In 2015-16, Dr Kostovicova was awarded a Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust to look at ‘Reconciliation Within and Across Divided Societies: Evidence from the Balkans’. Using her knowledge of all of the Balkan languages, and building on her work on civil society and transitional justice in post-conflict contexts, Dr Kostovicova studied the RECOM process in the Balkans. This unique, locally-driven NGO initiative for establishing facts about war crimes gathers civil society groups from all ethnic groups in the region. She is currently completing a monograph that provides the first systematic evaluation of the claim that a regional character of contemporary wars has to be addressed with a regional approach to transitional justice.
In 2016, with her collaborators at King’s College London and University of the Arts London, Dr Kostovicova 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. Visit the Art and Reconciliation website for more information on this project that ends in May 2019.
Building on her research interests in a gender dimension of peace-building, and, particularly, of post-conflict justice and justice-seeking, in 2017-2018, Denisa co-ordinated together with Dr Marsha Henry from the LSE’s Department of Gender Studies, 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.
In 2018, Dr Kostovicova was awarded a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant for the 5-year project entitled ‘Justice Interactions and Peacebuilding: From Static to Dynamic Discourses across National, Ethnic, Gender and Age Groups’. This project will provide a novel way of analysing how post-conflict justice practices advance or hinder peace-building by conducting a fine-grained multi-language empirical analysis of patterns of discourse in four former Yugoslav countries (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Croatia). The project aims to break new ground in the study of transitional justice by studying justice discourses at the level of words and conversational sequences through interdisciplinary integration and methodological innovation. Dr Kostovicova leads a team of doctoral and post-doctoral researchers based at the European Institute.