Dr Vesna Popovski

Dr Vesna Popovski

Fellow in Conflict and Post-Conflict Studies

European Institute

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Office Hours
Thursdays 3-4pm
Croatian, English, German, Russian
Key Expertise
Transitional Justice, Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

About me

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. Her research has evolved from interest in the Chicago school of urban sociology to analysing social rights of citizens of urban settlements in socialist Yugoslavia; from development studies, particularly post-colonial legacy on state and nation building to the rise of nationalism in the late 1980 in Eastern Europe and Russia concentrating on its effect on rights of national minorities. More recently, Vesna developed interest in food and nationalism, that is how food feeds our identity, in parallel with concentrating on issues relating to transitional justice in post-conflict societies. Vesna is a member of a team, led by Dr Denisa Kostovicova, working on  a 5 year project funded by the ERC Consolidator Grant entitled ‘Justice Interactions and Peacebuilding: From Static to Dynamic Discourses across National, Ethnic, Gender and Age Groups (JUSTINT)’. She is collaborating on two papers discussing how women, MPs, shape transitional justice policies in Croatian Parliament. As a result she has attended and presented a paper written in collaboration with Dr Denisa Kostovicova at the two conferences in June 2022 (NIOD, Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam and BISA, Newcastle) 

Expertise Details

Transitional Justice; Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction; Citizenship rights and national minorities

Selected Publications

Popovski, V. 2000. National Minorities and Citizenship Rights in Lithuania, 1988-1993. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave.

Bartlett, W. and V. Popovski (2015) Institutions and Social Networks: Explaining Barriers to the New Firm Entry and Growth in the EU’s Neighbourhood. International Review of Entrepreneurship, 13:3, pp.169-186.

Will Bartlett, Ana Popa and Vesna Popovski (2013) Business culture, social networks and SME development in the EU neighbourhood. SEARCH: P7 Project Publications

Will Bartlett and Vesna Popovski (2013) Local governance and social cohesion in Ukraine. SEARCH: P7 Project Publications

Will Bartlett, Nevenka Cuckovic, Kresimir Jurlin, Aleksandra Nojkovic and Vesna Popovski (2012) Institutional quality and growth in EU neighbouring countries. SEARCH: P7 Project Publications

Research Interests

  • Urban development in Eastern Europe
  • Theories of Nationalism
  • Rights of national minorities
  • Food and nationalism
  • Transitional justice in post-conflict societies

Teaching Responsibilities

  • EU485: Post-Conflict Justice and Reconciliation in Europe and Beyond
  • EU499: European Institute Dissertation
  • EU4A2: Globalisation, Conflict and Post-Conflict Reconstruction