LSEE Staff, Associates & Fellows

Following its aim to expand the School's knowledge of South-East Europe, LSEE has succeeded in establishing a team of academic staff with long-term expertise in the region. LSEE has a strong academic core, which is complemented by a number of visiting research fellows who broaden the unit's research agenda and dissemination potential.

 LSEE Staff 


Professor Denisa Kostovicova, Director

Dr Kostovicova is Associate Professor in Global Politics at the European institute and Director of LSEE. Since 2018, she has been leading a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant entitled ‘Justice Interactions and Peacebuilding: From Static to Dynamic Discourses across National, Ethnic, Gender and Age Groups (JUSTINT)’.

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Professor Vassilis Monastiriotis, Deputy Director

Professor Monastiriotis is Eleftherios Venizelos Chair of Contemporary Greek Studies, Professor of Political Economy, and Deputy Director of LSEE. His research focuses on economic policy and performance at the regional, national and supra-national levels, with emphasis on trade, FDI and the labour market.

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Professor Kevin Featherstone

Professor Featherstone is Director of the Hellenic Observatory, LSE and Professorial Research Fellow at LSE European Institute. Professor Featherstone specialises in the politics of the European Union and in contemporary Greek politics.

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Dr Spyros Economides

Dr Economides is Associate Professor in International Relations and European Politics at the LSE and Deputy Director of the Hellenic Observatory, LSE.

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Areti-Eleftheria Chatzistergou
LSEE Administrator


Areti- Eleftheria Chatzistergou is the LSEE Administrator. With a BA in European & International Relations and a MA in Environment & Sustainable Development, she has a long standing career in office administration and communications. She is also experienced in speech writing, social media campaigning and event planning.


Associate Members


Dr Will Bartlett

Dr Bartlett is Editor-in-Chief of Economics Annals at the Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade and Research Affiliate at LSEE, where he has acted previously as Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow in the Political Economy of South East Europe. He was President of the European Association for Comparative Economics from 2006-08.

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Dr Vesna Bojičić-Dželilović, Associate Professorial Research Fellow, Department of International Development, LSE

Dr Bojicic-Dzelilovic is Associate Professorial Research Fellow in Civil Society and Conflict Research Group Department of International Development. Her main area of research is on the economic transition of former communist regimes, with a particular focus on the rise in informal practice, the political economy of conflict and post- conflict reconstruction. She holds a PhD in Economic Development from the University of Sarajevo.

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Dr. Vesna Popovski, Fellow in Conflict and Post-Conflict Studies, European Institute, LSE

Dr Vesna Popovski is LSE Fellow in Conflict and Post-Conflict Studies at the European Institute. She is the author of National Minorities and Citizenship Rights in Lithuania, 1988 - 1993.(Palgrave, 2000) She further authored 3 monographs in Croatian, analysing development of urban agglomerations in Croatia. Vesna holds BA (Honours) and MA from the University of Zagreb and MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge. 

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Ivor Sokolic

Dr Ivor Sokolić, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Hertfordshire; Visiting Fellow at the European Institute, LSE

Dr Sokolić's PhD from the UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES), awarded in 2016, researched why the transitional justice process in Croatia, following the 1991-1995 conflict, failed to instil universal human rights norms in society. Prior to beginning his PhD, Ivor completed an MSc and BSc in European Politics from the Department of International Politics at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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Dr Sanja Vico, Lecturer in Communications and Digital Media (E&R)


Dr Sanja Vico holds a PhD in Media and Communications from the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies (MCCS) at Goldsmiths, University of London, having previously graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade.

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Research Associates

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Dr Slobodan Markovich, Associate Professor, Faculty of Political Science of the University of Belgrade

Dr Markovic's publications include a monograph on Serbian economist, politician and diplomat, Chedomille Miyatovich (Cedomilj Mijatovic, Viktorijanac medju Srbima, Belgrade, 2006) and a monograph on British-(Balkan) Serbian relations: British Perceptions of Serbia and the Balkans 1903-1906 (Paris, 2000). His research interests include the construction of ethnic, national and religious Identities in the Balkans, British-Balkan Relations and the history of European pessimism.


Professor Kenneth Morrison, Professor of Modern Southeast European History, De Montfort University, Leicester

Professor Kenneth Morrison specialises in modern Southeast European politics and history, with an emphasis on Serbia, (including the Sandžak), Montenegro and Bosnia & Herzegovina. He has published widely in his field and is the author of Montenegro: A Modern History (IB Tauris, 2009), Sarajevo's Holiday Inn: On the Frontline of Politics and War (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016), Nationalism, Statehood and Identity in Post-Yugoslav Montenegro (Bloomsbury, 2018), and the co-author of The Sandžak: A History (Hurst & Co./Oxford University Press). He has published chapters and articles in numerous edited books and journals.

