I am an ESRC postdoctoral research fellow at the Oxford Department of International Development and Chatham House Associate Fellow at the Europe Programme.
My latest research project deals with victims’ redress in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina, recently published as a monograph The Struggle for Redress: Victim Capital in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2020).
I am now looking at the wider politics of victimhood and its uses and abuses by illiberal leaders in Europe. My general research interests are in political transitions, democratic backsliding, post-war reconstruction, transitional justice and the rule of law in post-war and transitional contexts. My main regional expertise is in the former Yugoslavia and Central Europe. I am fluent in several local languages and have spent prolonged periods of time living and working in Prague, Belgrade and Sarajevo.
I have an extensive experience and knowledge of comparative politics and the international development sector, both as an academic and practitioner, especially in East Central and Southeast Europe. I work across several disciplines (political science, history and socio-legal studies), using qualitative and fieldwork methods.
I have 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).
I 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. I have 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. I am a member of the UK’s Stabilization Unit. I have collaborated with a range of research institutions, including the Czech Academy of Sciences, the London School of Economics (LSEE-E) and Goldsmiths where I taught a course on memory and justice in post-conflict societies.
I hold 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), and an MRes in Government from the London School of Economics.
I am also 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.