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Visiting Speaker Programme

The LSEE Visiting Speaker Programme is a series of research seminars aimed at bringing research and scholarship by academics, policy professionals and other South Eastern Europe experts to a wider audience.

The Visiting Speaker Programme attracts researchers and specialists from the UK, Europe and South Eastern Europe, covering a broad range of topics. Listen to the event podcasts below.

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All seminars start at 6pm. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.



Michaelmas Term



Political Climate and Regional Well-being in Turkey: how much does ideology matter?

Thursday 28 November 2019

Speaker: Burhan Can Karahasan, Associate Professor in Economics at the Piri Reis University, Turkey
Discussant: Orkun Saka, Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Finance at the University of Sussex

Chair: Vassilis Monastiriotis, Associate Professor in the Political Economy of South Eastern Europe at the LSE, Director of LSEE

Venue: Sumeet Valrani Lecture Theatre, Centre Building

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Summer Term


The Effect of Habsburg Military Colonialism on Institutions in Post-transition Europe

Thursday, 23 May 2019 

COW 1.11, European Institute

Speaker: Marina Tkalec


 Lent Term


Post-War Community Dynamics in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

COW1.11, European Institute

Speaker: Dr Marika Djolai



Economic Effects of Europeanization of (Excise) Taxes in the Western Balkans

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

COW1.11, European Institute

Speaker: Dr Saša Ranđelović, Associate professor at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Economics & LSEE Visiting Fellow



Montenegro's NATO Accession: The Domestic Political Context

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

COW1.11, European Institute

 Speaker: Professor Kenneth Morrison


Michaelmas Term


Slowing Down by Speeding Up? Recent Developments in the EU’s Pre-Accession Policy

Monday, 3 December 2018

COW1.11, First Floor, European Institute

Professor Adam Lazowski



Identity and Nationalism in Post-Conflict Kosovo

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Graham Wallis Room, 5th Floor, Old Building, 

Dr Elisa Randazzo



Detecting Online Extremism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

COW1.11, First Floor, European Institute

Dr Jessie Hronesova



Lent Term 2017


A job for the unemployed:Challenges for activation policies in the Western Balkans

Date: Tuesday, 14 March 2017

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Speaker: Maja Gerovska Mitev, Professor of Social Policy at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia



For the individual, the demos, or the group? Evaluating the prospect for a liberal Bosnia and Herzegovina in light of ideological alternatives

Date: Tuesday, 28 February 2017

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Speaker: Dr Adis Merdzanovic, Postdoctoral Junior Research Fellow at South East European Studies at the University of Oxford (SEESOX)



The Role of EU Integration in Accelerating Credible Structural Reforms in the Western Balkans

Date: Tuesday, 24 January 2017

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Speaker: Dr Fatmir Besimi, Senior Visiting Fellow, LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe



Michaelmas Term

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Social Welfare Effects of Progressive Income Taxation in the Balkans: Evidence from Serbia

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2016

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Speaker: Dr Saša Ranđelović, Assistant Professor of Public Finance, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade



Politicisation of energy security in South Eastern Europe

Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2016

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Speaker: Dr Jaroslaw Wisniewski, LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe



Croatia’s Lost Generation? Youth unemployment, education and training in Croatia since the crisis

Date: Wednesday, 12 October 2016

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Speaker: Dr Iva Tomic, Institute of Economics, Zagreb




Lent term

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Pension Reforms in the Balkans and their Neighbours

Date: Tuesday, 15 March 2016

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Speaker: Dr Bernard Casey, Personal Social Services Research Unit, LSE


Fiscal decentralisation and local government financing in Serbia and Montenegro

Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2016

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Speakers: Sanja Kmezić and Jadranka Kaluđerović, EURAK Belgrade - Regional Research Promotion Programme

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Post-accession conditionality – monitoring without punishment?

Date: Tuesday, 2 February 2016

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Speaker: Dr Eli Gateva, LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe

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Evaluating the EU’s ‘new approach’ to judicial reform in the Western Balkans: unintended consequences or unrealised goals?

