Dr Indraneel Sircar

Dr Indraneel Sircar

Course Tutor

Department of Methodology

+44 (0)20 7955 6432
Room No
COL 7.04
Office Hours
Mondays 09.30-11.30
Key Expertise
Quantitative and qualitative research, Western Balkans, Europeanization

About me

Indraneel Sircar completed his PhD in 2006 (Government, LSE), which compared the role of kin-states in the consociational power-sharing settlements in Northern Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina. His research has since focussed more on Bosnia-Herzegovina and other parts of former Yugoslavia. As part of the AHRC-funded "EU Compliance in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia" (ECoBHAS) project based at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), Indraneel worked with Adam Fagan and examined the influence of the EU and other international actors in the transformation of environmental governance in Serbia and Bosnia, using major road-building environmental impact assessment (EIA) processes as case studies. He also collaborated with Adam Fagan in mapping international donor strategies and priorities in the Western Balkans as part of a project carried out in co-operation with the Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN). Between 2013 and 2016, Indraneel worked as a postdoctoral researcher at QMUL for the EU FP7-funded project "Maximizing the integration capacity of the European Union" (MAXCAP), examining the influence of EU strategies in transforming the rule of law in the Western Balkans.

In addition to his research on the Western Balkans, Indraneel also worked on the EPSRC / ESRC "Resilient Futures" project as a Senior Research officer at the University of Essex, during which he assisted in the development of scenarios and episodes set in the year 2050 to help examine how key British stakeholders conceptualise resilience in the face of natural and malicious hazards, and how these understandings can be affected by different trajectories of smart-technology uptake and governance.

Indraneel has also worked on three shorter projects:

1) Media analysis of the 2009 MP expenses scandal (with Valentino Larcinese)

2) Bayesian item-response analysis of voting in the Irish Seanad (Senate) between 1922 and 1936 which demonstrates the start of partisan behaviour in the legislature (with Bjorn Hoyland)

3) A pilot study examining levels of integration, cohesion, and social mobility amongst the UK-born Hindu Bengali community in Tower Hamlets, East London (with Jyoti Saraswati), which formed the basis for an expert roundtable on integration on British-born Asians (sponsored by the LSE Annual Fund).

Expertise Details

Quantitative and qualitative research; Western Balkans; Europeanization

Books and book chapters


Adam Fagan and Indraneel Sircar. 2015. Europeanization of the Western Balkans Environmental Governance in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapters 

Valentino Larcinese and Indraneel Sircar. 2014. Singing from the Same Broad Sheet? – Examining Newspaper Coverage Bias during the 2009 MPs Expenses Scandal. In: The Political Costs of the 2009 British MPs' Expenses Scandal, ed. Jennifer van Heerde-Hudson. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan: 153-174.

A. Fagan and I. Sircar. 2013. Environmental movement activism in the Western Balkans: evidence from Bosnia-Herzegovina. In: Beyond NGO-ization. The Development of Social Movements in Central and Eastern Europe, ed. Kerstin Jacobsson and Steven Saxonberg. Farnham: Ashgate: 213-236.

Journal articles

Sircar, Indraneel. 2020. Polls and the pandemic: estimating the electoral effects of a SARS-CoV-2 outbreak. Political Studies Review. ISSN 1478-9299. doi: 10.1177/1478929920979189

Kortenska, Elitsa, Steunenberg, Bernard and Sircar, Indraneel (2020) Public-elite gap on European integration: the missing link between discourses among citizens and elites in Serbia. Journal of European Integration, 42 (6). 873 - 888. ISSN 0703-6337

Fagan, Adam and Sircar, Indraneel (2020) Transformation all the way down? European Union integration and the professional socialization of municipal health officials in Serbia. Journal of Common Market Studies, 58 (3). 688 - 705. ISSN 0021-9886. doi: 10.1111/jcms.12952

Sircar, Indraneel. 2019 (in press). Linking active and activist citizens: electoral change and the Bosnian plenums. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. doi: 10.1080/17457289.2019.1660353

Slootmaeckers, Koen and Sircar, Indraneel. 2018. Marrying European and domestic politics? Investigating the European dimension of the 2013 Croatian Marriage Referendum using a value-based Euroscepticism framework. Europe-Asia Studies, 70(3): 321-344. doi: 10.1080/09668136.2018.1457136

Larcinese, Valentino and Sircar, Indraneel. 2017. Crime and punishment the British way: accountability channels following the MPs’ expenses scandal. European Journal of Political Economy, 47: 75-99. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2016.12.006

Adam Fagan and Indraneel Sircar. 2015. Europeanisation and multi-level environmental governance in a post-conflict context: the gradual development of environmental impact assessment processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Environment and Planning C, 33(5): 919-934. doi: 10.1177/0263774X15605898

Daniel Sage, Indraneel Sircar, Andrew Dainty, Pete Fussey, and Chris Goodier. 2015. Understanding and enhancing future infrastructure resiliency: a socio-ecological approach. Disasters, 39(3): 407-426. doi: 10.1111/disa.12114

Indraneel Sircar, Daniel Sage, Chris Goodier, Pete Fussey, and Andrew Dainty. 2013. Constructing Resilient Futures: Integrating UK multi-stakeholder transport and energy resilience for 2050. Futures, vol. 49: 49-63. doi: 10.1016/j.futures.2013.04.003

Adam Fagan and Indraneel Sircar. 2011. Foreign donor assistance and environmental capacity building: evidence from Serbia and Bosnia–Herzegovina. European Political Science Review, 3(2): 301-320. doi: 10.1017/S1755773910000391

Adam Fagan and Indraneel Sircar. 2010. Compliance without governance: the role of NGOs in environmental impact assessment processes in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Environmental Politics, 19(4): 599-616. doi: 10.1080/09644016.2010.489714

Adam Fagan and Indraneel Sircar. 2010. Environmental politics in the Western Balkans: river basin management and non-governmental organisation (NGO) activity in Herzegovina. Environmental Politics, 19(5): 808-830. doi: 10.1080/09644016.2010.508313

Indraneel Sircar and Bjorn Hoyland. 2010. Get the Party Started: Development of Political Party Legislative Dynamics in the Irish Free State Seanad (1922-36). Party Politics, vol. 16(1): 89-110. doi: 10.1177/1354068809341056

Bjorn Hoyland, Indraneel Sircar, and Simon Hix. 2009. Forum Section: An Automated Database of the European Parliament. European Union Politics, 10(1): 143-152. doi: 10.1177/1465116508099764

Working papers

Elitsa Kortenska, Indraneel Sircar, and Bernard Steunenberg. 2016. Public-Elite Gap on European Integration: The Missing Link between Discourses about EU Enlargement among Citizens and Elites in Serbia. MAXCAP Working Paper, no. 31.

Adam Fagan, Indraneel Sircar, Antoaneta Dimitrova, and Elitsa Kortenska. 2015. Unintended Consequences of EU Conditionality on (Potential) Candidates. MAXCAP Working Paper, no. 14.

Adam Fagan and Indraneel Sircar. 2015. Judicial Independence in the Western Balkans: Is the EU's 'New Approach' Changing Judicial Practices? MAXCAP Working Paper, no. 11.

Valentino Larcinese and Indraneel Sircar. 2012. Crime and Punishment the British Way: Accountability Channels Following the MPs' Expenses Scandal, LSE PSPE Working Paper, no. 9/2012.