Dr Sanja Vico is a Research Officer at European Institute at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and an Associate of the LSEE – South Eastern Europe Research Unit at the LSE. She holds an ERC-funded Postdoctoral Research position in Political Science at the LSE on the project Justice Interactions and Peacebuilding. She received her PhD in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2019, an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BSc from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. Her awarded PhD research explored how Serbian Londoners navigated digital media environments to negotiate their identities, with a focus on their banal expressions of nationalism and cosmopolitanism.
She has published on issues of digital media, identity and nationalism, especially in relation to migration and post-conflict contexts. She specialises in qualitative research methods, particularly ethnography and interviews, but she also collaborates with quantitative political scientists. Her article on identity politics on social media received Honorable mention Best Paper Senior Scholar Award by ECREA (European Communication and Education Association) in 2019. Her book on nationalism on digital media is forthcoming with Routledge.
Prior to joining the LSE European Institute, she worked as an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for the Studies of Global Media and Democracy at Goldsmiths. She also worked as a Research Consultant and Analyst on various projects related to media and politics in the Western Balkans, including at BBC Media Action which led to the launch of BBC New service in Belgrade in 2018. Her public engagement includes commenting, as an invited speaker at the House of Lords International Relations Select Committee, on the report that aimed to shape UK foreign policy towards the Western Balkans, and participating in the Western Balkans workshop at the FCO (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) Media Freedom conference.