Date: Tuesday, 19 January 2016

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Speaker: Professor Adam Fagan, Queen Mary University of London


Michaelmas term


Constructive Incoherence: Contesting Kosovo's Status in the European Union

Date: Wednesday, 2 December 2015

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Speaker: Dr Lorinc Redei, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

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Imposing local neoliberalism in South East Europe: How to destroy an economic space without really trying

Date: Wednesday, 18 November 2015

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Speaker: Dr Milford Bateman, Juraj Dobrila University of Pula (Croatia) and St Mary's University in Halifax (Canada)

William Bartlett

From Education to Underemployment: How to Fill the Skills Gap in the Western Balkans

Date: Wednesday, 21 October 2015

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Speaker: Dr Will Bartlett, LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe, LSE


Lent term


Understanding Roma Nomadism Today: the case of Romanian Roma - CANCELLED

Date: Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Speaker: Dr Anca Pusca, Goldsmiths, University of London

Nicole Lindstrom

The Politics of Europeanisation and Economic Nationalisms in Estonia and Slovenia

Date: Tuesday, 24 February 2015

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Speaker: Dr Nicole Lindstrom, University of York


Bulgarians in Macedonia and Macedonians in Bulgaria - Do They Exist?

Date: Tuesday, 10 February 2015

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Speaker: Kyril Drezov, Keele University

Florian Bieber

The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans. The interrelationship between Europeanisation and the New Authoritarian Temptation

Date: Tuesday, 27 January 2015

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Speaker: Dr Florian Bieber, Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz


Varieties of Bureaucracy in Central and Eastern Europe and the Western Balkans

Date: Tuesday, 13 January 2015

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Speaker: Dr Jan-Hinrik Meyer-Sahling, University of Nottingham


Michaelmas term

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Normative-power Europe in the Western Balkans: enlargement 'fatigue' and the multiple challenges of maintaining momentum in the accession process - CANCELLED

Date: Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Speaker: Dr John O'Brennan, NUI Maynooth

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The 2013 Belgrade-Pristina Normalization Agreement - What has it delivered

Date: Tuesday, 18 November 2014

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Speaker: Dr Joanna Hanson, LSE


Mihail Arandarenko

Political Economy of Unemployment in the Western Balkans

Date: Tuesday, 04 November 2014

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Speaker: Dr Mihail Arandarenko, Belgrade/LSE

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Political Orientations and Internal Power-Struggles within the Nationalist Movement in Kosovo, 1968-2008

Date: Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Speaker: Gëzim Krasniqi, SSEES-University College London

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Cultures of Democracy in Serbia & Bulgaria - How Ideas Shape Politics

Date: Tuesday, 07 October 2014

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Speaker: Dr James Dawson, University College London


Lent term

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Kosovo-Slovakia Relations Six Years after the Declaration of Independence: Continuity or Change

Date: Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Speaker: Dr Katarina Lezova, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of the Balkans, Department of History at Goldsmiths, University of London

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De Facto States and Conflict Resolution in the Balkans

Date: Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Speaker: Dr Nina Caspersen, York University

Cvete Koneska

Power-Sharing's Diminishing Returns: Ethnic Accommodation in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia

Date: Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Speaker: Dr Cvete Koneska, former Weidenfeld Scholar at Oxford University

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Hard Life, ‘Decent’ Husbands and ‘Good’ Wives: Serbian-Albanian Mixed Marriages in Post-'Kosovo' Times

Date: Tuesday, 4 February 2014

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Speaker: Dr Armanda Hysa, SSEES, University College London

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The Local Workforce of International Intervention in the Yugoslav Successor States: ‘Precariat’ or ‘Projectariat’?

Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2014

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Speaker: Dr Catherine Baker, Hull University


Michaelmas term

5. Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers

The Culture of Ilegalja: Albanian Militant Self-Organisations in Late Socialist Yugoslavia

Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2013

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Speaker: Dr Stephanie Schwandner-Sievers, University of Bournemouth


Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States: Variaties of Governance in Bulgaria, Macedonia and Kosovo

Date: Tuesday, 26 November 2013

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Speaker: Dr Maria Koinova, Warwick University

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Divided Truths, Elusive Reconciliation: Narrating the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s

Date: Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Speaker: Dr Jasna Dragovic-Soso, Goldsmiths, University of London

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Ethnic Struggle, Coexistence, and Democratization: Hungarian Politics in Romania

Date: Tuesday, 29 October 2013

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Speaker: Dr Sherrill Stroschein, University College London

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Ruritania in Brussels, Evzones in the Eurozone: Balkan Stereotypes in the Age of Austerity

Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2013

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Speaker: Professor Vesna Goldsworthy, Kingston University


Lent term


Post-Communist Metamorphoses of the "nomenklatura neighbourhood" Privatization and Political Elites in Romania 

Date: Tuesday, 12 March 2013


Speaker: Dr Damiana Otoiu, LSEE Visiting Fellow; Lecturer, Political Science Department, University of Bucharest


Southeast Europe in the Wake of the Euro Crisis 

Date: Tuesday, 26 February 2013


Speaker: Dr Max Watson, Visiting Fellow, St. Antony's College; Co-ordinator Political Economy at SEESOX Programme Event Info


Police Reform in Bosnia and Herzegovina: What went wrong?

