In 2015-16, Dr Kostovicova was awarded a Research Fellowship by the Leverhulme Trust to investigate ‘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 has 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. Combining quantitative and qualitative methods, this research identifies conditions conducive to reconciliation across the ethnic divide.
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.
Denisa has a strong interest in a gender dimension of peace-building, and, particularly, of post-conflict justice and justice-seeking. She co-ordinates, with Dr Marsha Henry from the LSE’s Gender Institute, 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, 2017-2018.