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Dr Tena Prelec

Assistant Professor, Centre for Advanced Studies on South Eastern Europe, University of Rijeka

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Dr Ivan Zilic, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb

Ivan Zilic is an economist working on labour, education and health topics from a microeconometrics perspective.

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Visiting Staff


Professor Jasna Dragović-Soso

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Dr Taulant Hasa
Visiting Fellow (September 2020 - April 2023)

Dr Taulant Hasa's research focused on the European Union Governance and the Enlargement Policy towards Western Balkans. He holds a Ph.D. in European Studies and Governance from the Complutense University of Madrid. He obtained a MA degree at the Diplomatic School of Spain on International Relations and Diplomacy and a MA degree in Constitutional and Political Science at CEPC (Center for Political and Constitutional Studies) of Spain. He graduated in Journalism at the University of Tirana. Academic and professional affiliations in the past include, College of Europe in Bruges, Department of European Political Studies and Governance, Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Affairs, George Washington University Elliot School of International Affairs in Washington DC, and ZEI ( Center for European Integration) at Bonn University, Germany.


Prof Jasna Dragović-Soso
Visiting Professor (January 2021- December 2022)

Jasna Dragović-Soso is Professor of International Politics and History at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the author of ‘Saviours of the Nation’: Serbia’s Intellectual Opposition and the Revival of Nationalism (Hurst and McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2002) and the co-editor (with Lenard J. Cohen) of State Collapse in South-Eastern Europe: New Perspectives on Yugoslavia’s Dissolution (Purdue University Press, 2008). Professor Dragović-Soso has published numerous scholarly articles and book chapters on intellectuals and dissent; nationalism, state dissolution and international intervention; and on processes of memory construction and transitional justice in the post-Yugoslav region. She has provided expertise on the post-Yugoslav region to various non-academic stakeholders, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, non-governmental organizations in the UK and the Western Balkans, the Royal Court Theatre, the International Commission on the Balkans, and British and international media outlets. Professor Dragović-Soso is co-editor (with Jelena Subotić and Tsveta Petrova) of the Palgrave book series on Memory Politics and Transitional Justice (


Dr Enkeleida Tahiraj
Visiting Senior Fellow (March 2017-July 2020)

Dr Enkeleida Tahiraj was Visiting Senior Fellow at LSEE. Dr Tahiraj has advised international organizations including the European Commission, EUROFOUND, the UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and the World Bank as well as national governments on social protection and social inclusion strategy design; rights based policies; EU Mutual Information System on Social Protection (MISSOC). She has reviewed country guidance for IAGCI. Special Adviser to IDS on Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy. Dr Tahiraj is a World Visiting Scholar at University of California San Diego, and at Penn State University, USA, as well as Chevening Scholar at Sussex University. She has presented at numerous academic conferences at Oxford, Harvard, UCL, LSE, Urbino-Italy, Petersburg State University-Russia, and policy impact events at FCO, ETF and Wilton Park. Dr Tahiraj's fields of research are Poverty and Development, Children, Gender & Family Policies, EU Accession and Policy Transfer, Inclusion and Democratic Consolidation, Human Rights, Asylum and Migration, Social Security, Labour Markets and Employment, CSOs. Her current focus is the governance mechanisms for rights based polices and inclusion and the role of International Organisations in the social discourse. In particular at LSE Dr Tahiraj is researching and teaching on Universal Basic Income and other policy innovations, while also being engaged in country implementations. Dr Tahiraj has lectured on social policy, sociology and politics at the University of Tirana, University of York and UCL, and was Visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta.


Dr Peter Sanfey
Visiting Senior Fellow (August 2017-June 2020)

Dr Peter Sanfey is Deputy Director for Country Economics and Policy within the Economics, Policy and Governance Department at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. He graduated from Trinity College Dublin in 1985 with a B.A. in Economics, and received his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1992. He has published widely in academic journals on various topics, mainly covering transition economics, macroeconomics and labour economics, and has spent more than two decades analysing economic developments and reforms in south-eastern Europe. He has also co-authored two books: In Search of the Balkan Recovery (with Christopher Cviić), published in 2010 by C. Hurst & Co. publishers (UK) and Oxford University Press (US); and Economic and Policy Foundations for Growth in South East Europe (with Adam Bennett, Russell Kincaid and Max Watson), published in 2015 by Palgrave Macmillan. His current research focuses on the importance of political connections in former Yugoslavia and other transition countries (with Vassilis Monastiriotis, LSE, and Ivan Zilić, Economics Institute Zagreb), the determinants of real exchange rates in transition (with Dan Meshulam, EBRD) and prospects for post-crisis economic recovery in Greece (with Anthony Bartzokas, EBRD).