Date: Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Speaker: Dr Gemma Collantes Celador, Lecturer in International Security, City University & Tobias Flessenkemper, German Institute for International and Security Affairs


Between Law & Politics: International Courts and the Conflicts in the Former Yugoslavia

Date: Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Speaker: Dr Marko Milanovic, Lecturer in Law, University of Nottingham


Michaelmas term 


Territorial Autonomy as a Form of Conflict Management in Southeastern Europe

Date: Tuesday, 11 December 2012


Speaker: Dr Soeren Keil, Lecturer in Politics, Canterbury Christ Church University


The Balkans Beyond the European Union: The Case of Serbian Foreign Policy

Date: Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Speaker: Dr Philip Cunliffe, Lecturer in International Conflict, University of Kent


Modelling Public Secotor Wage-Employment Behaviour: Evidence From Transitioning Economies 

Date: Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Speaker: Dr Jelena Lausev, LSEE Visiting Fellow; Assistant Professor in Economics, Belgrade University


The Crisis of Croatian Veteran Politics

Date: Tuesday, 30 October 2012


Speaker: Dr Vanessa Pupavac, Lecturer, Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Nottingham


Beyond the Formal Constitution: Clan Culture and the Tyranny of Albania's Ancient Laws

Date: Tuesday, 16 October 2012


Speaker: Professor Steven Blockmans, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and University of Leuven


Lent term


Decentralization in Kosovo: Creating a 'Multi-Ethnic' or an 'Ethnically Divided Society?

Date: Tuesday, 6 March 2012

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Speaker: Aidan Hehir, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of Westminster


Negotiating Diplomacy in the New Europe: Foreign Policy in Post-Communist Bulgaria

Date: Tuesday, 7 February 2012

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Speaker: Stefanos Katsikas, Goldsmiths University of London


Economic Liberalization of the Western Balkans

Date: Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Speaker: Fikret Causevic, University of Sarajevo / St. Anthony's College, University of Oxford


Resolving a Frozen Conflict: Prospects of a Settlement for Transnistria

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2012 

Speaker: Stefan Wolff, Professor of International Security, University of Birmingham


Michaelmas Term


Socialisation and the Inclusion/Exclusion of Romanian Migrants in Britain

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Speaker: Radu Cinpoes, Senior Lecturer, Kingston University London


The Political Economy of Statebuilding in Kosovo

Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Speaker: Dominik Zaum, Professor of Governance, Conflict and Security, University of Reading


What does 'Coming to Terms with the Past Mean?  The Serbian Public and War Crimer

Date: Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Speaker: Jelena Obradović-Wochnik, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, Aston Univeristy


Exit Strategies and Lessons Learned: From the Balkans to Afghanistan

Date: Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Speaker: Richard Caplan, Professor of International Relations and Official Fellow, Linacre College, Oxford University


Lent term


Montenegro: Assessing Five Years of Independence

Date: Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Speaker: Kenneth Morrison, Reader in Modern Southeast European History, De Montfort University


The pull of Brussels: Ownership and Political Conditionalities in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Date: Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Speaker: Giulio Venneri, LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome; DG Enlargement, European Commission


Remittance dependency: The case of Kosovo

Date: Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Speaker: James Korovilas, Lecturer, University of the West of England


Michaelmas term


Industrial Upgrading in the Western Balkans: Policy Issues

Date: Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Speaker: Slavo Radošević, Professor of Industry and Innovation Studies, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL


Europe's Balkan Dilemma: Paths to Civil Society or State-Building?

Date: Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Speaker: Adam Fagan, Professor of European Politics, Queen Mary - University of London


Entrepreneurship and SME Growth: Evidence from CEE and SEE Transition Economies

Date: Tuesday, 2 November 2010

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Speaker: Iraj Hashi, Professor of Economics & Director, Centre for Research on Emerging Economies (CREE), Staffordshire University


Kosovo as an EU 'Free Territory: Thinking a Way Out of Stalemate?

Date: Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Speaker: James Gow, Professor of International Peace and Security, King's College London