Dr Jessie Barton Hronešová is an ESRC postdoctoral research fellow at the Oxford Department of International Development. Her current ESRC research project deals with victims’ redress in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Jessie has an extensive experience and knowledge of the international development sector, both as an academic and practitioner, especially in South Eastern and Eastern Europe. Jessie works across several disciplines (sociology, politics, history and socio-legal studies), using fieldwork methods on issues related to political transitions, post-war reconstruction, and building peace. She is interested in transitional justice and the rule of law in post-war and transitional contexts.
In her research she has mostly focused on security, ethno-nationalism, post-war reparations, as well as community-building, identity and memory in the former Yugoslavia and Central Europe. She has 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). Her latest book The Struggle for Redress: Victim Capital in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2020, is out now with Palgrave Macmillan.
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. She has also worked as an advisor for several UK-based consultancies and charities on issues such as gender-based violence, the rule of law and free media. She is a member of the UK’s Stabilization Unit.
Jessie has collaborated with a range of research institutions, including the Czech Academy of Sciences, the London School of Economics (LSEE-E) and Goldsmiths University where she has taught a course on memory and justice in post-war societies. She holds a DPhil in Politics (2018) and MPhil in Russian and East European Studies (2011), both from from the University of Oxford (St Antony’s College). She also holds an MRes in Government from the London School of Economics.
Jessie is a committee member of OxPeace (Oxford Peace), seminar convenor at the South East European Studies Oxford (SEESOX) and a Visiting Research Fellow of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC) at Harris Manchester College, Oxford.