Dr Jessie Hronešová
Visiting Fellow (March 2019 - March 2020)

Jessie Hronešová holds a DPhil from Politics and St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford with a thesis on victims’ compensation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has worked in international development as a manager and consultant on a variety of projects in post-war countries for Aktis Strategy and other consultancies. Jessie previously worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Sarajevo and Belgrade. In her research projects she has mostly focused on online sources of extremism and ethno-nationalism, post-war reparations, as well as community-building and transitional justice in the former Yugoslavia. She authored several studies on identity politics (including Post-War Ethno-National Identities of Young People in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2012) and retributive transitional justice in several academic journals (most recent for the Journal of Peacebuilding&Development). Prior to her doctoral studies, Jessie had collaborated with a range of research institutions and consultancies, including the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague.


Dr Neven Andjelic
Visiting Senior Fellow (September 2018-August 2019)

Dr Neven Andjelic is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Human Rights at Regent's University London. He served on the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities - Council of Europe from 2014 to 2018. Dr Andjelic is also Visiting Professor at the University of Bologna. He was teaching in the past at Birkbeck College, London, Open University and Bader International Studies Centre of the Queen's University (Kingston, Canada). Andjelic was Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and also taught at the University of Sarajevo. Beside the academic career, he worked in news media for CNN, BBC, ITN and occasionally contributes to the media in former Yugoslavia. Andjelic worked in the past on research projects at universities of Sussex, Kent and Oxford. He writes for academic journals and publications and has published a book ‘Bosnia-Herzegovina: The End of a Legacy' (London and Oregon: Frank Cass, 2003). He also published several books in the languages of South Slavs. His academic interests are interdisciplinary with research expertise is in the fields of International Relations, Nationalism, Human Rights and Media. He focused majority of his research on Europe and The Balkans in particular.


Dr Marina Tkalec
Visiting Fellow (October 2018-July 2019)

Marina Tkalec is an economist working on development and conflict topics from an applied econometrics perspective. Some of her previous research evolves around international economics, monetary economics, and public finance, but recently her interest shifted to development, conflict, and war related topics. Her work has been published in Review of World Economics, World Economy, and Journal of Empirical Finance. She received a Master in Economics from the University of Zagreb in 2007 and a PhD in Economics at the University of Ljubljana in 2013. She spent research stays at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and at UNU-MERIT.


Dr Sasa Randelovic
Visiting Fellow (December 2018 – June 2019)

Saša Ranđelović is associate professor at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Economics (Department for economic policy and development). Since 2015, he serves as vice dean for international relations and finance, at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Economics. Saša Ranđelović holds PhD degree in economics, awarded in 2012, at the University of Belgrade. His field of research is related to the topics in public finance, with the focus on tax policy, tax-benefit microsimulation modelling, shadow economy, fiscal policy, etc. Saša did the postdoc research at the Free University of Berlin (chair for Public Economics) and also attended several intermediate or advanced courses at the IMF Institute in Vienna (JVI) and the University of Utrecht. He is author of more than 20 papers, published in peer-reviewed journals, including Economic Systems, Economics of Transition, Economic Annals, Acta Oeconomica, Rijeka Journal of Economics and Business, etc. Saša is also co-author of two books, co-author of several chapters in two international (Springer Verlag) monographs, and co-author of numerous articles published in the conference proceedings. During his career Saša has also served as external, high-level fiscal policy advisor to the minister of finance in Serbia, advisor to the Fiscal Council of Serbia and consultant for the World Bank, UNDP, GIZ and other international organizations.


Professor Kenneth Morrison
Visiting Professor (April 2018-April 2019)

Kenneth Morrison is a Professor of Modern Southeast European History at De Montfort University in Leicester. He is the author of Nationalism, Identity and Statehood in Post-Yugoslav Montenegro (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2017), Sarajevo’s Holiday Inn: On the Frontline of Politics and War (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016), Montenegro: A Modern History (IB Tauris, 2009), and (with Elizabeth Roberts) the co-author of The Sandžak: A History (Hurst & Co/Oxford University Press, 2013). Professor Morrison has published numerous scholarly articles in edited books and journals and he has written for the BBC, The Guardian, Balkan Insight, New Eastern Europe, IHS Global, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Jane’s Intelligence Digest and the Economist Intelligence Unit. In 2017, he was appointed Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords International Relations Select Committee for their 'UK and the Western Balkans' inquiry.


