research methods, and responsibility of political scientists.