Dr Max Fras
Visiting Fellow (March 2017- December 2018)

Dr Max Fras holds MA degrees from Wroclaw University and the Cambridge Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations as well as a PhD in social sciences from Open University (UK). He works as a consultant, analyst and trainer for the British Council, European Commission and Council of Europe across South-East Europe, Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. His professional expertise covers civil society, education, research, culture, youth policy and international development co-operation. His research interests include: EU enlargement policy, Council of Europe, social policy, youth policy religion and public life, intercultural dialogue, multiculturalism and migration.

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Dr Pranvera Skana
Visiting Fellow (April 2018-June 2018)

Dr. Pranvera Skana was a Visiting Fellow at LSEE Research on South East Europe. Dr. Skana holds an MA degree from the University of Westminster, on Media and Diversity. She has also conducted PhD studies at the University of Tirana in communication science, on research topic ‘Albanian journalist culture in his/her cultural profile, and how journalist training influences in creating socially sensitive stereotypes in a society’. She has experience in the media as a journalist, as a lecturer in the higher education system, civil society  and recently in diplomacy. Dr. Skana is currently a diplomat at the Embassy of Albania, in London, giving her expertise on Media and Public Diplomacy.

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Dr Simona Guerra
Visiting Fellow (May 2017 - Dec 2017)

Dr Guerra is Associate Professor in Politics at the School of History, Politics & International Relations, University of Leicester. Her main research interest is in attitudes towards the European Union. How the latter change before and after joining the EU was the study subject in her first monograph Central and Eastern European Attitudes in the Face of Union (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), journal articles and volume contributions. Simona has recently published a co-edited book (with Manuela Caiani) titled Euroscepticism, Democracy and the Media. Communicating Europe, Contesting Europe (Palgrave Studies in European Political Sociology, 2017), and during her time at the LSEE she completed her second monograph on Religion and Euroscepticism in Post-Communist Europe (Routledge).

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Dr Eli Gateva
Visiting Fellow (Dec 2015 - Dec 2017) 

Dr Gateva has held academic posts at the University of Manchester and Queen Mary, University of London. Her main research interests include EU conditionality, EU Enlargement policy, Europeanization and EU democratic governance. Her research has explored the nature, evolution and effectiveness of EU enlargement conditionality. Her most recent publication is European Union Enlargement Conditionality (Palgrave, Macmillan, 2015). Eli’s current research evaluated the limitations and implications of EU conditionality applied to member states by focusing on the Cooperation and Verification Mechanism (CVM) and Task Force for Greece (TFGR).


Dr Fatmir Besimi
Visiting Senior Fellow (Sep 2016 – Sep 2017)

Dr Fatmir Besimi has experience in politics, banking and academia. He was Deputy Prime Minister for European Affairs (2013-2016), Minister of Defence (2011-2013) and Minister of Economy (2004-2006; 2008-2011). Also, he was Vice Governor of the National Bank (2002-2004) and economist at the World Bank (2007-2008) as a continuation of his earlier experience in commercial and central banking (1999-2001). He is the author of two books: “Monetary and Exchange Rate Policy of Macedonia: Accession to the European Union” (2009) and “My Notes: Integration beyond Rhetoric” (2015). His research interest during the visiting fellow program at LSEE was about the role of political economy in advancing the European integration of the Western Balkans. He holds PhD in Economics from Staffordshire University, UK.

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Dr Jarosław Wiśniewski
Visiting Fellow (April 2016 – July 2017)

Dr Wiśniewski is an academic and political analyst with working experience from both private and public sectors. He holds an MA in international relations from the University of Wroclaw and MA in Politics, Security and Integration from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. He holds a PhD in European Politics from King’s College London (2013). He worked as a consultant in the third sector and for the British Council, Council of Europe and the European Commission, including running or coordinating projects in South East Europe and South Caucasus (2003 - 2013). He has also interned at the Europe Programme, Chatham House (2008). His research interests include: politics in Central and South East Europe, energy security, security and defence, Russian foreign policy, UK politics and European civil society.


Prof. Dr. Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski 
Visiting Senior Fellow (May 2017 – July 2017)

Prof. Dr. Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski has served as Dean of the School of Business Economics and Management at University American College Skopje since 2009. Previously, she has worked as Head of the Macroeconomic Policy Department in the Macedonian Ministry of Finance. She has completed a doctoral programme at Staffordshire University Business School, UK in 2006. Mojsoska-Blazevski is an author of many journal articles and several book chapters, mainly in the area of macroeconomics, labour market, education and social system and policy. 

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Dr Iva Tomić
Visiting Fellow (January – June 2016)

Dr Iva Tomic holds a tenure-track affiliation as a Research Associate at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb in Croatia. She was awarded a PhD degree in Economics from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2013. Her main research interests are labour economics, applied microeconomics and public finances. During her visit at LSEE she worked on youth unemployment issues in European countries, with a special emphasis on the Croatian case and its cross comparison with other Southern European countries.

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Dr Joanna Hanson
Visiting Senior Fellow (April 2014 – March 2016)

Dr Joanna Hanson 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 concentrating her efforts on research and activism in civil society in the southern Balkans, and researching Anglo-Polish relations during the Solidarity period.


Dr Didem Buhari-Gulmez
Visiting Fellow (6 October 2014 – 5 October 2015)

Dr Didem Buhari-Gulmez obtained her PhD in Politics and International Relations at Royal Holloway University of London. Her research at LSEE was sponsored by TUBITAK post-doctoral fellowship and involveed 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.


Dr Henri Çili
Visiting Fellow (May – September 2015)

Dr Çili is one of the founders and Director General of the European University of Tirana, a leading university in Albania, as well as the founder of MAPO MEDIA Group. He has gained his PhD in Political Communication at University Paris II, under the supervision of Professor Jacque Barrat with a doctoral thesis on the development of the political communication in Albania from the early 1990s (fall of the communist regime) to the first decade of 00s (democratization and EU Accession). His research areas include political and party systems, media landscape and higher education. Henri is highly engaged in the public sphere in Albania not only as a key stakeholder in the higher education system, but also as an opinion-former in the media, contributing to quality debate with insights and analysis on public affairs and emerging issues in the development of the Albanian society and polity.


Dr Dimitar Bechev 
Visiting Fellow (13 October 2014 – 31 July 2015)

Dr Bechev 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.

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Dr Sherrill Stroschein
Visiting Senior Fellow (1 September 2014 – 31 July 2015)

Dr Stroschein 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.


Dr Burhan Can Karahasan
Visiting Fellow (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 research at LSEE focused 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
Visiting Fellow (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 Cigdem Borke Tunali
Visiting Fellow (2 February 2015 – 1 May 2015)

Dr Tunali is an assistant professor at Faculty of Economics, Istanbul University. She obtained her PhD in economics at Istanbul University and she is now working on her second PhD at Université de Strasbourg. Dr. Tunali was a visiting researcher at Economics and Finance Department of College of Business Arts and Social Sciences, Brunel University between 01 October 2013 and 31 July 2014 and worked on the state aid policy of the European Union. Her main research interests are macroeconomics, development economics, political economy and immigration. During her visit at LSEE she worked on the current account sustainability of Eastern European Countries.

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Dr Rifat Baris Tekin
Visiting Fellow (October 2013 – July 2014)

Dr Tekin is Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Marmara University (Turkey). His research at LSEE focused 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.

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Dr Oya Dursun-Özkanca
Visiting Fellow (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
Visiting Fellow (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
Visiting Fellow (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
Visiting Senior Fellow (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
Visiting Fellow (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.

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Dr Alper Duman
Visiting Senior Fellow (March – September 2011)

Alper works in the economics department of the Izmir University of Economics in Turkey. Some of his 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).

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Prof Adam Fagan
Visiting Fellow (Spring 2010 – 2011)

At the time of his fellowship, Prof Fagan was Prof of Politics at Queen Mary University. His research focused 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
Visiting Senior Fellow (January – December 2010)

Prof Özkırımlı's research interests include Islam and nationalism, and cosmopolitanism. Umut is Professor of Politics and the Director of Turkish-Greek Studies at Istanbul Bilgi University. Some of his recent publications are 'Nationalism in the Troubled Triangle: Cyprus, Greece and Turkey' (edited collection with Ayhan Aktar and Niyazi Kızılyürek, Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

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Prof Slobodan Marković
Visiting Fellow (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).

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Prof Florian Bieber
Visiting Fellow (Spring 2010)

Florian is currently Professor of Southeast European Studies and Director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, Austria. He was previously 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).

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Tim Judah
Visiting Senior Fellow (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).